As we were: Better than a bowl of cherries

By From page B3 | May 26, 2014

Deibert Ken25 Years ago

May 26, 1989

Pit ‘n spit at jubilee

The second annual Cherries Jubilee festival will brighten up Father’s Day in the foothills, June 17 and 18 at Goldbud Farms.

The mountain cherry harvest lasts only a few weeks, and Goldbud’s Ron Mansfield said the mountain Bings are about twice as large as the supermarket variety, often reaching a diameter of 1-1/2 inches.

Goldbud’s crop last year drew the attention of the White House when President Reagan’s wine and food consultant David Berkley ordered 80 pounds of mountain Bings and shipped them to Washington for a special presidential reception.

The mountain climate produces a full-flavored, Burgundy-colored fruit that Berkley said reminded him of “the fruits we used to eat long ago,” Mansfield noted. The festival features cherry deserts, bluegrass music, picnicking in the orchard, a children’s play area and the “West Coast Cherry Pit Spitting championships.”


70 Years ago

May 25, 1944

License Check-Up Is Begun By Patrol

The El Dorado County squad of the state highway patrol has been directed to make an intensive check of operators’ licenses and windshield license stickers, it was revealed Monday by Captain E. A. Brewster.

“Anyone who has not taken note of the expiration date of his operator’s license is advised to check up on it,” Captain Brewster said. Officers are being directed to issue a citation in cases where operator’s license are found to be expired.

“Similarly, citations are to be issued to drivers who have not affixed their 1944 vehicle license sticker to the windshield of their car,” the captain said.

“Directions for attaching the sticker are printed on the back. Despite this, there are a number of cars on which stickers do not yet appear. Drivers are reminded that officers are being instructed to issue citations  in all cases where a car fails to display the 1944 windshield sticker.”


110 Years ago

May 28, 1904

A Lively Runaway

The horse attached to Pearson’s ice wagon took a little run on his own account this Friday afternoon, running down Main street and creating a stir. After it turned the corner without coming into contact with any of the teams and continued up Sacramento street, the onlookers on Main street, were breathing easily, when the horse came back on the return trip, and there was more hustling. No one was successful in stopping him until John Limpinsel got into the street and by throwing a broom and bringing the horse to a slower pace succeeded in grabbing the reins.

We learn the Bert Wentz, wife and baby had just started up Sacramento Street from Stephen’s stable when on hearing the runaway behind them they turned into the alley above Beach’s factory, but the runaway horse following them, they turned again into the alley by Mrs. Hall’s  though not in time to avoid being run into; their buggy was turned over and they were thrown out. Mr. Wentz was somewhat bruised and Mrs. Wentz received a severe bruise on the back of the head while the baby escaped unhurt. Their horse ran back to the stable with nothing but a harness on him while the cause of the mischief ran back up the street where, as before stated, he was brought to a standstill, in front of the Court House.

Ken Deibert

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