There are two ironies in the local beef industry:
Despite unprecedented residential growth during the past 20 years, there are more cattle being raised here now than 20 years ago, according to debated statistics from the El Dorado county agricultural commissioner.
However, statistics show a decline from a peak 10 years ago, and there appear to be fewer people making a living solely from ranching. In 1966 there were 10,400 head of cattle, while in 1986 there were 10,906. The peak was 13,520 in 1977.
Some large local cattle ranches probably wouldn’t be viable without developers. Than’s because developers lease out large tracts of grazing land while they wait to subdivide, and ranchers depend on that land.
To some extent, the growing cattle population is a result of a burgeoning number of “ranchettes” where a few head are raised on a few acres by hobbyists who have other primary incomes …
In observances of Army Air Forces Day, which was celebrated throughout the country on August 1, Placerville Lions had Col. Dave Kellogg, of Mather Field, as guest speaker for their Tuesday luncheon meeting at the Blue Bell Coffee Shop.
The club inducted three new Lions into membership, Ted Atwood, Roy Boom, and Roy Arnold and heard reports from delegates who attended the recent district and international conventions at San Francisco. These were Lion President Arthur Mart, Secretary Dr. M. E. Hensley, and Lions Thomas Maul and R. A. Cayot …
Col. Kellogg, a veteran of was services in the China-Berma-India theater, was presented to the club by Lion John Logan, program chairman for the month, and spoke concerning the importance of the air forces as demonstrated during World War II.
The colonel spoke of the importance of air forces as the first line of defense and cited recent flights over long distances as instances of the ability to reach distant points by plane swiftly.
The colonel expressed the hope that by continuing research and training the air forces may maintain a state of preparedness for any eventuality in a troubled world.
In the Daily Bulletin, of Aberdeen, Washington, the following notice appears of the death of Jacob Weatherwax, a cousin of C. H. Weatherwax of this place, at the age of sixty-two years, which occurred on July 31st, from bronchial pneumonia: “Jacob Weatherwax was a native of New York, but resided in Michigan from his early youth to manhood …”
Everything is progressing nicely for the Fair which commences on Tuesday, September 2d. The fruit exhibit in itself will eclipse that even last year, and promises of exhibits in other departments are already pouring in. The premium lists are out and copies of the same can be secured by calling on the Secretary, Shelly Inch.