As we were: El Dorado Forum holds meeting

By From page B2 | October 08, 2012

Deibert Ken


25 Years ago

Oct. 9, 1987

USBR backs off annexation halt


New El Dorado Irrigation District annexation requests requiring approval by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have been piling up on USBR project superintendent Larry Boll’s desk, but Boll is ready to set them free.

The annexation delays were contemplated as part of a USBR strategy aimed at forcing EID into amending its contract for Bureau water from Sly Park Reservoir.

“We are backing off our hard line on new annexations,” Boll told the audience at the El Dorado Forum’s luncheon meeting Wednesday.

This is good news for the members of the forum, a property rights advocacy group that monitors local planning issues. They would be especially hard hit by the Bureau’s recent threats to deny approval of any new EID annexation requests. At last count 276 new single-family dwelling units were being threatened, including a 161-unit subdivision, according to recent EID status sheets …


70 Years ago

Oct. 8, 1942

Former County Resident Meets El Dorado Pears At Army Mess

Sergeant John R. Meder, Jr., a former resident of the Rescue district, sends this letter from Burbank, California.

“Although I was not born in El Dorado County, all my relatives were. We have always lived near Rescue and just recently my folks moved out of El Dorado County. I have been in the Army for over a year and I would like to tell you about an experience I had recently.

“All the boys in my outfit come from the east coast, some from the north and some from the south. For breakfast Sunday we had pears from El Dorado County.

“Only a few of the boys had ever seen pears like these before, let alone eat any. Well, after they had tasted them, it wasn’t long until none were left and they all went back for seconds.

“They sure like them and we are looking forward to the time when we will have El Dorado County pears on the menu again.

“Yours truly, Sgt. John R. Meder, Jr.”


110 Years ago

Oct. 11, 1902

Will Walling Portrays Picturesque Davy Crockett

The Allen Stock Company, which is to appear in Placerville next week, is one of the best theatrical combinations now touring the State. They are assured a large attendance here, as there is an additional attraction in the fact that Will Walling, a former resident of this city, and his talented young wife, Effie Bond, take leading parts in the plays presented. The Woodland Democrat of recent date has the following:

“Davy Crockett” one of the best American plays of western life in the woods and among the countless dangers which are encountered by the early settlers, will be presented next week by the Allen Stock Co., at the opera house …

William Walling, the brilliant young leading man, has played the part many times. He is the proud owner of a silver mounted rifle which was once the property of the redoubtable Davy himself, and the historic coonskin cap came direct from one of that strong old hunter’s descendants …

Ken Deibert

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