As we were: Entertaining past

By From page B2 | June 17, 2013

Deibert Ken25 Years ago

June 17, 1988

Mountain Democrat bags top theme prize

Winners in the annual Pioneer Days theme contest are as follows:

Small business category — West Sierra National Bank of Pollock Pines took first place in three of four divisions …

Placerville Flower Shop won third place for exterior decorations.

In the large business category, the Mountain Democrat made a clean sweep of first place in all four divisions.

Placerville’s Inter County Title captured second place in costume division; the AAA office on Broadway was third for costumes …

The perpetual sweepstakes awards will be presented to the Mountain Democrat and Western Sierra National Bank of Pollock Pines during the Wagon Train Parade on Sunday.

Judges for the 1988 Pioneer Days Theme Contest were local historian and poet George Peabody; Cherie Hacker-Taylor, a professional artist and children’s art instructor; and Richard Colburn, portrait artist, graphic designer and commercial illustrator. The judges were escorted by Lisa Smith Waldon, and Bennett Murray provided transportation in his classic 1947 V-12 Lincoln.


65 Years ago

June 17, 1948

Preliminary Studies of Re-routhing Through Placerville Presented

Preliminary studies of the re-routing of Highway 50 through Placerville were presented for approval to the City Planning Commission and representatives of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce at a meeting Wednesday at the city hall by Highway Commissioner Homer P. Brown and members of the State Highway Engineering Department …

The new route would have two 24 foot roadways separated by a 16 foot dividing strip with 8 foot emergency parking shoulders on either side. The railroad tracks would parallel the roadway and provision for carrying the water of Hangtown Creek would be made.

The full endorsement of the proposal was given the state proposal by the City Planning Commission and the Chamber of Commerce.

Now that local approval has been made, full surveys and engineering details will be prepared …


105 Years ago

June 20, 1908

Opening of the Vaudeville Cafe

The Vaudeville Cafe, which opened at the rink Thursday evening, under the auspices of St. Agnes Guild of the Episcopal church, scored a great success, the receipts for that evening amounting to $130. Beginning at 5 p.m., dinner was served for two hours, by daintily gowned ladies at beautifully decorated tables, and the large crowds who were accommodated pronounced it was one of the finest meals ever handed to a hungry public.

The vaudeville program which was given at a later hour, was replete with sparkling songs and side-splitting stunts by our best local talent.

The little skit, “Fads and Fancies”, under the direction of Mrs. W. A. Rantz, introduced several of our prettiest girls in choruses and solo work, and others in dialogue and was an interesting number, while A. K. Zwisler and W. M. Brown as “Toots and Woots” in a side-splitting sketch “Dot Stage Managery”, were irresistibly funny, being as a good a team as is seen on any of the vaudeville stages.

Ken Deibert

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