As we were: Flying high

By From page B2 | May 27, 2013

Deibert Ken25 Years ago

May 30, 1988

3-motor classic lands here


Eugene Coppock went looking around the Placerville Airport Thursday afternoon, looking to find people who might want to ride his plane, a pre-World War II-era Stinson Model “A.” He didn’t have to look far …

Once everyone was aboard the dark-blue passenger aircraft, Coppock started the engines and the plane began to vibrate. One of the men recruited for the ride said excitedly, “This is a chance of a lifetime. After this it goes to the museum.”

The engines came to life one by one, and Coppock, getting ready to taxi, told the man he had recruited as a copilot, “It’s a tail dragger, you really have to use those rudders.” …

After a leisurely trip in the airways above the Western Slope, the airport came back into view, the tires screeched as they touched the ground, and a passenger lamented, “Back to reality.” …

The plane is going to Alaska’s Aviation Heritage Museum, which purchased the plane. Though it was recently appraised at $700,012, Coppock said, the museum didn’t pay that much …


65 Years ago

May 27, 1948

Geo. Hofmeister Called By Death

George Hofmeister, organizer of Placerville Parlor No. 9, Native Sons of the Golden West, and the parlor’s last remaining charter member, passed away at his home in Oakland last Wednesday night, May 19, at the age of eighty-five …

Mr. Hofmeister was born near Placerville on February 8, 1863, and was a graduate of the Placerville Academy and later went to San Francisco where he graduated from the Pacific Business College.

He was at one time employed in the Placerville Post Office and later entered business here. He had charge of El Dorado County’s Mid Winter Fair but resigned to again be employed by the post office as Deputy Postmaster. He also served as Deputy Sheriff and was later nominated for County Assessor but lost the election by ten votes.

Mr. Hofmeister was always very proud of his connection with the Native Sons. He was the organizer of the parlor and remained interested in its work until his passing …

Members of the Placerville Parlor, N.S.G.W., who were in Oakland to conduct the funeral were Ernest Scheiber, Harold W. Duden, Elsworth Willard, Joseph H. Quigley and Lester McKenzie.


105 Years ago

May 30, 1908

A New Musical Organization

A number of our local musicians have recently organized an orchestra for the study of the higher class of music, under the direction of Wm. Bland, and meet for practice every Monday night. The instrumentation and personnel of the organization is as follows: 1st violins, C. W. Ball, C. H. Bamback; 2d violins, Miss Agnes Alderson, Roy Etzel; 1st cornet, Frank Morey, 2d cornet, Stanley Arnot; flute, A. W. Stewart; clarinet, Will O. Upton; cello, G. A. Richardson; trombone, Rudolph Pierce; piano, Mrs. Wm. Bland; director Wm. Bland.

in their choice of a director the orchestra is especially fortunate, Mr. Bland’s thorough understanding of music and ability to impart instruction insuring satisfactory results.

Ken Deibert

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