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- Mountain Democrat
Jan. 4, 1989
Gold Hill Winery destroyed by fire
By MARY NEAL
COLOMA — Fire destroyed Hank Battjes’ recently built Gold Hill Winery early Friday morning, causing about $200,000 damage to the structure, and an estimated $500,000 to $1-million to the contents, according to fire Chief Don Pierson of the Coloma-Lotus Fire Protection District.
The contents consisted of “pallet after pallet of all types of wine stacked 16-feet-high in the lower floor of the two story building,” Pierson said.
The fire was contained within about 2 hours after it was discovered. Three Coloma-Lotus engines responded, as did one Placerville engine, one Northside engine and one Garden Valley water tender.
70 Years ago
Jan. 6, 1944
Election Ends For C. Of C.
Directors of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce will meet Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock to organize for the ensuing year and to set a date for the annual membership meeting.
Eight of the directors are newly named, having been elected in the recent regular election of the organization to serve for a two year term expiring December 31, 1945.
Of the eight whose terms recently expired, four were re-elected. They are Edwin F. Smith, who has served the past year as president, and Swift Berry, L. A. Raffetto and James Dalziel. Others who were elected are L. J. Anderson, State Senator H. E. Dillinger, Chalmers G. Price and R. A. Cayot.
“Sphere of Service”
Lieut. Jim Ball, wrote a V-mail letter at APO 759, New York, on December 23 and it came through regular mail, arriving January 6th. Jim says, “my paper has been arriving somewhat spasmodically but the important thing is that it does arrive. Even though the issues are sometimes two months old, I enjoy every line of them. I especially enjoy the “Sphere of Service” and it is the first thing I read. Jim sends greetings to all.
110 Years ago
Jan. 2, 1904
A Great Game
The game of basket ball last Saturday evening drew out a large and enthusiastic audience, and while not up to the Thanksgiving Day game in dash and brilliant playing, it was very interesting; but six players made up each team as against nine in the previous encounter.
The Astras scored through the efforts of Miss Anda Irwin and the P. A. C.’s by Miss Jennie Blair’s placing of the ball. Some fine work was evidenced both in guarding and passing the ball, the activity of the junior team more than equalizing the heighth and weight of their opponents. The game was won by the P. A. C.’s, the score standing 4 to 3. The receipts were $49.75.
The Club, as a body, presented the Mountain Concert Band, which furnished music during the evening without charge, with $10 for the purchase of new music, gave $10 toward a charitable object, and also presented an elegant silver, gold lined berry spoon to one of their members as a wedding gift. The girls are all right.