April 5, 1989
Raffety promoted to editor
Michael Raffety, 42, has been promoted from managing editor, announced Mountain Democrat Publisher Jim Webb.
Prior to taking over as managing editor, Raffety served eight years as city editor of the Democrat. Raffety holds 18 state and regional awards for editing, writing and photography. Raffety received his bachelor of arts in classical languages from San Francisco State University. For the past nine years he has also taught photography part-time at Placerville Center of Cosumnes River College.
70 Years ago
April 6, 1944
New Manager For P. F. G. A.
The past week brought a change in managers for Placerville Fruit Growers Association and the successor to A. A. Brock was named by the board of directors Monday.
He is J. A. “Ted” Hodapp, who has been field man and packing house superintendent for the co-operative since December of 1940.
Mr. Brock, manager for the association since 1939, was appointed on Friday of last week by Governor Earl Warren to be Director of the State Department of Agriculture, succeeding W. J. Cecil, resigned. This is a post he is not unfamiliar, since he served as director during the period of 1933 to 1939.
City Purchases Site Of Dump
The City of Placerville has acquired title to the area just off Chili Bar road beyond the city limits, used as a dump. The property was purchased at Monday night’s meeting of the council from Arthur J. Koletzke and a payment of $400 was authorized.
The council also considered the matter of the possibility of the collection of relics owned by James H. Sweeney being taken from the city. Mr. Sweeney recently sold his property and, it was explained by Councilman Molinari the relics may be sold for removal from the city if there is no local interest in keeping them here.
110 Years ago
April 2, 1904
A Sudden Death Deeply Deplored
The sudden death of Cesare Forni, Thursday, March 31st, 1904, at his home near El Dorado, was the result of an accidental injury, received the day before in the vicinity of Latrobe. He was riding a horse and leading a mule, when his horse threw its tail over the halter-strap and bucked so violently as to throw Mr. Forni against the horn of the saddle, thus renewing and aggravating a case of hernia from which he had long suffered and had undergone a critical operation.
Realizing he was seriously injured, he returned home and physicians were promptly summoned. But to them it was soon apparent that no skill or treatment of theirs could save their suffering patient, whose absent relatives were hastily summoned to his bedside. In all the relations of his enterprising business life, he was trusted and respected as a big-hearted, broad-minded and progressive man of affairs. As stock-man and ranchman, he leaves large interests in herds of cattle and in winter and summer ranges well located and valuable.
A native of Switzerland, in his adopted country, he was a good husband, father, friend, neighbor and citizen. And at 58 years of age he leaves a wife, son and daughter a handsome inheritance and a host of sympathizing friends.