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25 Years ago
April 28, 1989
Supervisors oppose assault rifle legislation
By DAVID RICHIE
Citing concerns about pending legislation that could turn into a “bad law,” the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose proposed state legislation to control assault rifles.
The board’s opposition to Assembly Bill 357 and Senate Bill 292 is in the form of a resolution recommended by District 5 Supervisor John Cefalu based on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Noting the emotional nature of the assault rifle issue, Cefalu criticized the bills for attempting to cover too many weapons. That concern is also being cited by Gov. George Deukmejian who might eventually be facing the decision about signing one of the controversial bills, according to Cefalu.
Cefalu quoted a well-known bumper sticker stating that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
70 Years ago
April 27, 1944
Film Idol Buys Jerrett Ranch
The Robert S. Jerrett ranch in the Penobscott district, embracing about 1,300 acres, has been purchased by the film player, Lon Chaney, Jr., who, in announcing the purchase Wednesday in Hollywood, said he will name the ranch La Cazador.
The name it is said, means literally, The Huntsman.
The Sphere Of Service
And here’s a letter datelined at the Anzio Beachhead, Italy, March 25. And what do you think it’s written on? It’s written on note paper bearing the imprint of the American Red Cross, and enclosed in an envelope bearing the same imprint. And what does the doughboy say? He says, “As usual I am in my fox hole and my fingers are so cold I can hardly write. You know, I have been over here nearly fourteen months now and one third of that time has been spent at the front.” It’s from Sam Waters, Jr., to his dad. Sam Waters, Sr., at Camino, and the Red Cross feature of the letter appealed to us because it does show that the Red Cross is serving the men who are fighting. Sam says there’s going to be a good deal to talk about when he gets back, especially since it appears his Dad was at San Juan hill.
110 Years ago
April 30, 1904
Another Old-Timer Gone
Wednesday morning, April 27th, 1904, at his home in this city, Pierre Vignaut, an old-time resident passed away. Pneumonia supervening on decline, was the immediate cause of death.
He was a native of Bordeaux in France and was 68 years of age. For more than 40 years a resident of this city, half of that time he had been foreman of Union Cemetery. He sleeps now amid the graves he guarded and beautified with tasteful loving hands.
Open Air Concert at Diamond
On Sunday last the El Dorado Cornet Band in uniform and accompanied by many friends visited Diamond and rendered an open air concert to the manifest delight and appreciation of the goodly number in evidence. That the boys acquitted themselves with credit and were royally received, is a fact beyond gain-saying.