As we were: Pear growers ready to fight

By From page B3 | February 03, 2014

Deibert Ken25 Years ago

Feb. 10, 1989

Pear growers seek fed relief

California Pear Growers has called on the United States Government to take retaliatory action against the European canned fruit industry because of their violation of an international agreement to reduce subsidies on pears and other fruit products.

“They have violated the letter and spirit of our 1985 agreement. We must respond aggressively and insist that our trading partners behave with integrity,” said Jean-Mari Peltier, president of California Pear Growers (CPG).

European canners provided assurances that European pear subsidies would be reduced, but in fact, subsidies have gone up. “Italian pear growers now receive a minimum price of US$300 per ton for their product, while Italian processors pay only US$100 per ton. Compare that to the California pear growers receive $200 per ton, our second highest price on record. Even then, we are still 50 percent behind our counter-parts in Italy.”

In addition, subsidies to Spanish growers have tripled in the last three years. Spain is a major source of foreign canned pears in the U.S. market, while Italy is dominant in fruit cocktail.


70 Years ago

Feb. 10, 1944

Railway Mail Clerk Call Is Issued

The Federal Civil Service Commission in Placerville has received word there is a need for candidates for appointment as Substitute Railway Mail Clerk. There is no age limit, no experience required and some appointments are open to women. The salary is approximately $1,850 per year plus approximately $615 per year additional compensation.

Applications must be filed with the U.S. Civil Service Commission at Washington not later than February 29th and further information concerning the work may be obtained upon application to the local secretary of the Civil Service Commission at the Placerville Post Office.


120 Years ago

Feb. 10, 1894

“Throw Up Your Hands”

Is the order of the day and night. The air is full of hands thrown up at the command of assassins. But Will Watson of the Cary House didn’t throw up his hands. About 12 o’clock last Monday night, while alone in the office of his hotel, and in the act of placing the receipts of the previous day in his safe, he was startled by the imperative order: “Throw up your hands!” With a quick look at the situation, he saw that he was covered by the pistol of a masked assassin, who was at the end of a short isolated counter, only a step from the sash door of the dining room through which he had entered. Instead of complying with the regulation drill, Will dropped under the side of the counter, from the lower shelf of which he seized a cocked and loaded pistol. Hearing the ominous click and getting a glimpse of Will crawling towards him, the assassin fired to kill, but missed his mark and hit the safe, only six or eight feet distant, and without waiting for a return of the compliment fled through the through the dining-room and kitchen doors left open to facilitate his escape.

Ken Deibert

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