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As we were: Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund drive

By From page B3 | February 04, 2013

25 Years ago

Feb. 5, 1988

B.T. Collins to cap Vietnam fund drive

B.T. Collins will be the keynote speaker March 24 for an inter-service club meeting that will cap off the El Dorado County’s California Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund drive, announced Robert Laurie, a member of the Challenge ’88 ad hoc committee.

Collins, who lost an arm and a leg in Vietnam, is a vice president for the investment firm of Kidder Peabody & Co. Inc. He previously served as director of the California Conservation Corps and chief of staff for Gov. Jerry Brown. He is a member of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission.

Invitations are now being sent to service clubs for the March 24 joint service club meeting at the Veterans Memorial Building …


65 Years ago

Feb. 5, 1948

100 Years Ago — Sutter Visits His Saw-Mill

NEW HELVETIA, Feb. 5, 1848 — Mr. Sutter has absented himself from this place the past four days, being at the sawmill on the American fork on a visit of inspection.

Despite his absence, the affairs appear to be operating efficiently, although some have suggested it is unusual for Mr. Sutter to remain away from the fort so long a period.

The launch Dice me Nana received her cargo and left for San Francisco Sunday, taking Mr. Stevens as passenger. The shingle makers and a number of men on the mill race came in this day for supplies and the social life of the fort was enlivened by the marriage of Tokatchi and Multe.

On Monday an additional number of the workhands were in the fort for trading and Cululu returned with a team from the mountains.

The departure of Mr. Sutter next day was uneventful and we heard later that they had camped on the dam near the mill at Natomo that night.


110 Years ago

Jan. 31, 1903

Memories Dear to Family, County and State

The passing of Mrs. Rebecca S. Kyburz, from her home at Clarksville January 18th, 1903, revives the eventful story of her long and eventful pioneer life. She was a native of Pennsylvania, aged 80 years, 11 months and 12 days. Fifty-seven years of her life were spent in California, — thirty-eight of which she lived in this county. Hence she was the heroine of historic events that antidate the organization of both.

With her husband, brave old Samuel Kyburz, who died January 15, 1898, two children and a party of adventurous relatives and friends, she started from East Troy in Wisconsin, April 2, 1846. Six months of tedious travel with ox-teams, brought them through untold perils to Sutter’s Fort, on the 2d day of the following February. Passing the Donner Lake party, with many apprehensions of impending danger, they barely escaped its (Donner Party) fate.

At the historic fort, Mr. Kyburz became the confidential and trusted friend and advisor of General Sutter. And it was largely due to him and to his choice of localities, that the Marshall milling enterprise was directed to Coloma and became the forerunner of monumental history. The sturdy old German and his devoted wife lived to see it revolutionize the world. Three generations, four children, fourteen grand-children and five great-grand children have risen up to cherish and honor memories that are a golden heritage to the County and the State.

The funeral from the family residence to the Masonic cemetery at Folsom, was conducted by the Rev. F.H. Robinson of Berkeley and was very largely attended. The pall-bearers were Fred Dixon, John Tong, Joseph Joerger, Frank Walker, H.M. Johnson and John Wells.

Ken Deibert

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