As we were: Water is always a big topic

By From page B10 | November 04, 2013

As We Were 1104 Deibert Ken25 Years ago

Nov. 4, 1988

EID ditch meeting draws tough crowd


The El Dorado Irrigation District’s construction “concept” for renovating the historic Crawford Ditch system ran full force into reality of more than 100 rural El Dorado County residents crowding into Placerville’s Town Hall Wednesday night voicing deep concerns about the project.

The collision probably did not derail the project, but may have pushed any construction start date back while EID considers public reaction to the renovation. Some possible problems with the improvement project to repair, pipe or line 18 miles of the Crawford Ditch system brought out during the three hour public meeting included: New problems for firefighters according to John Williamson, chief of the Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District; Possible new erosion control problems; Concern about EID drawing too much water off into the renovated ditch system at the expense of downstream landowners; Environmental impacts on wildlife and vegetation are topics of concern; Concern about possible loss of a link to El Dorado County’s past. Historian George Peabody pointed out that the ditch system was first cut through the rugged terrain between Hanks Exchange Road and the North Fork Cosumnes in the mid-1850s and is an example of Gold Rush era ingenuity with considerable historical significance.


70 Years ago

Nov. 4, 1943

Radio Group To Visit Club

The Placerville Shakespeare Club held its regular business meeting on Tuesday, November 2, with the president, Mrs. Geo. R. Burris, presiding.

Tuesday, November 23, will be program day. Mrs. Robert Sinclair, chairman, has arranged a fine program to be given by a group of radio entertainers from Camp Kohler. The Dramatics Department of the High School will be guests. Tea will be served by Mrs. Wm. Albright and Mrs. Homer P. Brown.

Members of the Shakespeare Club and other friends of Mrs. Charles Schaeppi, were invited to a tea at the Shakespeare clubhouse Thursday afternoon, November 4th, at 3 o’clock, complimenting Mrs. Schaeppi, who is moving to Los Angeles.


120 Years ago

Nov. 4, 1893

Miss Isobel Couper and Miss Mollie Carpenter have opened a studio for the study of vocal and instrumental music, in rooms on Main Street, over the City Drug Store. They will give instruction in piano, violin, mandolin, guitar and vocal harmony, and already have a number of pupils enrolled. Of the ability of these young ladies it is needless to speak here, as Miss Carpenter has grown up in this community and her musical talent and ability to impart what she has acquired by a thorough course of study under the best masters, is well known by experience. Miss Couper, while a relative new-comer, in the few appearances she has made before a Placerville audience has proved herself to be a thorough mistress of that “king of instruments,” the violin. The young ladies, by thorough and pains-taking work, expect to make their studio a credit to themselves and their patrons.

Ken Deibert

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