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The “darling buds of May” have taken a beating during the past week as an unseasonable cold spell lingers over Northern California.
El Dorado County’s western slope, home of Apple Hill and a major wine producing industry, suffered varying degrees of damage from the recent frost, according to county Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Carl Locher.
“We won’t really know the amount of damage for a week or so,” Locher said Friday, “but a rough estimate for certain areas is about 25 percent crop loss in apples. Cherries and plums are grown down lower, and so they were not affected as much.”
Locher explained that the most severe frost hurt crops in the 3,000 to 3,500-foot elevations, which is generally a bit higher than most wine grapes are grown but includes prime apple and pear orchards …
If cold weather continues, however, he said serious losses would be likely. “If it gets down to 25 degrees, we’re in real trouble,” he said …
Following institution last week of James W. Marshall Chapter No. 49, of E Clampus Vitus, officers of the chapter were appointed on Wednesday by Nobel Grand Humbug Norman Robotham as follows:
Clampatriarch, John Raffetto, Sr.; Noble Grand Humbug, Norman H. Rotham; Vice Noble Grand Humbug, C. E. Barker; Clampanker, Ogden Hook; Clamporator, John Raffetto, Jr.; Nobel Grand Recorder, Lloyd Raffetto; Illustrious Dispatch Rider, George Meyers; Clampatrix, Wm. Hall Hays; Clampetrix, E. W. Zueger …
Miss Margaret A. Kelley, of Kelsey, has recently received from San Jose State Teacher’s College a letter acknowledging receipt of an English textbook used by Charles Edwin Markham in his student days at the school in 1870 …
Miss Kelley knew Markham as a pupil when he was a teacher, and later was a teacher herself when Markham was County Superintendent of Schools. She reports she has Markham’s signature and other writings in her own autograph album as well as in albums of her sister and brother, and also has three of his library books which bear his book plate.
The text given to the Normal School is “Exercises on Words,” a text on grammar and rhetoric, written by William Russell, editor of the American Journal of Education, and published at Boston in 1856.
Wednesday’s celebration marked an important anniversary in the history of Masonry in this county, as it was on that day fifty years ago that the charter was issued to El Dorado lodge.
The literary exercises were held in the M. E. Church, where twenty-five years ago a similar programme was rendered on the occasion of the silver anniversary of the lodge. This time the church was decorated with bright yellow poppies and other delicate sprays in a background of ferns which were symbolic of the golden jubilee …