50 YEARS AGO
Entrance fees to be effective during the coming year at Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be the same as last year. Park visitors who enter by auto will have two fee options. One will be the Annual $7 Golden Eagle passport, valid at all national parks and other designated federal recreation areas. A private, non-commercial vehicle may also be admitted for a $1 daily permit.
An invitation to attend its organizational meeting has been issued by the Sierra Historical Sites Association. The gathering is open to any persons interested in the preservation of the foothill and mountain areas’ rich historic background. The group’s objective is to create an organization which can serve to inspire and help communities to take steps toward establishing historically significant sites, buildings, and artifacts, particularly so that these can be available for the public’s view and the use of scholars.
The Broken Bit Mountain Monday Special: Chicken & Dumplings $2 all you can eat.
40 YEARS AGO
Jesse and Iva Love have been selected grand marshals for this year’s Sierra Mountaineer Days. The Loves have lived in the mountain area for 45 years. In the fall of 1945, Jesse and Iva began building the Oakhurst Market. The store opened April 3, 1946, but Love sold the business in 1948. The couple have made numerous contributions of time and energy for the betterment of the community.
Headline: Positions Being Taken on Proposition 13.
The Hells Angels motorcycle club has made its reservations with the U.S. Forest Service for the club’s annual Memorial Day visit to Bass Lake. Forest officials expect some 250 club members will be staying at the Willow Cove Campground. The group has been cooperative during their past visits to Bass Lake.
30 YEARS AGO
Bennett Kiel and his classmates in Mrs. Hansen’s third grade class at Coarsegold Elementary School recently received a very special letter in the mail. It was from President Ronald Reagan. The letter was sent to thank the students for the birthday cards they made and gave to the president. The cards were personally delivered to the White House by Kiel while he was on vacation with his parents in Washington, D.C.
Credited by many as being the vintner who spearheaded the effort to make California wines respected throughout the world, Robert Mondavi believes that increased emphasis on barrel aging was essential for California wines to achieve world-class status. Mondavi and his wife were the guests of Erna Kubin of Oakhurst’s Elderberry House this week for one of her winemaker dinners.
Sierra On-Line, a computer software designer and manufacturer, is building a new 25,000 square foot metal building located behind Oakhurst Elementary School. “The company, in its ninth year in business, is experiencing rapid growth,” according to a spokesman. The new building will house all the company’s operations.
20 YEARS AGO
Yosemite Fun Country, a $3 million project its developers say is certain to add to the attractions available in Oakhurst, is proposed at the excavated hillside along the west side of Highway 41 north of town. Of major concern to the doubters is the issue of noise control. That is also of concern to the developer, who says every effort will be made to muffle the sounds made by Go Karts at a track that is one of the major attractions.
With plenty of snowpack here, this was a great year for Mountain Area Ski School students. The season has ended and 290 students were able to ski and snowboard on some of the best snow in years.
Kicking their way to first place in the State Association Cup Championship were the members of the Mountain Area Youth Soccer League Under-19 team. In their district league play they had an 8-0 record against teams from Fresno, Selma, Lemoore and Auberry to advance to the play-offs. The team scored 33 goals and permitted only four.
NOTE: The column is compiled by Debby Carter from the archives of Fresno Flats Research Library and the Sierra Star.