60 Years Ago
· Late in November of 1950, a flash flood in the high country above Bass Lake sent a raging torrent of water down the north fork of Willow Creek and Chilkoot Creek, which empty their waters into the lake at the location of The Falls resort. The large, two-story structure, which stood directly in the path of the onrushing water, took the full force of the flood and crumbled under the sledgehammer blow, spewing the contents – including two pianos – into the lake. Rebuilding of The Falls began immediately and protective concrete walls were erected to safeguard the present structure.
· Over 800,000,000 board feet of timber was sold during the first nine months of 1959 from U.S. Forest Service lands in California, according to regional forester Chas. A. Connaughton.
· Dedication ceremonies last week marked completion of the giant Mammoth Pool dam which will block the narrow San Joaquin River gorge to provide an eight-mile long lake and impound 123,000 acre-feet of water to furnish power for the Southern California Edison Company. It is estimated that the new lake could fill in 24 hours with a heavy rain, and in about two months without rain.
50 Years Ago
· Artists of the Golden Chain were honored recently by the visit of a prominent passerby to the gallery. The interested visitor was Haydn Ford, noted high speed cartoonist and sketch artist from Glenn Heath, Wales, who was in this country visiting cartoonist Charles Schultz, creator of “Peanuts.”
· Full page ad: WANTED – A High School in EASTERN MADERA COUNTY. REWARDS: Shorter Time and Distance For School Travel; Better Student-Teacher Parent Relationships. VOTE YES OCT. 14.
· Long Hollow Ranch is in the midst of full scale construction efforts as Titan Group fulfills their plans to create a large recreational residential community in the foothill area below Coarsegold (Yosemite Lakes Park).
40 Years Ago
· Inflation and recession in the United States will cause California to experience a slower, more modest rate of economic growth during 1980, although it will continue to outperform the rest of the nation next year, according to Bank of America in its 1980 California Economic Outlook. By 1980, the average California household income will more than double from a decade ago, increasing from $13,000 to $27,400.
· New electric generating resources planned for the next 20 years will harness the wind, tap the earth’s hot water, squeeze more energy from the mountain streams, and recover otherwise wasted steam from other industries, according to the plan filed last week with the California Public Utilities Commission by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. “By development of economically feasible and technologically sound alternative resources, building a coal plant, bringing our virtually completed Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant on line and emphasizing conservation, the new program will further our national objective of significantly reducing the use of imported oil,” PG&E President Barton W. Shackelford said.
30 Years Ago
· Although the tragic earthquake of Oct. 17 occurred many miles from Eastern Madera County, it touched many local lives. Sandy Brinley and Sharon from Oakhurst were attending a telephone seminar on the second floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. “It was pretty frightening,” Brinley said. “It started small and grew to a pretty good rock. It got worse to the point you knew you were in danger when you started to move.” Lenore Follett, of Oakhurst, said her sister, Karen Bolton, lost everything in the quake. She lived in an apartment in the Marina District.
· Marriott’s new Tenaya Lodge resort at the south entrance to Yosemite National Park is on schedule to be closed in for the winter and appears to be well able to meet its projected June 1990 opening. The hotel will have 242 rooms and conference space and services.
· The Coarsegold Union School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution which notices the public of the district’s intent to have year round education for the 1990-91 school year. The Board approved implementation of year round school to alleviate overcrowding, and heard a projected timeline for completion of a second school.