Compiled by Debby Carter from the archives of Fresno Flats Research Library and the Sierra Star
60 Years Ago
· Ground was broken last week for the start of the Sierra Telephone Company’s new central office buildings at Oakhurst, Raymond and Madera. The building at Oakhurst, which measures 20 feet by 35 feet, will house long-distance calls via a line-of-sight radio path. The new Oakhurst facility will have sufficient space for dial equipment to serve 2,500 to 3,000 telephones, approximately eight times the amount presently being served.
· Workmen are speeding construction of Coarsegold’s new $108,000 elementary school, located about two miles from Highway 41 on the Raymond Road. The 3,250-square-foot building will house three classrooms, toilets, kitchen, two furnace rooms, storage room, and a janitor’s closet.
· A new Oakhurst sign is going up on property donated by Ralph Walton near the junction of Highway 41 and the Ahwahnee Road (Hwy. 49.)
50 Years Ago
· Ad: Thanksgiving Special. Cream of Chicken with Rice Soup. Tossed Salad – Choice of Dressing. ROAST YOUNG TOM TURKEY. Dressing, Fricassee, Gravy and Cranberry Sauce. VIRGINIA BAKED HAM with Fruit Sauce and Candied Yams. Vegetables – Dessert – Coffee or Tea. $1.85. Country Kitchen. Open 6 A.M. tp 7 P.M. Highway 41, Oakhurst, OV 3-4931.
· An evening of family entertainment is scheduled for November 8 at Kennedy Hall in North Fork. James and Ivy Cooper, of Hughson, will play beautiful melodies on bells and singing rocks. The couple recently played a week’s engagement at the Oregon State Fair.
· KFRE-TV, channel 30, Fresno, has invited the Oakhurst Elementary School choir to perform on the all-color “Five Hours of Christmas.” The TV program will be presented on Christmas Day. The choir will go to Fresno on Monday, December 15, to make a video tape recording. The newly ordered choir robes will be used for the first time on this trip.
40 Years Ago
· In a personal message to the people of Madera County, Jerry Lewis last week exoressed special thanks for all that the local success of this year’s Labor Day telethon to benefit the Muscular Systrophy Association will accomplish. In the six counties of Madera, Fresno, Mariposa, Merced, Kings and Tulare, viewers phoned in $139,670 in pledges during the 21 hours the show was aired over KMJ-TV. Nationwide, $30,075,227 was pledged for the fight against neuromuscular dystrophy, the largest sum ever recorded for a single humanitarian fund-raising event.
· Although very few people are in favor of it, Governor Edmund Brown, Jr.’s state-wide imposed odd-even gasoline rationing program goes into effect throughout Madera County Monday morning. The last number of a license plate is used to determine the day any particular driver can get gas. Although there have been gasoline shortages and reduced hours at all local stations, the area has not experienced the extremely long lines at gas stations reported in the larger cities and other parts of the nation.
30 Years Ago
· Editorial: Television evangelist Jim Bakker can count himself lucky that he will have to spend only 10 years in federal prison before being eligible for parole. Bakker, once one of the most influential televangelists in the nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Potter to a fitting 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for defrauding his faithful followers of millions of dollars to finance his luxury homes, cars and vacations.
· Kathryn Triplett of Coarsegold is continuing her efforts to assist families in Watsonville left homeless by the earthquake. She recently took numerous items to the area that had been collected here. She said she received a lot of help from Manna House and Evangelical Free Church.
· The Pines Resort at Bass Lake has announced plans to construct a dinner house, cocktail lounge and 20 suites in the spring of 1990. The two-story 21,000 square foot complex will be built at the Pines Beach, below the Pines Village, overlooking the lake. The Pines Resort owned and operated Ducey’s Lodge, a Bass Lake landmark for 50 years, which was destroyed by fire on June 2, 1988. Steve Welch, Executive Vice President of the Resort, pointed out that it was a long decision-making process on how best to replace the Ducey’s Lodge facility.