Compiled by Debby Carter from the archives of Fresno Flats Research Library and the Sierra Star.
50 Years Ago
Lost and found – Six-year-old Bruce Henson was found near Whiskey Creek on a Sunday afternoon by Vince Goodwin and Jon Norby, both of North Fork, after being lost some 28 hours. He had wandered away from his parents’ campsite following the family dog. Linda Davis of Oakhurst was instrumental in finding the boy; she was riding on the front of Goodwin’s search vehicle and saw the footprints which led them up the path to the boy. Though hungry and tired, Bruce was in good condition.
Silver certificates – In recent weeks Congressman “Bizz” Johnson reports he has received a great number of inquiries concerning the June 24 deadline for redemption of silver certificates. After that date, silver certificates will continue to be usable as legal currency, but not be redeemed for silver. To redeem the certificates for silver a holder must present them in person at a Federal Reserve Bank in New York or San Francisco.
What a deal – Now Open Every Night for Dinner and Dancing. Complete steak and chicken dinner $2.95. Snowline Lodge.
40 Years Ago
Yosemite High budget – It did not take long for the impact of the Jarvis-Gann tax initiative (Proposition 13) to hit Yosemite High School. Instead of $1.5 million to run the school, which was the tentative budget for the 1978-79 school year, the figure is now $850,791. Superintendent Ken Savage told the Board of Trustees the school’s “survival” plan consists of three priorities: maintaining current teaching staff, maintaining the buildings and grounds, and developing the best educational program possible from what the school has to work with.
Fun times – Sierra Trail Riders annual fun-day Gymkhana at the Oakhurst Community Center Arena. Special Events, Point Events, food, fun, beverages. Hi Point Trophies. FREE shetland pony events for 10 and under.
Putney Ranch Camp – Counselors and program staff members are needed by Putney Ranch Camp in North Fork. It is an outdoor summer camp serving developmentally disabled children and adults from throughout the state of California. Staff members should be high school graduates, 18 years of age and over, with some camping experience and/or experience working with the developmentally disabled.
30 Years Ago
Coarsegold mobile home park – The nine-month controversy over the proposed establishment of a mobile home park in downtown Coarsegold was seemingly settled last week with the Madera County Board of Supervisors voting unanimously to deny the request without prejudice. The denial, however, left a one-year window for developer Earl Baker to come back with a revised proposal. His original proposal was for 283 spaces, then he revised to 198. Most all of the mobile home parks in eastern Madera County are full and have waiting lists.
Billy III fares well at Indy – Billy Vukovich III of Coarsegold was chosen Rookie of the Year after finishing 14th overall at the 1988 Indianapolis 500. He is the family’s third generation to finish at Indianapolis. His late grandfather, Billy, won in 1953 and 1954, and his father was Rookie of the Year in 1968 and placed in the top 10 six times.
Ducey’s burns – A Mountain Area landmark was destroyed by fire. Ducey’s Bass Lake Lodge burned after a grease fire started in the kitchen about 4 p.m. The fire traveled up the flue and into the attic. Fire units from throughout eastern Madera County, Mariposa County, and some from Merced County responded to the call. The loss was estimated at $1 million. Bystanders wept and spoke of almost 50 years of mountain history going up in flames.
20 Years Ago
Camp 4 debate – A coalition of rock climbers and mountaineering organizations has filed a lawsuit to stop the National Park Service from constructing employee housing and visitor lodging in a campsite and adjoining woodlands known as Camp 4. Listed as plaintiffs are many of the greatest names of Yosemite’s renown climbing history, including Tom Frost, Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, David Brower, Warren Harding, Lynn Hill, Galen Rowell, and many others.
Go-kart track in Oakhurst – Cheers and applause greeted the decision of the county Board of Supervisors when it gave unanimous approval for a $3 million family amusement park which would include a go-kart track to be constructed in Oakhurst. Community members opposed to the project cited noise and light pollution as their main concerns.
Mule Days win – For the second year in a row the Minarets Pack Station team won the world championship title at the Mule Days celebration held annually in Bishop. Members of the winning team were Scott Jones, Creed Howard, Zack Montgomery and Owen Topping.