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The News Back Then: Williams Elementary School

The News Back Then: Williams Elementary School

The old Williams Elementary School is spoken of fondly by everyone who attended there. Located where the elementary school is now it was a prime example of architecture, for its time. Built in the 1930’s , it had the charm and grandeur that no new school can hold a candle to today. It is the […]


News Back Then
January 10, 2014

News Back Then <br /> January 10, 2014

Colusa Daily Times • 12/22/1933  SKILLED CRACKSMEN BLAST VAULT IN WILLIAMS WAREHOUSE, GET $40.00, ESCAPE   For the second time in six months experienced cracksmen mysteriously entered the big warehouse of Farmers Warehouse Company, near the Southern Pacific Depot in Williams and of which C. L. Schaad is manager, sometime last night and blasted their way […]


The News Back Then (December 6th, 2013)

Williams Farmer • 12/07/1928H. H. RATHBUN STORE PURCHASED BY R. H. ELZEY A deal consummated this week by which R. H. Elzey of Colusa became the owner of the H. H. Rathbun store in Williams. H. H. Rathbun retains the express office which will be maintained in the building until the new express company arranges […]


News Back Then – July 17, 2013

News Back Then – July 17, 2013

Williams Farmer • August 16, 1935SITES STONE MAY BE USED IN BAY BRIDGE  The little town of Sites, west of Maxwell, which in years gone by, was a lively and prosperous community, may again take on life due to the possibility of the stone quarry being again put into operation. Representatives of the McGinvary Construction […]


The News Back Then
March 8, 2013

Williams Farmer •  3/4/1905WILLIAMS LOCALS The trustees of Williams have caused thirty one orange trees and a number of olive trees to be planted on school grounds. The black walnut trees have been grafted with French walnuts. These improvements are in keeping with the times and the trustees should be commended for their action. Williams […]


News Back Then – December 28, 2012

This week in our history • 12/30/ 1955 • Contributed by the Inside ObserverSEVERAL THOUSAND FLEE FLOOD AREA WILLIAMS WELCOMES 900 VICTIMS And Then The Rains Came!! After several years of sub-normal rainfall, the Northern Sacramento Valley received more than its share of water from the sky. When we ask for a “drink of water” […]


News Back Then – September 14, 2012

WILLIAMS NEWS FROM 1877 January 13: Nothing has transpired in our little town since our last, except the burning of W. M. Nickerson’s Restaurant last week. He was insured in the California Farmers Mutual for fifteen hundred dollars.  Business for insurance agents has been quite active this week, owing, no doubt, to the fear of […]


News Back Then – August 17, 2012

News Back Then – August 17, 2012

Williams Farmer8/22/1924225 TONS OF PRUNES WILL BE SHIPPED FROM  MILLS ORCHARD Mills Orchard is shipping some 225 tons of prunes from their Maxwell orchard this season.  Although lemons are the main product grown at the orchard,  about 90 acres are planted to prunes, and this year’s crop is now being prepared for market.  A representative […]


News Back Then: “Williams Arch”

By: Pat Ash WPR Historian   The History of the Williams Pioneer Arch and the Why we celebrate Pioneer Day Williams Farmer 2/2/1917: The blue prints for the proposed Arch over E street at 6th, and to be erected in honor of the pioneer fathers by the sons and daughters, is here and in the […]


News Back Then – February 24, 2012

Williams Farmer 2/19/1941 ORDER YOUR TREES NOW FOR PLANTING The Williams Chamber of Commerce will continue with the tree planting work, as in the past, and according to present plans, 100 trees will be planted this spring.  Last year a hundred and fifty trees were planted and it is reported that of this lot, only […]


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