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News Back Then (August 19, 2011)


This feature is contributed by: Pat Ash of Williams California
information is acquired through the Colusa County Branch Library

Williams Farmer • 7/28/1900

    The bottling and shipping of Bartlett Springs water has become a great industry.  Last year, when five persons were employed during the entire season in the work of bottling on the line, it was the opinion of those who ought to know that the industry had reached high water mark.  But the business continues to grow, and the increase in the demand for water is simply amazing.  This year alone the bottling force consists of eight persons.

Bartlett Springs Crew

    The season began, earlier this year and will not close so long as the road is open for travel.  The output is from seventy five to eighty cases a day.  Last year it did not exceed forty five.  Seven six horse teams are employed to deliver the water to Williams.  As the retail price of this water is $8.00 a case, the services of an expert mathematician are not necessary to figure out that Bartlett  Springs water is a source of immense revenue.  Of course the expense is considerable, but not large enough to make a very serious cut into the tremendous profits of the business.

Williams Farmer • 8/5/1932

As a real surprise to their legion of friends and acquaintances, comes the news of the marriage of Miss Pauline Mendenhall and Mr. Wilbur Nason, which took place at Medford Oregon, at noon on Monday, July 25th.  With only the immediate families of the pair “in the know”, the couple left here very early Monday morning arriving in Medford a few minutes before noon.  Within a short while they had reached the home of Rev. Bennett of the Methodist Church there and were quietly married.  Following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Nason continued down the Redwood Highway enjoying a camping trip until the following weekend at which time they returned to the Fred Nason Ranch in Bear Valley where they expect to remain the rest of the summer.  Until last Sunday, the secret had remained with a very few, when it became known to their friends.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Mendenhall of Williams.  She attended both local schools and after which she entered Mills College from which she subsequently graduated with honors.  For two years she taught music in the Martinez Junior High School, leaving there to accept a position in Antioch where she expects to continue her teaching.  Of a charm equaling her lovely character and disposition, her popularity both in her home town and as well as her school contacts, has been assured.  As a teacher she is most efficient and her efforts ever accompanied by success.
Wilbur Nason, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nason now of Williams, but recently of Bear Valley and Santa Cruz.  He graduated from the Santa Cruz High School and since his arrival in Williams has been occupied in agricultural pursuits.  At present he rents the Tedford land and vineyard, which he is developing.  A young man of sterling characteristics, he is both ambitious and enterprising.
Let us join with the many that are wishing these two young people a long life of continued happiness and success and heaping upon them both a wealth of deserving congratulations.

Williams Farmer • 8/4/1933

    Funeral services where held Saturday morning at the Methodist Church in Williams for Benjamin F. Wallace, who passed away Thursday evening from heat prostration.
Ben was born in Napa on December 21, 1856.  In 1873 he moved to Colusa County and has been a resident here for these sixty years.  He resided with his brother Theodore Wallace at their home for the past many years.
A bachelor, he had enjoyed almost perfect health during his entire life, having consulted a doctor not more than two or three times.  This summer he has been employed on the Orale Thomas Ranch.  On Thursday, at noon, he complained of feeling badly and ate no lunch.  His friends begged him not to go back out into the blazing heat, but he insisted that he was in fine condition.  Shortly following one of the men noticed that the horse that he had been driving was not moving, hastened to the scene where he found the stricken man unconscious upon the ground.  He carried him to the Thomas house where Dr. Salter was hurriedly called.  Responding he rushed the man to the Memorial Hospital where he died, never having regained consciousness.
Of honorable character and quiet manner, he went his way, making no enemies, but many friends, who will revere his memory.  Surviving him is his sister Eliza Hildreth of Williams, John and Theodore Wallace of Williams and Fred Wallace of Hawthorne Nevada, besides many nieces and nephews.

Williams Farmer • 8/2/1935

    The lemon grove at the Mills Orchards project west of Maxwell is again coming into full bearing after the setback received by heavy frost three years ago.  It is now estimated that in the neighborhood of 150 rail cars of lemons will be shipped from the orchard this year.  During the past few days the Orchard Company has picked, packed and shipped 7 cars of peaches, two cars of nectarines and two cars of plums.  The fruit is of the highest standard, rich in flavor and large in size.
Lemon picking will start in the near future and from that time on, it will be a busy place.
At present time a large number of local people are busily engaged in the packing house, packing sorting and shipping plums.


Excellent Quality Melon Now on the Market. The field of melons grown by Gassaway and Engrahm in the field east of the Depue Warehouse is now producing heavily.  The melons are on sale locally and are classed as exceptional melons.  The field has not been irrigated and the production will hold up to any of the commercial fields in the state.  The produce will stand shipping and the quality is better than most irrigated fields.

Williams Farmer • 8/5/1949

    The popular Wilson Club which has been operated by Louis Cairo and John Pitalo for the past several years, is now operated under the sole ownership of Mr. Cairo, the latter purchasing the interest of his partner this week.
The Club which has been one of the popular resorts of the valley for years, specializing in fine foods will be conducted in the future in the same courteous manner as in the past, and Mr. Cairo will continue to be the congenial host at Wilson’s club.
Mr. Pitalo states that his plans are indefinite, but that he plans to continue to make Williams his home where he and his happy family have a large circle of friends.

Williams Farmer • 7/28/1960

    Williams, like all the towns in the Sacramento Valley during these hot dry summer days is pestered with a great number of grass and grain fires.  The sun, shining through a bit of thrown away glass, can set a fire very quickly from the magnification of its heat.
But the situation seems to be well in hand through hard work and vigilance of the Williams Volunteer Fire Department.  Nearly every day and sometimes several times a day, the big fire siren sounds its call and the boys come from every direction to man the efficient fire fighting equipment standing always ready for a call.  The boys have done heroic work in quenching any number of blazes before they got out of control.
What makes a volunteer fireman?  It seems that every boy has a yen to follow the calling.  He sees the big red trucks, their sirens howling, dash down the street, their crews clinging, sometimes precariously as they don their rubber coats and helmets.  The shining brass work, the mean looking fire axes, and everything about a fire truck stimulates excitement and a desire to be one of its heroes.
Many years ago the volunteer fireman hauled his own equipment to the blaze.  There were no roaring motors to do his work for him.  There were no telephones or other means of communication to let the volunteer firemen know when the red demon was on a rampage.  Instead, whoever discovered a blaze ran at his best speed to the fire house and hauled lustily on the bell rope.  At the sound nearly everyone set up a cry of “fire! Fire!” and headed full speed toward the fire station.
There the long ropes were quickly pulled out from the tongue of the pumpers and from the hose carts, men and boys took their places and away they went rumbling to the fire.  Great cisterns were located under the surface of the streets, and when the blaze was reached, a “squirrel tail” (so called because it was carried curled back over the top of the engines) of suction pipe, was dropped into the cistern while the pipe men ran their lines to the scene of the blaze.  Then the chief shouted through his speaking trumpet, “Let ‘er go!” and a score of men at the long handles on each side of the pumper began their laborious up and down, up and down manipulation of the handles.  And those old hand pumpers could throw a lot of water through a two and a half inch hose to a half-inch nozzle.
There was great rivalry to see which company would be the first to get water on the blaze, and it has been known that firemen from one company would axe the hose of another in order that his own company could get first water.  Those old boys were proud of their work and accomplished some wonderful rescues.
Then came the horse-drawn engines and hose wagons, and it was a thrilling sight to see the well trained horses dash from their stall at the sound of a big brass gong, take their places under the harness, and with heads up and manes flying, take off as soon as the driver gave the word.
With smoke streaming and steam hissing the brightly shined nickel boilers and throbbing pumps gave every youngster a thrill, and a determination to become a fireman.
Then came the gasoline motored pumpers and trucks.
The small town volunteer fireman is a hero in his own right.  He may come back from a blaze and he may not- he doesn’t stop to think of that when the siren calls.  As a fireman in one of the big fire houses said to a visiting small town fireman “Your fires may be a lot smaller than those we have to contend with, but they are just as hot.”-Charles Stone

Williams Farmer • 8/4/1960

    Half-back Clyde Litchfield, who starred for Williams High School, has been chosen as one of the Northern California All-Stars who will meet the Sacramento County All-Stars in the fourth annual football game to play in Hughes Stadium, Sacramento, on August 20.
Steve Mumma of Pierce High School in Arbuckle, who was an outstanding center, will also see action in the game.
Each team will have 25 players who graduated from high school last year and have been chosen by the coaches and sports writers in their areas.  This yearly football classic is sponsored by the Optimist Clubs of Northern California and the net proceeds go to the Needy Boys fund.
Clyde is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Litchfield. ■

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