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Williams Farmer
9/30/1905
He Changed his mind

Some weeks ago we announced in these columns that F.J. Schuckman, of the Mountain House, had decided to raze his hotel at Keswick, known as the Riverside, and move it to Venado. One day last week he was accompanied to Keswick by Contractor Cox and a crew of carpenters consisting of W.D.
Ostrander, Victor Webber, John Franke and E. K. Cage. All hands went to work and within three days had all the furniture packed and moved to the depot and the partitions removed from the second story. Mr. Schuckman sudden-ly startled his employees by exercising a woman’s privilege-he changed his mind. Fully $500 damage had been done to the building but it was not too late to make repairs and the work of destruction was stopped and the furniture re-turned to the building. This decision was only reached after Mr. Schuckman had been assured that operations at the works at Keswick would be resumed in the near future and will have no effect upon his plans for the rebuilding of the Mountain House at Venado. New lumber will be purchased from the West Valley Lumber Company, and work on the new building, which will have a frontage of sixty feet will be commenced at once.

Williams Farmer
9/15/19006
To our guests

Williams is a fraternal town, supporting no less than eight secret societies-all of which are in a thriving condition. According to the State Mineralogist, the annual shipment of quicksilver from Williams was 400 flasks, valued at $16,526-The dining room at the Williams Hotel has seating capacity of nearly one hundred, which can easily be enlarged for any occasion.-The town of Williams was founded in 1876-a Centennial year. We thus have seventy years in which to produce a world’s fair, John Wanamaker or Philadelphia bank failure.-Barley, the product of our fields, has been shipped in train load lots direct from Williams to Wisconsin, to brew the “beer that made Milwaukee famous,”-If the money invested in windmills, tanks and gasoline engines in Williams was combined in one corporation, the town could have a model system of water works, including an up-to-date electric plant.-Williams is not incorporated, not because it’s residents would not be benefited, but because there are so many who have stock feeding on the commons, and who trace their naivety to you know “you have to show me.” In 1904, which is the last report we have on hand, there were 100,000 cubic feet of Colusa sandstone, valued at $290,000, passed through Williams and placed in modern buildings in San Francisco, not one foot of which was displaced by the earthquake. Ten million dollars worth of this sandstone will be used in the rebuilding of that city.

Williams Farmer
9/24/1915
sends girl delegate

For the first time in the history of organized athletics in Northern California, a girl attended a meeting of the Northern California High School Athletic League delegates Saturday as representative of an accredited high school. She is Miss Oma Retterath of Williams. “The boys at our school are all playing baseball” said Miss Retterath “and we girls held a meeting Friday evening and decided that the school should be represented. My brother used to be delegate so they sent me along, and I’m here enjoying my experience.” Although she represent-ed on of the smallest schools of the league, Miss Retterath did not fail to make her presence known and the interests of Williams High School were well taken care of.

Williams Farmer
9/27/1918
newsy notes from the school

The high school board is installing a gas machine which will give out school service as good as any city school. This is a great improvement in our equipment. The gas is generated outside the building from gasoline, and piped to the laboratories and cooking rooms under pressure. A water beater has also been installed for use in the cooking room and for the shower baths. The public is invited to inspect this new apparatus and also the splendid new equipment in the cooking room.

Williams Farmer
9/26/1919
shipping this years rice crop

The earliest rice in the history of rice growing in the Sacramento Valley is now being shipped from the Norman Station. The shipment is being billed through the Maxwell Depot. Ten carloads are now being made ready for shipment, and will be assigned to the Natoma Rice Milling Co. of San Francisco to go out during this week and the crop was heavy. The price paid for the rice has not been given out, but it is said to be around six cents.

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