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Williams Farmer 9/24/37

Frank Schuckman of Williams was the successful bidder for the City Hall Bonds which were sold by the city Council last Monday evening. It will be remembered that Schuckman was the successful bidder for the water and sewer improvement bonds which were sold by the council a year ago.
The next step in the construction of the city hall and firehouse will be the advertising for bids. This will be done according to the procedure followed by the PWA and will probably be published in the near future.


The roof and attic of the J. M. Stovall home in Williams was destroyed by fire Sunday Evening about 6:30 o’clock when a fire of unknown origin developed in the top of the structure. The blaze was confined to the stop story of the building and but room in the second story was burned to any appreciable extent. Water damage to the second and first floor was considerable.
The home was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kemp and their daughter Thelma Coleman and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Kemp, their son Frank Jr., and Kyle and Karen Coleman were sitting before the fire in the fireplace when the fire department arrived and notified them that the house was ablaze. H. S. Christy had noticed the roof of the home; one of the palatial landmarks of the county was burning and had turned in the fire alarm. The Kemps failed to hear the fire siren and were surprised to learn that the home was burning. Mrs. Coleman was in Gridley at the time visiting friends.
The house and furnishings were covered by insurance.
Mrs. Stovall who is residing with her daughter, Mrs. George Zumwalt in Colusa and had stored some of her belongings in a room on the lower floor of the building and little damage was done to the stored goods.
The Williams Fire Company is to be commended on its efficiency in handling the difficult fire. The building is a high structure and the fire was burning rapidly when it arrived. However, in a few minutes the big danger was past and the fire apparently destined to destroy the building was controlled with a partial loss instead of a complete loss.
Mrs. Stovall has no announced her intentions in regard to the rebuilding of the home but it is expected that renovation work will start sometime this summer.


Funeral services were held Monday morning from the Wiliams Methodist church for Archie Gustave Matzka, who passed away July 27th at Fort Miley Veteran’s hospital in San Francisco.
Rev. Doyle Porter officiated and “Beautiful Isle” and ‘No Night There,” family requested hymns were sung by Harry A. Smith accompanied by Lois Barrett. Internment was made in the Williams Cemetery by McNary Moore. Graveside rites were conducted by the American Legion Post of Williams. Pallbearers were Glenn Manor, Charles Myers, Everett Brainard, James Manor, Frank Kintana and Cliff Griffin.
Arch was born in Germany on December 6, 1891 and came to the United States at an early age with his parents. He graduated from local schools and served in the armed forces during World War I. He was a charter member of the Williams American Legion and served as a member of the California Highway Patrol for more than a score of years.
Following his retirement he became the Williams Police Chief, a post that he held for five years. He had been hospitalized for more than a year with only short leaves at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Muriel, a patient at Colusa memorial Hospital; step daughters, Lovita Gilbert and Eloise Beven of Sacramento; a brother Rudolph of Williams and sisters, Mrs. Helen Sims, Mrs. Matilda Pitalo, Mrs. Anna Mitchell all of Williams and Mrs. Emma Crowder of Richmond, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren ■

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