Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Big Bike at Russell & Anderson: Once Proud But Now Virtually Invisible Icon (17)



In 1976, a metal shop class at Davis High built a some 12-foot tall metal sculpture of a high wheeler (“penny-farthing”) bicycle that was installed in the median of Russell Boulevard just west of Anderson Road.*

The landscape there was open at that time and the sculpture was therefore a quite dramatic object. So dramatic, in fact, that a post card company made a card of it titled “The Big Bike,” as shown here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dingemans & Thomson Letter to the Rec & Park Commission Regarding the Central Park WPA Restroom Building (16)


October 20, 2011

TO:  Parks and Recreation Commission (please distribute to commissioners).

FR:  Dennis Dingemans, Assistant Director of Hattie Weber Museum of Davis; Mary Lee Thomson, Projects Director of Hattie Weber Museum of Davis

RE: October Agenda Item – Retain WPA Restroom Building Including Additions


Why are we writing this memo?  We are the two HWMD board members most involved in creating exhibits and managing the material artifacts of the Museum. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Davis Odd Fellows Dubiously Claim To Be the “Oldest Organization in the City” (15)


1. Excerpt from the DavisWiki

I. Some years ago, the fading chapter of the Davis Old Fellows Lodge (DOFL) was taken over by a new set of people who began, among other things, to claim that the DOFL was the oldest continuously existing organization in the Davis area, or at least in the city.

Based on my research, I think this claim is dubious at best and almost certainly false. There are at least five older such organizations in the city and six older when considering the wider area.  In August, 2010, I researched the list of the seven seen in image 1, checked it for accuracy with specialist historians, and posted my findings on the Davis History and DavisWiki websites.*

Monday, October 10, 2011

Addendum to the "Pugh Beer Letters," Post #9 (14)

In post number 9 (September 12), I published detailed scans of three of the four known Pugh "beer letters." Having now acquired the fourth letter, here is a detailed scan of it. (A calculation on the back of the letter shows through.)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Reflections on Reading the 1977 Davis Senior High School Yearbook (13)


Recently, a 1977 Davis High yearbook was auctioned on E-Bay. I collect DHS yearbooks and, not having that year, I bid on it and won.

I find it helpful to peruse the senior class pictures of these books in terms of who is later seen in Davis public life.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Davis Heritage Building Demolition/Survival Report Now On This Blog (12)


The booklet in which I report the year 2000 demolition/survival rates of 1945 Davis buildings  is now a slide-show appearing in the right side-bar of this blog.

This is a step forward in making it accessible. The booklet is out of print and previously stored online deep in the davishistoricalsociety.org site. At that location, it is in an “assemble-your-own-booklet” form.*

All 20 pages are now separate and in sequence.

For purposes of speedier loading, the  slide-show resolution is reduced, which means less detail in the photos. But the davishistoricalsociety.org version is still there & has higher resolution. The physical booklet is available in local libraries and at the Hattie Weber Museum. (The photos themselves are viewable--with scans available--at UCD’s Department of Special Collections.)