Sunday, April 29, 2012

On Davis Elected Leaders Passing Through: Reflections Prompted by the Obituary of Miles Nicholson, Davis City Council, 1957-64 (56)

A few days ago, the Enterprise carried an obituary on one Miles Nicholson who recently died at age 94. It includes the text that he “was mayor of Davis for two terms in the 1950s and ‘60s.”

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The 1919 Sewage Crisis, Part II (55)

This two-part post on the Davis sewage crisis of 1919 focuses on items in the October 17, 1919 issue of the Davis Enterprise. That issue of the paper had four items on this topic, one of which I reproduced in Part I (post #53, last week).

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The 1919 Sewage Crisis, Part I (53)

In a letter dated September 23, 1919 Dr. Walter Bates, the Davis public health officer, responding to urgings from the Women’s Improvement Club asked the California Bureau of Sanitary Engineering to inspect and to help correct certain sanitary conditions in Davis.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

1940 Davis Census Enumeration Forms Now Available (51)

The 1940 U. S. Census enumeration forms were made public on April 2.  

I poked around on the web and found those for Davis, CA. They are, indeed, available. Anyone who wants to look at or download them can begin here:

Sunday, April 1, 2012

More on “Round=up Day:” Dennis Dingemans’ Suggestions on the Campus as a Ranch (50)

Dennis Dingemans suggests that the 1946 Round-up Day program (post #49) points to a general conception of the campus as a ranch. Thus:
This is yet another example of how a pattern can be “right in front of us” but we do not see it until it is called to our attention. That is, the pattern is “obvious,” but I did not notice it until Dennis pointed it out.

“Round=up Day” Instead of Picnic Day in 1946 (49)

During WWII, the Farm was shut down and turned into a high security Signal Corps training school. Classes resumed in 1945, but the campus did not return to sufficient normality to organize a Picnic Day that year.