Sunday, May 20, 2012

Slatter's Court Remembered: History So Near Yet So Far (60)

A few weeks ago, the Sacramento Bee ran a “human interest” story titled in part “Sacramento sisters are 90 and Identical twins.” It was organized around the themes of “being twins” and the marvel of being 90-year-old twins.

Glancing through the story, I almost missed what was important about it from a Davis history point of view: The sisters in question are two of the five children of the Slatters who ran Davis’ Slatter’s Court.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

“Redevelopment in Davis” Presentation Is Yet Another History “Crystalizing” Document (58)

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I have previously blogged about how recent documents by thoughtful Davisites  “crystalize” Davis history so well that they are making future Davis histories much easier to write  (#48, March 25, 2012 and #07, August 28, 2011).

These crystalizing documents keep on coming! Now we have one addressing a very large change in Davis over the last quarter century.  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

“Track Work Patriots” From Davis: White Collar Guys “Working on the Railroad” (57)

WWII military mobilization created acute manual labor shortages in the U. S. Among other programs, efforts were made to recruit “white collar” men too old for the military into hard-to-fill manual labor tasks.

One such program was organized by the Southern Pacific Railroad for the purpose of moving freight piling up in rail centers and maintaining and repairing tracks.

As a town with a train depot and SP station agent, Davis was an obvious and easy target for such recruitment. This was especially so since the agent was long-time Davis resident Sam Brinley who had married into the pioneer Weber family and who had become a prime mover-and-shaker in local affairs.