Sunday, August 26, 2012

Illegal Alcohol & Student Behavior in 1938 (71)


I ran across a small item on student drinking and alcohol sales in the 1938 Davis Enterprise that prompts a number of observations and questions.

The item, reproduced here, concerns two students allegedly purchasing too-strong beer from a retailer in Davis and Dean Knowles Ryerson complaining to the Chamber of Commerce directors about it.

First, the implied alcohol consumption scene in Davis is certainly light years away from Davis today. A mere two students make a “brawl” and get themselves dismissed from the college. Talk about “things have changed.”

Second, drunken behavior among students was an on-going reason for dismissal? What would we do for students if we applied that standard today?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pena Physical Legacy Survives Demolition of 337 D (68)


The impending demolition of the structure at 337 D has prompted my fellow Davis history buff Rich Rifkin to lament that there will be “no more physical legacy of the Penas in Davis” and that 337 D is “the last physical record of the historic Pena family in Davis.”

Let me set Rich’s mind at ease. The fact of the matter is that the “physical legacy” of the Pena family survives 337 D in at least four ways.

First, several members of that family are buried in the Davis cemetery. As I understand it, burial of the kind seen there is what physical legacy is very much about.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Sporadic Existence of the Davis Chamber of Commerce (67)

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The current conventional reckoning is that the Davis Chamber of Commerce began in 1905 and has been a continuous and active entity since then.

But, the other day I happened upon a January 3, 1963 Davis Enterprise article reporting how that organization was started in 1925.