Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Request to Report Problems in the Draft Display “Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building” (104)

Rich Rifkin and I have drafted an 18 by 24 inch public display titled “Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building” that will hopefully be installed at the northeast corner of 2nd and G Streets.

We are concerned that viewers will identity problems with the pictures or text after it is installed.

Hoping to avoid post-installation changes, we are asking as many people as we can to read the display in draft and tell us about problems before installation.  

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sexism at the University Farm & Viola Russ McBride (103)


Motoring on the Northern California coast some years ago, I happened into a town named Ferndale, yes, that Ferndale, the place famous for well-preserved Victorian buildings and as a motion picture location.

Browsing the bookshop in the local history museum, I found a seemingly homemade booklet, 28 pages long, with the title The University Farm Versus Co-Eds Circa 1926-27 (image 1). The $5.00 price tag did not deter my purchase.

The booklet was published in 1994 by Viola Russ McBridge, who had been a student at the Farm in 1926-27 and was 88 years old when she produced this item. She died in 1996 at the age of 90.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Terminal Hotel Matchbook & Business Memorabilia More Generally (102)

Some years ago I wrote a book on the historic Terminal/Aggie Hotel built at the southeast corner of 2nd and G streets in 1927 and demolished in 2000. (The Chen Building is there now.)

As part of that project, I attempted to find and to photograph items relating to life in the ground floor cafe and the second floor hotel. I had in mind such artifacts as menus, matchbooks, and images of the interior rooms.

Despite varied efforts, I was never able to find, much less to photograph, a single such item.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The 1950 Fourth of July Celebration (100)

As part of some other research, I recently held in my hands a yellowed, original copy of the July 5th, 1950 issue of the Woodland Daily Democrat.

High on its front page, a headline reads “Covell Trophy Won in Davis By Gray Rowe.”

Such a story is of course irresistible to a Davis history buff and I read it--and not surprisingly--post about it here.

The “hook” of the story is Gray Rowe and the Covell Trophy, but that is not what I find most interesting about the report.

Most interesting, instead, is the 1950 Fourth of July context in which the Covell Trophy was awarded.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The November, 1952 Davis Phone Listings (99)

This post focuses on two topics, the scarcity of old telephone directories and the small size of the 1952 Davis telephone listings

A number of years ago I stumbled onto a 1957 Sacramento Valley telephone directory for sale in a Grass Valley used bookstore. Along with many other Sacramento area communities, the directory included Davis telephone listings. Intrigued, I bought it.