Sunday, April 28, 2013

On Remembering or Not Remembering Prominent Davis People: Reflections on the Obituary of William Henry Scott (115)

In the course of looking for something else in the 1942 Davis Enterprise, I happened onto an item announcing that William Henry Scott would once more stand for election as the Davis-area Justice of the Peace (image 1).

This small item caused me to realize that I have never done a post on Scott as a “major shaper” of Davis, even though I have done so on people like Calvin Covell and even A. Gordon Anderson.

So, I decided I would, at a minimum, post his obituary, which I expected to be like those on Covell and Anderson already posted here, a longish and highly appreciative essay on his life.

But, in reading it, I was surprised and disappointed to find a short, narrow and almost dismissive account (image 2).

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Gee-whiz! A New Grocery Store! (114)

Sometimes the emotional tone of a report is as striking as the content of what is reported.

Such at least has been my response to the January 3, 1961 Davis Enterprise report of a Safeway grocery store opening at G and 6th streets in Davis.

There is a certain “gee whiz” wonderment generated by such words and phrases as:

newest and most modern
very latest design
brightly lighted
full view
perfect condition,
complete selection
full line
all types
entire center
simplicity and comfort
very essence
most gratified
simple and orderly

Sunday, April 14, 2013

In the 1930s, 40% of Davisites Were UC Alumni, 50% Had At Least Some College: Education Does Not Prevent Babbittry? (113)

I recently had occasion to take my copy of The Golden Book of California, 1860-1936 in hand and to open it to the pages listing all University of California alumni living in Davis shortly before the book’s publication in 1937.

As you can see, UC alumni in Davis form a substantial list. It is so long, indeed, that I began to wonder if it did not make up good portion of the entire town.

Curious, I could not resist counting the names. It comes to 418 (your count may vary).

There is then the classic question: “Is this a big number or a little number?”

By a liberal estimate, the entire population of Davis was about 1,600 in the mid-‘30s. If the proportion of them who were children was the same as for the state--37%--that leaves about 1,000 adults.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Vietnam Combat Death: Remembering E Street Son James Gray Rowe Jr, 1946-1968 (112)

A little while ago, three early ‘60s Davis High School yearbooks belonging to James (Jim) Rowe, DHS class of ’64, were discovered in an unlikely storage place. They and other items relating to him were given to the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis. I have read those materials and offer the following observations and images.

Jim Rowe was born to Helen and Gray Rowe in Davis in 1946 and died in combat in Vietnam in 1968 at age 21. His name is on the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington.