Lincoln Chronicles

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1 YEAR AGO Dec. 9, 2010: City not to reapply for All-America status – The city of Lincoln will forgo an attempt for next year’s All America City Award. The decision not to reapply was made Wednesday morning by the city’s Economic Development Committee, who voted unanimously not to go for the 2011 award. Lincoln was named one of 10 All-America cities in 2006 by the National Civic League. That designation never expires. “The All America City award is an award for communities that engage in community-based problem solving and we give it to 10 communities every year,” said Mike McGrath, National Civic League spokesman. “Every year, what we look for is innovation and the ability to address serious problems they are facing.” 10 YEARS AGO Dec. 6, 2001: Second dwelling unit ordinance defeated 3-2 – But city can still require owners to live on property under state law – A city ordinance aimed at preserving the character of owner-occupied single-home neighborhoods was rejected by the City Council Nov. 27 with a three to two vote. The ordinance was written to require owners with two dwelling units on one lot to live on the property. Furthermore, if the property were to be out up for sale, prospective buyers would be notified of the requirement. The city would have the responsibility to make sure the owners were actually living in one of the units. It is based on the assumption that owners take pride in their property. Their presence makes for a better neighborhood with well-kept lawns and houses. 20 YEARS AGO Dec. 5, 1991: Lincolnnites send medical aid to Mexico – In keeping with the Christmas spirit of giving, the Lincoln Rotary Club joined forces with other Northern California Rotary Clubs to donate medical supplies to the people of Mexico. Lincoln Rotary collected $10,000 worth of medical supplies from area clinics and hospitals. Among the items collected were: needles, syringes, and catheters, hospital beds, and defibrillators. The supplies are destined for a small Red Cross Station that serves 500,000 people. 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 7, 1961: Remnants Of Old Burdge Hotel Moved To Clear Way For Progress – The last remnant of the old Burdge Hotel was demolished last week to make room for progress. In its place on the corner of Fifth and G streets is to be erected a super, double six-pump service station with two car lubrication racks, all completely new and modern. Slabs of concrete will cover the cavity that once was the basement of the ostentatious three story building that served early Lincoln for many decades. Not only was the building one of the landmarks of Lincoln as an elaborate hotel, but it was used extensively for many community affairs. Its huge dining room served many community banquets and organizational meetings. Original owners of the hotel were Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Burdge, parents of two daughters, Mrs. Lydia Gerber and Mrs. Frank Sanders. After the demise of the Burdges, the property was taken over by Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Sartain, Mrs. Sartain being the granddaughter of the Burdges, nee Charlotte Sanders. At that time, Sartain was postmaster of Lincoln and his wife operated the hotel. They were noted for their hospitality and congeniality. 75 YEARS AGO Dec. 10 , 1936: Coroner’s Jury Fails To Place Blame For Death – A coroner’s jury failed last Thursday to place the blame on anyone for the death in jail of Oliver Clausen, the man who was picked up in the railroad yards in Roseville, December 1st, and taken to the County hospital, where he was refused admission and, as a consequence, was placed in the county jail, where he died during the night. Considerable warm discussion was passed between Superintendent Wm. Walsh of the hospital and officer Gaffney of Roseville. Following is part of it: “Don’t you think this s a very deplorable condition when you bring a sick man to the county hospital and can’t get him in?” demanded the officer, glaring at Walsh, who sat opposite him. Walsh explained as to the difficulties that the institution would have encountered in handling such as case. He said the patient would have required a private room and the only private room available at the hospital was one which was being used for scarlet fever cases. “Did you see the man, and know that he could not see?” Gaffney demanded. Walsh replied that he was not aware that Clausen was unable to see. “It’s a crime to bring a man to the county hospital and let him die in the county jail,” snapped the policeman. Walsh again explained the hospital’s lack of facilities, saying, “I do not know whether it is a crime or not.” The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.