Lincoln Chronicles

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1 YEAR AGO Nov. 13, 2008 Police, Chamber show off new digs – Lincoln’s Police Department and the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, both recently moving into new headquarters, are inviting the public to tour both facilities on Thursday, Nov. 20. Visitors will be treated to light refreshments, guided tours and an opportunity to meet and visit with Lincoln’s law enforcement team and chamber staff from 3 to 6 p.m. The chamber office tour will include member homebased businesses with products on display. Downtown merchants will also be open for shoppers and visitors. Lincoln Police Headquarters is now in Beermann Plaza at 640 Fifth St., the former Lincoln City Hall site. The 10,000-square-foot building was remodeled for the police department’s needs and features a police department history display inside the foyer. 10 YEARS AGO Nov. 11, 1999 Wright to the front – Original Sun City occupant loving life in new home – Lee Wright moved into his home in Sun City Lincoln Hills on Aug. 5 before anyone else lived in the community. He later walked onto the lonely driving range and drove a few golf balls over the virgin golf course. Next, he played the first game on the new golf course. Waiting in line is something Wright hasn’t had to do at Lincoln Hills. “I was the first resident, first one on the driving range and first one on the golf course,” said resident Lee Wright. Speaking of Del Webb, he added, “They call me their poster boy.” Last spring, he was living at Incline Village next to Lake Tahoe and thinking about moving to a warmer climate with no snow. He had lived there since retiring as a sales manager for mainframe computers at IBM in 1989. The beauty of the snow had grown old and shoveling it had become a nuisance. 20 YEARS AGO Nov. 16, 1989 Youth injured in explosion of homemade bomb Tuesday – A 19 year old Lincoln youth was seriously injured in an explosion Tuesday afternoon, where police subsequently found and detonated a potentially lethal pipe bomb. According to sketchy early reports at the scene, John Mikottis suffered a badly mangled hand in an explosion outside his parents’ home on O Street, about 3:30, Nov. 14. He was rushed to emergency treatment, but unspecified materials found in his possession aroused suspicion and Lincoln police were called in at 5:05. Apparently, while officers searched the mobile home, they came across what has been described as a four inch pvc pipe bomb inside the residence. Placer County Bomb experts were called in, as well as an agent from the state Fire Marshall’s Office. The bomb handlers reportedly detonated the bomb, only to find a smaller metal pipe bomb inside it. It, too was detonated at the scene. No further injuries or damage were reported during the incident, that spanned until about 10:30 p.m. 50 YEARS AGO Nov. 12, 1959 We Finally Made it – Warning signals at the Third street railroad crossing are being installed, it was reported Tuesday evening by City Manager Russell W. Draper. Installation of the warning lights climaxes several years’ effort on the part of local safety and school officials. The cost of the signal, estimated at $10,200, is to be paid equally by the Southern Pacific company and the city, with the city to be reimbursed half of its share through state funds recently approved by the Public Utilities Commission. 75 YEARS AGO Nov. 15, 1934 A Whipping Post Would Be A Good Thing – Two young fellows “floated into town last Monday night and begged the night watchman to give them a place to sleep, which he did. They were released in the morning by deputy Constable Mason. They immediately demanded breakfast of ham and eggs and a bottle of beer. Constable Beermann then placed them back in jail and entered charges of vagrancy against them. They were brought up before Judge Grey, who have them 10 days each in the “hoosgow” in Auburn. That did not set so well and they became abusive, but they went to Auburn just the same. When night watchman McKenna inspected the jail, he found that the culprits had done considerable damage to the jail, having thrown the mattress and bedding on the floor and turned the water loose on them – they had also broken a water pipe, which will have to be repaired. A whipping post would be the ideal thing for such “birds” as these, as jail has no terror for them. Nov. 15, 1934 – A “Lazy, Dishonest” Girl’s Ad Brings In 100 Replies – Kansas City, MO – “Young lady – unreliable, dishonest, lazy, desires position, cook’s helper, waitress, soda fountain, clerk, saleslady; short hours, big pay; poor references: I don’t want to work but have to. Phone Linwood 8376.” In response to this advertisement in a Kansas City newspaper, Zada Spencer received more than 100 calls and had bright prospects for getting a job, she said. Here is Miss Spencer’s own explanation of her advertisement: “I have to support a mother and seventy-four-year-old uncle. Two years ago I lost a $16-a-week job in a dime store in St. Louis. Since then I have tried desperately to find work. I made personal calls and many times ran advertisements pointing out that I was honest, hard-working and had good good references. I got no results. Finally I decided that employers evidently didn’t want that kind of girl.” The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. 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