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Lincoln Chronicles

By: Compiled Shoni Jones
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1 YEAR AGO Jan. 17, 2008 – Rotarians give Lighthouse a helping hand – Lincoln Rotarians recently presented a check for $3,000 to Angela Ficcara, executive director of the Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center when the Rotary was meeting at the Women’s Club in Lincoln. Ficcara thanked the Rotary for the donation and commented of the event that raised funds for the Lighthouse. The club sponsored a Casino Night in November and the event was a huge success. This was the first event of its kind for the Rotary and the date has already been set for Oct. 11 this year. 10 YEARS AGO Jan. 21, 1999 – Pretrial motions in alleged matricide – Nineteen-year-old Steven Matthew Schultz plans to testify about the ugly facts of his parents’ divorce to help explain why he allegedly murdered his mother 21 months ago, dumping her body in a water-filled granite quarry in Rocklin. Schultz is accused of bludgeoning former Lincoln resident Barbara Hada Masaka Schultz, 41, to death July 21, 1997, at the family home following an argument. The defendant, who was 17 at the time, then allegedly invited four teen-age friends to help him dispose of his mother’s body. The victim allegedly had contacted her son’s probation officer several times in days before the homicide, concerned about his violent attitude toward her. 20 YEARS AGO Jan. 19, 1989 – Citizens invited to join in forming local choir – Prompted by several requests, Lincoln Arts has found a choral director who can volunteer time to help begin a community chorus in Lincoln. Marion Stonesifer, a Lincoln Arts member, will be the choir director. She will provide the music, direction and accompaniment for all interested vocalists who wish to join the chorus. The choir is strictly for fun. No experience is required, just the love of singing. The singing will begin as soon as a group is organized. 50 YEARS AGO Jan. 15, 1959 – Triplets born to Penryn couple; aid requested for care – Although mother and babies are reported doing fine, a request has gone out for financial assistance for Mr. and Mrs. Cristobal Bernacel of Penryn who are the parents of triplets born Tuesday at Highland Hospital in Auburn. While the babies, two boys and a girl, need hospital care, the parents are unable to handle the increased costs of the multiple birth. Service organizations in Auburn already are rallying to the cause, and Robert Schlundt, local Rotary president and a supervisor at Gladding, McBean and company, has contacted the News Messenger with a request for assistance from Lincoln area residents. Bernacel is employed at the local plant. The triplets were not named at latest report. The Bernacels have four other children. Those wishing to assist may get additional details from Schlundt. 75 YEARS AGO Jan. 18, 1934 – Kicks up Disturbance Gets Six Months In The County Jail – Santiago Gamboa, local Mexican citizen, goes on “Lone Wolf” party – chases women in the west part of town, gets into wrong house; is caught up with by Officer Allen and Detective Lee – landed in jail for the night, appears before Judge Grey and given six months in the county jail for the fun – pretty good price to hear a woman “yell” and a few winks of sleep in a strange bed. When located after his molesting escapade he was found asleep on the couch in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Butler opposite the high school grounds, who in some way had left a door unlocked. Better lock your doors when away from home as you never know when some wanderer may wander in. – The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.