Sugar beets gave way to tomatoes as Yolo’s top crop

Though Yolo County’s crop values were not tracked during the World War II years, there’s still a good indication of what was driving the area’s agriculture at that time. “That’s when sugar beets were a top crop,” Yolo County Ag Commissioner John Young said, mentioning that sugar beets were valued at more than $5 million […]

November 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo at war: German POWs helped work the fields

Think of German soldiers during World War II and you think of the enemy. But Yolo County farmers who depended on German prisoners of war to work the fields here remember them fondly.

The German POWs served as farmhands during a time when most fit, young American men were off fighting the war. They were housed in three farm labor camps in Yolo County: two in Clarksburg (the first and the last established compounds) and one west of Davis.

Won’t you help?

Dick Berry and Wanda Winton invite you to put your coins and bills in the Salvation Army kettle to help the needy this holiday season. But before those donations begin flowing in, volunteer bell-ringers are being recruited to man the kettles between Monday, Dec. 2, and Monday, Dec. 23. To sign up for a shift at […]

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Davis servicemen killed in action during WWII

Jack Asbill Sam Banks Curtis Biddick Clarence M. Delay Harold L. Delay James A. Duthie Frank Frazier Henry C. Hansen Ralph W. Hoffman Thomas Jordan Donald C. Lowe Orville G. Shavey Robert A. Smith Leo Sweeney

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Peace: This is it!

* Editor’s note: The following editorial was published Aug. 17, 1945, in The Davis Enterprise: This Is It! PEACE! Not a partial Peace — not just a hope — not a wish — but the real thing — PEACE! The guns are silent. The planes are grounded. The bombs drop no more. The fighting men […]

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Three hurt in chain-reaction crash

Several people were injured Wednesday evening in a six-car collision on eastbound Interstate 80 in Davis, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officer Cindy Leal said the crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. when the driver of a Honda CR-V failed to notice traffic slowing in front of him near Richards Boulevard and rear-ended a […]

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A soldier’s story: from Davis to Alaska to Burma and back

As it was for many young men, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was a clarion call for Walter “Howdy” Howard. He was recently married, with a baby on the way and working on his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan when war was declared. “He didn’t even have to go,” his wife, Betty, said, because […]

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Explore oaks from around the world

Join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, on Wednesday for an engaging noontime exploration of fall at the UCD Arboretum’s west end gardens. The group will meet at noon at the Arboretum gazebo. The event is free; limited free one-hour parking is available along Garrod Drive near […]

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Take a cue from natives on California plants

All are welcome to enjoy a family-friendly tour Saturday morning of the Native American Contemplative Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum and discover traditional uses for a variety of California plants. The group will meet at 11 a.m. at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center on the UCD campus. Free parking is available in the […]

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Need a new best friend?

Batman is an 18-month to 2-year-old neutered male Basenji with perhaps a little something else thrown in. He’s just a little guy but he has a huge, friendly personality. Hopper is a 2-year-old neutered male purebred Rottweiler, who loves people, knows some obedience commands and is full of energy. He would do best in a […]

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Play fort installed at Davis boys’ home

Boys at Progress Ranch, a group home in Davis, are enjoying a play fort in their back yard, thanks to Davis Sunrise Rotary, the UC Davis chapter of Carpenters for Christ and other donors. The UCD volunteers traveled to Rocklin in mid-October to disassemble the play fort donated by the Jeffery Paylor family, formerly of […]

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Gratitude is the attitude for Gibson House Writers

Members of the Gibson House Writers group are invited to bring responses to the prompt “Gratitude for the Past and Present” when they meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. Sponsored by the Gibson House and Yolo County Historical Museum, the group welcomes new members and visitors. The […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davisite named California’s labor secretary

David Lanier of Davis has been appointed secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown. Lanier replaces Marty Morgenstern, who has served as secretary since 2011. While Morgenstern is retiring, he will continue to serve the governor as a senior adviser without compensation. “Marty is a man steeped in the […]

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Libraries celebrate Native American Heritage Month

The Yolo County Library is recognizing Native American Heritage Month in November with an exhibit from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation on display at several branch libraries. Related film screenings are planned throughout the month. Films planned at the Stephens Branch Library in Davis, 315 E. 14th St., include “Thunderheart” (1992, rated R) at 1 […]

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