This Week in Local History: Jan. 13 to Jan. 19
One of the historic river bottom ranches of this vicinity was sold to John Silva, a Sacramento capitalist. The ranch in question was that owned by the Earl Fruit Company, and was variously known as the Reed ranch, the old Hazelbusch ranch and the old Henshaw grant. The property consisted of 624 acres less the right of way of the canal company and the Northern Electric railroad.
President Kennedy asked Congress for more than $100 million for construction and planning of irrigation and flood control projects in California. Included in the budget was an $8 million federal contribution to the Oroville Dam reservoir construction project. The study requested to find a solution to flooding problems in the area northeast of Marysville which is subject to backup water from the Feather River and to runoff.
Five Beale Air Force Base men were killed in a crash of an H-19 helicopter southwest of Oroville. The helicopter, which was on a flight from Beale to the Chico Missile Site, crashed about two miles due south of the Oroville Airport. Air Force officials would give no information on the cause of the crash, nor whether there had been any indication of trouble before the craft crashed and then exploded and burned.
A Butte County man grabbed a police officer's pistol and began shooting at a Gridley rest home. A second officer was wounded in the ensuing shoot out.
Designs for preparation of the site of the Yuba College Woodland Center were approved by Yuba College trustees.
Russ Clark, who owns Carl's Jr. franchises in Marysville and Yuba City, handed the Marysville Police Department a $30,000 check to go toward a new patrol car.
Yuba County supervisors awarded a $1.62 million contract for the courthouse remodeling project.
Yuba County supervisors approved $300,000 to study an interchange for the Yuba River Parkway but delayed allocating funds for the design and environmental assessment. The Yuba River Parkway was intended to be a bypass around Marysville. Traffic would leave the highway at the 65/70 wye, cutting north between the Edgewater subdivision and near Erle Road and through East Linda. The road would continue just north of Hammonton-Smartville Road, crossing the Yuba River and connecting again with Highway 20.