100 years ago on the week of July 17

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MAY MAKE SAN JOAQUIN NAVIGABLE — The feasibility of making the San Joaquin River navigable nearly to Fresno is to be again investigated by the government. Details of the provision in the rivers and harbors bill state, “The possibilities of navigation of the San Joaquin River as far inland as Herndon, 10 miles from Fresno, are again to be investigated. The rivers and harbors bill provides for a survey in which a scheme of locks and dams is to be considered.

OLD TIMERS WILL PLAY BALL — At Recreation Park, there will be ushered in one of the biggest athletic events ever staged in Madera. An array of ballplayers, who used to play on the Madera team when the present club members were babies, will play the Coyotes, the amateur champs. The stakes are a splendid turkey dinner. The “Has-Beens” claim that they will not pay. The Coyotes claim they were never known to pay. So there you are.

WILL VOTE FOR S.W. WESTFALL— S. W. Westfall, candidate for sheriff, is in town from a trip to the mountains, and he reports that the prospects for his election are good. There is a feeling among mountain men that there should be a change in that office. This is not on account of any dislike to the incumbent, for Sheriff Jones is well liked personally, but many believe that a change would be desirable. Said a prominent mountain man a few days ago: “Mr. Jones has been sheriff for eight years now, and what is his record? What has he done? Practically nothing in the way of important arrests.

LOCKED IN THE VAULT — Mr. Payne, a few days ago, went inside and forgot to fix the lock on the treasurer’s vault. The consequence was when the door shut, it locked and locked tight. Though he had the key in his pocket, he was a prisoner. This he discovered late in the afternoon. Gardner Heiskell happened along, and as there was a prospect that if he didn’t confide in somebody, he would be a prisoner all night, Mr. Payne reluctantly stated his predicament. He passed out the key to Heiskel and after a little trouble, was released...

 

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