A new issue of the Colfax Cobblestones newsletter is available online. If you are a member of the CAHS, you have received a printed copy in the mail.
The March/April issue of the newsletter has two great articles: Part 2 of John Rambottini’s walk around downtown Colfax, California, a century ago and Roger Staab’s article about how we are organizing the Archives to make them easier for you to do research with the materials. Together these two articles fill eight of the 10 pages in the newsletter.
We are preparing the March 2022 issue of Colfax Cobblestones. This issue will include the second half of John Alfred Rambottini’s oral history about walking around downtown Colfax on his day off in the 1920s.
The first part of his story was published in the December 2021 issue of the newsletter. His oral history is a wonderful description of Colfax as it was 100 years ago. He recorded his story in February 1987.
There will be a flag ceremony at the Colfax Cemetery on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) at 10 a.m. Boy Scouts Troop 6 from Meadow Vista will be doing the flag ceremony. Everyone is invited, but we will be social distancing.
The cemetery is located at 180 N. Canyon Way, Colfax, California 95713.
Other events include:
On Friday, May 22, the VFW will be handing out Buddy Poppies at Mar-Val’s Sierra Market.
On Saturday, May 23, the American Legion and the VFW Auxiliary will place their flags on veterans’ graves.
On Monday, May 25, VFW Post 2003 will place flags on Main Street.
Roger Staab will present an intimate look at Colfax’s Southern Pacific Passenger Depot, which opened in 1905 to replace the 1865 Central Pacific Depot.
THE COLFAX PASSENGER DEPOT The Rest of the Story
Join us Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 7 p.m. for Roger’s presentation, which will include then-and-now photos of the history of the passenger depot. We will be meeting in the restored Colfax Passenger Depot, at 99 Railroad St, Colfax, California.
There is no charge. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
We will look at:
The new depot’s service to the traveling public until 1971 when AMTRAK took over passenger rail service.
The depot’s conversion to office space for railroad maintenance of way personnel.
A promised resurrection and new life in the mid-1990’s to serve Capitol Corridor trains only to be followed by disappointment and a change of plans.
And ultimately the determination of the City of Colfax and a team of dedicated volunteers to bring the building to its present status as local history museum, visitor center and passenger waiting area.
Along the way we will witness the only time the depot was moved (temporarily) from its original location. We hope you will join us for “the rest of the story” about Colfax’s Southern Pacific Passenger Depot.
NOTE: we have changed the date from March 14 to March 21, because there will be two fundraising dinners in Colfax the night of March 14 (the Colfax Green Machine’s Annual Crab Feed and the VFW Auxiliary St. Patrick’s Dinner). So, we are moving our program to March 21.
The Colfax Area Historical Society (CAHS) board has
decided to cancel the remaining CAHS meetings for 2019.
will be no board meeting on
Thursday, October 17, at 10 a.m.
will be no general fall meeting with
a speaker on Saturday, November 16,
at 7 p.m.
The next board meeting will be in February 2020 and the
next general member meeting with a speaker will be in March 2020. When the 2020
calendar is ready, the specific dates will be posted on Facebook and the CAHS web site.
If any need or problem occurs
before then, the board will convene to handle it.
Oct. 20 special presentation, Sunday
We invite you to meet with other members of the community for a special book talk and presentation on Sunday afternoon, October 20, from 2–3:30 p.m. in the city council chambers in Colfax City Hall (33 South Main St, Colfax, CA 95713).
This is a special program that was organized by Marnie
Mendoza, Colfax Mayor Pro Tem.
The speaker will be Robert B. Wells, author of Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Chinese Emigrant Disaster. See the Cobblestones article on page 7 for more information.
The October issue of the Colfax Cobblestones newsletter was mailed today. All members of the Colfax Area Historical Society will receive a copy in the next few days.
This issue includes a five-page article by Roger Staab: “Colfax’s Much-Travled Freight Depot,” a history of the freight depot that is currently located on North Main Street in Colfax, California, across from downtown businesses. His article includes five historical photos from 1866, 1881, circa 1904, 1907, and 1915.
The Iowa Hill Community Cemetery, Inc. has an opening for the position of treasurer
By Robin Yonash
Would you like to make a big impact with a minimal time
investment? Then the six other members of the Iowa Hill Community Cemetery
Board of Directors invite you to join them as the Treasurer. This position requires
only about five (5) hours a year and filling it will make an immense difference
to the operation of the Cemetery.
Duties include attending two Board meetings a year
(transportation from Colfax to Iowa Hill is available if needed) and presenting
a Treasurer’s Report, plus filing simple reports annually with four Government
entities. (Our taxes can be done with just two electronic postcards!) These
activities occur between May and October.
Computer literacy, including basic Excel skills, and
Internet access are essential. Residency in Iowa Hill is not necessary,
although a connection to the community is of interest.
If you want to explore this opportunity, please contact our
President, Tom McClure, at 916-616-9649 or email him at email@example.com.
The Iowa Hill Community Cemetery is a 501(c)(13) charitable corporation. For more information on the historic Iowa Hill Community Cemetery, visit our web site at https://ihcemetery.weebly.com.
Robin Yonash, Secretary to the Board of the Iowa Hill
Cemetery, is the author of three books on the history of Iowa Hill: Schools of the Iowa Hill Divide, Towns and People of the Iowa Hill Divide,
and Gold and Fire: A History of the Iowa
Hill Divide. Signed copies are available for purchase at the Colfax
Heritage Museum (proceeds benefit the Colfax Area Historical Society); unsigned
copies can be purchased on Amazon.