Dayton Road residents given options to deal with groundwater contamination 

Residents of 180 homes southwest of Chico were given three options Monday: take advantage of immediate, free hook-ups into the California Water Service system, hook in later at their own expense or suffer the consequences of tainted wells.

Whatever course they take, residents near or along Dayton Road have had a chunk of their rural lifestyle irretrievably altered by groundwater contamination.

The source of the contamination is the former Victor Industries manufacturing plant at 365 E. 20th St., which is now closed but which leaked trichloroethylene, a volatile organic compound and possible cause of cancer, when it operated.

The resulting “plume” of contaminated water runs beneath several blocks in southwest Chico, the closed Louisiana-Pacific Mill and the Stanley Park area.

A federal judge ordered Victor Muscat Trust to pay $1.2 million for California Water to extend its water main down Dayton Road and to install trunk lines into Stanley Park, plus streets farther south to just past Berrington Drive.

— Chico Enterprise-Record, November 24, 1993


Dedication Of Building Set Tonight

The formal dedication of the Chico State College Humanities Building to the memory of a former professor who counted among his students the late Sen.Clair Engle, is set for this evening during a Chico Symphony Orchestra concert.

The building will become Alva P. Taylor Hall, ending nearly three years of planning and work on the part of faculty members interested in honoring the late Dr. Taylor who served as chairman of the college division of language arts until his retirement in 1963.

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Dr. Taylor was a Shakespearean scholar of note, who was remembered by the late Senator Engle at the tie of Engle’s election with the phrase, “I learned to love Shakespeare from my college teacher.”

The honoree served as a member of the college faculty from 1929 until 1963 as professor of English and then head of the English department, chairman of the division of humanities and chairman of the division of language arts. As an avocation he manufactured and played Elizabethan musical instruments, was an accomplished artist on the viola and is credited with being a founding father of the Chico Symphony Orchestra.

— Chico Daily Enterprise, November 22, 1968


Women Clerks Urgently Needed

Women with clerical experience are urgently needed in essential establishments in the city of Chico. Anyone who has clerical experience and wishes to help in the war effort should contact the U.S. Employment Service immediately, it was announced today by Robert E. Dalzell, manager of the local office.

There is a day nursery for working mothers in Chico for anyone interested in getting into employment. Some of the clerical openings at present are stenographers, positions paying from $120 to $164 a month; typists, clerks at $125 a month; general office clerks at $125 a month; bookkeeping machine operators at$100 a month and bookkeepr-stenographer at $125 a month. Other openings include a room clerk at $25 a week, mechanic learners at $127 a month, fry cook at $6.50 a day, dinner cook at $125 a month, including board and room; waitresses at $3.25 a day and board and soda dispensers at .45 cents an hour.

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Openings for men are laborers at 87 1/2 cents an hour, 20 hours a day with time and a half over 40 hours a week …

— Chico Daily Enterprise, November 19, 1943


Away Over Top War Work Drive Ends Tonight

With many other districts throughout the state straining every effort to reach their minimum quota in the United War Work Campaign before the closing hour tonight, the local committee is resting on its oars with reports showing $25,064 raised and several districts unreported.

Chico’s minimum quota was $23,50,and this sum was exceeded by more than $1500 to date.

Chairman P.J. Hamilton extended his thanks to all who assisted in the work. Many who were not regular members of the committee did much good work at headquarters. …

The Diamond Match Company and its employees, as an organization, were among the leading contributors in the Chico district. The company contributed $100, match factory employees $500, retail department employees $64, plus other company contributions …

— Chico Daily Enterprise, November 20, 1918



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