Durham cemetery price agreement reached


Durham cemetery price agreement reached

OROVILLE — An agreement was reached by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on acquisition of the Durham Cemetery, a formerly neglected and desecrated historic cemetery, from the Hays family for $40,000. Deputy Butte County Counsel Greg Einhorn said the price was negotiated with Chico attorney Douglas Bussey, representing the owners.

It rings the final bell on an 18-year controversy over preservation of the 124-year-old cemetery on the Oroville-Chico Highway north of Durham. The cemetery is traced to 1871 when pioneer Robert W. Durham became the first to be interred there.

It was purchased from the Christian Burial Society of Chico in 1978 by Donald and Margaret Hays of Carmel and their children, Curtis, Donald Jr. and Valerie. The family then failed to win permission to subdivide part of the site. Durham area residents protested, insisting that the location of all the graves were not known and that the entire 2.94 site comprised the cemetery.

The $40,000 settlement equals the Butte County Assessor’s valuation for the property. It was agreed that upon acquisition, the county will turn it over to the newly formed Durham Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc. for operation and maintenance.

— Chico Enterprise-Record, March 31, 1995.


Nut Expo Draws 4,500 Opening Day

Chico’s first annual Nut Equipment Exposition drew an opening-day crowd of 4,500 persons yesterday. The two-day show at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds closes today at 5 p.m.

“We had people from many parts of the Mid-Valley and other sections of the state touring the fairgrounds yesterday to view the equipment, materials and other displays and are well pleased with the first-day attendance,” Vanella added.

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Many visitors were surprised at the wide variety of orchard equipment being exhibited by the 65 manufacturers and dealers who have displays.

Baked items and candy entries in the Nut Expo cake, cookie and candy recipe contest were auctioned last night and the $150 netted from the sale will be used to establish a Chico Nut Equipment Exposition scholarship for a high school student who plans to major in agriculture in college.

— Chico Enterprise-Record, April 1, 1970


Evening High School Courses For War II Vets

CHICO ARMY AIR FIELD — A program to help individual soldiers facing post-war problems with their jobs, homes, families and education is being instituted to help them obtain educational courses.

To prepare service men for better jobs which can require long study and training, the U.S. Armed Forces Institute at Madison, Wis., provides correspondence and self-teaching course text books and other educational material.

Cooperating with this program, the Chico Army Air Field information and education office and Chico Evening High school arranged an expanded program for service men. Principal Carl J. Schreiter and his staff of evening high school teachers will provide instruction.

Soldiers are already taking advantage of night school classes with typing the most popular. Interviews with some of them taking typing show that most feel it will be of value to them not only in their future business experience and college, which some of them hope to continue after the war, but in obtaining better rated jobs in the service.

First the soldiers are helping to win the war, and thanks to facilities made possible by the citizens of Chico, are making a contribution to the peace to follow.

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— Chico Daily Enterprise, April 3, 1945


Additional Wire Service Assures Enterprise Continued News Lead

Today The Enterprise takes another step forward. That wonderful organization, The Associated Press, is today a part of the news gathering system of this paper. The Enterprise receives that service daily by wire.

But that is not all. The United Press service which The Enterprise has in the past given its readers will be continued as fully as before. This means that there will be received daily from this vigilant organization more than 5000 words of live telegraph recording today’s action in all parts of the world.

Over the wires of these two news gathering agencies come today’s happenings. At Enterprise press time (3:30 p.m.) it is 6:30 in Washington and New York, and after midnight in the capitals of Europe. Even in Chicago and St. Louis the day’s business is done. …

Nothing is so “stale, flat and unprofitable” as happenings of today delivered to the subscriber tomorrow and called “news.” This paper prints the news of today and delivers it today. The Enterprise carrier system extends many miles in every direction from Chico and is from 14 to 20 hours ahead of all competitors.

— Chico Daily Enterprise, April 1, 1920



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