The following are stories that appeared in the Gridley Herald 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago:

The following are stories that appeared in the Gridley Herald 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago:

25 Years Ago (1984)
A Chico State coed captured the much-desired title of Miss Butte County Pageant Queen during opening night of the Butte County Fair in Gridley.

Hilary Louise Davies, a 20-year-old business administration major at California State University, Chico, was selected by a five-person panel Wednesday as Miss Butte County Queen for 1984-85.

Gridley’s hometown hero was greeted Tuesday evening by approximately 700 fans at the high school football field.

Leslie Deniz, women’s discus silver medalist at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles, received a standing ovation from the crowd shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, when she arrived at the field in the back seat of a convertible driven by close friend Patti Kilby. The Gridley Police Department provided the escort.

Although paid attendance decreased at the Butte County Golden Feather Fair in comparison to last year, overall opening day attendance for this year’s Butte County Fair showed a slight increase, according to Jake Walgenbach, fair manager.

Wednesday’s fair opening in Gridley attracted a crowd of 6,354. Paid attendance was reported at 5,858. The paid attendance for last year’s opening day was 6,122.

50 Years Ago (1959)
Johnnie D. Baty, electronics technician third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Ricker of W. Biggs-Gridley and  Justeson Avenue, Gridley, is serving aboard the attack transport USS George Clymer, operating with the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Beneficiaries of federal workers have collected more than 281 million dollars since the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program took effect in 1954.

Gary Pippett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Pippett, of Biggs, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 12, 1959. Gary, at the present time, is undergoing Recruit Training at the United States Naval Training Center in San Diego, California.

Fans who attend the Golden Feather Fair Rodeo, Saturday, September 5, will get a look at some of the best stock in the country, with such names as Sierra Sue, Desert Sun, and Black Jack, calculated to give plenty of trouble for cowboys seeking cash prize money.   

75 Years Ago (1934)
The California Railroad Commission has authorized Sutter-Butte Canal Company, operating in Butte and Sutter County to submit to the bondholders a proposal under which it will make a cash payment on its outstanding bonds on the basis of $350.00 per $1,000.00 land, and pay for the balance due on such bonds through the issue of $472,500.00 of new first mortgage refunding bonds.

Request that a tentative $500 reduction in the agricultural extension service budget be restored was made by a committee of farmers and business men who appeared before the supervisors Friday afternoon. The budget, which was submitted for $3,500, was cut by the supervisors to $3,000.

The use of local workers whereever possible is one of the main plants of the McKinley school building plan of the trustees of the district. Trustees state that they will lend every effort to bring about the use of local labor in connection with replacement of the McKinley School building as is to be provided in the $35,000 bond issue to be voted upon by electors of the district August 30.

Mrs. A. McDaniel sustained painful injury to her right hand Saturday evening while working as a cutter at the local Libby plant. The third finger of the hand was severed at the first  joint but as an effort is being made to prevent loss of the end of the finger. The little finger of the same hand was also injured.

100 Years Ago (1909)
Max Zimmerman, the Market Day promoter, is in town and has begun the work of arranging a Market Day for Gridley on September 5. The features of the big day are interesting and comprise a great many amusements as well as opportunities for trade and purchase. The market days have been held in many towns and cities and good words are spoken for the plan by the newspapers.

Zimmerman will soon have his advertising campaign on, and will send it along until the day of the event.

The Gridley cannery has been running strong for the past few weeks and one day this week the record in the history of the cannery was made, when 1,333 cases or 32,000 cans were sorted, peeled, pitted, covered in syrup, cooked and sealed up and stored on the cooling floor.

If it is estimated that a can of fruit will make a sufficient amount for three persons for one day this day’s run would supply a hundred thousand people with peaches for a day. When it is realized that nearly that amount is put up day after day for weeks, an idea will be gotten of the immense importance of the canning industry. The payroll of the cannery is now $3,500 to $3,800 per week, and the amount paid to the growers for green fruit swells the total to still larger figures.