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)
Overall attendance at this year’s Butte County Fair was 56,266, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the fair’s office staff.

Attendance was up 739 from last year. Figures for the 1983 fair had 55,527 patrons entering the grounds during the five-day event in Gridley. A daily breakdown of fair attendance for 1984 was unavailable.

Election year politicing provided local farmers with the opportunity to bend the ear of a highly-placed official with the United States Department of Agriculture Friday afternoon. Congressman Gene Chappie, who is up for reelection this fall, brought Undersecretary of Agriculture Frank Naylor to Gridley on a two-day tour of area agriculture hot-beds.

The tour included the prune drying facility of Dan Bozzo, the kiwi vineyards and packing house of the Tanimoto Brothers and Stowe Golden Butte Receiving Station.

Lacy J. Dalton wooed the crowd at the Butte County Fair with titles such as, “Have You Heard, and “Taking It Easy,”  making some in the audience ask, “Tanya who?” Tanya Tucker had to cancel at the last minute due to exhaustion. Dalton may have been her most winning during sensitive renditions of two other big hits, “Hard Times” and “The Tennessee Waltz,” a bluesy version of the classic made famous by Patti Paige.

50 Years Ago (1959)
A group of Richvale-Nelson rice growers one of whom branded the county department of public works as incompetent, urged the board of supervisors yesterday morning to improve several county roads. Chico Attorney Robert Hoffman, representing the rice growing interests, told the supervisors that the poor conditions of several unpaved roads was causing extensive damage to heavy farm machinery.   

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hear addresses by a prominent church leader at the Gridley Stake Conference on Saturday and Sunday, September  12 and 13 in the Stake House at 360 Spruce Street. The visitor is Elder William J. Critchlow, Jr., an assistant to the Council of Twelve Apostles.

The installation of grandstand seats in the Golden Feather Bowl will be an added improvement to the spectator’s enjoyment of the spectacular Golden Feather Turtle Derby this year.

In the past, it has been difficult for the spectators to get a clear view of these high speed, low slung, jaugernauts as they tear up the track at tremendous speeds in these split second races. The danger of spectators being trampled, because the tremendous speed of these turtles when they come across the finish line renders them incapable of stopping in the short distance available, also will be alleviated.       

75 Years Ago (1934)
Meeting in special session Wednesday evening, the Gridley Merchants’ Association decided to hold a free street dance next Thursday evening. The dance will be on Virginia Street opposite the City plaza. Full details of the event are to be announced in Tuesday’s issue of The Gridley Herald.

Continuance of the precedent set several years ago of making a ten percent reduction in the City tax rate each year was vetoed Monday evening, when the City Council set the tax rate for the ensuing fiscal year at $1 per $100.00 assessed valuation the same as last year.

S.A. Mealey, well known Gridley grower, sustained painful bruises yesterday in a collision which occurred on the highway near the Mealey home north of Gridley. In a freak accident occurring on East Gridley Road Wednesday evening, Mrs. M. Cordoza barely maintained control of her machine when a front wheel was hurled from the car to climb over the front and top of an approaching sedan.

100 Years Ago (1909)
Edward Walker, who superintends the loading and dispatching of the cans of fruit from this place for the Earl Fruit Company, informs this paper that during the month of August he has sent out 70 cans of various kinds of fruit from the Gridley depot.

This fruit has all gone to Chicago, or to points east of that City. The cars are iced at various points.

Returns on peaches have netted the growers an average of over 75 cents per box, which is productive of a satisfactory profit.

Ed Clarenbach brought to this office yesterday, a sample of the rice growing on the adobe lands at the Crain place northwest of town. The stalks are about two feet in height and are heading out. The stool of rice was brought in a can containing the soil in which it grew.

D. Hurlbert was down from Biggs Thursday.