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All those years ago ... Jan. 31, 1963

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Fire levels artist’s studio with loss of $25,000
Fire of undetermined origin swept through the studio of Randy Steffan, noted illustrator of western magazines, last Friday, destroying an estimated $25,000 worth of antique guns and Civil War period memorabilia.
The studio, eight miles north of Auburn on County Road 99, was leveled. Mrs. Steffan told the firemen she discovered the blaze but before she could telephone the State Division of Forestry, the line was knocked out. A neighbor summoned help.
Steffan said the loss included dozens of old weapons, sketches and other valuable articles including an unpublished book. The Steffan home, adjacent to the studio, was not damaged.
Socially speaking …
Harvey Roper invites six boys to party

After regular school hours on Thursday, Jan. 24, friends of Harvey Roper were invited to his house for home made ice cream and cake to celebrate his 7th birthday. The boy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Roper and the party took place at the family home on Electric Street.
The six youngsters honoring Harvey were Mark Soder, Michael Newman, Jimmy Bankson, Greg Nelson, Mark Greenlee and Larry Finney.
Two suspects jailed after kidnap-robbery near Colfax
A pair of down-at-the-heels cowboys, hitchhiking from Reno to Sacramento, faced charges of kidnapping and robbing a San Luis Obispo man on Highway 40 east of Colfax yesterday. The victim reported the loss of $14 and his car. The suspects’ bid for freedom – a brief one – about half an hour. Highway patrolmen arrested them when they tried to drive around a police roadblock at Roseville. Victim of the robbery was Gaylor R. Wilcox of San Luis Obispo, who told police he felt sorry for the two as they stood hitchhiking in the rain near Reno. He picked them up, he said, and they caused no trouble until one of the cowpokes pulled a knife and forced Wilcox to drive off the highway about 10 miles east of Colfax.
The robbers then took Wilcox’s money and then tied him to a tree with a long leather shoelace.
Yeggs get pumps
Husky thieves, who will probably find good use for the goods, made off with $600 worth of water pumps and a 24 volt battery from a construction site on Brown Road south of Horseshoe Bar Road early Tuesday.
Swim pool bleachers completed
The construction of bleachers at the Auburn Recreation District swimming pool has been completed through the joint efforts of the Carpenters Local 1486 and the ladies of the Carpenters Local Auxiliary 464.
Assisting in Saturday’s project were Glenn Wickham, C.H. Neade, Stanley Volk, Omer Simmons, Eugene Auston W.B. Meidel, Ed Wagner, Ray Theriault and Frank Nissen.
Three booked in theft

Two men and a woman, who behaved horribly amateurish after an almost professional $50,000 safecracking job in Roseville, were jailed here late Sunday after diligent police work  by officers of four counties.
The trio is charged with the smooth burglary of the Martin Jewelry Store in Roseville Jan. 24. The store owner, Verne Martin, operated Martin’s Jewelry store here for several years.
Charged with the theft of over 100 diamond rings and at least 100 watches are Ralph Taylor, a 34-year-old ex-convict from Marysville; Melvin M. Ollar, 20, of Yuba City; and Carole Faye Stone, 19, of Marysville.
Roseville Police Chief F.L. Barnett said the break in the case came through two factors – a lucky tip and intelligent cooperation among officers from Placer, Yuba, Plumas and Sutter counties.
The tip came from Claude Gray of Parks Bar (Yuba County), who reported that he had seen two men burning new jewelry boxes last Wednesday at the Parks Bar Bridge. Gray also reported the license number of their car.
Chief Barnett said that about a quarter of the loot was recovered in San Francisco over the weekend.
Police said that Ollar had admitted his participation in the burglary. Taylor, a three-time loser, wasn’t volunteering any information.
Placer Varsity sweeps six straight; trounce Roseville Cagers 50-32
The Hillmen of Placer swept to their sixth straight victory of the 1962-63 season – their fifth in Sierra Foothill League play – and their seventh win in the last eight outings with a methodical 50-32 performance against Roseville’s Tigers at the Earl Crabbe Gym last Friday night.
With guard Phil Olrich hitting from the outside with monotonous regularity and scoring 18 points for the third game in a row ; Mike Lescisin shaking the tight guarding of Jack Gayaldo often enough to account for 15 tallies, and Randy Schrader and Rich Olsen gathering in rebounds by the dozens, the Hillmen gained a triumph that kept them in the thick of the fight for the league title, but that was more difficult to achieve than the score indicates.
Purity has Mrs. America entry blanks
Entry blanks for the 1963 Mrs. America contest are now available at the 89 Purity stores in Northern California.
Besides the blanks, each contestant must submit her favorite recipe and a recent, full-length, individual photograph. Bathing suit poses are not acceptable.
~ Compiled by Anne Papineau