18 Feb 19
25 YEARS AGO
China walnut plant grown in Chico
In China, in the province of Shanxi, in the city of Taiyuan, about 250 miles from the Yellow Sea, construction of a walnut processing plant is under way.
Roughly 90 percent of the equipment to make the plant comes from agriculture equipment manufacturer Gene M. Jessee Inc., located on Nord Avenue in Chico. The Chico company produced a $200,000 processing system for San Jose-based Food Pro International, which is building the plant.
Gene M. Jessee designed the equipment, and manufactured or bought and reconditioned equipment for the plant.
Gene M. Jessee has produced other food processing equipment for Food Pro, according to Gale Wells of Chico, who designed the line of walnut-cracking equipment. The system took 12 weeks to produce, and took three 8x8x40-foot containers to ship. …
The locally made equipment replaces the hand processing being done at the Chinese plant, in which walnutsa re broken and the meat picked out by hand. The system – prewired, assembled in Chico, inspected and then disassembled for shipment – includes an electrical package, elevator, four cracking machines and separation bins. …
— Chico Enterprise-Record, February 19, 1994
50 YEARS AGO
Kauffman’s Will Move to Plaza
Kauffman’s IXL Men’s Store, located in downtown Chico at 218 Main St. for 16 years, will move to North Valley Plaza Shopping Center, according to an announcement made today by General Manager Robert S. Kauffman of the firm.
The store at the Plaza, to be located between Grinage’s and Montgomery Ward, opposite Roos-Atkins, will be ready for occupancy sometime this coming spring. The new NVP store will provide Kauffman’s with over 6,000 square feet of selling space and will feature the latest in modern display fixtures.
The Kauffman men’s store chain was founded 46 years ago in Sacramento by Harry Kauffman who still remains active in the business.
Robert S. Kauffman and his brother, Norman D. Kauffman, are managers of the seven store chain. Other store locations are in Sacramento, Marysville, Modesto and Santa Maria. The new NVP store will carry many of the famous brand names in the men’s industry including Hart, Schafner & Marx, Worsted-Tex, Pendleton, Rough Rider, Arrow, Jantzen, MacGregor, Interwoven, A-1, Hagger and Levi’s. …
— Chico Enterprise-Record, February 22, 1969
75 YEARS AGO
Retailers Receive Ration Tokens For Feb. 27 Use
Chico retail grocers and butchers are now receiving from local banks supplies of ration tokens for use when the simplified food rationing program goes into effect on Feb. 27. According to the Chico War Price and Rationing Board, each merchant will be given several hundred blue tokens to be used in making change for blue stamps when processed foods are purchased and a supply of red tokens to be used in making change for red stamps.
All blue and red stamps in Ration Book Four will have a flat value of 10 points each. Blue stamps A8, B8, C8, D8 and E8, totaling 50 points, will be valid for purchase of processed foods. Red stamps, A8, B8 and C8 become valid February 27 and red stamps D8, E8 and F8 become valid March 12, totaling 60 points for the month of March, to be used in purchasing meats, fats and oils. Both sets of stamps will be valid until May 20. …
— Chico Daily Enterprise, February 23 , 1944
100 YEARS AGO
Enlistment Week Home Garden Army 600 Volunteers
Enlistment work for the Home Garden Army which has been organized by the government to carry on the work of food conservation started during the war, has resulted in the enlistment of 600 boys and girls, according to information given out this morning by Charles H.Camper and Martin H. Singer, directors for the Chico community.
Camper reports that in some schools the classes are going 100 percent in enlistments. While most of the children have garden ground available for the growth of vegetables, it is stated that the children who care to grow vegetables in boxes are admitted to the home garden army, and will receive a U.S.S.G. badge like the others. …
Last year the chamber of commerce was kind enough to secure various vacant lots for work, but the result was unsatisfactory because of agricultural conditions. The children this year will be under the guidance in their planting by Martin Singer or by boys of the agricultural department of the high school.
— Chico Daily Enterprise, February 18, 1919