PRUNE PACKERS Healdsburg's baseball team of 100 years ago, at the untended field where they played their games.

100 years ago

Aug. 16, 1923

Locals Victors in Wild Game of Baseball

In a game loosely played throughout, yet interesting because of the uncertainty of the final result, the Prune Packers on Sunday got back into the winning brackets after dropping two games in a row. The Rosebuds of Santa Rosa took the short end of a score reminiscent of African golf, 11 to 7.

The pitcher had plenty of stuff and pitched good baseball in all save one inning, the fifth, when the Rosebuds hunched four solid clouts and three scratch hits for five runs, the only earned tallies made by the visitors.

75 years ago

Aug. 20, 1948

Healdsburg to Welcome 1500 Folk Dancers at Sunday Fete

FOLKDANCE The California Folk Dance Federation’s August Festival, at Beeson Field on the Healdsburg High campus.

Fifteen hundred costumed folk dancers from all parts of Northern California will swing into action on Healdsburg High School’s Beeson Field Sunday afternoon, bringing to life some of the pageantry of Sonoma County’s colorful past. 

The California Folk Dance Federation’s August Festival, hosted again this year by the Country Dancers, will get underway at 1pm in the outdoor setting, to be decorated with flags representing the early conquerors and settlers of this area. Lending an international air will be pennants of Spain, Mexico, England, Russia, Buenos Aires, the Bear Flag Republic and the United States. Italian, Swiss. German and Hungarians will also be represented as prominent among the first settlers.

50 years ago

Aug. 16, 1973

Too Many Hours Over Two

TWO-HOUR PARKING Healdsburg Police prepare to unveil the parking meets around the downtown Plaza.

A city parking limit not frequently enforced over the years may have to be. The parking signs on the streets around the Plaza note a two-hour limit. But try to patronize a store on the Plaza on a Saturday these days. Not many empty parking places. Most of the places are taken up by people who are spending the day sleeping, sunning, relaxing, guzzling or romancing on the Plaza lawn or guzzling in the taverns … unfortunately for far more than two hours.

The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society is located at 221 Matheson St. Open hours are 11am to 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free; donations accepted.

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