60 years ago

Council doggedly debates doleful dog question: Every dog, they say, is granted his day, but the local pooches had a night thrown in for good measure when the Brentwood City Council devoted more than half of the meeting to discussion about dogs. The dog debate started when the councilmen agreed that the existing dog catching arrangement was far from satisfactory and decided to fire the dogcatcher who was hired on a flat rate less than a month ago. This disposed of, the question was raised about how to catch the dogs, and what to do with them when caught. It developed that the city has some permanent canine boarders.

There are dogs in the pooch detention home at the city dump who have been there for three weeks. Meanwhile, the city is feeding them. Police Chief James Hanratty suggested that a city patrolman could do some dog catching on the side during his off hours. Finally, the council showed signs of getting tired of the whole dog question. Councilman Hugh Peterson moved that Patrolman Ben Lindsay be hired on a temporary basis to work in his off hours using his car on his dog safaris. The motion was carried three to one.

25 years ago

Brentwood's Western Auto rides into the sunset: Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of Jim and Irene Collins' Western Auto Store here. And although the couple opened their business Jan. 28. 1963, by the end of next month the doors to the store will be permanently closed. The Collins' lease on the building they've occupied for the past 25 years has expired and the couple have decided not to renew it.

"Closing the store isn't really something that just popped up, we've been discussing the possibility for the past year," Irene said.

Although the couple had toyed with the idea of closing for quite some time, the decision to shut the doors for good wasn't an easy one for Jim, either, he said.

Through the years the couple have made many friendships, and to Irene, that has made closing the business extremely difficult.

-- Brentwood News files

"Young men and women in their 30s come in and say "You can't close -- this is where I bought my first bike. The thought of not seeing the friends we have made over the years makes me sad," said Irene.

-- Brentwood News files