60 years ago

Victim drops around to aid worried firemen: Volunteer firemen, roused from a sound sleep at 3:30 a.m. yesterday by the siren, had fears of finding Buck Cardiff trapped in the trailer house in the rear of the Y-Not tavern on Oak Street, which he uses as sleeping quarters. When the firemen arrived, the structure was ablaze. Chief Elmer Gauger, fearing that Cardiff was asleep inside, tried the door and found it locked. As he braced himself to break down the door, he heard a voice behind him, "just a minute and I'll unlock it for you." It was Cardiff returning after going out to the truck stop of an early morning cup of coffee. The trailer house was completely destroyed with clothing inside belonging to Cardiff.

25 years ago

Moving firm gives whole new meaning to the term houseboat: David Bonvicin looked jittery as his house slowly appeared over the side of the levee. The house, which had been located at the northeast corner of Discovery Bay, three hours earlier, was climbing an embankment on the southwest portion of the community.

It had been raised from its foundation and placed on three large sets of wheels. The entire setup was then attached to a truck and pushed onto a barge that fastened to the back.

The barge then was pushed to the house's new footings on Monterey Court. Bonvicin watched from there as the truck pulled the house onto the dry land once again.

"I've been a nervous wreck. I had visions of it falling into the canal," Bonvicin said after the house was safe and dry.

He gave high praise, after he knew the house was safe, for the house movers who handled the job.

"They came highly recommended and they've done some job. Very professional," he said.

For Ron Trost, the owner of R. Trost House Movers of West Pittsburg, moving the 50-ton house was just another day's work.

Trost said he moves about one house a week all year long. About one third of those are moved by water.

-- Brentwood News files