60 years ago

Ben Franklin store to open in near future: Brentwood is to have a new store in the near future, it was disclosed this week, with the leasing of the large store space in the new Eisele building next to the post office by H.A. Stoner of Walnut Creek. It will be a Ben Franklin store, dealing with in popular-priced variety and dry goods. Stoner owns store in Walnut Creek, Sonora and Stockton, and expects to have his fourth store in Brentwood in operation by July 1. Manager of the store here will be Floyd J. Whitsell, for many years with Woolworth organization. Dickey Realty arranged the lease.

25 years ago

A lively day with Oldies But Goodies: Things for the Oldies But Goodies program became rather lively this past Monday, as a young lamb, pig, Angora rabbit and baby goats visited the senior citizens and preschool children.

For over an hour, Monday, the Delta Community Services Center was transformed into a petting zoo compliments of Knightsen 4-H students and a member of the Future Farmers of America from Liberty Union High School.

Joanne Joaquin, a coordinator for the Oldies But Goodies program, was instrumental in organizing the event, which generated smiles and laughter from the old and young alike.

Of all the animals at the center, the 6-week-old pig appeared to grab the most attention as it nibbled on pant lets and shoes.

"The goats are lovable, they'll just sit right in your lap and let you feed them, but I think the pig is my favorite," Oldies But Goodies member Ruth Archie said.

"The pig seems to be the most enterprising. There it is trying to eat the children's shoes," she said.

For many of the children, touching the pig, goats, lamb and rabbit was a new experience. However, for some of the seniors, the animals brought back memories of their childhood and a farm in Arkansas and "we had lots of hogs and cows," said Oldies But Goodies member Janie Bell.

Some of the seniors in the program fed goats milk from bottles and watched the pig as it slept on the floor.

-- Brentwood News files

"This is the first time we've tried anything like this here. It was a new experience and we didn't know what to expect, but it seems to be a big hit among everyone," said Joaquin.

-- Brentwood News files