60 years ago

Water shortage feared as city wells fail: Water users were appealed to this week to cut down on lawn watering for their own protection as the Brentwood Water District faced the threat of a serious shortage. Directors of the water district warned that the situation is bad, and could be disastrous.

The district's water supply was greatly reduced when the well at Railroad Avenue and Balfour Road went out about two weeks ago, and it was necessary to depend entirely on the old well and pump at Railroad and Chestnut. The casing at the large well collapsed and the well was damaged beyond repair, making it necessary to drill an entirely new well in another location. Meantime, the pump at the old water tower is being overworked to meet minimum requirements. Should it break down, the town's water supply would be wholly cut off.

Pitt's Camp Stoneman comes to life again: Imagine a town double the population of Pittsburg suddenly being built across the freeway. A town with three movie theaters, a 10,000 seat outdoor theater, 1,000-bed hospital, 45 dentists, eight general stores, six recreation buildings, sewage treatment plant and still lots of open space.

A town that draws thousands of visitors a week -- many of them young men looking for a good time.

The U.S. Army called it Camp Stoneman, named after Col. George Stoneman, a Civil War hero and the 15th governor of California. It was the second largest troop staging center in America during its time.


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Essentially built in three months, the huge U.S. Army base disappeared almost as fast after the Korean conflict ended. A few buildings and crumbling foundation are all that remain. But for four days beginning Thursday, Pittsburg will relive memories during its first-ever camp reunion. "I think it's the first opportunity to touch history, says Brig. General Richard G. Larson, who would be Stonemans's commanding general if were open today.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files

It's a wonderful opportunity for people to reflect back on the magnitude of what happened at Camp Stoneman," The soldiers who spent time here will surely talk of love, war, of boom and bust, of life and death in the best soap opera tradition.

"I remember the camp as a good thing in my life and I'll never regret it," says the local businessman.

"I liked the camp as a good, liked the town, liked the people -- it was great.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files