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July 6, 1951 Top story of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Council Hears Plans for Developing Subdivision of 700 Homes Here"
Pleasanton's City Council began seeking ways by which to furnish water to a proposed new subdivision south of town after hearing Carl Lassen, promoter of the project, outline his plans for the development and assuring him that sewage service could be furnished by the city for the homes to be built.
Lassen told the council at its meeting that he hoped to start construction on the first of up to 700 homes on the property adjoining the city to the south within two months and that he expects to have 100 erected within six months.
He explained it was his idea to make a freshwater lake 3 to 4 feet deep in the low part of the property, with water to be furnished by a well. In addition the plans call for construction of a swimming pool and the setting aside of 5 acres for a new elementary school.
The council concurred with Lassen, who was introduced to the group by Harry Harding, president of First National Bank, that growth was certain to come to the valley, and agreed that steps must be taken to meet it. Mayor A. W. Oxsen voiced the view that "within 10 years there will be almost no farming land in this valley."
The means of providing water under the 1926 contract with the San Francisco water company were discussed, and city officials will confer with company officials on methods of getting additional water. Also under exploration will be the possibility of building new reservoirs that could take care of population increases.
Real Estate: Three acres for sale, eight-room house, five-room house -- modern with two-car garage. Barn, shed, workshop, also Quonset hut. Pressure system. Good business opportunity. Located on Dougherty Road near Camp Parks.
At the Movies: Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. "Go For Broke!" starring Van Johnson and the Heroes at the 42nd Regimental Combat Team; plus "Rhythm Inn" with Jane Frazee. Coming Soon to the Valley Drive-in Theater: "Storm Warning" with Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan and Doris Day.
Groceries: Safeway, Pleasanton. Colored margarine, Nucoa or Blue Bonnet, 33 cents per pound; Cherub Mild evaporated milk, three small cans for 20 cents; tall cans, three for 39 cents; Kool-Aid, assorted flavors, three packs for 14 cents; Duchess "Tart-Whipped" salad dressing, 35 cents for a pint glass or 65 cents for a quart; and beet sugar Spreckel's, 10-pound bag, 88 cents.
Trivia Question: The 1964 Republican convention nominated which candidate?
Answer to last weeks Question: On July 9, 1951, President Harry Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war with Germany.
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