60 years ago

Postmaster asks aid in nabbing mailbox clouters: Post Master Richard Wallace has made an appeal to the city police for cooperation in discovering who is responsible for post office box clouting which had been occurring over a period of several months. It is believed to be the work of juveniles, as the boxes which are forced are in the lower tiers, easily reached by persons of short stature. Over the weekend two boxes were broken into and their contents removed. One of them belonged to a local business man, who found checks totaling nearly $2,000 in the street near his place of business. They had been torn and tossed away. Wallace declared that the practice must be broken up and is hopeful that police alertness may result in catching the perpetrators in the act. Severe punishment is prescribed for those found guilty of damaging government property or robbing the mail.

25 years ago

The dairy business is a family affair: Emerson's dairy, a family-owned and operated business since 1925, has become the largest dairy farm in Contra Costa County because of two things -- hard work and dedication.

Stan and Dale Emerson, both Oakley residents, are full partners in the business started by their father, Ralph, but the land has been in the family since the mid-1800s.

Ralph was faced with a dilemma in the early 1920s, when the family owned land in both Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties. "He couldn't keep up with all the work because there was so much land. He had the foresight to realize Santa Clara County would develop much quicker than the Oakley area. He got rid of most of the land in Santa Clara and started Emerson Dairy here when he was only 22 years old.," Stan said.


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What started as a small-scale business where a portable milking machine was hand carried to the cows has turned into an operation consisting of an automated system that milks a herd of 1,150 cows three times a day.

-- Brentwood News files