60 years ago
Liberty Gridders work for speed: Preparation for the first game of the season, and the first game with Antioch in a number of years, has had Coach Lou Bronzan and his assistant, Jack Ferrill, working overtime with the Liberty Union football team. Until school started Wednesday, double sessions were the order of the day, the second session starting in the evening and winding up under the lights.
Thus far, the greatest progress has been made with the offense, but coaches Bronzan and Ferrill are having problem in whipping a line into shape that will move fast enough to permit this year's speedy backfield to function to its fullest capacity. Work next week will be slanted toward a defense that will stop whatever may be thrown against it, on the theory that it doesn't make a great deal of difference how many touchdowns can be made if the opposing team can make more of them.
25 years ago
Sand Hill area now quiet and peaceful: When Larry Cox moved to Oakley's Sand Hill area 25 years ago, Davis Lane was a "rough area" with rowdy neighbors and homes unkempt, sandy lots.
Now, the block-long street off Highway 4 near Gehringer Primary School is a peaceful neighborhood with neat fences around the yards and flower gardens at nearly every house.
"It's nice out here now," Cox said from the front yard of his home, which is located about 100 yards from the highway. "Most of us are retired and it's quieter since they blocked off the end of the street a few years ago."
Frank Martinez and his wife Elsie, manage nine rented homes along the private road for Frank's brother, and trace the neighborhood back at least 40 years.
"These houses came from Camp Stoneman a long time ago. They've been here as long as I can remember," Frank said. The neat wood homes brought from Pittsburg's military processing center, which was active from 1941 through 1954, have been remodeled and repainted over the years, and recently tenants have taken new pride in the way the neighborhood looks.
-- Brentwood News files