60 years ago

Lions pack ball mile in winning championship: In going through to their second EBCAL football championship, the Liberty Lions moved the ball for more than a mile in eight games, gaining 1,000 more yards than the combined opposition.

A summary of season statistics by Coach Lou Bronzan showed who did it and how as they scored 227 points to their opponents' 105.

"Snake" Gutierrez was not only the honorary team captain for the season, but its top scorer. He had a total of 61 points, with 10 touchdowns and one conversion. Tarango was close behind with 54 points, Bristow was third with 36, and Domingo fourth with 30.

Tarango carried the ball 114 times for 765 yards, a 6.3 average. Townes also had a 6.3 average carrying 34 times for 214 yards, and Bristow, with 97 carries, rolled up 625 yards and a 6.0 average. Don Dal Porto, switching to the backfield on occasion, carried the ball only six times, but gained 66 yards for a 11.0 average. Liberty's passing combination, Domingo to Gutierrez, was regarded as one of the best in high school football for the area in several years.

25 years ago

Liberty to honor oldest adult student: With the theme "Never too old to get and education" the Liberty Adult Education staff will be honoring their oldest student, 103-year old Gertrude Peggy Shutterly, Dec. 15 at the Delta Community Service Center.

Shutterly, who resides in Vine Hill Manor, a board and care home for the elderly in Oakley, occasionally attends an arts and craft class co-sponsored by Liberty Adult Education.

Roy Ghiggeri, administrator of Liberty's Adult Education program, met Shutterly for the first time at the Oakley rest home Monday.

"Here we have a lady that's 103 who is still active in learning. What a beautiful thing that is," Ghiggeri said.

Sitting with her grandson Harry Dillion of Pittsburg, Shutterly recalled some of her youth while growing up in the hills on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pa. The daughter of a coal miner, she remembers seeing her very first train in 1892 at the age of 8.

-- Brentwood News files

When asked how she attributes her health and long life, Shutterly smiled and said, "Hard work and poor pay."

-- Brentwood News files