Chill out Chilean style, eat up at senior center
May 4, 1951 Top story of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Three-Year-Old Follows Kitten, Lost Five Hours Near Canal as 100 Search"
Three-year-old Craig Miller went out to play at his home on Foothill Road at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Specifically, he went out to play with his "tiger-kitty." It was fun to follow the kitten as it played about, and Craig did.
Fifteen minutes later, Craig's mother, Mrs. Mayo Miller, discovered that Craig was missing, too. It wasn't until five hours later, after nearly 100 people had combed the hills and ravines for him, that Craig was found nearly a mile away in the canal halfway between his home and the Robert Dana place.
He was wet to the waist, cold and hungry when Deputy Sheriff Floyd Harrison found him about 2:30 p.m., and he was completely uninterested in the furor that followed his disappearance.
When Mrs. Miller, the former Donna Kolb, of Dublin, discovered Craig missing she began a search herself. Unsuccessful, she called her father, E.W. Kolb, of Dublin, and the Kolb family and neighbors took up the hunt.
A short time of hunting convinced Kolb that an organized search party was necessary, so he called on the sheriff's office for help. Capt. Creel, of the Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center, responded immediately by dispatching six deputies with 35 prisoner-searchers to the area. More neighbors joined the hunt, and the Pleasanton Boy Scouts under Scoutmaster Warren Harding took up the trail.
Craig's father, a lineman for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, was located by company officials and relieved to join the search, and a group of 25 high-school students led by Ed Holden and James Georgis of the school staff reported for additional duty at the prison farm search headquarters just as little Craig was found.
As nearly as could be determined, Craig had gone along the creek gully and even down to the canal in which there was plenty of water in which to drown. The kitten? It ran away from Harrison, who was happy enough to have found Craig. It was still missing at the end of the hectic day.
Real Estate: Carr Realty, Sunol. Dandy two-bedroom furnished home on half-acre country estate among trees. Price -- $10,000.
At the Movies: Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in "State Secret" plus Gene Autry in "Indian Territory."
Groceries: Safeway. Ground beef, 59 cents a pound; assorted and sliced lunch meats include: pickle and pimento loaf, spiced luncheon meat, Dutch loaf and luxury loaf, 69 cents a pound; Perk Dog Food, two 15-ounce cans for 35 cents.
Trivia Question: What was the 1962 year-end close for the Dow Jones industrial average?
Answer to last week's question: Time magazine's 1951 Man of the Year was Mohammed Mossadegh, Iran prime minister from 1951 to 1953 who was ousted in a coup d'etat run by the CIA and British MI6.
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