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A clue, you say, to last Timelines photo was the bronze Clamper plaque attached to the front of the Holbrooke Hotel on West Main Street? Yes, Ralph, you’re absolutely correct. To elaborate: the photo was taken c. 1965, when the hotel was still occupied mainly by retirees. Many were old miners from Grass Valley’s golden past. Single rooms with a wash basin and the bath “down the hall,” rented for between $45 and $60 per month! OK, coffee was still a dime a cup at most places and Purity Stores advertised its house brand at 98¢ for a 2-pound can, wow! Breakfast at home? Bacon, thick sliced Armour Star also 2 pounds 98 cent; while Grade AA, large eggs were 49 cent a dozen. These figures are from the store’s grocery ad for Feb. 21, 1962. Purity had three stores in Grass Valley and Nevada City: Mill Street, today it’s the site of Wells Fargo Bank; Hills Flat, Mike’s Tools and Nevada City, now the Bonanza Market on Broad Street. Today: Ho, Hum! another construction scene; where in an incorporated area of the western county? As always, answers/guesses to: bobwyckoff@sbcglobal .net or PO Box 216, Nevada City CA 95959.

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