1985 - Seventy Five Years of Black Gold
Among the events held during the 1985 celebration under president Jerry Peavyhouse, was the dedication of the Veteran’s Memorial at the Civic Center Park, under the chairmanship of Jess McCarty and Art Carlton, and the old 25 Hill Midway Cemetery restoration project. An art faire and classic car show were added to the events. All of the usual elected officials and all former mayors of Taft were invited to attend the Civic Luncheon which is always a sell-out. Our U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein, was invited but could not attend because of pressing business in the U. S. Senate. Feinstein's father, Leon Goldman, was a 1922 graduate of Taft Union High School, who became the head of the University of California San Francisco Medical School. Karen Hatch (pictured center) was the Queen for the celebration.