In August 1935, the front pages of the Lodi News-Sentinel were filled with excitement, optimism and sadness.
On the first day of that month, Lodi Police Chief Clarence S. Jackson, who also served as the volunteer organizer of the Lodi Grape Festival, announced that a delegation of Hollywood stars was coming to Lodi for a three-day festival in mid-September. He also was trying to get “America’s most noted humorist,” Will Rogers, to come to Lodi.
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