Sunday, January 2, 2011

Old North Legend Bruce Clark Front Page Enterprise News (05)

Davis Enterprise, December 31, 2010
The December 31, 2010 edition of the Davis Enterprise carries a front page story on a man named Bruce Clark, who is described as a 67 year old “Davis area farmer.” He and his spouse Judy are newsworthy for having sold 140 acres of their organic farm near Winters into a conservation easement.

This is the same Bruce Clark who lived in the Old North in the ‘70s-’80 and bought homes here with the idea of fixing them up and selling them to people who would live in and love them. These properties included 516 E, 601 E, 611 E, 616 E and 619 Sixth.

I know from personal observation in 1980 that 516 E would likely not exist had Clark not bought it and replaced the wood foundation with one up-to-code.

In my 1999 book, Old North Davis, I extolled him as a hero of preservation and speculated that we might see more  people like him in the future. For better or worse, we have not. Instead, matters have moved in other directions.

I might mention that Bruce’s “day job” all these years was that of professor of English at Solano Community College, a position from which he has recently retired after 35 years of service.