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Nov. 28 in Merced history: Stately Merced home gains landmark status

November 28, 1983: The Greenbrier, the two-story home at 21st and K Street, is one of the 17 sites california placed on the National Register of Historic Places after nomination Aug.5 by the State Historical Resources Commission. Greenbrier, built in 1887, was placed on the National register as a historical landmark on Sept.15. The land, the house and much of the area around it changed hands many times over the years. The house was first known as the Maj. George Beecher Cook House, the name under which it was presented to the national register. The house's final name was acquired when Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Freen acquired the house in 1943, renovated it and kept it as a boarding house. They renamed it Grennbrier for their surnames: Mildred's maiden name was Brier.

The present owner, Dr. George McCormack of bakersfild, bought the home in January 1981. Dr.McCormack , a member of the Merced CountyHistorical Society, believes old Victorian homes are beautiful and should be preserved. "By putting the Greenbrier in the national registry, it has to be preserved and can't be torn down on a whim. It's beautiful!", he said.

November 28, 1958


A study made over a year ago by state engineers had resulted in installation of a "Signal Ahead overhead sign on Highway 99 east of G St.

The sign is equipped with a photoelectric cell that automatically turns it on and off at sunset and sunrise.

Cost of $1,583 was shared half and half by the city and the state. The sign was erected Friday and the electricity was turned on Monday night.

November 28, 1998


Merced's contribution to the relief effort in central America goes on. Betty Stewart, chairperson of the Merced/Somato Sister Cities Committee, said fridayu that the committee has wired $8,000 to Somoto already and has collected nearly $3,000 more in donations. Stewart has received word that the funds will be used to rebuild hundreds of devastated homes and for buying new beds.


On Nov. 28, 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.

In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran during World War II.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, who conferred the premiership on John Major.

In 2001, Enron Corp. collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.