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Footprints: Nov. 1967 Help wanted

Sharon McKinney

In November 1967, there were few Help Wanted ads in the Triplicate. One that brings back memories was for a home delivery driver for Country Maid Dairy in Smith River. Also needed at the time were jobs as a live-in "Grandma" for four little children, a cab driver, a girl to work at the Satellite, and the California Highway Patrol was recruiting for new officers. According to the Chamber of Commerce, the work force contained 6,015 persons. The largest employer was the lumber industry with 2,025 people at work.

On Nov. 1, the United States Senate approved a "compromise" bill to begin the process of establishing Redwood National Park. The bill then went to the House of Representatives while Del Norters waited for the outcome. The compromise came as an amendment to the original bill to ban land exchange for private growth. It was voted down. Although there was a long-standing policy against using federal land as trading stock, Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall said it was necessary in this case to protect the local economy and to win favor for the passage of the bill. Many different maps and combinations of acreage were under consideration at the time.

Moving Klamath

Congressman Don Clausen announced that the House and Senate had allocated $750,000 toward the relocation of the town of Klamath. It will be protected from flooding by a protective wall and a new freeway. Due to Clausen's efforts, in an unusual move, both the design and the construction were budgeted for the same year. Plans for the restoration of Terwer Valley were put off until the following year.

Ettaella and Clarence Coons were the keepers of the Crescent City Lighthouse. It was considered to be the oldest museum in the United States. The couple were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times and the subsequent article focused on the interesting collection at the lighthouse museum. The couple also described living through the winter storms and their need for storage of supplies as it was common to be unable to get to land for as long as a week to 10 days.

Growing up

"What would you like to be when you grow up?" was the theme at Bess Maxwell School in Carol Day's first grade. After the youngsters drew pictures of themselves at future occupations, the top five were voted on by the class. The "best" picture was drawn by Micheale Gavin. She wanted to be a nurse so she could give shots. Brian Kinny wanted to work in a bank so he could own money. Clark Scott wanted to be a painter so he could take his pictures to the store and sell them for money. Gary Moore wanted to be a churchman because he likes to go to church. He said, "Church is fun." Jimmy Cowley wanted to be a policeman because he likes the cars they drive and the hats they wear. Other students wanted to be mothers, barbers, farmers, teachers, sailors, school bus drivers, loggers, taxi drivers, movie stars and bakers.

Sharon McKinney is a Del Norte Historical Society volunteer.

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