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Inmates escaped from Alder Camp

Sharon McKinney

Late in August, 1967, a dramatic event happened near the Requa Boat Dock. Two prisoners who escaped from Alder Camp were apprehended by Alvin Larson, owner of the dock site.

The two men were trying the doors on cars in the parking lot when Alvin Larson stopped them by pointing a shot gun in their direction. The sheriff took the forger and burglar into custody where their sentences increased for the escape.

The two men had been on the loose for two days and had burglarized the home of Larry Crivelli, taking money and guns from the home. Then they tried to get rides from fishermen.

Sheriff Tom Lawry said some of the stolen guns were still missing and he didn't want the prison grapevine to know of this fact. His officers had little sleep during the search for the two missing inmates.

Readership contest

The Daily Triplicate sponsored a campaign to increase its readership by offering money to adults to do a survey of community residents. If the person interviewed subscribed or renewed their subscription, the contestant received points toward the cash prizes. If readers, friends, family members, or co-workers wanted to contact one of the contestants with a renewal or new subscription, they were given credit.

All outlying areas as well as Curry County and the residential sections were surveyed. One of the first recipients of the prize of $25 was Beverly Johnston who sold a subscription to Anna Least, her sister.

The grand prize for the most pledges was an RCA color television set with separate hi-fi stereo and a Stratolounger reclining chair with a total value of $1,250 and could be seen at Baker and Stanton. The alternative prize was $1,000 on cash. The total prize money was $4,000.

The goal of 1,000 new readers was given the added incentive of subscribing at the current rate as the rate would increase at the close of the competition in October. The new rate was $4.50 per year.

Club sponsors youth

The Kiwanis Club sponsored Dennis Desjardin, a Boy Scout from Post 10, to go to the World Jamboree in Farragut Park in Idaho. It was the 60th anniversary of scouting and celebrations were held around the world. The young scout had a sightseeing trip that included Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia and the Space Needle in Seattle. The experience lasted from July 20 until August 12. It was a group of scouts from the western states and Hawaii.

Sharon McKinney is a Del Norte Historical Society volunteer.

 


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