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Births Published July 29, 2009

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Scholastic July 29, 2009

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David Loughry

Sean Ewing

Still mysterious

Haley Lutz of Utah visits the Brother Jonathan memorial Friday afternoon. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson)

It’s been 144 years since the Brother Jonathan broke up off our coast 

The Brother Jonathan shipwreck that happened about eight miles off Crescent City’s shores 144 years ago will always be a bit of a mystery.

It’s truly a sunken treasure ship like in children’s fairy tales, with millions of dollars of gold still at the bottom of the sea.

Also lost forever were 225 lives. In the days after the wreck on July 30, 1865, bodies washed ashore on a 125-mile stretch along the North Coast and into Oregon. Many were buried in the old Crescent City Cemetery between 8th and 9th streets off Pebble Beach Drive.

That old cemetery and who was buried there is also a bit of a mystery. It became known as the Brother Jonathan Cemetery and fell victim to decay and vandalism. Eventually, a new cemetery was built off Cooper Avenue and some or all of the bodies were moved there.

In the 1950s, local residents decided to turn the old cemetery into a memorial for those on the Brother Jonathan.

St. George Reef Lighthouse was constructed to prevent a similar disaster from happening, but was abandoned long ago and is currently under renovation. The lighthouse is like a ghost barely visible on a clear day from land. 

The lighthouse and the memorial are visual reminders of one of the worst shipwrecks on the West Coast. Both, along with the sunken gold, preserve the Brother Jonathan’s legacy and the story that will always be a part of Del Norte County’s history.

Sand Castles by the sea

Charley Tygart;/Photo by Mercedes Tygart
The Del Norte Child Care Council’s ‘Sand Castles by the Sea,’ a family-fun, non-competitive event, took place on Pebble Beach on July 2.


Mural in the works

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Wanda Kirkpatrick (shown above) works on a mural on the Cal Trans building on Highway 101 across from The Home Depot on June 30. She has also helped with the murals at Ace Hardware and more recently at the Endert Pool.

CFCU scores $15,000 for food bank

One hundred and six golfers teed off at 18 different holes June 13 for the Shotgun Start of the 7th annual Chetco Federal Credit Union (CFCU) Benefit Golf Tournament at Salmon Run Golf Course in Brookings, Ore. 

The Grand Sponsors for this year’s benefit were All Star Liquors and Elk Valley Rancheria. All Star Liquors owner, Jed Driggers stated, “We are proud to be a Grand Sponsor of this event, and give back to the community. This has become an annual honor for us. This is the fourth year All Star Liquors has been a Grand Sponsor for this event, benefitting the Brookings-Harbor Food Bank.” 

Elk Valley Rancheria Chairman, Dale Miller said, “On behalf of the Elk Valley Rancheria, California Tribal Council, we are proud to support causes that both strengthen and promote community health. It is critical that we continue to donate the funding necessary to help keep children and their families fed during these tough economic times.” Elk Valley Rancheria has been a Grand Sponsor of the event for the last two years.

“As we all know, the need to provide food for families and hungry children has grown this year,” said Stanley J. Baron, CFCU president/CEO. “CFCU’s benefit golf tournament has become an important funding source for the Brookings-Harbor Food Bank and I am very pleased that, with the help of our sponsors and the community, we are able to donate $15,000 to help feed the hungry children in this community.”

Births Published July 22, 2009

Tamale festival

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Tamale chef Marcela Contreras holds a young participant ready for lunch while Sotoera Zamora shares a smile with tamale purchaser. The Manos Unidos Inc. Tamale Festival was Saturday at Smith River Methodist Church.

Relay for Life garage sale

The Daily Triplicate/Michele Thomas
Junyeo, Noa and Felicia Kazmierczak (left to right) of Crescent City pick out tiki lights and other treasures at a Relay For Life fundraiser garage sale organized by Erin Louy (thumbs up) and Samantha Hunt (far right). Samantha is the Team Captain for the newly formed Crescent City Rotaract Club. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for men and women ages 18-30.

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