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Two Coast Guardrescues in August 1967

Sharon McKinney

In August 1967, hundreds of salmon fisherman gathered at the Klamath River, both in boats and casting from the shore. In a couple of days, four tourists were saved by the Coast Guard at the mouth of the Klamath River. Sudden swells capsized a boat that contained a couple from Glendale and threw them into the rough water.

Two Coast Guard members saw the upturned boat and hurried in their rescue boat to pull the two out of the water and into safety. One of the rescuers had to jump into the water to help the visitors into the Coast Guard boat. Later, Requa's "rescue patrol" had a similar assignment when two Southern Calif. men, fishing in separate boats, were hit by waves and dumped into the water. Both the 16-foot Coast Guard boat and the 26-foot boat were on the job to retrieve the fishermen and the unmanned fishing boats. Again, a Coast Guard rescuer had to jump into the churning water to assist the men into the boat. There were treacherous currents during tide changes.

Four distress calls were also answered in Crescent City Harbor. The four rescues included one boat that had gone aground, one with engine trouble, one taking on water, and one with a broken steering cable. The Coast Guard also rescued a fisherman near Redding Rock who was injured by his own fish hook going through his hand. He was taken to the hospital. The Coast Guard offered valuable services to fisherman.

City changes

Jacqueline Childs moved from vice president of the Chamber of Commerce to the leadership position after the resignation of E. K. Meadows. Meadows stated that his business was taking him out of the area frequently and that he knew the chamber would progress under Childs leadership.

The Teamster's Union proposed a housing development for low and middle income families on Front Street, taking three blocks for their project. The apartment complex would cost $600,000. The starting date was delayed due to the Federal Housing Agency wanting a sea wall to protect the property. An agreement was reached and the construction began.

The historical Darby building had to be torn down to make room for the development. The Union also wanted another block for more apartments but FHA again intervened due to the oil storage tanks in the nearby area. A one-bedroom apartment would rent for $85 a month plus utilities, two bedrooms would go for $100 per month. In a time of tight money, the construction project was encouraging to the community.

Luau at the park

Ruby Van Deventer Park was a popular camping and picnicking site. 2,500 people had enjoyed the park since its dedication earlier in the year. The hospital held an authentic Hawaiian luau complete with hula girls in grass skirts with shell necklaces and a menu that included chicken with pineapple, ham and large shrimp.

Sharon McKinney is a Del Norte Historical Society volunteer.

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