From the Pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1958.
Indications that Del Norte County’s primary elections may develop into a hotly contested political race loomed this week as five more announced candidacy for city and county offices, swelling the list of political hopefuls to 13.
Sheriff Ozzie Hovgaard and Donald Pinkerton both announced their candidacy for sheriff as had Larry Johnson of Smith River.
Into the political spotlight this week stepped Mayor Henry Cooper and William Peepe, whose terms as city councilmen end this years. Both have stated they will seek re-election.
Norman Wier, Del Norte County coroner and public administrator, has filed for his third term in office.
Born in Del Norte County, Wier attended local schools, plus four years at the University of San Francisco and a year at San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. A Navy veteran with five years experience, Wier first opened his mortuary in Crescent City in 1947. A member of a pioneer family, his grandfather, Nicholas Younker, came to Del Norte in 1851.
We must recognize the conservation problem as it exists, and work it out from a scientific standpoint, Roy Rook, president of the newly activated Klamath River Conservation Club, stated Friday night.
Rook made his comments following a film titled “Tomorrow’s Salmon and Steelhead” at Babe’s Café.
Others who spoke at the meeting included Bud Ryerson, who stated that a representative for the fish and game problem should be a man without ”an axe to grind, one who is interested in the area as a whole.” Carl Guy advised that after study of the problem all factions get together and work for a solution to the problem.
Medal awarded posthumously
A Silver Star will be awarded posthumously to Robert Nelson, a Del Norte boy who was killed in Korea over a year ago.
The presentation is to be made to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrow Nelson of Smith River, and will take place on Feb. 12 as part of the Smith River American Legion and Auxiliary’s Americanism program.
The man who wanted into jail
Douglas McCullough, 35, of Crescent City, is an outdoor man. But he appeared at Del Norte County Jail, bag in hand, and asked to be locked up. Sheriff Glover was slightly dumbfounded, to say the least.
“Come back tomorrow,” said Glover, “and I’ll see if I can’t get a commitment for you.”
“Nothing doing,” said McCullough, “I have to spend 150 days in jail, and I want today to count.” Have to be out by hunting season.
Then McCullough told his story. Seems he was picked up recently by the local gendarmes on a drunk charge. When he appeared before Justice Robert F. Appel and pleaded guilty, he was fined $300 or up to 150 days in jail. Appel gave him until February 1 to round up the money.
McCullough did some tall thinking and decided he’d rather serve the time than pay the $300. His thinking time up, he walked into the county jail prepared to stay.
Now Sheriff Glover is an outdoor man himself, so McCullough hied himself over to the justice and had the necessary papers made out.
McCullough will be out July 1.