From the pages of the Crescent City American, August 1928.
Work on the new $45,000 Memorial Hall, which is to be erected at the corner of H and 8th streets, was started Monday when contractor O.R. Griffith, the successful bidder for the work, arrived in this city from Sacramento and started breaking the ground for construction.
The new building is to be constructed of reinforced concrete and will be 80 by 100 feet. It will contain an auditorium, kitchen, lodge rooms, dressing rooms, shower bath, stage, and in fact, everything that could be expected to be found in a building of this kind.
Work on the new structure will be rushed to completion as the rainy season will start about Sept. 1, making the pouring of concrete almost impossible.
When this building is completed, it will be one of the finest structures in the city and is being erected as a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the conflicts engaged in by the United States, and while the building of this great memorial was sponsored by the American Legion, it is not for its use alone, but is for the use of veterans of all wars and the public in general.
Titans collide on mat
Sailor Jack Woods, of Grants Pass, and Gus Schaeideau, of Gold Beach, are scheduled to lock horns in one of the most terrific ear scrambling mat contests that has been witnessed in this city in many a day. The match will take place in the old Endert Theatre on Thursday evening, Aug. 30, under the auspices of Del Norte Post No. 135, American Legion.
Woods is considered the “Bull of the Woods” in Josephine County and has been through many a tough battle and has many victories to his credit. The same holds true for Schaeideau as he is a veteran wrestler and a favorite of Del Norte County fans. Those who seek a real thrill in witnessing the powers of two strong men, coupled with all the skill and cunning known to the mat profession, will not want to miss this super-contest.
Fair heads visit Kiwanis
An interesting meeting of Kiwanis was had on Wednesday at noon when Lon Denio was chairman of the day and had as his guests, four members of the Del Norte County Fair Association.
Clarence Westbrook of Smith River Valley, president of the association, gave an interesting talk telling of the hard struggle the association has had in keeping the fair going. The problem now, he said, is getting the fair properly advertised.
Ed McLaughlin, of Lake Earl, chairman of the finance committee, spoke at some length telling of the difficulties being met in raising finances.
Bob Maris, of Smith River, told of the work being done with the Calf Club and of the value this work was to the younger generation on the farm.
Ed Fraiser, secretary of the association, told of the amusement features of the fair this year and stated that they were to be bigger and better than ever before.
The Kiwanis Club as a whole has pledged its support to the fair association, believing it is a big factor in helping to boost the county and her products.