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Motschman invents new mechanism

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1960.

Charles Motschman of Crescent City is the inventor of a new mechanism that is being widely accepted by plywood and veneer mills of Del Norte County and in the Eureka area.

The device, knows as the “Crescent Roller Bar,” is being manufactured by Motschman’s Crescent Roller Bar service.

The new innovation allows veneer lathes to cut closer to the core. And when damage occurs, it can be replaced within 10 minutes. Former mechanisms required an hour of production time due to breakdowns in peeling veneer. The new device benefits from having only three moving parts and all are simple, removable and replaceable.

Captain lauds Del Norters

Captain John Scott Brennan, commander of the U.S. Navy minesweeper Thrasher, was high in his praise for the people of Crescent City and for the county. He forecasts great future growth in a letter read to the City Council.

The letter was read to Council members by City Clerk Winifred Hardin. The minesweeper was moored at Citizens Dock and held “open ship” as one of the features of the Citizens Dock/Fourth of July celebration.

Captain Brennan said the ship’s crew has never before been so warmly received in any community, and in particular he expressed thanks to Nick Carter, who was chairman of the Chamber of Commerce dock celebration com­mittee, for providing entertainment for the ship’s crew.

“Crescent City,” the captain wrote, “is on the threshold of great growth. Your Citizens Dock and tunnel celebrations indicate the reasons.”

Moonshine in henhouse

There were no chickens, but roosting in the henhouse was a moonshine still capable of turning out two gallons an hour of “that good ole mountain dew” in regular Ozark style.

That was what Sheriff O. E. Hovgaard and two U.S. revenue agents said they found at the home of a man in the Lake Earl area.

The still was confiscated and put on exhibit at the Sheriff’s Office complete with copper kettle, tube, butane tank and burner, and an oil drum cooling tank.

The gentleman was not arrested, but was notified to appear in federal court following grand jury action, to plead to a charge of illegal possession of a still. 

DN Nat’l Guard at Fort Ord

About 20 members of the National Guard from Del Norte County are in their second week of a two-week training period with the 103rd Ordinance Group at Camp Roberts.

Hailing from the northern and southern extremities of the state, the 700 officers and enlisted men of this newly formed support group are engaged in combat engineering, military police and communications problems under realistic field conditions.

Although a relatively small group, the 103rd has the mission of preparing to support divisional sized troop movements operating under the newly conceived pentomic warfare. 


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