From the pages of the Crescent City American, April 1928.
The dilapidated old building that stood for many years on Second Street between H and I streets, and seemingly just one of the many others of its kind, was the first building ever built in this county to house Del Norte County schoolchildren.
When this building was erected it stood on the grounds where the present grammar school building now stands and was amid a wilderness of stumps and timber. The lumber for this building was sawed in a mill that was then located near the W.A. Howe residence on G and Eighth streets. The finished lumber was shipped in by steamer from Humboldt County.
When the present grammar school building was erected, this old building was purchased by John McLaughlin, father of Ed McLaughlin, and moved to the site where it stood for many years serving as housing for many different businesses during its period of usefulness, but with the wrecking of this building last week, one of the oldest buildings in the county has passed on and the seat of learning for the pioneer children of this county is no more.