From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1941.
Nearly all of the county turned out en masse to usher in 1941 with three big dances drawing most of the merry-makers. However, many preferred local night spots to welcome in the new year.
A merry crowd of dancers packed the Memorial Hall when the Pastime Club and guests attended the annual ball sponsored by the club.
Smith River saw the largest and probably the noisiest crowd. Hundreds attended the Smith River dance, which has become a tradition in the county. The dance began at 9 in the evening and gained momentum until by the stroke of twelve, it had become a veritable bedlam, with confetti, serpentine and plenty of noise. However, the dance finally resumed normal proportions and the dance went on merrily until early Wednesday morning.