From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1939.
Members of the City Council did considerable scratching at their last meeting held at City Hall.
Not the usual head scratching often resorted to in working out knotty city problems, or back scratching so popular with politicians, but the good old-fashioned kind that follows the bite of the well-known and hopping parasite.
And so Chief of Police Jack Breen is now busy “de-fleaing” the City Hall premises. He explained that the fleas are brought in by the transients who use the City Hall benches for overnight accommodations when passing through the city, leaving their passengers behind for all to enjoy.