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Pages of HIstory: Torpedo warnings for coast

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1942.

A torpedo of unexplained origin was found on a beach north of Point Cabrillo light station in Mendocino County last week by Mr. and Mrs. Hayford of Stockton.

The visitors were fishing at the beach when they noticed the strange object and on closer inspection found it to be a brightly painted torpedo about 24 feet in length. It appeared to be intact even to its firing pin.

The Army headquarters at Russian Gulch was immediately notified of the discovery and the instrument placed in charge of the Coast Guard.

A warning has been issued that similar instruments of war may float ashore on any of the California beaches. When such are found, their locations and descriptions should be given to the nearest Army or Navy headquarters and contact should be avoided. Under no circumstances should the finders attempt to move or investigate their find, as there is always danger of explosion.

Cheese factory work starts

The foundation for Crescent City’s new cheese factory was laid this week at the corner of 9th and F streets. Zattola Bros., the owners, have operated cheese factories in Oregon for many years and at the present time have a very successful plant near Grants Pass.

Capacity at the new plant will be approximately 4,000 pounds of milk daily, and will give six men employment in its operation. Many dairy farmers of the county have contracted with Zattola Bros. for the sale of their milk to the new firm and are very pleased with the terms offered.

The cheese produced at the Grants Pass plant operated by the Zattolas commands a high price and a ready market, and the new plant at Crescent City will be guided by the same high standards that made the Oregon plant successful from the first.

The Zattola brothers will move to Crescent City soon to better supervise construction of the building, which is being erected by contractor Ed DesJardin.

Rowdy Creek road planned

The Board of Supervisors approved a request made at their meeting on Monday by L. Hawkins that he be allowed to rent the county bulldozer for use in making a road up Rowdy Creek in a timber operation.

The Hawkins Brothers recently purchased the Puckett sawmill and plan to salvage some of the down-timber on the old C&O cuttings.

The bulldozer will be rented to Hawkins at the regular county rate as soon as Supervisor Fehely is finished with some work he has under way with this equipment.

Salvage work on Emidio

Salvage work on the torpedoed Emidio, which capsized during recent storms, is being carried on by a diver. H. Skeels, local geologist, is the diver, using modern equipment furnished by the salvor, R. C. Porter of San Francisco.

Skeels, a mining engineer and geologist, was the only person in the county who was willing to take the risks incident to working on the submerged hulk where tide currents and the smashing weight of the swells make such work particularly hazardous.

Shoe repair instituted

A WPA shoe mending project was instituted for Del Norte County, according to Welfare Director Geo. Walton. All elderly and indigent persons are eligible to participate.

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