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Pages of History: 100-year-old mine relics on display

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1952.

Displayed in Del Ponte’s shoe store window are century-old relics of the Alta mine, now being reactivated in Del Norte’s Low Divide area. The old work tools and ores were brought in by three miners, John I. Noce, Ralph E. Yoder and J. M. Reinarz.

Among items on display is an ore softener with hand-turned bearings. It was made of hardwood and is still firm and solid, although dug from a depth of 200 feet. The copper ores were discovered at various underground levels.

More than 100 years ago this mine was worked by early-day Chinese. It was never reopened after its closure 90 years ago until its recent exploration by the trio.

Additional collections will enhance the window display from time to time.

Scouts build new trail

It’s all chalked up to good deeds for the Scouts of Troop 10, but to many folk who will benefit from a beach pathway that the Scouts are building, it spells safety in capital letters.

A few weeks ago, the Chamber of Commerce received a letter from a woman in the Pebble Beach area near Pacific, lamenting the hazardous, eroded descent to the beach. It had been steadily washing away from a nearby flume. Brought to the attention of the Kiwanians, who sponsor Troop 10, Scoutmaster Don Jones and his boys got busy. A neat path was in the making one recent Saturday afternoon.

The new trail is being built further away from the flume. They are also leveling off some of a high bank to fill the pathway for an easy descent to the beach. It is hoped a rail can be built on one side for further safety.

Based near quake in Japan

Sgt. Donald N. Cowley, believed to have been near a recent disastrous 8.1 earthquake in Japan, has arrived safely back aboard his ship, the U.S.S. W.A. Mann. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cowley of Crescent City received word yesterday.

Young Cowley is stationed at the Misawa Air Force base at Furrinaki, on the northeast end of Honshu, the main island. He is a plane mechanic and entered the Air Force in December 1950. Before going overseas, he spent several months at Sheppard Field, Texas, and Mather Field, Calif. Following graduation from Del Norte High in 1947, Cowley spent a year at Northwest Nazarene, Nampa, Idaho.

The Cowleys have lived here for the past seven years, coming from White Salmon, Wash.

Lake Earl duck project

The Lake Earl duck project started with fish. Joe Miller explained to a group of sportsmen last Thursday evening what led up to his filing of the project with the State Wildlife Conservation board.

A Lake Earl rancher for eight years, the county supervisor told of seeing thousands of fish die every year.

“The little trout got caught behind the tules and when the lake went down he never got to the ocean, he explained.”

“Places where we put the grain in last year, you couldn’t put your hand down for the ducks. If the lake were held at a constant level, both fish and ducks would thrive,” he said.

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