From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1941.
A move initiated by the Crescent City chamber of commerce to interest federal authorities in the construction of an air base on Lake Earl has received the wholehearted cooperation of the people of Brookings.
The matter was made the principal subject of last Monday’s meeting of the chamber held at the Horseshoe Grill, with Brookings being represented by W. L. Crissey and A. F. Tilton.
The Brookings men were enthusiastic about the possibilities of the Lake Earl site and urged all possible action to bring the matter to the attention to the proper authorities. Mr. Crissey pointed out the importance of the base here in the defense program on the Pacific Coast, and also stated his opinion of the commercial aspects of aviation.
To investigate the situation further, a group of local business men will meet with the Brookings people tonight at the W.L. Crissey home north of Brookings.
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Harbor School news
The Harbor Grade School opens Sept. 8 this year, one week later than many other schools in this area.
The teachers this year are Miss Dorothy Olds of Grass Valley, who will be the principal and the upper four grades teacher, and Miss Lillian Warmouth of Salem, who will teach the lower four grades. L.A. Orton will be the bus driver again.
A faithful customer
A note from “Old Man” Gurney, who is now in Colorado, requesting that he be kept on the Triplicate mailing list as he wants the Crescent City news.
“Great country out here,” he writes, “forty miles N.E. of Colorado Springs and 42 miles S.E. of Denver.”
“Nearly 7,000 feet above sea level and 2,000 feet higher than Denver; Pike’s Peak in plain sight; and Long’s Peak too, with snow still on both.
“Saw the annual air show last Sunday in Denver. Uncle Sam’s fighting planes are ‘Humdingers.’
“I’ll be back in Crescent City this fall and will call by. Hello to the gang!”
Collect scrap aluminum!
The drive for scrap aluminum in this area really got under way last Thursday when the Brookings Boy Scout Troop under the direction of the Scoutmaster, Louis Haviland, divided Brookings and Harbor into districts and all residents called on by the Scouts.
Over100 pounds of aluminum were collected by the Scouts to help with the Curry County quota. It has been noted that the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” has been adopted as a national slogan by our president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
North Fork Bridge
Construction of a summer bridge across the north fork of Smith River in the Sourdough district is now under way, according to county officials. The work is being done by the forest department and completion of the bridge will open the road from Smith River to Grants Pass via Monumental and O’Brien.
The route is known as the old Wimer road and was one of the main arteries of travel from the interior to the coast in early pioneer pack-train days.