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Pages of History: April 1939

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1939.

Philip Foxwell, king of magic and escape mysteries, is to appear at the Del Norte High School auditorium under the auspices of the student body.

Foxwell’s performances are filled with thrills and he spouts forth a line of humorous chatter that keeps his audience in an uproar. His program is climaxed with the “Great Ten Mystery,” a trick so cleverly executed that the audience is left bewildered.

Improvements at Symns Auto Camp

Symns Auto Camp on Highway 199 in Gasquet is undergoing a redecoration of all cabins in readiness for the tourist season.

The dining room is being enlarged and finished in plywood. The owners, Mrs. Irene Symns and Mrs. Frances Stevens, will serve chicken dinners on Sundays during the summer season and cater to private parties as the dining room will be large enough for such parties and for dancing.

Trail bridge planned

Construction of a 200-foot suspension trail bridge across the Smith River in northern Del Norte County at the mouth of Craig’s Creek is expected to begin soon, construction supervisor W. D. Cameron of Siskiyou National Forest said in Grants Pass.   

A forest crew is widening the Illinois River road to a standard, 16-foot width on Six-Mile Hill, Cameron said.

Also, rangers were beginning their trail and telephone line maintenance work for the year.

Saw mill in operation

Under the supervision of Foreman Fred Gardner, Camp Gasquet’s new saw mill is rapidly nearing completion. The boys that are working on this project are now building a shed, which resembles a large one-room house, over the saw, motor and railing and will be completed sometime in April.

The housing material was cut from all kinds of lumber, redwood being the main portion and Mr. Gardner is daily turning out all sizes of lumber to fill the various camp needs.

Bud wins his bet

On April 19, five Del Norte High School students were gathered in the hall, talking about the San Jose college boy who lost $5 because he couldn’t kiss 20 girls in an hour. Bud Boudinot spoke up to say that he could kiss 10 Del Norte high school girls in 20 minutes.

Before he could back down, the group had Bud sewed up to an airtight contract to fulfill his boast.

During the noon hour, Bud started to carry out his wager, but soon discovered that all the girls had been told of his boast and they all ran when he came down the hall. However, he made good his boast by kissing 10 of Del Norte’s prettiest girls in eleven minutes flat.

Ferry road to reopen

The old ferry road, which has been closed for years, is being cleared out and put in good condition with the Brookings Land and Town­site’s bulldozer so that several sites for summer homes along the river can be reached by car.


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