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Pages of History: Area could see its own gold rush

From the pages the Crescent City American, 1932.

With the discovery of gold, platinum, iridium and native quicksilver about the first of the month, placer veins six miles east of Crescent City are reported to contain gold ore valued as high as $100 per yard.

This is according to Ernest Hey, metallurgist and assayer, and H.C. Mobley, Alaska mining man. Hey and Mobley filed 18 claims.

Del Norte County was undergoing suppressed excitement when it was reported by Hey that the area contained millions of yards with the gold averaging $8 per yard. 

The placer deposit, covering hundreds of yard, is an ancient river bed, Hey says, containing mercury filiform masses, or fine gold and platinum globules. 

The land on which the placer deposits were discovered is claimed by the Del Norte Timber Company, whose headquarters are in Eau Claire, Wis.

Other residents of Crescent City have filed claims, totaling more than 100.

Big shot from Big Flat

Bob Steven, whom we are given to understand will be a candidate for mayor of Big Flat, was in from that famed summer playground Wednesday.

Mr. Steven was obliged to make the trip in on horseback over the river trail as the road on the summit is blocked. Big Flat is noted as a summer playground, and the Steven Bros. entertain many sportsmen and summer vacationers at their “Dude Ranch” on the head of the Middle Fork of Smith River each year.

Elk Valley ranch sold

A deal was closed Tuesday where J.L. Musick sold 30 acres in Elk Valley to Arthur P. Heney, of Los Angeles. 

Mr. Heney was formerly a resident of this city and for a time was proprietor of the Ray Annex hotel. He left this city for Los Angeles about six months ago.

The land disposed of by Mr. Musick is about four miles from this city on the old route of the Redwood Highway, opposite the McNamara and Alpaugh ranch. 

Daughter of DN dies

Mary Ella Howland Calkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Howland of this city, passed quietly away at the Knapp Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, March 9, 1932, following a short illness, casting a shroud of sorrow over the whole community.

Born in Del Norte County on Nov. 18, 1898, Mrs. Calkins attended the grade schools and was a graduate of Del Norte High School.

Later she attended the University of California. During the World War, she worked in Tacoma, Wash.

In the year 1930, Mrs. Calkins went on a world tour that took her to every continent on the globe with the exception of Australia, the tour requiring an entire year. She returned home to Del Norte County in 1931.

After spending six months here visiting her parents, Mrs. Calkins entered the California School of Designing, graduating Dec. 15, 1931. She then returned home due to failing health. A short time ago, her condition became critical, and she continued to sink until she passed quietly away Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Howland, and her sister, Mrs. Frank Starry, of this city.

Funeral services were held today from the Starry family home on Elk Valley, with the Rev. J. Freelen Johnson officiating. Interment was made in the family plot in Odd Fellows Cemetery. 

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