From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1952.
A pair of loggers’ boots brought Roy Bartlow of Smith River into the county jail last Thursday, April 4. The boots did not belong to Bartlow, but to a friend who had loaned them to him some time ago so that he could take a job with the Simpson Logging Company in Klamath.
The job didn’t pan out and Bartlow neglected to return the boots. He was picked up on a warrant by John Miller, deputy sheriff, at his home Thursday evening and brought to the local jail. He was booked on petty theft charges. The matter was ironed out in Crescent Justice Court Friday morning, when Justice of the Peace Robert F. Appel fined Bartlow $25 and restored the boots to their rightful owner.
Who’s Who in Del Norte!
Billy Boone came to Del Norte County from Los Angeles over 20 years ago. He found Crescent City “backwoodsy” and the “last of the west.”
He came with his wife, Helen, and they stayed. As Billy puts it, “I kind of liked the place.”
What he liked was the community spirit. People would make hay and build homes. Since then, he has seen a lot of development: highways, an airport, different manufacturing plants. He has seen an influx of different people from far-flung locales. He sees in the current building boom something substantial rather than a bubble.
To get back to public spirit, Billy Boone is a living example of same. Citizens’ Dock, the airport, the annual 4th of July celebration, find him in there pitching. Year after year he is saddled with heavy responsibilities of clearing the beach or festooning streets with red, white and blue.
“It’s something that falls to you. You know how to do it so they ask you again and again. It’s a matter of public spirit.”
One thing Billy has never tampered in is politics. “The surest way to get factions lined up against you — I’d rather be friends,” Billy says.
Crescent Water Company
The Crescent City Water Company has applied for a permit to appropriate water from the lower Smith River. The application, filed with the state engineer, Department of Public Works, on Feb. 19, applies for 6 cubic feet of water per second. The water is to be used in Crescent City and vicinity.
The water would be taken from the Smith River at a point about halfway between the Dr. Fine and Hiouchi bridges.
McGill wins award for bravery
Sgt. James McGill, USMC, has been awarded the commendation ribbon with combat “V” for outstanding service in Korea. The son of Mrs. Edith Young Pettit, Crescent City, he will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Monday, April 25.
The award was made March 7 for meritorious service rendered by the former corporal last October 6, 1951. He is a member of the first Marine division, FMF.
The young Marine was serving with a mortar platoon when fire broke out in a mortar ammunition dump and spread quickly.
McGill rushed to the blaze with complete disregard for his personal safety, preventing a possible explosion. The award was announced this week by Maj. Gen. Thomas, U.S. Marine Corps.