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Pages of History: As rationing winds down, time to shop

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1945.

Happy shopping days are here again for Mrs. America, with the end of rationing of meats, canned fish, fats and oils.

The days of food rationing are gone forever, we hope, with one exception: Sugar will continue to be rationed as long as the worldwide shortage exists. Supplies of meat for civilians during December will permit consumption at an annual rate of about 165 pounds per person.

During the first three months it is estimated a little less meat will be available, but we’ll have considerably more than the average pre-war consumption of 126 pounds per person.

Restrain that urge to throw away your War Ration Books No. 4. You’ll need the sugar stamps that are in them. The current stamp, good for buying five pounds, is sugar stamp No. 38, which will be valid through Dec. 31.

Smith River hits front page

For several weeks past, a column has been appearing in the Tuesday and Thursday Triplicates concerned primarily with the doings of Smith River folks, their dogs, cats, and chat at the “Corners,” and we suddenly find ourselves swamped with readers who want more of the same stuff.

The column of news and chat has been written by a very talented person, Maudee Luick, and though we knew she was gifted in the ways of art, we did not know that her talents ran so decidedly to writing.

For a long time we would occasionally read about the goings-on in Smith River (no doubt the residents of Smith River read the column carefully) when something happened. Smith River became a story about folks we were interested in whether we know them or not, and so we now find ourselves reading the Smith River news as avidly as we would any continued story.

Because, whether you know them or not, the people in Maudee Luick’s column, including the dogs and cows, are all very human and very likable folks. We know you will like them to.

A whopper of a tale

A local Isaac Walton (author of “The Compleat Angler”) today came forth with a whopper of a fish story that has made even the most lenient scoff. We are referring to that ace among fishermen, Walt Osborne, who claims the following:

On Sunday he was fishing on the Smith River with a 5-ounce flyrod, automatic reel, a tapered line and leader, when he hooked onto a steelhead. After some fancy work on his part, and we do mean fancy, Walt claims he landed a 10-pound steelhead that measured 31 inches in length.

We are merely reporting what we heard, from a usually reliable source. Rumor also has it that Mr. Osborne is toting the steelhead about town for all to see, and by now, smell.

Another low rumor is going the rounds too, that salmon eggs were the bait used, but anyone who knows Walt well, would give this slanderous story the lie at once. A local fertilizer salesman here is one of the witnesses who backs the whole astounding story up. We leave it to the public to decide.  

 


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