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Pages of History: Attempts to enter Smith R. end in defeat

From pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1949.

After several unsuccessful passes, severe groundswells prevented entry of Joe Sierka’s newly purchased German-built surplus boat into the mouth of the Smith River.

Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Smith and rimmed the shoreline as a small tug maneuvered the 165-foot shell around the river’s mouth until after 4 p.m., when the boat was towed away toward Eureka to wait for the next high tide.

Sierka, owner and operator of Castle Rock Camp, plans to use the boat in connection with his tourist and sportsmen’s camp on the mouth of the Smith River.

Flyers stop off for night

More than 50 small airplanes carrying 140 Redwood Empire grand air tour flyers are scheduled to descend on Crescent City to be welcomed by local REA officers and members and Delightful Del Norte, Inc. representatives.

Among the flyers will be members of the aviation interim committee, one or two legislators, aeronautical magazine writers, an aviation editor of the Call-Bulletin, in addition to REA aviation unit heads, Mrs. Florence Workman, River Bar Lodge and REA officials.

Sunday morning, following a picnic with freshly caught barbequed salmon and an overnight stay in Del Norte County, the touring flyers will take off for Rhonerville airport near Fortuna and from there they are to continue on to their home fields.

Sewing machine demo

Approximately 70 women attended the domestic sewing machine demonstration in Brookings. Miss Lorraine Martin, factory representative, gave the demonstrations and Vern Mendenhall was in charge of the affair, sponsored by Brookings Radio and Electric.

Drapes and slip covers were featured in the demonstrations of the new machines. A prize offered for the oldest machine shown was presented to Mrs. E. J. Ostrom, Smith River, who brought a machine built in 1871.

Another sewing machine of early vintage was displayed by Mrs. Watts who showed a machine model from 1877.

Newsboy saves for bike

First-grader Billy Bales, Triplicate newsboy, is a lad with a purpose. He sells Triplicates. Recently, as a result of his purposeful efforts, Billy purchased a brand new bike with $28 he had saved from his earnings as a newsboy.

Billy, now 6, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bales of Crescent City. He has been selling Triplicates every Friday since he was 4 and his mother says that he has averaged nearly $2 every week.

Now that schools are open, Billy attends Crescent Elk and when his classes are out at 2 o’clock on Fridays he dashes to the Triplicate for papers for his regular customers, who wait for him to appear to get his copies.

A bank at Billy’s G street home holds the money he earns each week. His fund since the bike was purchased a few weeks ago has built nearly that high again, his mother says.

Billy is a lad with a purpose!

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