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Pages of History: Beachfront development under way

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1964.

Work on Crescent City’s $497,000 beachfront development project, including an indoor swimming pool, should be under way yet this month.

That was the word from Lloyd Byrne, City Superintendent of Public Works, Friday, after city councilmen passed a resolution of intent to award contracts for the project with as much work as possible subcontracted to local firms.

Construction is to begin in 10 days and will take 270 days to complete.

Grange aids needy

The Lake Earl Grange Hall in Fort Dick was the scene of much activity on Dec. 20 as several of the community service clubs joined forces to make up Christmas baskets for the needy families in the area.

Doing the packaging were many members of the grange along with the Redwood Union PTA, which also donated many of the items for the baskets. Groceries were donated by the Fort Dick Mercantile and a loaf of bread for each basket was given by the Big Loaf bakeries. 

Toys for each of the children in these families were gathered and repaired by the Fort Dick Fire Department and the County Probation Department.

While the baskets were mainly for the needy in the Fort Dick area, some went to make Christmas a little merrier for other families in Del Norte County. 

A long drug list

From The Crescent City Herald, Aug. 13, 1856:

The following patent drugs are available at Henry Smith’s Drug Store in Crescent City:

Wrights Indian Vegetable Pills, Brandreth’s Pills, Osgood’s India Cholagogue, Ayers Pills, Rhodes Fever & Ague Cure, Jane’s Sanative Pills, Wistars Balm of Wild Cherry, McLanes Pills, Nerve & Bone Liniment, Moffatt’s Life Pills, Ayers’ Cherry Pectoral, Fahnerstocks Vermifuge, Rushtona Cod Liver Oil, Jane’s Expectorant, Merchant’s Garg-
ling Oil, Brown’s Elixir Ginger, Ferral’s Eve Balsam, Roman Eye Balsam and Webber’s Invigorating Cordial.

New businesses opening

Four new businesses begin celebrating grand openings today, Jan. 23, in new quarters in Crescent City’s newest shopping facility, the Ben Franklin building.

Key to the new unit, which also will have space for one additional store, is the Pyke’s Ben Franklin store. Other businesses include Kay’s Fashions, formerly Marie’s, which moved from a Second Street location. It is owned and operated by Mrs. (Kay) Newman and is a woman’s apparel shop.

The Koffee Kup, a new business owned and operated by Myrl and Marion Barnts, opened in mid-December. The House of Beauty, a women’s hair stylist and beauty shop owned by Linda Jones and Dean Brown, is also open.

Upswing in economy

An upswing in Del Norte’s economy is predicted in figures just released by Paul R. Leake, vice-chairman and third district member of the State Board of Equalization.

His figures show collections of the state sales and use tax in Del Norte County jumped 19.3 percent between the third quarter of 1962 and the same period of 1963. Leake noted that sales were nearly 9 percent above those of the comparable quarter of 1962, while the state’s revenue was up $17 million. Gains were registered in every county of the state except Alpine.

The substantial growth in revenue does not represent an unexpected windfall because virtually the entire increase had been anticipated in the revised revenue estimate for the current year which was presented by the Department of Finance to the legislature last May. 

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