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Pages of History: Berry farm is a model industry

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1940.

The Mobley Berry Farm at Fort Dick is one of the most intensive farming industries in this part of the state. Mr. Mobley has planted only the finest varieties of strawberries, youngberries and boysenberries, and other high-yielding berry plants in soil formerly covered by stumps and second-growth timber, and by the use of modern soil-foods has built up a very high producing farm.

At this time, strawberries of several kinds are ripening and his raspberries are eagerly sought on the Crescent City retail market. Mr. Mobley’s success in his enterprise is an inspiration to Del Norte County farmers, and shows what can really be done with this soil when one puts everything into it. 

First annual crab derby

Crescent City’s first annual crab derby to be staged during the Fourth of July celebration is already attracting widespread attention, according to Bruce W. Gause, chairman of the derby committee. The event is free for all with the proviso that all crabs must be “legal size” and no ringers will be allowed; also, only one crab may be entered by each individual.

Entry blanks may be secured at McGilvary’s News Stand, the entry fee being $1. Sixty per cent of the entry fee will go into the jackpot to be awarded as follows: 70-20-10 percent for first, second and third place winners.

The crabs will be placed in a wide circle on the beach and the first to reach the outer rim in a dash for liberty will be adjudged the winner.

Forest fire controlled

A big fire ranging over 1,000-2,000 acres of brushland on the upper Chetco River due west of Canyon Creek was brought under control this week by a large crew of experienced firefighters from the Gasquet CCC Camp. The fire covered especially rough terrain, running through scrub timber and brush and is believed to have been man-set. 

The crew of fighters circled the area with fire lines and quickly halted further spread of the blaze to more valuable timber stands. 

Abandon Elk Valley School

Another relic of Del Norte County’s outmoded school system “went with the wind” last night when residents of the district east of Crescent City met with the Crescent-Elk School Board and requested abandonment of the Elk Valley School located on the old Humboldt Road.

The area is within the boundaries of the Crescent-Elk School District and pupils attending the abandoned school will be brought to the school here. 

A total of 28 pupils were enrolled at the Elk Valley School this year, the new arrangement assuring them of the advantages of the larger school and improved facilities.

Cheese goes into river

A transport truck loaded with several tons of butter and cheese from a Bandon, Ore., creamery plunged over an embankment on the North Bank Road near the Mill Creek Bridge, tipping over and settling upside down in the creek.

The drivers escaped with only slight bruises and the load was transferred to another truck for delivery to Los Angeles.


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