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Pages of History: Bootlegger escapes the county jail

From the pages of the Crescent City American, February 1927.

Walter Parish, old offender of the liquor laws, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon by Chief of Police O’Leary, when he was raising a disturbance in Spann’s barber shop on Second Street.

Arrested on a charge of drunk and disorderly, Parish was taken to the city jail, but when Mr. O’Leary stopped his car to take him into the jail, Parish took to his heels and caused a merry chase from four officers before he was finally captured near the Plazs, when he ran into Mr. Enright, who was coming through a path and Parish thought he was an officer and gave up.

Parish was lodged in the county jail, but sometime between 8 o’clock Saturday night and early Sunday morning, he crawled through a hole that is 8x12 inches, and made his escape. The last that has been heard of him was that he was seen heading north out of Grants Pass, Ore., sometime Sunday. He is commonly referred to as a bootlegger.

Smith River light plant

It brings joy to the hearts of the community to see the activity around the light plant. There are piles of lumber and loads of gravel and cement on the place, which looks as if the building will be started before long.

The housewives are hoping the plant will be running before house cleaning time is here.

The American’s editor

Many people take The Crescent City American because they like the editor and want the news. Others take it merely for the news.

Suspension bridge planned

It is reported that according to officials at the Convict Camp, a large steel suspension bridge will soon be under construction across the North Fork, which will replace the wooden structure that was carried away in the recent storm.

Old Alaskan friends visit

Coming to Seattle from Ketchikan, Alaska, a few weeks ago, and from there down to Tijuana and Southern California towns, A. C. Kreidler, contractor and builder, and Verle Groves, automobile painter and designer, arrived here last Thursday and remained over the weekend as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Webber of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Webber, being old Alaskans themselves, and very good friends of Mr. Kreidler and Mrs. Groves, old days were revived when they were all together in the big-outdoors-country.

Mr. Kreidler is very much impressed with Crescent City and Del Norte County, so much so in fact, that he became a subscriber to The American, and henceforth it will go to him at home in the far north.

Both men were captivated with our giant redwoods and natural wonders of the county. Both are planning to buy property here and make their home in the best city in the best county in the United States.

Delicious box of oranges

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thorpe, proprietors of the Peter Pan Tea Room, received a delicious box of oranges last week, which were the gift of Mr. Thorpe’s father, who raised them on his ranch near Sacramento.

The American is indebted to Mr. Thorpe for a generous sample of the gift.

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