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Pages of History: Burglars take piggy bank

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1969.

Burglars entered the home of Sharyn D. McNeeley of Crescent City on July 31 during a short period the owners were away.

After returning to their home, they discovered that someone had entered the house through a window and had taken $5 in coins from their daughter’s piggy bank.

The Del Norte Sheriff’s Office reported that in addition to taking the money, a slice of pie was also taken. Deputies have obtained a description of an older model car that was seen leaving the area and are continuing their investigation   

Undersea Gardens

The opening of Undersea Gardens, which has been rescheduled twice, is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 13, according to Norma Saunders, the local manager.

The gardens, a live marine display with scheduled diving shows and demonstrations, has suffered setbacks of all kinds. The most recent delays were caused by water that was slow to clear and, for the past week, an inability to get sufficient fish and other undersea life to stock the garden. Weather conditions have hampered drag boats, Mrs. Saunders said.

The gardens, one of four attractions on the West Coast owned or franchised by the company, is rated a major tourist attraction. Schools also use the gardens for instruction in marine life and biology.

Supplies air-dropped

Temperatures in the interior part of the Chetco Ranger District this past week have ranged from the mid-70s to the low 80s, and the winds have been generally light.

The timber sale layout crew is camping out this week in the Mineral Hill area while working on the Windy-Collier proposed sale area. They reach this job by hiking in about three miles via by the Snow Camp Trail. Food and water will be dropped to them by air.

Firemen raze old motel

Crescent City firemen razed the 43-year-old Roosevelt Motel, setting the fire and controlling the burn while city construction men and equipment assisted.

This motel, originally launched by a Medford man, Arthur W. Peterson in 1926, was later under other ownerships named the Ideal Motel. Purchased in the 1940s by the Pappas family, the facility was renamed the Roosevelt Motel. The elder Mrs. Pappas resides in the residential office units, which still remain. The motel contained two rows of cabins on L Street, between 6th and 7th streets.

Gasquet name

The quaint little village of Gasquet was named after one of Del Norte’s illustrious pioneers. He was a Frenchman by birth and the circumstances surrounding his migration to this country are worthy of mention. According to early newspaper reports, he fought a duel with a politically prominent citizen and thus fled to this country.

Horace Gasquet then took up a homestead and by the late 1850s had established Del Norte’s first chain store, one at Happy Camp and one at Gasquet. His many enterprises also included ferry pack trains, mining operations, and in 1881 he engaged the help of some 60 Chinese workers to build the Gasquet toll road some 23 miles in length.


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