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Pages of History: Cabin is destroyed by fire

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1952.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the Breenwood cabin at River Bar Lodge yesterday. The fire broke out about 10:40 a.m. 

The first three fire trucks arrived in 15 minutes. The U.S. Forestry Service, the Crescent Fire Protection District and the Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department responded.

Jack Workman expressed thanks to the three groups for their work in protecting the rest of the River Bar holdings.

The cabin was a total loss, both house and furniture. Bud Powell, living in the cabin at the time, lost his personal belongings.

Min. wage for women up

A new minimum wage for women in California of 75 cents an hour goes into effect as of Aug. 1. The revised rate was recently enacted by the Industrial Welfare Commission. The rate applies to all except agricultural and domestic employees.

Pair steal ‘Hustle Buggy’

Somebody stole Bob Ames’ Model A “hustle buggy” Sunday night. An all points police bulletin was broadcast by sheriff’s radio in Del Norte and Humboldt counties and to the Highway Patrol, while operators tripped their tongues over “hustle buggy,” and tried to muffle giggles. 

The renowned pickup was discovered Monday at 9 p.m. on Crescent City Beach by a California Highway Patrolman, and L.M. Hooker, City Police.

Inside were two men who were hustled off to the county jail and booked on charges of stealing the “buggy.” 

Dozens help Girl Scouts

Pelican Bay Construction to the rescue of the Girl Scouts! It wasn’t that the Girl Scouts were in a hole exactly, but they needed a hole — a big one! 

Digging a hole at Camp Lado del Rio at Darlingtonia for a septic tank looked like days of manual labor. 

Enter Pelican Bay and its man, John Bowie. Bowie donated his time and the company’s big shovel. In a few hours the hole was dug and boulders measuring 1½ feet in diameter were piled to one side, and the big redwood tank was lowered into place.

Another of the countless tasks, great and small, which the community has performed to help spruce up Lado del Rio as a campsite for Girl Scouts was done. 

Mrs. Prudence Muncy gave the land now known as Lado del Rio, back when Darlingtonia was a raw wilderness. The Del Norte post of the American Legion incorporated in order to hold a deed in trust until the Girl Scouts can buy the property outright. 

Police happy

That Crescent City pulled the covers up and turned in quietly Tuesday night was obvious from the police records of Aug. 12. Not one complaint or arrest was registered throughout the night, and up to press time last night the blotter was still bare.

Policewoman Ruby Jones reports that is the first time she has seen such a drought in more than two years on the force.


Water line finished


Workmen from Engineers Limited this week completed the 52,000 feet of pipeline from Crescent City to the south bank of the Smith River through which will soon flow river water for the city’s new water system. The crew completed the job in approximately 10 weeks.

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