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Pages of History: California’s vacation wonderland

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1958.

California’s potential vacation wonderland — that’s the way a recent visitor described Del Norte County, and then advised that the people of the county make an all-out effort to develop it into just that.


The visitor was Robert Pouke, San Francisco lawyer, author and lecturer, who was this year’s speaker at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

Pouke pointed out that here we have much more to please the vacation-going public than Florida ever had and yet we have done nothing to develop it. 

With the completion of new and better highways, more people and more money will be flowing into this area, he said, and we should begin now building Del Norte into the “vacation wonderland” it is. 

He also stressed the need to find and develop new industries because diversification is the answer to many of Del Norte’s economic problems. Much can be accomplished if you work together and stick together with harmony and singleness of purpose, he said. 

Montgomery Ward to open

Montgomery Ward Company, one of the nation’s largest catalogue and retail stores, will open a branch store in Crescent City on or about May 8, it was announced this week. 

The new store will be located on Second Street next to Gunderson’s Variety store in the old Bay City market building.

Managing the new store will be Mrs. Juanita Johnson, currently employed in the Del Norte County Clerk’s Office. According to County Clerk Pola Ives, Montgomery Ward’s gain will be her loss. “Mrs. Johnson has been a definite asset to this office and replacing her will be very difficult.”

Cruising the west Pacific

Rupert B. Lewis, seaman apprentice USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Williams of this city, arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, April 5, aboard the cargo ship USS Polux for a tour of duty in the western Pacific. 

With her cargo of medicines, clothing, electronic parts and general everyday goods, the Polux will operate with Service Squadron Three, supplying units of the Seventh Fleet at sea. Before commencing her cruise, the vessel’s mess decks and crew’s quarters were revised. Besides being decorated in pastel colors, the areas have air conditioning. Her mess decks now have upholstered seats and four-man tables. 

Named for All-Star Team

Del Norte High School coach Tex Gatlin, head coach for this year’s North Team in the third annual Shrine All Star Football Game, will have six Del Norte seniors on his roster when he travels to Humboldt State College on August 23.

Named to the North Team were Bill Sullivan, quarterback; John Alkenis and Tom Cochran, guards; Matt Kelly and Bert Markielle, centers; and Dale Nickel, halfback.Men from Hoopa, Eureka, Hayfork, Weaverville, Saint Bernard’s and Arcata will make up the remainder of the North squad. Roger Gohring, of Hoopa, will assist Gatlin. 

In the first game in the annual meet with the South Team, the North Team won and last year the tilt was won by the South Team.

The game is a charity event and all monies received will go to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

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