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Pages of History: City annexes land near the fairgrounds

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1964.

City Council members on Monday gave notice of intention to annex another area to Crescent City.

Joe Creisler, county sanitarian, appeared before the council and said, “a definite health problem, which the county can not handle, is occurring just north of city limits.”

Creisler told council members that the business area across from the county fairgrounds needs a sanitary system that the county can’t provide. He added that the area in question is too small to form its own sanitation district.

Creisler said that annexation of this area would be good for the city because it is a high tax area. It includes such firms as Rowland Café, Pacific Motel, and Crescent Center.

Bob Free, council member, said the annexation was a good one, but he wanted it increased in scope to include the 15 acres owned by the city. (At present the city pays $1200 a year in property taxes to the county for the acreage.)

Councilman Nick Gargaetas said he wanted the fairgrounds included since “it would help future annexations in the Northcrest area when they are requested.”

The notice of intention was passed along to the local agency formation committee.

Frog-jumping preparations

Out at Supervisor Wallace Hight’s home on Lake Earl Drive live five little frogs, all candidates for that statewide supervisor’s frog-jumping contest next month in Lakeport.

Poor Hight is “babysitting” the frogs until plans are firmed up by the Triplicate for a “jump-off contest” to confirm which athletic amphibian will carry the colors of our lush greet county to victory.

Wonder if the folks who make Gerber’s baby food have anything for a homesick, fly-sick frog?

South portal to redwoods

Two members of the Crescent City Arabs traveled to Grants Pass last week for the ribbon-cutting ceremony which officially opened the north entrance to the city and the whole Redwood Empire.

The two locals, Bob Ames and Milo Lee, helped Kaye Johnson, Grants Pass High School rally queen, cut the ribbon in the pouring rain.

Several entries from the Oregon Caveman Vintage Car club were the first vehicles to travel over the new street and Senator Debbs Potts, in his tribute to the new highway, called it the “Key to the Redwood Empire.”

Before the ribbon ceremony the Cavemen re-surveyed the alignment of the highway through their “domain” and the Crescent City Arabs painted “To the Sea” in giant letters of red “camel’s juice” on the pavement and sprinkled the area with redwood sawdust and sea water.

Tourists will now find the new portal much easier to find. The widening project was a joint project of Grants Pass, Josephine County and the state of Oregon.

From the Bullpen by Nate Bull

Stop thief! We’d better put in this item to quiet the fears that a burglar was stealing the Jim Yarbrough family blind last week. Seems son Steve’s bedroom could only be accessed by a step-ladder for two days due to a freshly painted floor.

So for all you people-watchers on McNamara Avenue, here’s the answer to your one-minute mystery. It’s enough to age a feller a year and that’s exactly what happened, as it was Steve’s birthday!

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