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Pages of History: City celebrates arrival of its new fire truck

From the pages of the Crescent City American, February 1930.

Crescent City’s new American LaFrance fire engine arrived in this city on Saturday and after being gone over by mechanics sent along with it, the new firefighting unit was given a thorough tryout on Monday at the corner of Second and E streets.

With three nozzles attached, the new engine demonstrated that it would throw 530 gallons of water per minute, and with such force that it would take three men on each nozzle to hold it. Water was forced 50 feet into the air.

The new equipment is said to be the last word in firefighting apparatus and is thought to be entirely adequate to cope with all of the needs of the city for years to come. 

The old ‘Murphy Building’ is set to be torn down

The old building on Front Street, between J and K streets, is to be torn down. It is one of the oldest wooden buildings in town, having been built over 60 years ago and is known to old-timers as the “Murphy building.”

In early days it was known as the home of the pioneer Murphy family of which the late Judge James E. Murphy was a son.

That the rafters of the building were made out of sapling spruce trees is an example of the crude material used in the building of it.

Is eager for local news

Mrs. F.M. Patty, who now resides in Oakland at the home of her son Charles, writes us that she looks forward to Monday as that is the day the American arrives, and she can read about what her friends here are doing. 

Mrs. Patty states that she has been quite ill for some time, but that she is feeling better at the present time. Her friends here will be glad to know that she is improving in health.

‘Old Mill’ to be destroyed

The remains of what has long since been known as “The Old Mill,” standing at the south end of Lake Earl, will soon be consumed as firewood.

Many years ago, A.M. Simpson of San Francisco, with the assistance of local people, built a mill in the locality with the capacity of sawing about 50,000 feet of lumber per day.

This mill was later destroyed by fire and was replaced by another which operated several years and was used to cut the heavy stand of redwood and spruce that grew on the north and east of the plant.

It was then closed and has remained standing until this day when the company has been seen fit to destroy this grand old landmark. 

New lease on hotel

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. McGee, proprietors of the Traveler’s Hotel, this week took a 10-year lease on the Hotel Del Norte,  at the corner of Ocean Shore Drive and J Street, and will remodel and fit this old and popular hostelry up to accommodate the traveling and local public.

This place has changed hands many times during the past few years, it having been formerly owned by the late West Duley Sr. until he sold it to Thos. Cronan, late of Bend, Ore., who has sublet the hotel to various lessees until now.

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