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Pages of History: Clubs work to adopt anti-pollution stand

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1941.

United support for the “Save the Klamath” association in its fight to halt pollution of the Klamath and Smith rivers and tributaries was urged by delegates attending a session of the Redwood Council, Humboldt county fish and game clubs, at the Hotel Mowatoc, Scotia, last Monday evening.

Present at the session were John A. Juza, chairman of the “Save the Klamath” association and O. Barker of Crescent City.

Clubs represented at the meeting included the Eureka Fish and Game Club; the Northern Humboldt Rod and Gun Club; the Eel River Valley Club; and the Southern Humboldt Rod and Gun Club.

Further action to speed the anti-pollution issue is expected at later sessions of the individual clubs.

Notes from Smith River Valley


Charles Van Tagen and part of Fresno have sent for reservations at Rivers End Auto Court for October, when they expect to repeat their fishing catches of last season.

O.P. Davies, who with Mrs. Davies has been trailer camping for the past several weeks at Rivers End, and during which time he has landed several fine limits of trout, trolled and netted a fine 28-pound salmon over the weekend, the fish being sent to Gold Beach where it was canned.

Park in “Believe It or Not”


Robert Ripley’s famous “Believe It or Not” cartoon, which appears daily in thousands of newspapers throughout the United States, this week featured the “Picture Frame” stump at Staley’s Skeleton Park located on 101 highway a short distance this side of Fort Dick.

The cartoon contains a striking sketch of the stump with the following comment: “Picture frame – 3000 years old. Base of a giant redwood tree with center burned out with aperture large enough to stand in. Used by tourists of the Redwood Empire as a frame for photographs.”

Skelton Park, which is rap-idly becoming famous as one of the outstanding tourist at-tractions of this section, is

being developed by Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Staley.


Far-fetched relationship


“You say madam,” said the attorney to the woman in the witness box, “that the defendant is a sort of relation of yours. Will you explain what you mean by that? Just how are you related to the defendant?”

“Well, it’s like this,” she said. “His first wife’s cousin and my second husband’s first wife’s aunt married brothers named Jones, and they were own cousins to my mother’s own aunt. Then, again, his step-mother married my husband’s step-father, and his brother Joe and my husband’s brother, Henry, married twin sisters. I’ve always looked on him as a sort of cousin.”


Fire destroys shingle mill


The Hawkins Bros. shingle mill on Rowdy Creek was a total loss when the diesel engine blew up, setting fire to the building soon after noon Tuesday. All available men and the Smith River Fire Department were pressed into service to fight the flames.

No insurance was carried and the men who were employed there will be used to rebuild it as soon as plans are completed. It is reported that a new site will be selected upon which to build a permanent plant. Roy and Lewis Hawkins were owner-managers.



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