From the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1939.
Del Norte County has finally secured ownership of Whaler Island in Crescent City harbor, according to word received from Washington by City Attorney T.F. Peterson.
This fact is settled in a telegram which stated that the U.S. Supreme Court had denied a writ asked by Eric Lyders, San Francisco attorney.
Lyders originally claimed title to the island several years ago. The county contested his claim and the case had been in court ever since, until it reached the highest court in the land.
A mutual understanding of each other’s problems was the principal result of the good will session of Crescent City business people jointly with the Lake Earl Grange.
Discussion centered around the marketing of Del Norte County produce and as usual everybody had a plan of their own, the speakers finally repeating themselves with monotonous regularity.
Glenn Ireland made the best speech of the whole evening and he didn’t once mention produce or anything connected with it, but confined his brief remarks to “cooperation,” complimenting the Grange upon its progressive spirit and forward-looking policy.
And, by the way, the Grange can boast the only 100 percent home-financed community hall in the country, constructed entirely by donated labor and community-spirited citizens, and that is something to brag about.
As for the matter of selling home-grown produce to local merchants, everyone agreed to a proposition of supplying the market with what consumers demand when they want it and at the right prices.
Hobo party held
Woodcraft Lodge members enjoyed a hobo party after their regular meeting.
Everyone wore a costume in keeping with the theme and the table was decorated hobo-style. Fun was had by all.
12K acres of redwoods
Purchase of 12,000 acres of redwood timberland belonging to the Del Norte Company by the California State Park Commission was approved at a meeting of the commission held at Fortuna.
It was learned by a group of county citizens and county officials who interviewed Gov. Culbert Olson in Sacramento. The acreage in question covers practically all the holdings of the company in this county and is located east of Crescent City in the Mill Creek basin.
Under the provisions of the deal as worked out between the commission and representatives of the owners, $80,000 will be paid immediately for the first unit of the tract and this money is to be paid into the county treasury to redeem the timber land involved now sold to the state for delinquent taxes.
The commission claims the entire purchase price of $80,000 comes from private funds donated by a wealthy citizen in the east.
A group of the neighbors on Chetco Heights gathered at the newly constructed home of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Watts and held a shingling bee, being able to complete the job in a day.
Emil Edwardson and A. G. Thompson have been working up there several days on the actual construction work.