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Pages of History: Crab season tapers off early in 1969

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1969.

The 1969 crab season seems to have disappeared just as fast as it first started, with a gradual slackening of  the catches landed in Crescent City. The trend was noticed the past two weeks among fish buyers at Citizen’s Dock.

Only a token number of fishing vessels are now venturing out in search of the elusive Dungeness crab. What crab that are being brought in are said to be in good condition, but most of the boats are only standing by unless a significant number of crabs turn up again.

Wrestling team makes comeback

Scoring 18 points in the final four matches of the night, the Del Norte High wrestling team staged a torrid comeback to down the McKinleyville Panthers 26-23. This keeps the DN conference unbeaten streak going. Saturday night’s dramatic finish had the large gym crowd on its feet cheering.

Scheherazade to attend Rose Parade

“Scheherazade,” the world’s largest camel, is planning a trip to Portland and the Rose Festival’s Merrykhana Parade on Saturday, June.  This is the parade that the Del Norte High School band has marched in for the past two years.

Scheherazade will be taken to Portland by the Del Norte Arabs, the booster committee of the Del Norte Chamber, and tips the scales at 4 tons, is 45 feet long, 13 feet high, and helps the Arabs visit what they term “friendly tribes” along the trade route.

Hit-and-run cow suspect

The California Highway Patrol is seeking a “hit and run bovine” that inflicted minor damage to a passing vehicle when it became “spooked” and ran into the side of the car.

The cow was reported to have left the scene without identifying itself, and was evidently not injured. Officers identified it only as a “bovine without lights, but probably having a matching set of horns.”

Sheriff Tom challenges Cox to race

Del Norte County Sheriff Tom Lawry has challenged Humboldt County Sheriff Gene W. Cox to a Dungeness crab race at the Dungeness Crab Festival to be held in Crescent City on Feb. 9.

Lawry, in a letter this week to Cox, said, “I have the best supervisors, the best crew, the best county in general, I am better looking than you, I’m bigger, I’m better shaped, I can whip you, I can out-jump you, fish better and do most things better.  And above all, I have a Dungeness crab that I have trained for racing that will run past any Dungeness crab you produce.”

Add the Del Norte sheriff, “My crab will pass your crab like a passenger train passing a hobo.” There has been no reply by the Humboldt County Sheriff as of yet.

Channel 3 TV Preview

For January 3, 1969: 6 p.m., Local News; 6:30 p.m.,  Cronkite News; 7 p.m., “Hogan’s Heroes”; 7:30 p.m.,  “Wild West;” 8:30 p.m., “Gomer Pyle”; 9 p.m., CBS Movie; 11 p.m., Local News; 11:30 p.m. – Joey Bishop.

 

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