From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1949.
The sheriff squashed a well-organized crime ring when he nabbed two “smash artists” who had been breaking the glass in Frank Wells’ trucks.
Four trucks had their windows smashed, two in the back of his shop and two in the warehouse.
The culprits were caught and admitted their guilt. They were both 5 years old.
Spectators: respect passing colors
Members of the public who will line the streets of Crescent City to witness the Memorial Day parade, which is one of the highlights of the first district convention of the American Legion, are urged to observe proper flag etiquette toward the colors as they are carried past.
According to the approved usage, men will, if wearing a hat, uncover and stand with the hat held over the heart. Women will place their right hands over their hearts, and all spectators, if seated, will rise. The civilian salute, the placing of the hand or hat over the heart is held while the flag is passing.
Tall tales on the waterfront
Del Norte residents were having a whale of a good time telling fabulous tales of Moby Dick last week, as three prize-winning stories were turned into the Triplicate office.
A baby whale played havoc with three crab pots last weekend when the tiny infant, 15 feet long, became tangled in the lines of the pots belonging to Keating’s “Lardo” near Redding rock, south of Klamath in 72 feet of water. The crew helped release the baby whale from the lines, but noted that it was a good thing that mama whale wasn’t around to rush to the protection of her young one.
Not content with an ordinary story, Mr. L. Van Meter tells of a legendary white whale sighted off Pebble Beach, but the prize for the best-whale-of-a-story goes to Bert Yuill, of the Golden Gate Club. While perch fishing, says Yuill, he was pulling in a fish when up pops a whale, swallowing the smaller perch, and the Yuills had whale steak for dinner.
The Del Norte Horsemen incorporated with the Klamath Committee as the Klamath River Water Festival, Inc. to bring a three-day celebration to Klamath that will feature water races, river events and a two-day rodeo.
“We hope to have an event which will call attention to this area from the entire Pacific Northwest,” said William Mee, a member of the planning committee. “This area is just in the beginning stages of development for vacation and recreational purposes and we hope through these yearly events to acquaint more people with our wonderland in Del Norte County.”
Robert Luick was “queen bee” for a while on Monday afternoon in Brookings when a swarm of bees chose his jeep for a momentary resting place.
Luick started to get into his jeep to start home when he noticed the swarm and decided to wait them out, which took nearly an hour.