From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1959.
Mike Ward, 12-year-son of Mr. and Mrs. Maris Ward, tagged his first honker last Saturday as he and his father were hunting at Tule Lake with Warren Richardson and his son Lee.
Mike’s father, Maris, took two shots at the big goose, but it was Mike’s shot that brought the bird down.
Flynn offers candy canes
Andy Flynn proved recently that he is royalty endowed with the spirit of Christmas by offering to purchase and donate a standard candy cane street decoration to be installed at the corner of Third and H streets.
Flynn, who is chairman of the tourist and recreation committee of the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, made the offer to the merchants committee, which has charge of the street decoration project. The offer was accepted.
Flynn also offered to buy two Christmas trees to be placed along Highway 101 entrances to the city. The merchants committee, with Leo Sullivan as chairman, will choose sites for those trees.
Reporter covers North Pole
NORTH POLE — All is in readiness here as this community’s leading citizen prepares to depart on his annual goodwill tour of the world.
A special reporter for The Triplicate was sent to the North Pole to get a first-hand report on the situation here.
Mr. Claus himself (“Santa” to most of his friends) made one final inspection of hundreds of full packs to make sure that no one was forgotten.
With the assistance of several stable foremen, Santa groomed his eight reindeer carefully before beginning his long journey. The reindeer seemed to be eager to make the trip.
Standing by in case of inclement flying weather is “Rudolph,” a smaller than average reindeer with a brighter than average nose.
“I’ll probably send for Rudolph when I get into Del Norte County,” Santa told this reporter. “Until he came along, I had some pretty close calls in the fog as I swooped down over those giant redwoods of yours.”
He added, “I always check with your airport weather station before I come in — even though I have instrument ratings. I’ve never been grounded yet, but if I do there’s no better place than Del Norte County. Folks are real friendly there,” he said with a twinkle in his eye.
This writer is happy to be able to report that here, at the North Pole, all seems to be ready.
We’ll know for sure on Christmas morning.
Yule contest winner
Sweepstakes winner in the annual Business and Professional Women’s lighting contest went to Mr. and Mrs. Alex Yackamovich, 940 Murphy Ave.
The home was an artistic and colorful yuletide display enjoyed by all.
Santa receives assistance
Children in Crescent City received a big help from the 20-30 Club after the club had received a message from Santa asking them to take calls from the children and relay them on to the North Pole.
Sixteen members of the club helped with this. And on Wednesday night, Dec. 20, members of the club distributed Christmas boxes to needy families in Crescent City.