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Pages of History: Del Norte lifts ban on neon lights

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1942.

Del Norte County came out of a three-month eclipse this week when automatic switches as prescribed by the Defense Council became available.

The blackout of outside advertising and neon signs began in mid-December, and continued in full force until recently when the Defense Council amended its ordinance to allow use of such lighting as long as it was arranged that all lights could be doused by momentarily discontinuing the power source at the powerhouse.

Businessmen had complained bitterly that the blackout was dangerously injuring the tourist business because it was believed that travelers continued on through a darkened town believing that everything was closed. Lifting the ban brought new life to Crescent City’s business streets while isolated auto camps all along the highway received their first real influx of tourists for the year.

Life of a fisherman

Art Hathaway staged a rather thrilling rescue of I. W. Sample’s fishing boat during last Tuesday’s storm.

The craft dragged its moorings into the heavy surf and would have floundered on the beach had it not been for the Aleur’s commander. Hathaway and Sample launched a skiff into the breaking combers, and boarded the drifting craft, started the motor and managed to pilot her back to safe anchorage.

Second anchor recovered

R.C. Porter, salvor of the torpedoed Emidio, announced this week the recovery of the second anchor from the wrecked tanker.

The first was removed from the entrance to Crescent Bay, where it was dropped during a storm by Clyde McGowan, to keep the big boat from coming in where the fishing fleet is moored.

Airport plans show progress

Surveys of Del Norte County’s $400,000 airport site on the McNamara ranch on Point St. George are almost complete and the Belcher Abstract Company has been instructed to examine the title to the 360-acre tract, according to word received this week by J.J. McNamara, chairman of the Del Norte Board of Supervisors.

No indication has been given as to when the contract will be let for the airport, but officials in the Civil Aeronautics Authority have indicated that the work will be gotten under way with all possible speed as soon as the preliminary details have been cleared away.

Wartime fireworks ban

Fire Chief Wm. Marshall of the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department  has received word from Gov. Olson that sale of fireworks will be prohibited  in this area for the duration of the war.

Spanish War vets meet

Members of the Frank C. High Camp, United Spanish War Veterans, met at the Memorial Hall last Sunday, April 12. They met at noon to enjoy beans and a good talk around the table.

Frank C. High, the camp’s U.S. Medal of Honor member for whom the camp was named, with his wife, drove down from their home in Eugene, Ore., for the meeting, thus making this meeting one of enjoyment. Two of the officers were missing, Chaplain W. H. Smith and Senior Color Sergeant Jack Harvey.

There was a general and friendly discussion, during which nearly every comrade had something to say, and of the kind which, with the repartee offered, has caused much comment from visiting comrades.

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