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Pages of History: Dock opening is celebrated

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate for March 1950.

Citizens Dock was officially accepted by the Crescent City Harbor in an adjourned session with the stipulation that the dock shall not be mortgaged, sold or used as the basis for any loan for a period of five years.

Formal or public acceptance of the dock is scheduled during upcoming dedication ceremonies.

The dock committee had passed the resolution in December and the Crescent Harbor Commission passed a resolution accepting the dock and the stipulation last Saturday. The dock committee, George Grant, C.L McDonald, and Charles C. Selig, signed the resolution which emphasized that the Citizens Dock committee “had caused a dock to be built with volunteer labor, donated materials, and contributed money.”

The city of Crescent City is preparing to roll out the welcome mat here for thousands of visitors expected  for the elaborate celebration planned upon the occasion of the public presentation of the $135,000 Citizens Dock to the Crescent Harbor Commission.

Mayor A.T. Manuel issued a proclamation designating a holiday and requesting “that all participate in celebrating.”

Duck burns on beach

An Army surplus amphibious vehicle used regularly before erection of Citizens Dock to haul fishermen’s cargo from a float in the inner harbor to the beach, burned last Thursday evening and was called a total loss, except for its tires by owner Leo Kaserak. He had no insurance

Flying saucers?

“Was it a flying saucer? That’s what quite a few Crescent City residents were asking Wednesday evening as what was described as a blue ball of light was reported here.

Mrs. John King, of King’s Auto Court here, and her husband reported they saw the UFO from their court on Sixth Street. Harry Blenick, commercial fisherman, and his wife were on their way to the theater when they saw it from Pacific Avenue near the Foursquare Church.

Both parties said the object was traveling at a very high rate of speed and appeared to be 800-1,000 feet up.

Mrs. King and Blenick both attributed terrific speed to the object and Blenick said it climbed extremely rapidly when it disappeared into the northwest. He said he was skeptical about flying saucers before this, but was really thrilled to see it.

Evidence of growth

Progress in Del Norte is not limited to new docks, new increases in population or the arrival of new business firms. Progress in Del Norte takes all forms. Development for today and planning for tomorrow are becoming watchwords throughout the county.

In line with such community awareness is the importance given to the growth and expansion of district schools in the area. Adequate education is a must, and in line with that thought, educational facilities are constantly being added to and improved upon.

Concrete evidence of the strides being made in this field is the modern four-room school building nearing completion in the Redwood Union area. All the latest constructional improvements have been utilized to make this school the finest educational plant that it is possible to build.



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