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Pages of History: February 1969

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

Final papers were signed on Thursday, Jan. 30, as Dahlstrom and Watt Bulb Farms Inc. took over the ownership of an azalea greenhouse in Eureka known as Cottage Gardens.

According to Chopper West­brook, Cottage Gardens has one of the oldest azalea-growing operation in the west. The greenhouse business is located at the corner of Ridgewood and Avalon, and employs eight to 10 persons. John Wallen, the assistant manager for 45 years, will be elevated to the position of manager.

In taking over the ownership, Westbrook says the proper name for the business will be “Cottage Gardens, a Division of Dahlstrom and Watt Bulb Farms.”

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‘Big Red’ falls in tank

Another animal recently discovered that deputy sheriffs and volunteers care about their welfare, especially in the case of “Big Red,” a horse that made the mistake of walking over a septic tank and falling through the timbers where he became trapped. Fortunately he was able to stand on the bottom of the tank and “keep his head above water.”

Deputies dispatched to the scene decided that a cradle and backhoe might do the job and Floyd Rustin, driving a backhoe from another job site, fashioned a cradle with a rope and the use of a saddle that “Big Red” wore and lifted the animal to where he could get a foothold and scramble out. It was noted, however, that while the deputies and volunteers gathered up gear that had been used, all stayed a respectable distance downwind, something that “Big Red” just couldn’t understand as he tried to thank his rescuers for all the trouble he had caused them.

Two rare minerals

Del Norte has few reported mineral occurrences in view of the geologic setting, according to the California Division of Minerals and Geology. There are only 29 minerals noted in the county of which two, awaruite and troilite, are reported only here.

Troilite, or ferrous sulphide, was found massive in a sheared zone of serpentine in a copper claim northeast of Crescent City. When des­cribed in 1908, this was the first known occurrence of troilite under terrestrial conditions, having been found before only in meteorites.

Awaruite, or terrestrial nickel-iron, is a native alloy of nickel and iron with greater than 60 percent nickel. It has been found as small rounded grains in the heavy residues of the sand of the South Fork of the Smith River.

Bronze Star awarded

Thurman L. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thurman L. Jones of Crescent City, was recently awarded the Bronze Star Medal for service in the Republic of Vietnam. The ceremony was held at Ft. Leonardwood, Mo. He and his family plan to visit his parents in August.

 

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