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Pages of History: February1959

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1959.

Mayor Henry Cooper on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, turned the valve that started Smith River water flowing into Crescent City’s system, thus making good his statement of a year ago, “if you’ll bear with us, we’ll have the best water in the world.”

The completion of the water system has been a long-awaited event since the old supply was inadequate, and while it was purified, was unappealing and discolored, especially during the rainy season.

The new system culminates years of efforts by many people and past city councils.

Smith River happenings

Smith River Union School Eighth Grade Boys basketball team lost its first game, 19-17, on Wednesday at the Community Hall, when they played the Bar-O-Boys team. A very good crowd watched the lively contest

Victim can’t shave; neither can thief

Kenneth Martin can’t shave and he doesn’t have any money. While he was sleeping in his room at Seaview Inn, he told police that someone came into his room and stole all of his money — $23 — and his electric razor.

His only consolation is that the thief can’t shave either. He left the razor cord and case on the table.

Punky’s Self-Service Drive-In birthday specials

 Burgers 6 for $1, french fries 2 for 24 cents, and introducing our new special, tacos 2 for 35 cents.

Brothers get Carnegie Heroism Medals

Two Carnegie Heroism Medals were recently awarded to Klamath brothers who saved the lives of four people during the 1955 Klamath flood.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission presented the bronze medals to William Frye, 50, and Greeley Frye, 35.

In a 16-foot outboard motorboat, the two brothers braved flood waters to rescue four people who had sought escape from the water by climbing to the top branches of a willow tree.

The four were stranded there for eight hours before their cries for help were heard by the Fryes. Saved were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Whitney, Troy Pickens and Calvin Kerns.

The brothers were born and raised in the Klamath area. William is a dairy farmer and Greeley is a logger.

New bridge across Smith River

A new bridge will be built across the middle fork of the Smith River on Middle Fork Gasquet Road, it was announced last week by Fred Haight, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors.

The proposed bridge will be a two-lane steel girder bridge approximately 0.14 miles north of State Route 1. FAS and state matching funds of $92,000 and $8,000 in county funds will be used to cover the cost of the new bridge.

Public traffic during construction of the new bridge will be routed around the work on the existing bridge. After the new bridge is in service, the old bridge will be removed by the county. The old bridge was built in 1914.

 

 


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