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Pages of History: Festival dance, stick game in moving pictures

From the pages of the Crescent City American, April 1927.

Friday morning the Grantland Rice Sportlight photographers, Edward Quorts and Ernest O’Neill, directed by Sheriff Breen and accompanied by many interested townspeople, made a trip to Smith River and filmed the Indian Festival Dance.

The pictures were filmed about five miles beyond Smith River on the reservation and were participated in by 16 Indians attired in full ceremonial panoply. The dresses and ornaments worn by the men and women were collected from all over the county by Sheriff Breen and he deserves great credit for the long hours and sincere effort he has contributed to make the motion pictures of Del Norte County a success.

During the time the camera was clicking, Lee I. Jones was also shooting the stills to be used for the big Redwood Empire Marathon Race between San Francisco and Grants Pass sometime in June. Several good pictures were taken for this purpose, some of them showing Joe Fountain, one of Del Norte’s promising entrants in the longest endurance contest ever planned on the Pacific Coast.

In the afternoon, the photographers proceeded from Smith River back to the Klamath, where they succeeded in filming the stick game that had been postponed from the day before, with some fine shots taken by the Sportlight photographers.

Bald Hills home destroyed

Tom Steven, of Bald Hills, was in town Tuesday evening, April 5, and reported that fire destroyed his home that afternoon.

He left the house to get a span of horses, about a quarter mile away, and during his absence the fire started, caused, no doubt, by an accumulation of soot in the chimney, which had been smoldering. In a short time, the building and contents was a heap of ashes. A small insurance was carried on the household goods.

The house was built about 1885 by the late Judge J.E. Murphy, being a summer home where many people were entertained. Mr. Steven will rebuild with a log home.

Large shovel arrives

The State Highway Commission last week received a new Caterpillar shovel for use on the highways in this county.

This machine weighs 45 tons and has a large gas shovel. On Wednesday it was taken to the north end of Elk Valley, where it will be used in constructing that unfinished portion of the Redwood Highway between Elk Valley and Smith River.

A camp for the crew is being built on this side of the mountain.

Wildflowers of Del Norte

The wildflowers of Del Norte County in their natural colors will be featured in the May issue of the National Geographic magazine that will be on sale at all newsstands May 1. Nearly every flower native to our section here will be given natural pictorial beauty in the magazine with an accompanying explanatory story.

Dr. Charles Martain, famous botanist, photographer and world traveler, took these photographs last year while here and considers that there is no more varied or beautiful display in the world than right here in Del Norte County.

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