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Pages of History: Firemen save tiny pooch

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

A tiny puppy, frightened but unhurt, was rescued from the smoking ruins of a fire-swept house trailer by firemen of the Crescent Fire District.

The fire gutted the trailer and adjacent one-room addition owned by Ruby Miller on East Washington Boul­evard, according to Fire Chief Lyle Griffin.

As firemen were leaving the site, they heard a plaintive whine. Capt. Homer Robinson probed the charred wreckage and found the puppy beneath the flooring of the burned building.

“This pup,” the fireman observed, “came very close to being a hot dog!”
Elks marble match

In the spring, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of ... marbles. Give a boy a pocketful of marbles, a circle scratched on the ground and a formidable opponent and he’s in business. If he goes home with his pockets bulging with hard-won loot he’s a neighborhood hero. If he gets taken to the cleaners by that steely-eyed kid next door ... well, it’s time for some practice.

Monday afternoon 26 determined youngsters gathered on the sun-baked playground at Crescent Elk Middle School for the moment of truth. The annual marbles tournament, sponsored by the Youth Activities Committee of the Elks Lodge, marked the climax of weeks of knuckling down and practice for the kids.

The kids were paired up in age groups and the competition got tougher as winners were pitted against winners. The losers, momentarily dejected at their defeat, were soon cheering their pals on to victory.

Trophies were presented to the first- and second-place victors by Spud McNamara, chairman of the Youth Activities Committee.

For the other youngsters, the ones who didn’t place, there’s only one thought: “Just wait till next year!”

Hwy. 199 tunnel

Preliminary designs for the proposed Oregon Mountain tunnel project and realignment of Highway 199 rimming the Smith River Canyon are “in the mill,” state Sen. Randolph Collier told the Triplicate.

Sen. Collier, telephoned in Sacramento for a report on the massive project, one of his political campaign planks during last year’s election, said the engineering division of the state highway department had received the green light to begin preliminary designs.

He added that further action on his part toward obtaining financing would be stepped up when the U.S. Congress passes judgment on federal interstate highway appropriations. This, he said, is expected soon and if favorable would earmark more state money from which financing could be obtained for the 199 highway.

The multi-million-dollar project has long been sought by local groups as a means of stepping up commerce between Southern Oregon and Del Norte County and to encourage greater use of the Crescent City Harbor as an all-purpose shipping port.

 


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