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Pages of History: First talking movie draws big audience

From the pages of the Crescent City American, April 1930.

What was probably the largest crowd ever to assemble here for one evening was accorded the Endert Theatre Wednesday when the theatre opened for the first time with talking pictures.

For the first show, the house was completely filled and probably 300 more persons were standing in line outside awaiting their turn at the seats.

The show itself, “Honey,” starring Nancy Carrol, was a good one and Western Electric talking equipment is not to be excelled. The rich, clear tone of the voices, the volume of the speaker and even a whisper could be heard to the farthest corner of the spacious theatre.

The audience was held spellbound throughout the entire performance and all who attended were high in their praise for the talking picture equipment as well as the picture.

Lt. Finch visiting here

Lt. Volney Finch, U.S.N. ret. and accompanied by Mrs. Finch, is here for a month’s visit at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Finch of this city. Finch is finishing a manuscript of a book he is writing on aviation.

As a boy, Lt. Finch lived here with his parents and was educated in the local schools. The day after America’s entry into the World War, Finch enlisted in the Aviation Corp and was put to work teaching at a camp in Florida. He later served in the A.E.F. and was detailed to a bombing place over Germany. Upon his return after the war was over, he had 2,200 hours in the air. 

Lt. Finch is credited with giving Lt. Byrd his first flying lesson and was of much service to the “Lone Eagle,” Charles A. Lindbergh, in his early days of aviation. 

First strawberries

Joe Christensen, out in the Fort Lincoln District, was in town this morning with a box of ripe strawberries he had picked out of his own patch.

The patch consists of 5 acres and Mr. Christensen stated that he had ripe berries for dinner April 1. He will have berries on the market in 10 days. 

Visitors from Oregon

Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Peterson of Portland, Ore., are visiting in this city for a few days and are stopping at the Rustic Tourist Courts. They spent the winter at Don Palos, Calif., at the home of their son, where he raises peppermint and distills the oil.

This industry has proven to be quite a profitable one in California as about $600 is realized per acre each season.

Railroad is promised 

H.C. Demaray, receiver of the C & O railroad out of Grants Pass and a director in the Development Association, told of what amounts of tonnage his railroad was shipping at the present time, and stated that if the harbor was completed at Crescent City it was reasonably certain that his railroad would be completed on into Crescent City and the tonnage of the railroad shipped out by water.

News from Klamath

The Klamath River Chamber of Commerce held its regular meeting at its hall last Wednesday evening, April 24, with the largest number of members present for some time.

Discussion of local problems such as the Klamath to Yreka highway and the placer mining on the Klamath River led to many interesting talks. Plans for a dance committee were also discussed. 

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