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Pages of History: Fish market on wheels’ night catch

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

Eli Collins, who runs a fish market on wheels, was supplying townspeople with what are termed here as “night fish.” They are a species of smelt, caught only at night during high tide at certain seasons, and only at portions of beaches where minute gravel deposits.

Monday night proved to be good due to the breaking of the storm and Eli was out with the fish in his market on wheels the next day.    

Kiwanis: Bandit and train robber Jennings for Mayor!

At the weekly luncheon of the local Kiwanis Wednesday at the Peter Pan Room, at which a good attendance was present besides a number of visitors, among which Al Jennings, noted bandit and train robber was present, a motion was made by Jim Musick, publisher of the “Kiwanis Builder”, to elect Mr. Jennings mayor of the city. The resolution, unanimously passed, was as follows: “Al Jennings, ex-train robber and bandit, fugitive from justice with O’Henry, ex-district attorney, ex-nominee for governor, ex-evangelist, lawyer, lecturer, author and playwright, is our newest new resident and is with us today. As Crescent City now has no mayor, we think the time has arrived when we should have one and therefore rise to nominate Al Jennings for mayor of Crescent City.

“It is strictly against Kiwanis rules to enter into politics and we are aware of the fact that we may be fined 10 cents for breaking the rules, but nevertheless, notwithstanding the case, we need a mayor and this publication sponsors the candidacy of Al Jennings for mayor.”

Government delays harbor work until following year

Word was received the first of the week by J.J. McNamara, president of the Harbor Board, from Sen. Charles McNary of Oregon in answer to a telegram regarding the harbor appropriation for this year that the Board of Army Engineers have termed the Crescent City Project as new work and all work on new projects will have to await appropriations for next year.

Gold strike near city!

Tom Steven of the Douglas Park district in the Bald Hills was in this city Saturday with gold ore samples that he has taken from his claim, which bids fair to rival the Tonapah, Nev., strike.

Mr. Steven is extracting the ore with a churn drill and has some fine specimens to exhibit for his work.

The quest for this find has extended for over a period of seven years when Mr. Steven discovered the first high-grade ore on his land while cultivating a patch of potatoes. He immediately started prospecting and during the winter months has worked most diligently, which has ended in reward.

Refused harbor aid

The War Department has returned an unfavorable report to Congress on the proposed improvement to Port Orford’s harbor. The district engineer reported that construction of a breakwater to protect the wharf as desired by Port Orford would be of local benefit, but that the commerce is too small to justify improvement by the government.

The division engineer, board of engineers and General Jadwin, chief of engineers, all concur in this opinion.

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