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Pages of History: Formation of official port clears hurdle

From the pages of the Crescent City American, June 1931.

The greatest obstacle in the way of acquiring the harbor at Crescent City was removed Tuesday, June 9, when Governor Rolph of California signed Assembly bill No. 1151 which permits the formation of a port district in Del Norte County without floating a bond issue, according to A.H. Banwell, secretary-manager of the Northern California-Southern Oregon Development Association.

The people of Del Norte County can form a port district by getting the signatures of 50 property owners and presenting the petition to the Board of Supervisors. This does away with increasing the taxation of the county, which was the place the shoe was rubbing in the fighting for the port.

The passage of the bill terminated a long fight by the Development Association, according to Banwell, because it was realized long ago that nothing could be done without such a bill. All that remains now is to determine the actual tonnage that will ship through the port, and the case before the Board of Army Engineers will be iron-clad, according to Banwell.

The bill will become a law on Aug. 15 of this year.

Boys begin long hike    

Raymond Adsit Jr., Oliver Bailey and Palmer Westbrook have selected a novel way in which to spend the first few days of their vacation.

On Tuesday, the three boys were taken to Gallice, Ore., near Grants Pass, by Ray Adsit Sr. and left there to begin a long hike along the Rogue River to Gold Beach. The hike will probably take 10 days to complete, but the boys will enjoy fishing, swimming and hunting along the way.

On their arrival at Gold Beach they will be met by Mr. Adsit, who will bring them home.

Old-time column used

Through the Crescent City American’s old-time column, “Auld Lang Syne,” an old seaman, who is both a historian and a writer, has been put on the scent of additional material for his historical collections of Northern California.

Thomas A. Selfridge is one of the crew of the steamer Elizabeth and puts in here at least once a week. He has found very little time to make a thorough search in his quest for information, literature, and even souvenirs from old historical buildings, etc. and welcomed the reliable information which he was able to take from our 76 years-ago paragraphs on early Northern California.

On different roads?

Recently a man, weighing about 200 pounds, puffing and swearing, halted his auto at a service station and demanded to know, “who built that highway south along the mountainside and through the redwoods? He should be serving time in your state prison. It got my goat.”

Shortly after, another auto halted, containing four ladies, and all appeared to be in a happy mood. One, who hailed from Hollywood, voiced her opinion of the beautiful Redwood Highway in an entirely different manner:

“In traveling through the redwoods, I enjoyed every foot of the way, in particular the loops and sharp turns. But the real thrill came when we reached that portion of the highway hundreds of feet directly above the Pacific Ocean!”

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