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Pages of History: Hatchery pond at Smith R.

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1969.

Sept. 6 was a momentous day for members of the Smith River Kiwanis Club and local residents, as earth-moving began on the first pond of the proposed fish hatchery.

Although the hatchery has been in the talking and planning stage for over a year, actual basic work has only just begun. The chairman of the hatchery program, Art Lawn, has spent many hours with officials in setting up plans for the erecting of the necessary buildings, troughs and ponds.

The first pond will be 50 feet long, 50 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but will only be filled with seven feet of water and is circulated counter-clockwise.  This will give the fish the effect of being in the motion of swimming at all times. A fish ladder is also part of the first construction.

Plans are under way to erect signs showing the gifts of time, money and equipment from residents and businesses of both Smith River and Crescent City that have made this hatchery project possible in such a short period of time.

Locals turn movie stars

John Hodge is a banker. Thomas “Spud” McNamara is a lumberman. But for a few days last week both were fledgling movie stars. And once again Crescent City had its name in the headlines.

A film crew from Odyssey Productions of Hollywood was in Del Norte County to shoot scenes for a half-hour color movie about Bank of  America, a movie that will premiere on Nov. 25 in San Francisco at the bank’s worldwide management conference.

Crescent City, the local branch of Bank of America and McNamara-Peepe Lumber Com­pany will be featured. A five-man film crew shot scenes inside the bank, showing McNamara visiting banker Hodge to discuss a loan to establish a sawmill in Brazil.

William Peepe, former mayor of Crescent City, will be shown in the film consulting officials in Rio de Janeiro, while the film will also include shots of the operation of the Madeiras Gerais sawmill in Belem, Brazil. The film will be shown to lending officers of Bank of America throughout the world, along with selected corporate and banking groups.

Inner breakwater plan

An inner breakwater plan for Crescent City harbor is the best of plans tested on the Vicksburg, Miss., model of the harbor for protecting the existing boat basin and for providing space for expansion of the inner harbor, according to an announcement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The plan, which was demonstrated for a group of local officials in Vicksburg, would extend the present inner breakwater 400 feet and provide a new breakwater starting on the shore about 900 feet east of Elk Creek, extending south for 1,050 feet, then angling southeast for an additional 900 feet.

The demonstrations were witnessed by Congressman Don Clausen, Del Norte County officials and commissioners of the Crescent City Harbor District.

No decision on the recent tests has been made by the Crescent City Harbor Com­mis­sion pending reports from its consultants and further study of the alternatives.

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