From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1949.
Be there a man in Del Norte County who doubts the need and the desirability of a public utility dock in Crescent harbor, let him look upon the activities of his neighbors.
These citizens, in the realization that a public dock is a must, acted spontaneously to make it a reality. They are giving of their time and resources to make it a reality. People cannot be stirred to such action without cause.
The cause, in this instance, is a matter of vital importance to each and every one of us in Del Norte County and in the surrounding areas. It means new life to the economic activity of the entire area.
The public dock now under construction opens the sea lanes for passage of lumber and other shipments in and out of Crescent harbor. There is to be room on it for fishermen and for the oil companies when it is finished. Each will stir the slumbering economic potentiality of Del Norte.
Where trade is active there is money. Where one industry prospers, others cannot fail to gain. From lumberman and fisherman, to farmer and store clerk, will be felt the results of activity possible through completion of Citizens Dock.
Freedom of expression
You have the right to disagree with your local publisher, but don’t deny them freedom of expression, declared Clair Otis, advertising director for Eureka Newspapers, Inc., in an address before a Kiwanis gathering in observance of National Newspaper Week here Wednesday, October 5.
Sketching high points in the history of the struggle for press freedom, Otis emphasized it has been the vehicle of freedom and has made luncheons, graduations, and political forums everywhere into public forums.
Newspapers, he said, “become more necessary as men become more free.” He also added that “a free press must not be taken for granted.” The newspaper, he explained, is the vehicle which brings the discussions of national, international and regional importance before the people.
“Your newspaper needs your appreciation, understanding, and support,” Otis said. “In return it guarantees your social, your political, and your economic freedom.”
Nearly 150 valley residents, including present members of the Smith River Methodist-Episcopal Church and their families, gathered at the Community Hall in Smith River to commemorate the 95th birthday of the M.E. Church organization in Del Norte County.
E.C. Hicks, pastor of the historical little church in Smith River, stated in his remarks that the church building itself had seen over 70 years of continuous service, while the M.E. organization was first formed in Crescent City by Rev. J. Jeffreys 93 years ago.
Skating in fair building
Two requests have been received and approved by the local fair association board of directors for use of grounds and buildings, the Fair Board announced.
Requests were granted for the use of the main exhibit building for a skating rink and the other was from the school district to use the poultry building as a Del Norte training school.