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Pages of History: Herbert Hoover passes through Crescent City

From the pages of the Crescent City American, August 1928.

Herbert Hoover, secretary of the Interior and Republican nominee for the presidency of the United States, passed through Crescent City on his way to upper Klamath for a fishing trip in Siskiyou County at Brown’s Camp, on Sunday about noon, stopping in Mill Creek Grove for lunch. 

The party, which accompanied Secretary Hoover, numbered between 40 and 50, and included many notables from the East as well as members of the newspaper and moving picture fraternities. 

The party camped at Bull Creek in Humboldt County on Saturday night, resuming the journey Sunday morning. Upon arriving at the Del Norte County line, the party was met by Traffic Officer Bill Togni, who escorted it on through to the county line for Josephine County, Ore. Mr. Hoover and the rest of his party were high in their praise for Officer Togni for the efficient manner in which he cleared the road for the caravan. 


When the party arrived on the summit overlooking Crescent City Harbor, just before entering Crescent City from the south, the caravan was brought to a halt so that its members might view the Pacific and the Crescent City Harbor in all its glory.

Secretary Hoover was familiar with the Crescent City Harbor project, but this was the first time that he had ever visited Northern California and the giant redwoods. 

Mr. Hoover was amazed at the timber resources of Northern California and Southern Oregon, as well as the beauty of the scenery. He expressed his faith in the future of this area and predicted an industrial city here within a few years with the completion of the harbor. 

Redwood burls to ship

A large number of redwood burl has been yarded near the Hobbs, Wall and Company warehouse for shipment to Mendentra, N.Y., and Portland, Ore.

Soaped, combed, starched

Crescent City’s schools opened Monday morning, Aug. 20, with an enrollment in the grammar school that was considerably in excess of last year, while the Del Norte high school has dropped a little under the last year’s mark. 

In the grammar school, the registration is greater than last year, yet not nearly all the pupils that are expected have arrived for registration.

Parents, it is said, are in some instances not very particular as to whether they got back from summer vacations in time for school or not, thinking that it does not matter for the first week or so anyway.

This is a mistaken idea, according to Miss Magdelena Akelan, principal of the grammar school, for the pupils starting in late have an extra burden attached to them which they must overcome in order to catch up with the rest of the class. 

Pt. St. George radio station

The boys at the Point St. George radio station are busy this week putting the place in ship-shape condition for official inspection, which is expected to take place about the first of the month.

Chief R.J. Weyand, in charge of the station, is to be congratulated on his management of the station as he has received the best credits of any previous man in charge. Chief Weyand and his family have just completed their first year at the station. 

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