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Pages of History: Highways eyed to tie together Pacific Coast

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

A bill proposing the establishment of a Pacific Coast national highway system that would provide three trunk lines with laterals along the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico, was introduced today by U.S. Rep. Crail, Republican of California.

It asked an appropriation of $250,000 for the preparation of plans and such other appropriations as might be necessary to build the highways.

The roads would form a system of motor truck highways, “to meet the transport requirements of heavy commerce in time of peace and of heavy ordnance in time of war.” They would extend through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Landing fields for airplanes would be provided at intervals of 25 miles.

Duley rings the DA’s bell!

They are telling a good one on the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, West Duley, and are having a lot of fun out of it in the realm of the courthouse.

When the Board of Supervisors went down to the Wilson Creek last Friday to view the damage that a new highway would do to the DeMartin Ranch, Duley did not accompany them as he had been there and seen the layout aforehand. The board was supposed to be back about 2 o’clock that afternoon for a meeting and Duley was to meet them at the courthouse. Duley came in due time and waited and waited and yet no supervisors showed up.

Finally he despaired of loitering around the halls and various offices so he went to the supervisors’ chamber and took his accustomed chair. Suddenly the bell began to ring in the District Attorney’s Office, which was a summons from the supervisors’ chamber that the district attorney was wanted.

So long and loud did the bell ring that the district attorney decided that there had to be a riot in the supervisors’ chamber, and forthwith, Mr. Howe and his assistant, Paul Brunk, came down the stairs three at a time. Rushing into the chamber Mr. Howe exclaimed, “What’s the matter, Mr. Duley, what’s the matter, did you call?” All this time the bell was ringing furiously.

At last Mr. Duley raised up and he said, huh, and the bell stopped ringing. He had fallen asleep and when his head fell back resting on the wall, it had pushed the buzzer button to the District Attorney’s Office!

Station to get tennis court

The Point St. George Naval Radio Compass Station will finally get the long-looked-for tennis court that has been promised them by the government, as a real means of recreation for the boys stationed there.

Chief Weyand has received plans and specifications from the Public Works Office at the Navy Yard on Mare Island, and will distribute them to all prospective bidders who desire to place a bid on the work. A $10 deposit will be required for the safe return of all plans and specifications.

The tennis court at the station will be a great help to the boys in supplying them with recreation, as in the past their activities have been confined to indoor sports such as checkers, chess and that sort of thing.

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