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Pages of History: Honker pauses on the roof of Trehearne’s

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1963.

 Maybe it was trying to tempt some anxious hunter into difficulty with game authorities — a big Canadian “honker” that nonchalantly sat primping itself on the roof of Trehearne’s, Inc., on Thursday afternoon.

The goose seemed to know the waterfowl season wouldn’t open until 1 p.m. yesterday.   

Why did the big bird take time out from its southward migration for a pause on Trehearne’s roof? For the answer, the Triplicate queried Don Gastineau, Crescent area game warden. He said, “the goose was apparently just resting.”

This conclusion was based on the lack of any sign that the honker was injured or otherwise not well. Geese sometimes become worn out during their long flights from north to south (or vice versa) and halt for a rest, the game warden pointed out.

He recalled that in past years migrating geese have landed among children playing on school playgrounds. Once a teacher at Joe Hamilton School gave him a call when a big goose decided to get some education. When children left the playground and went into their classroom, so did the goose.

The game warden took it home, fed and watered it and, after a day and a half of resting, it continued its migratory journey.

‘Harbor Day Banquet’ set

Sponsored by the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce, a “Harbor Day Banquet” on Monday, Nov. 4, will honor representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Crescent City harbor commissioners.

Main speaker at the banquet will be Brig. Gen Arthur Frye, South Pacific division army engineer. His topic will be “The Future of Northwestern California.”

The purpose of the banquet, said chamber president James Yarbrough, is to emphasize chamber support of the Harbor Commission in its efforts to secure needed improvements in the local harbor.

Tour of daddy’s store

Michael DeWeese, son of Perry DeWeese, manager of the Crescent City Safeway store, was at the height of his glory last Thursday as he showed his Lake Earl school classmates around “his daddy’s store.”

The children were interested in all the fruits and vegetables in the produce section. There were some that were unfamiliar to them — fresh spinach was one. They guessed several names until DeWeese suggested that it was what Popeye eats. Immediately every child knew what it was.

One highlight enjoyed by the boys and girls was a ride given them by Michael on the freight elevator. Each child was given a white bag filled with apples, candy and balloons on his way out the door. Then they went back to school to draw pictures of the funny door that “opened by itself.”

Kittens douse Comet sizzle

After winning their opener, the Del Norte Comets fell before the Arcata Kittens 26-0 Saturday afternoon in a Redwood Empire Pop Warner contest played in the rain of Arcata.

It was an even ball game through the first period, but then the Kittens went to the air, to post all four of their scores.

Del Norte’s lone threat came in the final minutes as it went to the 1-yard line, only to fumble away the opportunity.

The Kittens are now tied with the Comet’s 1-1 in league play.

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