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Pages of History: Huge vote turnout recorded

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1958:

Approximately 70 percent of the registered voters in Del Norte County marched to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in this year’s June primary.

County-wise, the sheriff’s race drew the most votes, with the semi-official count listing a total of 4,908 votes cast for the four candidates.

Drawing the next highest vote was the Office of County Clerk, with 4,885 cast for the two candidates. The third largest vote was for coroner and public administrator, 4,871. Fourth in total votes cast was in the race for county assessor, which polled 4,805. 

Bringing the fifth largest vote was that of tax collector and treasurer, with a final semi-official tally of 4,738.

Other votes put in sixth place the Office of District Attorney, with 3,839 total votes; county superintendent of schools, 3,581; Crescent judicial judge, 1,169; supervisor for District 4, 1,148; supervisor for District 6, 644, and Klamath judicial judge, 224.

Jokers also voted on Tuesday

As is normal in most elections even though the voters must be 21 or over to cast their ballot, there was the usual amount of write-in candidates bearing such names as Mickey Mouse, John Doe and Jane Doe.

Probably the most unusual of that type this year was the one write-in for Crescent judicial judge. The ballot carried the name of Ollie Mae Harvelle, key figure in last year’s investigation of vice in Del Norte County.

Short shorts

Coeds’ short-shorts got so short at Pierce Junior College in Woodland Hills that no one paid attention to the professors. So all trouser-like garb has been banned for 2,200 women students. The ban was decreed by women student leaders who suggested the new sack-like chemise dresses as replacements. 

Jedediah Smith story 

A new book released this week, “Jedediah Smith, He Opened the West,” is the result of a decade of interest and a year of study and writing by local author Rev. Don Chase. 

The new book marks the 130th anniversary of the passage through Del Norte County of the first white explorers, the Jedediah Smith party, who camped near Crescent City on June 14–15 in the year 1828. The party spent six weeks in Humboldt and Del Norte.

Chase graduated with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Stanford University and has long been interested in local history. In the past he has published two small volumes. One, “Pioneers,” dealt with early days and especially with church beginnings in Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity and Tehama counties. 

Chase, who is pastor of the Crescent City Federated Church, is also president of the Del Norte Historical Society.

Boy and Girl State sessions

Three Del Norte High School juniors: Gary Anderson, Jim Yingst and Myrtle Wilson were selected by school faculty and sponsored by the Del Norte County American Legion posts and American Legion Auxiliary to attend the Boy and Girl State sessions this summer.

The program, which is held in Sacramento, informs those attending about duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American Citizenship.

The three were chosen because of physical fitness, outstanding qualities of leadership, excellent character and citizenship, courage and honesty.

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