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Pages of History: Humpback whale makes itself at home at home

From editions of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1949.

There’s a whale, of the humpback variety, here in the harbor that’s adopted these waters hereabouts as his home. He has the whole ocean to swim in and although we humans know nothing about the housing shortage in the Pacific Ocean, and certainly hope there isn’t any, this marine mammal only travels back and forth a good thousand feet, surfacing, and in the best of spirits.

He was noticed about a month ago in December by Wayne Piland, Battery Point lighthouse tender, who thought he saw the big animal, but was sure of it when he trained his powerful binoculars seaward. The whale remains a quarter of a mile off shore from the station, playing and spouting to his heart’s content. The sporty old boy carries his friends right along with him for he is encrusted with barnacles in thick profusion and a heavy coating of seaweed forms a dark, veil-like camouflage over his whole visible carcass.

Mr. Piland can be assured that one whale that anyone can see with the proper glasses is worth all the mermaids in the sea.

$700,000 for Jetty in ’50
Seven-hundred-thousand dollars has been budgeted for jetty construction for the Crescent City Harbor for next year, it was disclosed Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1949, by telegrams received by Allen Lehman, chairman of the Harbor Commission, and Charles Selig, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.

This appropriation is for the continuation of the jetty toward Round Rock. According to the Army Engineers, this allotment may not be included in the final appropriation if active use is not made of the harbor immediately. The government insists that the harbor fulfill a useful purpose before granting additional funds for development.

Lost and Found ad

Will the party who took the white puppy from the Totem Pole Park on Saturday, Jan. 15, please come back and get the 3-year-old girl that goes with him.

Icy blanket envelopes Del Norte
Snow fell in Crescent City early in the morning on Friday, Jan. 7. It is the first time in years, so the old-timers report.

The white blanket which covered the land and startled Del Nortians upon arising registers “melted snow, .02 of an inch” at the weather bureau here, lasted but a few hours in the vicinity, but there are still patches in sheltered spots in the outlying areas, along highways and in the timber lands.

Frost silvered every roof top, blade of grass and covered every conceivable thing in the outdoors in the early morning and didn’t disappear until the following Tuesday morning.

The California-Oregon Power and Light Company’s weather man reported that Monday, Jan. 10 was the coldest day to date since the weather bureau was put into operation here two years ago, with a high of 43 and a low of 24.

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