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Pages of History: Judge tosses the case of the negligent cow

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1952.

The case of the negligent cow was tossed out by Judge Samuel Finley’s court Wednesday. Said cow, said to belong to Robert Sarina, was charged with colliding in a negligent manner with a car being driven by Archie Fuller. Plaintiff, represented by Robert Appel, asked $400 in damages to said auto.

The defense, represented by C.A. Degnan, claimed the car ran into the cow. Further, they claimed there was no proof it was Sarina’s cow.

Attorney Degnan suggested that the cow might have been drunk. Plaintiff Fuller will pay court costs.

 

Who’s who in Del Norte

Police Chief Viggo Hoyer: Viggo is a Danish name, and Viggo Hoyer was born of Danish parents, but in Australia. Shortly after his birth in 1902, his parents took their brood back to Denmark.

As a young man of 21, Viggo came to the United States on the heels of his two brothers to follow the trade of butter-maker. In 1928 he migrated to Crescent City and worked as an ice cream maker. In 1935 he left the churns for good to buy out a meat route. Four years later he hired on as one of the regular night police.

When the war started, he joined the police force at Mare Island Naval Base on San Francisco Bay. Four months later, he received a letter from Odie Griffin, then police commissioner. George Case had left the chief’s job open. Did Hoyer want it?

He did. Back to Crescent City for the third time and he’s been chief of police for 10 years now. To hear him talk about it, keeping law and order in Crescent City is no more complicated than making butter.


Oldest façade gets facelift

The face of Crescent City’s oldest department store is being lifted to raving modern beauty. The old Straub Store, which has been boarded up since 1907, was divested of it dusty stock of old-fashioned linen laces, satins, velvet ribbons and hat trims last week to prepare for the ready-to-wear apparel of Adelaide’s Dress Shop.

The old store, located on Second Street near J, was boarded up in 1907 when Mrs. Caroline Straub became ill. She never entered the store again, although she is still living.

The store was established in 1868 — in the days when everything was brought into town by ship.

Mrs. Chester Paul has leased the property and will move the Adelaide into its new quarters within 30 days.


In again, out again, gone again

He wore a long, roomy overcoat. James Lincoln Gillespie, 34, who originated in Pennsylvania, stood twice before Judge Alyce Moseley, both times being sent back to the county jail.

His local record, added to 18 previous arrests in various small towns, made him a 20-time loser. While in jail, he informed keepers that he is a professional bum. In court he has claimed to be a disbarred lawyer and told local police that they can’t keep him as they couldn’t prove he was guilty of anything. So, they released him. He gathered his long overcoat about him and left.

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