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Pages of History: July 1939

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1939.

Interest in the century-old mystery involving the treasure in gold bullion which went to “Davy Jones’ Locker” with the ill-fated Brother Jonathan when she floundered on Point St. George Reef in Civil War days is revived again with the announcement that a chest similar to that carried in the Brother Jonathan’s safe is soon to be on display here.

Naturally there is much argument over the authenticity of the chest and some skeptical citizens have offered the remark that it may be phony and only publicity for the forthcoming Fourth of July celebration.

The chest secret is being carefully guarded but information was leaked out that Bill McGilvary is keeping the ancient relic and its glittering treasure locked in his safe at the news stand. Too much concerning the facts in the matter cannot be stated here, but curious persons who want to know more about it should interview Bill and may learn something to their advantage.

Old-age relief program becomes political football
Del Norte County old-age pensioners are existing on short rations at present due to delays in issuance of old age pension checks. The seat of the trouble is the state legislature, which has thus far refused to support Gov. Olson’s relief program.

Meanwhile, the pensioners are going hungry and it will probably be the first of July before they receive their next checks.

Forest infants go to Treasure Island

Mr. Chris Gilson, wild plant nurseryman of Klamath and a member of the Treasure Island Floriculture committee, shipped two large crates of living trees, ferns and rhododendrons, planted in leaf mold in redwood containers to the fair last Tuesday.

The tallest trees were almost 4 feet with smaller trees planted with them. All had beautiful new green growth and were crated and covered with burlap before being shipped.

Survey party located uncharted reef

The U.S. Coast and Geodetic wire-drag survey party, which is based at Crescent City while working along the shore of Del Norte County, located a dangerous sunken reef in the middle of St. George channel on the first day of work in this area.

The rock is covered by 25 feet or less of water at mean low tide. Further investigation will be made  to determine if lesser depth exists in this vicinity.

The rock is approximately 4.85 nautical miles distant and bears 104 1/2 degrees true from the St. George reef light.

Lt. T. E. Rittenburg is in charge of the survey party, utilizing the 66-foot launches Florence and Virginia and a small tender.

Spanish War veterans to enter float in parade

Frank C. High camp, U.S.W.V., held its monthly meeting last Sunday in Memorial Hall, preceded by a bounteous luncheon.

During the noon session, which was presided over by Camp Commander Chester Knowles, Flag Day ceremonies were held. Among other matters attended to, the camp voted to participate in the Fourth of July parade and for the veterans of the Spanish-American war to ride on the float.

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