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Pages of History: June 1959

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate of June 1959.

‘Rice County’ due  in harbor for July 4


Crescent City’s annual Fourth of July celebration will have a special star attraction this year when the Navy LST Rice County steams into the harbor for a two day “open ship” visitation.

Walt Robinson, general chairman for the holiday observance, said word has been received from the ship’s commander, Lt. R.F. Stalder, that the Rice County expects to arrive at the outer breakwater at 8 a.m. July 3.

The Rice County is currently serving as flagship for Commander Landing Ship, division 52. Lt. Com.

Budget meet starts with eye towards economy

Del Norte County’s annual financial headache – the preparation of the budget – moved into high gear this week as the Board of Supervisors called upon department heads to justify their proposed budgets for 1959-60. The board, with obvious intentions of keeping a tight grip on the county’s purse strings, managed to pare a tentative $19,090 from the estimated budget by noon Wednesday, June 24.

County Auditor Childs said the present hearings are for the purpose of establishing a “preliminary budget,” subject to public hearings in August.

Olsen barge makes debut in CC harbor

The advent of a new shipper from the Crescent City dock, the Oliver J. Olsen Shipping Company from San Mateo, highlighted local shipping activities for the week. This brings to six the number of shipping companies frequenting the harbor. Harbor commissioner Alex Lund hailed the event as a boon to the Harbor District, since the company is using the facilities of Citizens Dock, thus increasing the district’s income.

Carny worker yells ‘Hey Rube’ and lands in jail

A carnival worker is in the Del Norte County jail because he reported an alleged theft from his motel room to city police.

Boyd Payne, an employee of the West Coast shows which closed a six-day performance on Sunday, came to the city police station and reported a $150 necklace had been stolen from his hotel room.

Police started a routine burglary investigation. Later, the carnival worker came in again to check the investigation’s progress. The next day he reported the theft of a half a can of dog food from his refrigerator in his motel room and later advised police that thieves had stolen two slices of cheese and two slices of bologna.

In fact, Payne made a bit of a nuisance of himself, and on a hunch, Police Chief Bill Burke dispatched teletype queries to Richmond, Dixon, Chico, and Eureka police departments since the carnival had played in those towns in recent weeks. One city had reported that Payne had complained of a $250 theft.   

From the Madera police department came a teletype message asking Burke to hold Payne. The Madera message included a lengthy list of items Payne is accused of taking in a burglary there.

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