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Pages of History: Kids tour newspaper offices

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1949.

For a while Wednesday morning, Feb. 16, The Triplicate office looked like a confused scene from the movie thriller, “Northside 777.” All the excitement occurred when about 35 (or was it 135?) third grade boys and girls established an invasion beachfront at the office.

The kids had a grand time learning about linotypes, galleys, proofs, chases, job presses, news gathering and the general operation of a newspaper. They were amazed when Forrest McVey, pressman, demonstrated the press, showing them just how the newspaper becomes one.

Their visit was a prelude to the establishment of their own student-parent publication, which will begin as a class project in the near future. They plan to write their own stories, edit them, and go to press once a month.

It took a half an hour after their departure for The Triplicate office to get back into high gear. Fortunately it was easy, as newspaper people are known for their adaptability.

Shark run anticipated

A number of northern commercial fishing boats from Seattle are making the port of Crescent City headquarters for shark fishing operations at present. The boats are all using set nets mostly in the Pelican Bay area, which has proven good fishing grounds for the valuable soupfin shark in past seasons.

Nets set in 60 to 70 fathoms of water in the Pelican Bay area give indication that the soupfin are there, but the slime eel menace makes fishing in this depth a discouraging business.

The eels pounce upon the shark caught in the nets and devour the soupfins, leaving only the skin and bones entangled in the net. Since each shark is worth about $50, the fishermen are driven to curses when they haul up a net containing only the empty carcasses.

Sheriff scans several salty safes in sandy slough

Just like Mother Hubbard, when Sheriff Chuck Glover rushed to the safe, it was bare. Not only bare, but high and dry, and as yet unclaimed.

It is one of two found, apparently tossed over the side on the north end of the bridge, when waters of the lagoon receded over the spit to the Pacific, leaving an exceptionally high mud flat.

Sheriff Glover, accompanied by Chief of Police Viggo Hoyer, sped to the scene where they discovered papers in one safe which traced it back to an October 1946 robbery at the Klamath Garage. The other safe is still unidentified at this time.

Surplus Mart

In these wet times you need waterproof matches, 5 cents a box

Harbor work

When Crescent City’s harbor is completed within the next three years, the entire government cost will range close to $3 million, Col. A. D. Chaffin, of the U.S. Army Engineers in San Francisco, reported yesterday, although only $550,000 has been approved so far with the rest of the improvement sum passed, but not approved. Bids for the contract have been advertised and the full contract calls for a breakwater the full distance to Round Rock. Next year, if the $700,000 is approved, the breakwater will be extended.



Del Norte Triplicate:

312 H Street
P.O. Box 277
Crescent City, CA 95531

(707) 464-2141

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