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Pages of History: Landmark to be leveled

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September, 1959.

Another Crescent City landmark is feeling the bite of the wrecker’s ball this week. The 36-year-old The­ater Garage, at Third and H streets, is being razed to make way for Fred Endert’s new Rexall Drug Store.    

The old garage, constructed in 1923 by Milton Nielsen, O. R. Ring and Dr. Graham, originally housed one of the first Chrysler automotive dealerships. This was in addition to a service station and automotive repair service.

G. F. Lofvendahl, Eureka contractor, is in charge of leveling the building. Endert’s new store is still on the drawing boards and no definite date for construction has been set.

Deputy returns lost boy

“I live in a green house and we got a green car and my daddy drives a furniture truck and my brother Jimmy got an airplane and I busted it and we ain’t got a telephone and I walked across this field and I can’t find my house so I guess I’m lost.”

Any 4-year-old youngster could have readily understood what little Billy LeBrent was trying to tell Deputy Sheriff Jim Smallwood and Triplicate reporter Bill Sanderson.

But in adult ignorance, the policeman and the reporter couldn’t make heads nor tails of the youngster’s torrent of words. Big tears brimmed in his blue eyes as he tried to make them understand his fearful predicament.

When Billy told his last name it sounded like Billy Lee Brent, not Billy LeBrent. Deputy Smallwood started checking the phone book for the wrong name. He asked the postman with no luck. They visited grocery stores and a description was announced on the radio, also with no luck. The deputy and the little boy covered miles and miles of street after street. Soon Billy’s fright left him and he was the least concerned of the two.

Finally, as Smallwood stopped at an intersection, a group of Butte street youngsters and a young mother ran up to the car. Billy saw them coming and yelled, “there’s Mommy, I’m not losted anymore!” Mrs. LeBrent swept the youngster into her arms and thanked the deputy for all of his trouble. 

Schoolhouse to be razed

This small community’s ancient school house is up for salvage. The little white school, complete with belfry and blackboards, fell into the educational scrap heap years ago when it could no longer accommodate Fort Dick’s growing school population.

Anyone willing to scrap the building and remove it from the premises is welcome to have at it, according to the Fort Dick Bible church, owner of the property.

Marker for stage route

A historical marker commemorating the old Crescent City to Jackson, Ore., stage route will be placed at the northeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 199 and the Elk Valley Road northeast of Crescent City in the very near future.

Charles Selig, appearing before the Board of Supervisors in behalf of the Del Norte Historical Society, said the California State Park commission has already furnished the society with a plaque containing the data on the historically famous road. The plaque will be mounted on a monument of native stone.

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