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Pages of History: Letter from Pres.-Elect Kennedy

From editions of the Del Norte Triplicate in December of 1960

A few weeks ago, young Bobby Tvedt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Les Tvedt, wrote a letter to Sen. John Kennedy, and last Friday, December 9,  received a thank-you letter from the president-elect. This was a surprise to everyone, including his parents, because no one knew he had even written to Kennedy.


Air Force takes two on comeback try


After losing to the B & E Team in the first round of the Del Norte County Recreation Holiday Tournament last week, the Klamath Air Force Team came roaring back behind the hot shooting pace set by Charles Edwards to smother a West Coast Telephone Team, 51-17, followed by a win over Crescent Moving, 66-41.


Sale Specials at Piggly Wiggly


Hungry Jack pancake flour, 99 cents; Lumberjack syrup, 2 for 69 cents; pigs’ feet, 11 pounds for $1.


Yingst tells of logging conference


The next session of the Redwood Logging Conference will be held at the 12th District Fairgrounds, Ukiah, on March 9 and 10, 1961, according to John Yingst, conference president, of Simpson Timber Company, Klamath.


Yingst also announced a special ladies program for wives of loggers and equipment dealers is being planned.


Specials at Ralph’s Jewelers


Musical cuff link sets, $1.88, and “Going Steady” rings, $8.88.



Main Street’s future


From a Dec. 22. editorial: All over the country, there is an increasing concern whether “Main Street” can maintain its traditional commercial power. This concern usually results from the development of shopping areas outside the downtown area.


While the problem is more acute in larger cities, it also affects smaller ones — it is affecting Crescent City today and the problem must be faced.


As “Chain Store Age” says, “Main Street can be very alive — but it takes more than wish fulfillment to keep the blood coursing through its veins.” Among the factors Chain Store Age says are vital to Main Street is recognition by merchants, property owners, financing institutions and civic officials that they must work together.


Community Christmas trees
The custom of community Christmas trees, which will be observed this year by thousands of towns and cities, started in 1909 in Pasadena, when citizens erected a tree on Mt. Wilson.


The first national Christmas Tree was set up on the Capitol steps in 1923 and came from Vermont.


The tallest Christmas tree on record was erected by the Northgate Community near Seattle in 1950. It was 231 feet tall when cut. After trimming, it weighed 23 tons and towered 212 feet in the air.


Tunnel bid is awarded
The Grafe-Callahan Construction Company, Los Angeles, low bidder on Dec. 1, has been awarded the contract to build the long-sought Oregon Mountain tunnel by the state Department of Public Works in Sacramento.


The LA company’s bid was $3,431,743. The state had allocated $3,900,000 for this second phase of the tunnel project. Officials said work will start as soon as possible.

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