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Pages of History: Locals lauded because they’re not hoarding

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1950.

Are the people of Crescent City hoarding and, if so, what? That was the question propounded to a number of leading merchants this past week and, with one exception, the answer to the first question is a resounding “No!” 

The people of Crescent City are not hoarding. At the start of the present Korean conflict there was a slight flurry of buying of those items scarce during the past war, but even purchases of those items have about returned to normal.

A slight increase in the purchase of such items as soap, coffee, tea, pineapple, shortening, oil, sugar, pepper, etc., had been noticed, but the merchants generally agreed that such purchases amounted to approximately one or two cans or packages “extra” for some families to “put away.”  However, one grocer mentioned “a woman who now has 500 pounds of sugar and has never canned a peach in her life.”

One grocer summed it up by saying, “I believe the people of Crescent City should be congratulated. They are not hoarding.” Another took a different and dimmer view. “They are not hoarding,” he observed, “because they simply cannot afford to. With the high cost of living, high taxes and all, they do not have the money to hoard.”

Need for dancing school?

Del Norte County is growing rapidly and there may be sufficient interest to warrant ballroom dance classes, in the opinion of Paul Sumerak. With 10 years’ experience in the teaching of basic, advanced and routine ballroom dance steps, and being interested in group teaching, Sumerak is endeavoring to determine the extent of present needs in this field.

If sufficient interest is shown, and the size of a needed classroom determined, it may be possible for such a venture to materialize. 

Bay Area cook arrives here

Peter Facchini, formerly of Vanessi’s in San Francisco, this week became a cook in the B & E Café, it was reported here.

Facchini specializes in all types of Italian and American food. He was added to the staff under managing chef Bruno Fava. 

Locals on attacked ship

Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Hesla of Battery Point, former owners of both the Vogue Cleaners and the Peter Pan coffee shop of Crescent City, were reported as passengers aboard the Steel Rover, hit by enemy fire at Hong Kong on Aug. 7. The Steel Rover was carrying ammunition bound for Indonesia. 

Forest fire rages in county

Fire again broke out in Six Rivers national forest as a conflagration that raged in the Redwood district of the Siskiyou National Forest near the Oregon line off Highway 199 jumped a road and began to rage out of control in the Gasquet ranger district. 

Further spread of the fire depends upon the weather, the ranger station reported. Officials were still calling for men to send to a fire camp set up at Horse Flat, near Idlewild resort on Highway 199.

Volunteers were sought in Klamath, Crescent City and Smith River by law enforcement officers. Herb Newman, Crescent City radio dealer and repairman, broadcast the request from a sound truck that roved through the city.

 

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