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Pages of History: Longest parade in memory

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1952.

The Fourth of July parade was so long that its head met its tail. Floats and marchers stretched from the Hotel Lauff south on Front to L Street, back along Second Street to Seaside Hospital and back to the starting point. This was roughly two miles.

This is the longest Fourth of July parade that we have ever had, remarked Billy Boone, chairman of the annual celebration.

Eric Hanke of the Crescent Shrine Club drum and bugle corps blew his whistle at 10:16. The signal started the city police car, followed by Sheriff C. W. Glover on horseback.

Judges from the parade were picked from the crowd — three strangers to Crescent City. Chairman Alfred T. McCreary, of the Daily News Post, Monrovia, Calif., had gained experience from several Pasadena Rose parades. Assisting him were Mrs. R. D. Mahar and Mrs. Olive Beebe, both of Ashland. 

Mayor and Mrs. A. T. Manuel rode in places of honor in a red convertible driven by Ralph Woods. Also in the car was red-haired, freckle-faced Eva Paul, who wore a bright red hair ribbon to match the car, loaned by Bill Spears. 

The 777th Air Force AD and W squadron of Klamath was represented in the color guard, along with members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Air Force color guard marchers were Staff Sgt. William Allen, Staff Sgt. Maurice D. Collins, Sgt. James Fritz and Pfc. Marin Elovitz.

Parade tempo was marked by the Shrine drum and bugle corps, followed by 60 members of the Klamath Air Force base, led by Master Sgt. Mills D. Taylor, Warrant Officer James R. Corson and John Payne. 

Lad makes self at home

Seven-year-old Gerold Hepburn failed to come home from a movie one night last week. His mother, who had fallen asleep waiting for him to come home, slept all night, woke to find the lad missing, and called Chief of Police Viggo Hoyer.

Hoyer called Gus Fowler, manager of the Mecca Theater, and they searched the place.

Gerold was found sleeping in the projection room, quite calm about the whole thing. 

Last showing of rare films

There will be a midnight special at the Mecca Theater Saturday night. The bill is a double feature — “Steamboat ‘Round the Bend,” starring the late Will Rogers, and “Message to Garcia,” starring the late Wallace Beery and Barbara Stanwick. This is the last chance to see these rare films, Gus Fowler, theater manager said.

The performance is being put on by the employees and Earl Boles, the owner of the Mecca, and he is turning all proceeds over to them. 

Early fair entries

Over 300 chicken and rabbit entries have already been made for the Del Norte County Fair. Indications are that this will be the largest exhibit of rabbits and chickens in the state, according to Les McClure, fair manager. 

Minimum wage for women up

A new minimum wage of 75 cents per hour for women in California goes in effect Aug. 1. The new rate was recently enacted by the Industrial Welfare Commission, according to Paul Scharrenberg, director of Industrial Relations. The previous women’s wage was 65 cents per hour. 

 

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