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Pages of History: March 1949

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

Realization of the great harbor bonanza which has been the fond dream of every resident of Del Norte is finally coming true as definite plans were made by the Dutton Lumber Company to construct a large, permanent lumber loading wharf on the lands purchased here on Saturday, February 26, consisting of lots 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 of block No. 3, Walton Docks.

Construction is expected to begin in 30 days. T.W. Tweedle, West Coast manager of the Dutton Company from Portland, as well as other officials, are expected to appear before the local Harbor Commission to obtain its official okay. Following that approval, the officials will apply to the Army engineers in San Francisco, and the California State Lands Commission for the final permits before starting construction. The permits are expected to be granted immediately.

Born on St. Patrick’s Day

Faith and begorra, ’tis a boy that sly ol’ bird, the stork, be brangin’ to the Franklin Yowells on the special day of St. Patrick at the Seaside Hospital. And ’tis a right good start to life Dorothy and Frank be a givin’ the young lad by namin’ him after the good ol’ Saint himself. Shure and it’s Patrick Allen they’re after callin’ him, and we’re here to tell you he tipped the scales at 8 pounds on March 17.

Shades of shamrock green, “’tis proud indeed the good saint is to be namesake for such a one as this. May the luck of the blarney stone follow him through no less than 100 St. Patrick’s days to come.”

Sheriff blushes

The sheriff’s face was red. On him it looked good. “Sit down snooper,” he snapped. “I got a good story for you.”

“I almost made a bad mistake when a fellow by the name of Richard Crumal from Porterville stopped in and asked for a job. He said he was an ex-policeman and presented references from Porterville’s city manager, three city councilmen, FBI Investigator Hood from San Francisco, and a personal recommendation from J. Edgar Hoover.

“I figured he must be a good guy and I needed a deputy for the Klamath district so I sent him down to look over the situation. I was seriously considering hiring him.

“Then,” the sheriff continued, his face glowing like an overripe tomato in mid-August, “came the courtesy teletype from the Humboldt exchange. There in big capital letters was the name RICHARD CRUMAL, wanted in Visalia for conspiracy. He was mixed up in a gang of organized crime.

“To make a long story short, I scooted down to Klamath, picked the boy up, and sent him back to Visalia the next day.”

Castle Rock Lodge fire

Although the complete destruction by fire Tuesday noon of the $35,000 Castle Rock dining room, lodge, and home was a major disaster to owner Joe Sierka, he plans to rebuild as soon as possible. The famed fishing resort on the mouth of the Smith River was leveled in less than two hours.



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