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Pages of History: May, 1939

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1939.

“What are some of the worthwhile sites around here? Where’s the nearest motor- court? Where can I get a good meal for 50 cents? Where is the largest redwood tree?”

It’s the theme song of the tourist season, which means it’s time to brush up on information, time to prove to California’s oncoming visitors that we really know our state and community.

If we are intelligently informed, our friendly helpfulness will easily enable them to get to know California and like it too.

Let no true Californian mumble this year, in answer to visitors’ queries, “I’m a stranger here myself!”

Harbor hearing

Crescent City will suspend business next Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. so that everyone from the proprietor to the delivery boy may attend the harbor hearing at the courthouse.

At that time, Col. J. A. Dorst, United States Engineer, will come here from San Francisco to ascertain public sentiment in regard to completion of the harbor project on the modified plan.

The modification plan will provide a harbor of sufficient area to accommodate all prospective shipping and provide a safe base for a large commercial fishing fleet operating off-shore.

‘Yellow Dog’ initiation

“Yellow Dogs,” flea-bitten mangy mongrels from all parts of Del Norte County, gathered at the fairgrounds pavilion last Wednesday evening to attend initiation ceremonies for a large group of candidates.

Chief Cur Gus Frevert presided at the ceremonies, the unusual rites providing much amusement for the big attendance of members.

Following the initiation, the garbage cans were emptied and while few canines are known to cultivate a taste for beer, the “Yellow Dogs” lapped it up by the gallon and yelped for more.

Oregon adds park

Hundreds of people attended the dedication of Oregon’s Azalea Garden Park at Brookings last Saturday and were royally entertained in that spirit of hospitality for which the good people of Brookings and Harbor are famous.

The new park is a beautiful and splendid addition to the recreational attractions of southwestern Oregon, and is well worth inspecting, particularly at this time of the year when the azalea blooms are at their best.

Whisker drive starts

Whiskers, and lot of ’em, are the only thing that will satisfy the Fourth of July vigilantes, according to a decree issued today by Al Lehman, head of the citizen’s committee whose duty it will be to ferret out all males not equipped with plenty of hair on their face. 

The vigilantes will not be satisfied with a mere costume, but will insist on whiskers, says Lehman, and those who fail to obey will risk arrest and possible fine and sentence to the dungeon that will soon be erected on the site of the former “Extra Door on Second Street.”

Next Thursday, is the deadline and the committee expects to start functioning soon after that.

The whisker growing is “all in fun” says Lehman and everyone is expected to get into the spirit of the occasion to help make Crescent City’s forthcoming Fourth of July celebration a grand success.



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