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Pages of History: Motorcycles scramble over fairgrounds

From the pages of Del Norte Triplicate, July 1964. 

The motorcycle scramble held at the Del Norte fairgrounds over the weekend was, to say the least, a roaring success! Eighty bikes, with 50 from out of town, were represented at the huge scramble.

The event was sponsored by the Redwood Scramblers and was the first set of races to be held to be held at the local track.

Sandy Jones from Klamath in her honored role of Trophy Queen presented the winning riders with their memorials of conquest.

Fred Espy from Grants Pass collected the top award in the 100cc class with all three top places on Hondas. Other winners were Jerry Schnieder from Grants Pass and Kirk Brauning from McKinleyville. 

4-H clubbers plan field day

Del Norte 4-H members will hold a field day this coming Saturday at the Miller Wier Ranch. Working with the young people will be Walt Spivey and Charlie Lawrence.

Members will work with sheep beginning at 9:30 a.m. with blocking of animals demonstrated by Joey Wier and showing by Vickie Kortie. Working with the swine will be Phil and Ken Chaffey. Helping with beef animals will be Brownlee Bush, Belinda Johnson and Charlie Lawrence.

In the afternoon, Billie Parrott, Dwight Downing, and George Parrott will explain the fine points of horsemanship.

Ivan Beckendorf will handle fitting and showing of rabbits while Lowell Chaffey, Jesse Parrot and Charlie Lawrence will work with dairy animals. 

200,000 acres of trees

The California Redwood Association in a recent report estimated that well over 200,000 acres of redwood forest area are now in the hands of state and federal agencies.

The association noted that in this total, more than 100,000 acres are preserved in parks.

Outside of park areas, there are about 1 million acres of redwood forests in private hands. The association said that most of those privately owned lands are being managed with the objective of replacing each board foot of lumber cut with the growth of a new board foot in the forest. 

Complete replenishment of all redwood lumber manufactured, by growing new trees and by selective cutting of older trees, is now in sight, for contrary to popular belief redwood is one of the fastest growing of the commercial lumber trees. 

Flying doc goes to sea

Dr. Bertrand Vipond of Crescent City performed the role of flying medic on Tuesday morning, July 14, as he rushed to a stricken man by helicopter. The man was aboard an oil-drilling barge 30 miles off the Crescent City shore.

However, according to Del Norte sheriff’s officers, the man, Charles R. Hilligass, died aboard the oil rig before the good doctor could get to his side.  

Hilligass was a cook working for the Global Marine Exploration Company from Los Angeles. His home was listed as Garden Grove. 

Flag theft a mystery

Mrs. Lorene Ames of the Kenlor Motel was wondering today if the individual who stole the flag that she and her grandson had put out for Independence Day was the “meanest man around” on the Fourth or just patriotic but without the wherewithal to buy his own flag.

Whichever, she says that they would like to get it back. 

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