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Pages of History: Musick lays cornerstone for building

From the pages of the Crescent City American, March 1931.

Wednesday morning saw the laying of the cornerstone of the new building being erected by J.L. Musick at the corner of Third and H streets. The new building will house Mr. Musick’s grocery and hardware stock. 

Mr. Musick is quite original and chose a unique method in which to honor the laying of the stone. Mr. Musick secured a fruit jar in which he placed a copy of each of the local papers containing articles about the building, receipts for dues paid to each of his fraternal and civic organizations and his membership badge to Kiwanis.

He has also written a prophecy as to the future of the city and to various events that will have taken place throughout the nation by the time the prophecy is taken out and again read. 

Looking farther back

Here are items from the Crescent City News, March 8, 1901, 30 years ago:

 • A few years ago, the Board of Supervisors had a wagon load of Coos Bay clams hauled here and planted. Since that time, the investment has been barren of results until last Sunday afternoon when a number of persons availed themselves of the opportunity to go clamming.

The result was that quite a number of the Coos Bay clams were found by different persons under and around the wharf.

• A personal letter from Honorable J.T. Berry states that the boundary line question between Del Norte and Humboldt counties and the boundary line also between Del Norte and Siskiyou are still under dispute. He also states that J.J. Breen, J.D. Pomeroy and George Berry, all attachés of the legislature, are doing well and George is thinking of running for governor. 

Former King of Hobos

J. Leon Lazarowits, once monarch of that great fraternity, the “Mystic Knights of the Road,” blew into Crescent City last week for a visit with a number of his old friends and subjects. 

His ex-Majesty, Leon, was seated on the “throne” in 1917 by the Hobos of the Union in convention assembled at Minneapolis, and since that time has traveled the world over, except Russia, where he stated he had more sense than to go. 

Like all the rest of the poor unfortunates, ex-King Leon now has to go to work and is looking for a job. He has a sweetheart and this has been her mandate, for she insists that her king must earn more money than she if he is to win her hand. 

Harbor action not good 

While Del Norte County people, and those in the Mid-Pacific Empire, eagerly awaited favorable action on the local harbor project by the board of Army Engineers at Washington on Monday of this week, many confidently expecting to receive a good-sized appropriation from the emergency employment fund, J.J. McNamara received a telegram from Congressman, Clarence Lea that threw a damper on the spirits of the whole district. 

The telegram stated that the board regards the expense of development excessive and that prospective commerce did not show the need of a deep-sea harbor. While this report is disheartening at the present time, Crescent City people have learned to fight, and they will still fight on for what they know is a worthy project. 

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