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Pages of History: Nation delays civil defense observation

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

The nationwide delay in putting civil defense air observation posts on 24-hour duty was caused by other states not being ready. California is primed with volunteers and linked by telephone connections with state headquarters.

A meeting was held Wednesday with West Coast Telephone officials to establish a CD priority system for reports. This followed a tour of local posts by an Air Corps Lieutenant and a Bell Telephone Company expert. They visited the roof lookout on Memorial Hall in Crescent City and the Smith River quarantine station, which site is recommended by Ken Layman.

The backbone of local staffing has been volunteered by local service organizations that have arrived to take two or three days duty each. Many more are needed. 

A Klamath lookout is still needed to fill in the blind spots in radar detection.

J. Barleycorn sends 14 people to jail

Old John Barleycorn reaped a bumper harvest for local officers of the law last weekend. No less than 15 men were booked at the county jail on charges of disturbing the peace, drunk and disorderly, and just plain drunk.

The parade to the county jail was led by William Cyrus Nolan, 27, of San Francisco, escorted by Chief Viggo Hoyer. City Officer Lawrence Hooker brought in Otis Walker, and John L. Grubbe of Portland followed at 2 a.m. Thursday. 

John Bruleski, a transient cook, was arrested by Chief Hoyer at 11 a.m. on Thursday; Art Hathaway was booked at 3 p.m. Friday and Dean Mitcheul followed at 4:40, both by sheriff’s officers.

The weekend revelry brought these men to jail: George Bishop of Smith River, Delbert Eugene Massey of Grants Pass and John James Witmond, both for disturbing the peace; Walter Davis, longshoreman, for disturbing the peace; Joe Warner, logger, and Chester Spencer, disturbing the peace.

A bewhiskered finale to the alcoholic procession was Peter Starup, lumberjack. “Old Peter,” as he is affectionately called at the county jail, was still celebrating at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Chief Hoyer brought the festivities to a close.  

Information sought on unclothed man

Sheriff C.W. Glover has in his custody a pile of worn clothes found near Hiouchi Bridge, and some puzzling leads that have deepened the mystery. 

The clothes were found Friday afternoon by Officer Hubert Dunn, CHP. They were piled neatly with the socks stuffed into the boots.

Two motorists driving Highway 199 Thursday night have reported seeing a naked man on the highway trying to get a ride. The first driver reported seeing him about a half mile from the bridge, heading toward Crescent City. 

The second saw him about one mile from the bridge. A third car reported seeing a man, either naked or in white clothes, diving off the roadway.

Thorough search has failed to reveal any trace of the man. The garments are a pair of worn, dirty jeans, size about 32 by 30; a faded maroon and white striped T-shirt; a dark green water repellent jacket with a J.C. Penney label; boots with badly worn heels; a pair of gray woolen socks, rather clean. 

The unclothed pedestrian was described as a dark-haired man of about 20 or 25. 

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