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Pages of History: New Klamath not just wide place in road

From the pages of the Crescent City American, March 1928.

A visit to New Klamath will prove to one that it is already more than a wide place in the road and that it is fast becoming a city.

O.A. “Dad” Dale is building a 20-room rooming house for Mrs. Mary Wright, just above the road at the end of the bridge. Vern Flashman has the lumber on the ground and will soon start to erect a new building on the lot next to the chamber of commerce building.

Many new buildings have gone up in the past year and it would be a revelation to one who had not been there for several months to see the change that industry and building has made. 

1856 letter arrives here

A letter that was written in the year 1856 was received by Mayor O.B. Lauff last week that was written by the city clerk to Miss A.M. Lewis and is as follows:

“Crescent City, July 15, 1856

“Miss A.M. Lewis

“Dear Miss,

“The members of the Crestonian, feeling desirous of expressing to you in a substantial manner the appreciation of your efforts on their behalf and anxious to present you with a memorial of their sincere friendship, beg of your acceptance of the accompanying ring.

“With sentiment of request, I am

“D.W. McComb, in behalf of all the members

The letter accompanying the message was from the Queen Insurance Company of Portland, Ore., and was signed by B. Lee Paget, Resident Agent for that company, stated that the recipient of the letter later became Anna M.E. Mann of that city, who founded and endowed the Old People’s Home.

The Crestonian was a dramatic company that, in those days, operated local talent and was the means of putting Lotta Crabtree, the famous actress, on the map as an actress when she and her mother were stranded in Crescent City and the Crestonian gave an entertainment for their benefit, which was the starting point of Miss Crabtree’s success.

The Crestonian Club is still kept alive by the Del Norte High School dramatic company. It is not known as to what the occasion for the letter was.

Local news in brief

• The first baptismal service in the new town of Klamath took place last Sunday afternoon when Rev. Fred Engebretsen christened the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cuberbueber. She was named Margaret and the sponsors were Mrs. V. Del Ponte and Mr. C. McBeth. 

• Now that Crescent City has been established as the port of commercial entry for southern Oregon towns, Bert Yuill and one of his large trucks is being kept busy hauling food stuff to Grants Pass. The truck is being driven by C.V. Dunbar.

From the classifieds

Garden Work Wanted: Plant flowers or transplant and also plant vegetable gardens. I’ll be as busy as a double-jointed woodpecker if I can get some work. Mr. George Howe can tell you where to find “Happy,” or call phone 684. H.H.P. Milliere. 

Old-time dance set

The Corn Tassle Orkestry will give another dance this Saturday evening in the Fort Dick Hall.

The orchestra, which is composed of Rolland Mansfield, W.V. Seward, Gilbert Mansfield and Harvey Brown, will commence doing their stuff at 8 o’clock and the Grand March will take place at 9:30. 

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