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Pages of History: Nixon, Johnson visit redwoods

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1969.

A tree-covered hillside not far from the Del Norte-Humboldt County line, will be the scene Aug. 27 of an unusual event.

President Nixon has arranged what must be termed an unusual birthday party for the former president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.

Nixon will dedicate the Lady Bird Johnson Grove in the Redwood National Park. The dedication will be at the same location that Mrs. Johnson dedicated the national park last year.

An invocation will be delivered by Billy Graham and the public will be allowed to see the president at either Orick or at the airport.

Medal for war hero

A Vietnam combat veteran, son of a Del Norte couple, has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force while in Vietnam.

Specialist Five Steven W. Oller, son of Faye and Morrie Oller, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, was the recipient of the award, according to information received from Headquarters 4th Infantry Division, San Francisco.

The citation cited Oller for bravery while serving as a senior medicals specialist with Company D, 4th Medical Battalion, when, “On May 11, 1969, landing Zone Oasis came under heavy rocket, mortar and ground attack and with complete disregard for his personal safety, exposed himself to the intense hostile fire to treat the wounded.

Albacore calls fleet

With this year’s commercial salmon fishing proving most disappointing, North Coast fishermen have turned to albacore tuna fishing in hopes of recovering some of the losses incurred when the salmon failed to materialize in any appreciable numbers for the local fishing fleet.

An excellent sport fishing season was experienced in the waters just off Crescent City, with many fish being taken inside the Crescent City breakwaters as schools of salmon literally “chased the anchovies right onto the beach.”

Fort Terwer

Fort Terwer, up the Klamath River about 4 miles from the town of Klamath, was established in the late 1850s as a base from which the soldiers might supervise the Indians who had been placed on a reservation extending 20 miles along the river.

After a severe flood in 1862, the troops were moved to the Smith River valley to a temporary camp from which they were soon moved to the new Camp Lincoln.

Police dog nips policeman

Police officers are usually known as pretty friendly fellows, but somewhere along the line someone must have failed in the duty to impress upon “man’s best friend” that he too is included.

What smarts of mutiny in the ranks was noted in a recent log entry in the Crescent City Police files when it was reported that Officer Hugh Clawson was bitten in Peterson Park. It is unknown as to what will happen to the dog.

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