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Pages of History: No going back on pronouncing it ‘Del Nort’

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

Dear Editor: I am writing to ask you to please do something about the pronunciation of Del Norte. It is a Spanish name meaning “the North.”

 Colloquially, it is mispronounced. It is not “Del Nort,” and the radio announcers mispronounce it also. I am a newcomer from Albuq­uerque, New Mexico. I moved here some 16 months ago, and I am not Spanish, but an Anglo. However, I believe in proper pronunciation, especially of names and places. Please think of this.

A Loyal Customer

Editor’s note:     Ma’am, you are right. The grammatically correct way would be to sound the “e.” Most people do when they first come here, but the natives, for as long as we can determine, have not. Some old-timers have even commented, “We’re not Spanish and we pronounce it our way.” A campaign to get people to change might be interesting, but we doubt it would be successful.

Baby camel due

Alert Seaside Hospital!

The Arabs, a service organization,  confirmed what people already suspected: Scheher­azade, the world’s largest camel, is with child.

However, after conferring with a number of medical specialists, it has been determined that the baby will arrive before the Del Norte Arabs, a booster club of the Del Norte Chamber, make a trip to the Rose Festival Parade in Portland in June. The Arabs even feel that the baby will be able to go along and will probably steal the show.

Arabs and others can make the trip to Portland for a $25 transportation fee. The high school band will also march in the same parade.

Slot car results reported

The slot cars are still racing at Cliff’s Hobby House in the Crescent City Shopping Center.

Results for the “HO” slots are: Ron Shisher, first, and Gregg Manning, second in Tuesday’s heat; Anthony Sanders, first, and Don Harper, second in Thursday’s contest, reports Cliff Stapp.

Man with new heart doing well

A 42-year-old Crescent City man who became the 12th heart transplant patient at Stanford Medical Center on March 29 is still progressing satisfactory following the operation performed by Dr. Ed Stinson on the staff of Dr. Norman E. Shumway.

Glen “Red” Campbell, Old Mill Road, was up and walking around only a few days after the delicate operation, according to his mother, Mrs. Leona Hughes of Crescent City.

His wife, Betty, remains at his side and will be there until he is released to return home.

American sold to Triplicate

The sale of the Crescent City American newspaper to Hadley Newspaper, Inc., publishers of the Del Norte Triplicate and the Arcata Union, has been announced by Wallace H. Griffin, publisher and owner of The American since the death of its owner, Howard M. Griffin, in 1959.

The reason for the sale, Griffin said, was to permit concentration on commercial printing and, in view of nationwide trends, to permit the community to be better served by one stronger newspaper with more frequent publications.

 

 

 

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