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Pages of History: Old records for harbor in jeopardy

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1959.

Record-smashing lumber shipments from Crescent Harbor have already passed the 200 million board feet marker for this year and promises to exceed the old record of 218 million board feet set in 1958.

This increase represents a continuation of the amazing growth of the Crescent City harbor, which according to figures compiled by the Del Norte Chamber of Com­merce, increased dramatically in tonnage handled from 1950 through 1958.

On the other hand, oil imports have lagged due to a crippling strike of tug and barge workers in the San Francisco bay area. Local observers have expressed the opinion that even if the strike should end immediately, there is little change of equaling the record of 63,000,000 gallons of oil products imported last year.

Fire guts White Rock

Fire gutted the White Rock dining room and lounge and nearly burned through to the living quarters of owner Charles Pherson.

Smith River’s volunteer firemen arrived just in time to keep the fire from spreading into the living quarters. The blaze gutted the dining room, cocktail lounge and kitchen of the stateline restaurant and motel.

Cause of the fire was not known.

Largest Chetco salmon

The largest salmon taken this year on the Chetco River was landed this week by Les Twohy of Brookings.

The lunker weighed an even 50 pounds and put up a terrific battle for 35 minutes before Twohy landed him.

Emmett Gulley, fishing with Twohy, had to be satisfied with a mere 20-pounder. 

Fire destroys sawmill

A fire destroyed a major part of the Ridgeway Sawmill on old highway 101. Firemen and equipment from the Fort Dick fire department battled the blaze for nearly four hours, according to fire chief Evert Sargent.

Believed to have started in a tool shed, a witness said the blaze spread to other mill buildings in a matter of minutes. Cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Heavy smoke from burning oil hampered firemen’s efforts in controlling the costly blaze.

Thinking big pays off

Here in the big little town of Smith River, folks like to do things in a big way. They think big, work big, live big and play big. Our sawmills are huge and so are the famous Smith River salmon. Big dairies, big bulb farms, big trees, and best of all, big-hearted folks.

Consider the 2,192 pounds of youthful brawn from Smith River on Del Norte High School’s league-leading 1959 football team. Of course, that isn’t one player, even Smith River doesn’t grow ‘em that big. All those collective pounds represent the five Smith River contributors to Coach Tex Gatlin’s powerful varsity team.

Smith River folks are mighty glad that they are able to contribute this powerful bulk of gridiron muscles to the Del Norte team.


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