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Pages of History: Orange Market opens its doors

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1939.

The finest fruits and produce the market affords at lowest prices is the policy of the new Crescent City Orange Market opening in the Kendall Market building at 351  Second  St. in the center of the business district, with Sam Matolo as manager.

The extremely low prices quoted are made possible by the fact that the fruits and produce are purchased direct from growers, and trucked direct to the market. Prices for the opening sale are amazing and will undoubtedly attract hundreds of shoppers.

Destroyer visits harbor

Evidently assigned to patrol duty along this part of the Pacific Coast, the U.S.S. destroyer Gamble put into Crescent City harbor for an overnight stay. The Gamble had been cruising offshore for several days prior to the visit, according to fishermen, but there was no information available as to the purpose of the maneuver.

Leaving this port, the Gamble proceeded to Humboldt Bay where she remained only a few hours, again heading out to sea.

Sailors on shore leave here knew nothing about the ship’s destination or the purpose in patrolling these waters. The Gamble is a converted mine layer and one of the ships reconditioned following the opening of war in Europe. She has a complement of 85 officers, is equipped with several 4-inch guns in addition to torpedo tubes and is under the charge of Commander Smith.

Christmas tree goes up

Crescent City’s business district takes on a real holiday atmosphere today with the erection of the big Christmas tree at the intersection of Second and H streets.

The work is handled by Chief of Police John Breen and a corps of assistants who went out to Hiouchi Park the other day and brought in a perfect fir about 20 feet high. The tree will be decorated with hundreds of brilliantly colored lights.

Harbor work set for 1940

Information trickling out of Washington, D.C., and reaching Crescent City through various agencies indicates that the United States war department will start work on completion of the harbor project at an early date this spring. The awarding of contracts should begin without further delay.

The work includes the continuation of the present seawall at an angle to Fauntleroy rock, a distance of about 1,500 feet, completely inclosing the harbor basin from the north. To protect the harbor from storms, another seawall is planned to extend outward from Whaler Island, which is now owned by the county. The cost of the projects is estimated in the neighborhood of $2 million.

To complete the job it will be necessary to dredge the inner basin, which has been made much shallower by drifting sand. Once cleared, no further trouble is anticipated since the harbor entrance will be narrowed to an opening about 1,200 feet across.

 


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