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Pages of History: Original DN schoolhouse is torn down

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

The dilapidated old building that stood for many years on Second Street between H and I streets, and seemingly just one of the many others of its kind, was the first building ever built in this county to house Del Norte County schoolchildren.

When this building was erected it stood on the grounds where the present grammar school building now stands and was amid a wilderness of stumps and timber. The lumber for this building was sawed in a mill that was then located near the W.A. Howe residence on G and Eighth streets. The finished lumber was shipped in by steamer from Humboldt County.

When the present grammar school building was erected, this old building was purchased by John McLaughlin, father of Ed McLaughlin, and moved to the site where it stood for many years serving as housing for many different businesses during its period of usefulness, but with the wrecking of this building last week, one of the oldest buildings in the county has passed on and the seat of learning for the pioneer children of this county is no more.

Ore shipped by parcel post

Twenty-eight sacks of high-grade ore, carrying values in gold in excess of $750 a ton, are being shipped from Marial in the easternmost and most inaccessible section of Curry County, 65 miles to Marshfield, where the ore will then be loaded on a steamship for delivery at a smelter in San Francisco.

From Mariel to Agness, 25 miles, the ore, in sacks averaging about 70 pounds, is being carried out by Uncle Sam’s mountain postman on pack mules, over a rough trail. At Agness the ore will be loaded on motorboats and shipped down the Rogue River to Gold Beach, 30 miles. There it will be taken to Coos Bay by auto stage 100 miles, for loading on a steamship. Cost to the miners will be approximately $50 a ton to the smelter.

Miners in the Marial district have uncovered many rich ledges during the past winter. In former years, ore was carried by pack train up the Rogue River to Grants Pass and thence shipped to the smelter by rail. The Roosevelt Highway has made shipping to Marshfield cheaper.

Corn Tasslers have dance

The old-time dance put on by The Corn Tassle Orkestry in the Fort Dick Hall on Saturday evening was well attended, and though the lights were very poor for a while in the evening, the dance was enjoyed by all who attended and all are asking for more like them.

LaFountain runs marathon

A meeting of the committee on the Indian Marathon race this year, of which Fred W. Endert is chairman, was held Tuesday evening and it was definitely decided to enter Joe LaFountain in the race this year to run under the colors of the Crescent City Chamber of Commerce.

All arrangements have been made with the exception of financing the runner. This can easily be taken care of however, with popular subscriptions from the townspeople and possibly some help from the county.


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