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Pages of History: Proprietor’s poolroom padlocked

From the pages of the Crescent City American, March 1931.

John Kallos, proprietor of the Racehorse Poolroom on East Second Street, received a call from city authorities on Monday and as a result, “Racehorse” as he is commonly known, took to his heels with a jug of liquid contents, headed for the Hobbs Wall lumber yard just back of his place.

A shot was fired by the city police, which stopped the fugitive just long enough for him to relieve himself of his burden. Then with a fresh start he disappeared into the lumber yard, and as the story goes, is still running yet, with the pistol shots in the distance.

Anyway, the Racehorse Poolroom has closed its doors by order of the city, and the whereabouts of Kallos haven’t been ascertained.

Lighthouse stonecutter dies

One of the men who, years ago, worked at the government rock quarry at Mad River, Humboldt County, cutting stone for the Seal Rock Lighthouse (St. George Reef) off Crescent City reef, has passed on after being a resident of California for nearly half a century.

He is Oscar Sjoman, who died at his home in Arcata this week.

A man and his junk

They put Charles Roy in jail because he wouldn’t clean up his junkyard at the Morris estate on G Street and even when they turned him out he wouldn’t clean it up, but at last there is a way. Gurney and Sons are moving the plunder and the premises are to be slicked off clean.

Roy wants the junk, and he wants it to stay right where it is. He is, of course, pretty upset over the situation, but Geo. W. Howell is in charge of the property and has ordered his men to truck it all away, and now Mr. Roy is virtually frothing at the mouth over seeing his gatherings of 40 years go to the city dump.

Yes, people are reading    

Last week we carried a little story about A. C. Thayer, at the corner of Fifth and D streets, having gladiola bulbs and bulblets to give away to those who would come and get them. The results were gratifying.

Mr. Thayer states that the same evening the paper came out he had 20 people call for bulbs. They continued to come all day Saturday and Sunday and up to the present there have been more than 80 people there for bulbs. Mr. Thayer is happy over the results and invites you still to come.

Klafuskwaft is set for May

Definite plans have been laid for the annual Kiwanis Klafuskwaft to be held here May 2, at which time clubs from many of the surrounding cities will attend to compete for the handsome plaque that has been put up as the award to the club putting on the best program indicative of the Kiwanis.     

In order to keep the plaque permanently, a club must win it three successive times. Crescent City won it the last two years, but it will meet with some stiff competition this year, so the local club is right up on its toes to battle for the retention of the plaque here.

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