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Pages of History: Public asked to share info on streams to help fish

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1958. 

In order to save the fish we do have in Del Norte County, Game Warden Otis Wright today urged persons having knowledge of streams that are drying up, or of streams that have been blocked and in which fish are stranded, to contact the sheriff’s office and leave word as to where he can get in touch with them.

Wright said that in that way he and his fish rescue crew, which will be working in Del Norte this summer, can take the necessary steps toward saving the fish.

J. Elmer Berg at 93

Born March 7, 1865, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, J. Elmer Berg came to Del Norte County in 1945. He went into the Alaskan gold fields in 1898 and came out 10 years later just as poor as when he went in, but “I learned to work for myself,” he said.

For J. Elmer Berg, that was almost 50 years ago, and the lesson hard learned in the gold fields still stand the test of time. At the age of 93, Berg still puts out a day’s work at his machine stop in Klamath.

When a man has reached that age and is still active, he usually has lots of advice to hand out to the younger generations on ways to attain a ripe old age and still be active. Berg doesn’t. “I do remember,” he said, “I cut out coffee in 1911 and cut out eating noon meals in 1915.”

Happy in his machine shop, Berg, at 93, spends most of his leisure time reading. Of the country he first came to in 1945, Berg enjoys the beauty most: “the greenery, the trees and the flowers.”

But there was also a gripe, he said, after he had thought for a moment. 

“I don’t like the man who comes to pick up work that he left to be repaired and then leaves his checkbook at home.”

Klamath boat show plan

In a two-hour public meeting in which tempers ranged from lukewarm to hot, but never cool, a proposal submitted by a committee from the Klamath Chamber of Commerce asking that the county spend $5,500 from its $10,000 budget to enter two California boat shows ended with both those for and those against the proposal more convinced than ever of their own arguments.

The group, which asked the Board of Supervisors to hold a special meeting with their three-man committee, and a three-man committee from both Crescent City and Smith River, were hit hard when a message came from Pat Caldwell, Klamath Chamber of Commerce president, stating that he could not endorse the Klamath committees proposal and therefore resigned from the committee. 

The biggest bone of contention is that there is only one source from which the $5,500 could come, and that is the $7,687 that at present is earmarked for the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce. 

Del Norte chamber president Chuck Thielen brought matters out into the open when he stated, “the question seems to be whether the Board continues to give money to the chamber, or whether they set up another group and gives it to them.” The discussions will continue at a later date.


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