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Pages of History: Quick action saves a mill from flames

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1951.

Timely discovery of a fire beneath the floor of Baird’s Mill out on Highway 101 about 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning saved the building from being destroyed.

The fire was discovered by Arthur Flick, an employee, who was returning from Cave Junction with a company caterpillar. He noticed the fire when he went to stow the tractor away and ran to the home of owner C. A. Baird.

Two fire trucks from the Crescent City Fire District, commanded by Chief Alvin Phillips, responded almost at once. They fought for nearly two hours before putting out the blaze, which was confined to the underpinning of the mill floor. The carriage, which was pulled forward, was not damaged.

About that Christmas mail

Send your Christmas cards first class, not as third-class advertising. A 3-cent stamp is not only safer but lends much more dignity to the holiday greeting. And please send your mail early!

Fire chasers face fines

The most expensive pastime in Crescent City could be following the fire truck. Such a jaunt may cost $300 and six months in jail and it’s against the law.

“If the practice persists, we will have to issue tickets,” announces Chief of Police Vigo Hoyer.

The trouble with fire chasers is that they get in the way of firemen and authorized people, those whose business it is to save property and lives menaced by fire, said Chief Hoyer.

State denies dock lease

California’s state lands commission has turned thumbs down on the request of the Crescent City harbor district for approval of the proposed sub-lease with the River Terminal Company of tidelands around Citizens dock and the leasing of the dock.

Action by the committee was taken Nov. 28 in Los Angeles; the local harbor commission was notified Dec. 5.

The state agency disapproved the request, according to its minutes, on the grounds that the attorney general’s office had advised that the sub-lease is not in accordance with the lease under which the harbor district leases the land from the state.

Walter L. Bowers, assistant attorney general, stated that the sub-lease would have given the River Terminals Company a “virtual monopoly for a long period of time.”

Average American family

Mr. American Average and family may live in Crescent City. According to the 1950 census, the average family answers to this description:

A husband and wife, married about 21 years, live in a one-family home which they own. Mr. Average is about 45, his wife about 42, and they have two children living at home, one about 18 years and one younger.

Mr. Average, employed as a semi-skilled factory worker (lumber mill worker perhaps?), makes about $60 per week. His wife keeps house.

The Averages can breathe easy about the mortgage on their $7,500 house. They have just finished paying it off.

Are you living next door to the average American family?

Granted that the U.S. Census Bureau created this family out of a mass of statistics, a flesh and blood example of this family may be living here. If so, the Triplicate would like to know.

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