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Pages of History: Railroad didn’t make it out to Crescent City

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February, 1942.

The city of Grants Pass may become the owner of the California & Oregon Coast Railroad line originally started to connect the Rogue River with the coast at Crescent City, but completed only from Grants Pass to Waters Creek, a distance of 15 miles.

The railroad is now being operated by the Pacific Portland Cement Company, formerly Beaver Portland Cement Company, carrying limestone principally.

Among persons and firms having interest in the railroad are the city as original builder, financing construction through $200,000 bonds; Twohy Bros., who constructed an extension; the California & Oregon Coast Railroad, incorporated to operate the  line; and C.H. Demaray, receiver.

Attention, parents of sons 18-19

Volunteer enlistments in the Army of the United States are open to your sons. Your country needs these young men.

Come yourself to the U.S. Army Recruiting Station or send your boys who want to serve.

Defense bulletin issued

Effective Monday, Feb. 16, supervision of the Aircraft Warning Service (Ground Observation Corps) passes from the Fourth Interceptor Command to the State Defense Council. There will be no change in the operation of the Posts; but the shift in command presents some very definite problems for the local County Organizer.

In order that all of the people of the county may become familiar with the scope and magnitude of the task of the operation of the Aircraft Warning Service, meetings will be arranged at a later date.

Mum’s the word on cantonment bids

Monday, Feb. 9, date tentatively selected for opening of contracts on the Rogue River Valley cantonment, passed without announcement. The war department has ceased giving cantonment information, although newspapers on the immediate scene may publish “what they see,” unless what they see is illegal to publish.

Firehouse feather beds

Our volunteer firefighters have a fine reputation as hardy, efficient firefighters, but it looks like they are going soft. Chief Marshall has just sent out a call for contributions of lace pillow slips and feather mattresses to match the new beds just installed for the night crew – hmm!

No trouble getting night crews now, and wives know where to look for their husbands!

Grow ‘Victory Gardens’

The growing season is fast approaching. Old Sol is smiling down on us today as if to remind us that we have a lot to do to get that little spot back of the house ready for our “Victory Garden.” No matter how small it is, it will bring unusual pleasure and an abundance of fresh, crisp, tasty food!

Vacant lots for war gardens

The free use of vacant city lots is being offered by the City of Bandon, Ore., to residents who desire to plant defense gardens during the coming spring. Home gardens are being urged by federal authorities to augment the food supply to the nation. The Bandon City Council adopted a resolution offering the free use of such lots.

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