From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1945.
Del Norte’s beautiful redwood groves along the north bank of Smith River, now being felled by the woodsmen’s ax and milled at the Crag Plant at Smith River, will be preserved.
This announcement is made by E. F. Benedict, chairman of the Del Norte Planning Commission, who in company with Right Rev. Monsignor O’Loughlin, placed the matter squarely up for the California State Park Commission in Eureka yesterday, Sept. 27, following the trip to Del Norte.
The north bank redwoods will be made a part of the National Tribute Grove established about a year ago, and arrangements for purchase of the desired areas will be made immediately thru the Save the Redwoods League, according to Benedict.
Zottolas leave for south
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Zottola, who made their home in Crescent City for the past few years, left Tuesday for Los Angeles, planning on taking up residence in Southern California.
Mr. Zottola has been in charge of the Zottola Brothers Cheese factory located on Ninth Street for the past several years, the plant having recently been sold to Rumiano Bros., which has taken over operation of the factory. It also operates a similar plant in the Hunter Creek area.
“Cat Skinner” back home
Melvin “Sharkey” Boyet, who had served for over two years with the U.S. Armed Forces in the African and Italian campaigns, arrived in Crescent City on Sunday evening, September 7, and will spend a 30-day furlough here while visiting with Mrs. Boyet and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boyet.
“Sharkey,” who was a very active member of the Del Norte Horsemen’s Association prior to being inducted into the armed forces, arrived home at a very opportune time with the Del Norte County Fair and the horse show set for this weekend, and is losing no time getting his favorite saddle horse in shape for the horse show and will again be one of the popular riders to compete.
Letter to the editor
In regards to last week’s misstatements in this column re: Our Dog Drum.
There are a good many men in this community that knew this fine old fellow, and know that he never bothered anyone who was minding his own business. In fact, I never heard of him attacking anyone or killing other dogs in the six years I knew him.
I don’t think the lad who gutshot the poor old hound would have had to protect his own dog very much, as she was a bitch dog who should have been locked up at this time of the year.
But he did break the heart of an 11-year-old boy, who raised, and was the companion of this “vicious brute.”
My sole purpose in bringing court action in this case, and in this article, is to try and keep some other poor old dog from suffering, because in my mind anyone that would shoot a dog, would shoot a man. In fact, whoever shoots my next dog better get me too, because there won’t be any court action next time.
Not only as a reader, but very truly yours, A.K Howard.