From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March of 1940.
Del Norte County’s plight due to stoppage of all WPA projects and a slash in relief checks is being given serious consideration by Gov. Culbert L. Olson and other state officials with the results that action to relieve the situation may be forthcoming in the near future.
Reports from Sacramento indicate that a move will be started at once to return WPA here to make up for the loss of direct relief funds, which were cut 40 percent at the recent special session of the state legislature.
One of the most important projects to be effected is the improvement program at Plaza Recreation Park, work on which was halted last fall. It is expected that this will be one of the first projects to be resumed and it will employ many men and should be completed this spring.
Directors of the Crescent City baseball association are much interested as they would like to have the ball diamond and grandstand in first class shape for the opening of the season on May 5th.
The reports indicate that 100-125 men will be affected under the proposed program, with several thousand dollars monthly added to the income of the community.
Pebble Beach resort
The Cliff House is a new business enterprise soon to be opened on beautiful Pebble Beach north of Crescent City by Edythe Mengel and Adell Murphy, who recently came here from Madison, Wisc.
Immediately after arriving here the ladies purchased the Spence property including the fine home built a few years ago, completely renovating and refurnishing the residence to accommodate their new business.
The location is one of the most sightly along this section of the coast, presenting a remarkable view of rugged shoreline including a magnificent view of Point St. George.
Thousands of people from outside points visit Pebble Beach every year and The Cliff House will add to the attractions of this popular playground spot by serving fine dinners. Excellent foods plus the spectacular marine view is certain to make The Cliff House as famous as its great namesake overlooking the entrance to the Golden Gate.
Mrs. Mengel has many friends throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon, having operated the popular Aberdeen Villa resort near Cave Junction several years ago.
A.D Lee, perhaps one of the most enthusiastic boosters Del Norte County has ever known, now a resident of Southern California, arrived here the first of the week to spend several weeks in old surroundings in an effort to recuperate his health.
“A.D.,” as he is affectionately known by his friends along this part of the coast, is one of the original boosters for the Redwood Highway, in fact is given credit for naming the route. Mr. Lee came with his daughter and grand-daughter for the visit.