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Pages of History: Rope new aid for driver’s ed

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1950.

A new driver training aid, a brake reaction detonator built by Paul Barton, driving instructor and metals teacher, is aiding Del Norte High students in learning the distance required for a moving car to stop. The detonator is a complicated device that fits on the front bumper of the high school’s driver training car.

The device is set off when the driving instructor pulls a rope causing a blank cartridge in the detonator to explode as a signal for the student driver to apply the brake. When the student’s foot hits the brake, a second cartridge goes off. Each exploding cartridge discharges a piece of chalk which leaves a mark on the road where the student received the signal to stop and the exact spot where the brakes were applied. Thus the distance required by a moving vehicle to come to a complete stop is vividly demonstrated to the student.

Driving instructors hope the new detonator will aid students to become more speed-conscious and to develop more cautious drivers. In developing the detonator, Barton modified an old set of plans set up by a San Jose college student.

Fairgrounds exhibit hall

A new main exhibit building is expected for the Del Norte district fair on Aug. 1, the board of fair directors announced. The secretary-manager of the fair board, Bob McClure, was instructed at a recent meeting of the directors to forward $100,000 to the state division of architecture so that work can begin on the building at the earliest possible date.

The building described in the fair’s monthly newsletter is approximately 80 by 150 feet with restrooms for both sexes, areas for shower rooms, and an exhibit office. A kitchen and dining room will be added later. The building is expected to be completed by the beginning of the1950 fair.

Fete planned for dock

Plans for a celebration upon the completion of Citizens Dock were launched this week with the appointment of G. W. “Bill” Mason, local realtor, as general chairman of the committee handling the event.

Mason was appointed to the chairmanship by Vaughn Pyke, president of the chamber. He has been a member of the chamber’s finance committee working since the beginning of the dock to raise money needed by the Citizens Dock committee.

The celebration is expected to include ceremonies in which the dock will formally be turned over to the harbor district from the citizens committee.

Harbor seeks frontage

The Crescent City Harbor Commission presented a proposal to the City Council that the city invest its authority over the harbor frontage in the Crescent City harbor district by leasing city beach frontage to the district for control purposes.

Councilmen indicated that they would take the proposal under advisement and would consider a date for a meeting with the Harbor Commission.

New lodge master

Marshall Griffin, newly-elected master of the Crescent City Masonic Lodge, was installed at a special dinner and ceremony at the Masonic Lodge here.

More than 70 Masons attended the event.

 


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