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Pages of History: ‘Serving the Del Norte Tourist’ class

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1958.

As registration for the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce short course on “Serving the Del Norte Tourist” moved towards its deadline this week, enthusiasm and acceptance of the program was extremely high, Charles Thielen, chamber president, reported today.

Thielen, who has been working in the field to help sign up businesses who were not registering at the Chamber office, said nearly everyone contacted was signing up one or more members for the classes. “They realize the value of the tourist,” he said.

The first of four classes begins Monday, May 5. Instruction will be by Fred Rasmussen and James Van Valkenberg of Del Norte High School.

How the tourist spends his money and how to give him his money’s worth and make him want to stay longer in Del Norte form the backbone of the program, which is open to every interested employer and employee in the county.

Rasmussen stated “that these tourists and the money they spend bring the state greater employment, increased tax revenue, a year round industry, new citizens, spendable income and a sound industry.”

Cold reception for land sale

A proposal of an elderly Siskiyou county man to sell some 1,800 acres surrounding a picturesque lake near the Oregon border to the state for $137,500 drew a cold reception from the Wildlife Conservation Board. 

F.L. Lathrop, of Yreka, told the board he had acquired all of the land around Copco Lake on the Klamath River except for a small area owned by the California Oregon Power Company for its powerhouses. He said there was federal land nearby but his survey showed it did not front on Copco Lake. 

The lake was described as having native trout, Kokanee salmon planted by the state and excellent bass and yellow perch fishing along with excellent hunting. Negotiations are continuing. 


Mother’s Day 1958

Mother’s Day, observed this year in the United States on May 11, is an American holiday, originating in this country and having spread to all the other continents. It dates from May of 1907, and the lady given credit for it is Miss Anna M. Jarvis, of Philadelphia. 

Miss Jarvis’ idea was that sons and daughters should pay tribute to their mothers on at least one Sunday of the year. She arranged for a special mother’s service in a Philadelphia church, and asked that white carnations be worn for those attending the service. This was the origin of the white and red flowers worn by millions of Americans on May 11. 

Since that time, the second Sunday in May has been the accepted Sunday to observe Mother’s Day, and the date ranges anywhere from May 9 to May 14. 

One thing every member of the human race has in common is the fact that he or she has a mother. And, in the United States, we are proud to say that the average mother has more help, scientific aids and comforts than any other in the world. Nevertheless, her job is often a tiring one. 

For the job of raising a family, making a home and being a mother, wife and provider is certainly the greatest of all the jobs performed on earth. 

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