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Pages of History: Sharp shooter

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, December 1949.

The Del Norte Rod and Gun Club’s Christmas turkey shoot held December 15 at the local trap shoot at Del Norte County Fairgrounds was a complete success, sponsors announced this week. A total of 25 turkeys were awarded and 30–35 hams went to local sharpshooters.

One of the youngest sharpshooters was Jimmy Jamison Jr., the 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Jamison, who outshot four older men to win a prize turkey. Young Jimmy marked up a score of five out of five in the B class.

Turning point

Dec. 31, 1949, at midnight, a new half-century will be ushered in, closing a year that for Del Norte County may well be regarded as a turning point.

The year 1949 deserves the appellation because it seems destined to mark the turning point in the long struggle for economic and industrial progress in the county. For nearly 100 years beginning with J.F. Wendell in 1853, someone or some group has been dreaming and planning for the development of Crescent City and its harbor. Now, in 1949, the people themselves are doing the job.

The year 1949 saw the people of Del Norte County pull themselves up to make their own opportunity. Although earlier activity was under way by A.C. Dutton Lumber Corp. in beginning construction of a lumber dock, the need for quicker action and on a public rather than a private scale was pressing. To pull themselves up, the citizens began to act.

That action by the citizens of Del Norte County marks the turning point. Citizens Dock, expected to be completed by Feb. 1, will lend new life to the lumber industry and will be an added boon to the fishing industry.

We of the Del Norte Triplicate, believe and have faith in the entire area. It can only go ahead, and we’ll endeavor to the best of our ability in our field to make it go ahead, next year and the years to come.

Practical gifts

For the kitchen: canister sets 4 piece 98 cents, step-on cans to match $1.19.

Tea kettles: $1.69 to $1.98, Waffle irons: $$4.50 to $8.95

Pocket and hunting knives 69 cents and up

Lodge gets power plant

Installation has been completed at Patrick Creek Lodge on a  new $10,000 hydroelectric power plant, it was announced this week by manager Ed Fletcher. A 27-kilowatt unit, the new plant was installed by Portland contractors, the owner said.

The new power plant will carry all heating, cooking and lighting facilities for the lodge. The plant’s installation is expected to help greatly in modernizing the lodge, Fletcher said.

Tug makes test run

After being bar-bound in Coos Bay from Friday to Sunday and towing one of the largest barges on the Pacific coast, United Towing Com­pany’s ocean-going tug “Sea Lion” made a successful test run into Crescent City harbor.

The test run was made in anticipation of operations into the harbor by United Towing, which plans on handling oil and other fuels for major oil companies.

 


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