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Pages of History: Sheriff had some skills with skillet

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1951.

“Best dad-burned hotcakes I ever ‘et!” That’s what Del Norte, Brookings and Grants Pass horsemen had to say about the “mountain” hotcakes made by Sheriff Chuck Glover as a highlight of the annual overnight ride and camping trip last weekend.

That is — the horsemen praised the sheriff’s culinary talent if they were lucky enough to get one hotcake — because they disappeared like — hotcakes!

The members of the local horsemen’s association trucked their horses to Patrick’s Creek lodge to leave at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. From that point they rode up the old Patrick’s Creek road to Monumental.

Members of the Grants Pass association rode to Monumental from O’Brien. Allen Lehman drove the “chuck-wagon” to Monumental where some 60 horsemen’s association members pitched camp for Saturday night. Mrs. Sally Olsen and Mrs. Vera McNamara were co-chairmen of the committee arranging for the barbecue.

To accordion music, the group participated in group singing and square-dancing. The ride home started Sunday afternoon.

Floats to surfaces

The task of raising the Emidio oil tanker, which was the first vessel to be sunk by enemy action on the Pacific Coast in World War II, neared completion this week with the bow section floating in Crescent Harbor near Citizens Dock.

P.R. Smale, spokesman for Smale-Robinson, the firm engaged to dig the vessel out of its sandy grave, estimated that approximately one more month to six weeks will be necessary to raise the remainder of the shattered ship.

The company’s divers started work late last summer to recover the wreckage that had drifted into the local harbor from near Eureka. This year the salvage work has been in progress for six weeks.

Surviving plunge off cliff

It wasn’t so funny, but Police Chief Viggo Hoyer and Officer Cecil Bales still can’t suppress a subdued snicker when they recall the case of the Del Norte county man who ran a close second to the man on the flying trapeze, plunging from a bluff to the sea-sprayed rocks some 40 feet below the night of July 4.

Oddly enough, the man was unharmed when he landed on the rocky beach.

Local miner’s bare tale

Tom Cronin, a local miner, was working his chrome deposit Wednesday, July 25, and he came in with proof positive that bears are as funny as bears, just as people are as funny as people.

The proof? There’ll be scratches on the door of Tom’s car until he paints them out or the door falls off.

The tale? From the evidence shown by scratches and bear prints on the door and tracks on the ground, this is what Tom Cronin deduced and we’ll go along.

The bear, just a plain, ordinary old Del Norte bear, probably was strolling up the road at Zinc Flat near Tyson mine Wednesday afternoon. He came across Tom’s car. The bear was hungry. He paused at Tom’s car and sniffed and there on Tom’s car seat was his lunch. Tom, who came back later, said he was glad the bear was gone as all he had for a weapon was a rock and he could only surmise what part of the bear was protruding from his car!


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