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Pages of History: Sheriff seeks info about naked man

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1952:

Sheriff C.W. Glover has in his custody a pile of worn clothes found near Hiouchi Bridge, and some puzzling leads that have deepened the mystery.

The clothes were found Friday afternoon by Officer Hubert Dunn, CHP. They were piled neatly with the socks stuffed into the boots.

Two motorists driving Highway 199 Thursday night have reported seeing a naked man on the highway trying to get a ride. The first driver reported seeing him about a half mile from the bridge, heading toward Crescent City. The second saw him about 1 mile from the bridge. A third car reported seeing a man, either naked or in white clothes, diving off the roadway. A thorough search has failed to reveal any trace of the man.

The garments are as follows: a pair of worn, dirty jeans about size 32 by 30 with a tooled leather belt, a faded maroon-and-white striped T-shirt, a dark green water repellent jacket with a J.C Penney label, a pair of boots with badly worn heels, a pair of gray woolen socks, rather clean.

The unclothed pedestrian was described as a dark-haired man of about 20 or 25.

May Café opens at junction

May A. Toney, who recently purchased the cafe and apartment property at Y Junction, last week opened for business as May’s Café. Present plans are that the cafe will be operated seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mrs. Toney operated cafes in Portland and other Oregon cities before coming to Crescent City. Recently she operated a cafe at the well-known resort Boiler Bay. The property purchased here was acquired from George Yokel. 

News at Fort Dick

• The Home Economics Club of the Lake Earl Grange planned to hold a China Tea Thursday in Fort Dick. Mrs. Leontine Bennett was to be in charge. Chinaware was to be displayed.

• “No more movies” was the verdict recently when some of the youth in the audience squirted water over the crowd around the projector, thus endangering them from flying glass, had the water exploded the large light bulb in the projector. That, added to the fact that “hot rodders” had sped out of the parking lot throwing gravel through the window of Bill Smith’s new DeSoto, was too much for the young man who was donating his time and equipment for the entertainment of the crowd. “No more movies!”

Naked man mystery solved

The “naked man” mystery has been solved. A man was swimming in Hiouchi when someone stole his clothes. He took a cold walk in the night air until Jack Pederson brought him in to the Safford Auto Court, where he said he lived. Pederson contacted the sheriff shortly after the story appeared in the Triplicate. The man was not identified. 

Fire destroys Gasquet home

Fire destroyed the home of the Bud Schaefer family in Gasquet last week. Flames, believed to have been caused by faulty wiring, broke out about 1:15 p.m. Schaefer, his wife, and their two small children were at home when the fire broke out and managed to save some furniture, a stove and refrigerator. Neighbors offered shelter to the family.


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