From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, July 1940.
Snappy new menus made their debut here this week when Pete Strathes, manager of the Horseshoe Grill, introduced what is believed to be the only menu of its kind.
The menus, which are bound of solid redwood burl, are a collaboration of the Whisman Redwood novelty shop and the job printing of the Triplicate office.
Thrilling murder story
“But We Killed the Wrong Man” is the title of a thrilling true story written by G.H. Pipes of Klamath which appeared in the August 1940 issue of Official Detective Stories magazine on sale at news stands last week. Pipes has had a number of detective stories published in various magazines, this latest tale giving the details of a murder which happened in southwestern Missouri.
Pipes, who is operator at the Klamath theater in Klamath, is the author of the interesting serial, “The Last Frontier,” a story relating to Indian life in southern Del Norte County last year.
Calif. wants to sell Utopia
The state of California has a “Utopia” for sale. It asks $26,742 for it, but will talk turkey down to almost any price.
It consists of 286.17 acres and was established by the state in 1917 as a “Utopia” scheme for persons desiring small farms on which they could make a living. Later it was found that there was insufficient water and the soil was none too fertile. It still costs the state $255 monthly to administer its “Utopia.” Recently it sold 5.78 acres for $200.
Buildings burn at Smith R.
A fire that broke out in mid-afternoon in the Louis Braido property threatened to wipe out the entire business district and nearby residences in Smith River before it was finally brought under control. Only the assistance of the Crescent City and Brookings fire departments saved a large portion of the town from being reduced to smoldering ruins.
The gallant efforts of the Smith River Fire Department were hampered by equipment too inadequate to cope with a blaze of such proportions.
So intense was the heat from the conflagration that the Buckner Garage, directly across the street, received two broken window panes and damage to the paint. Myrtle Horn’s Beauty Salon was scorched badly and for a time was threatened. Had the fire jumped to the salon the entire group of buildings nearby would have burnt.
The fire was brought under control with the aid of outside help after the Braido residence and the Valley Meat Market had burned to the ground. Slight damage was done to the Braido bar and liquor store.
The entire Smith River community is very thankful to the Brookings and Crescent City fire departments as well as their own.
New theme for fair
Last weekend, eight well-known members of Del Norte society got together and conspired to turn the county upside down, plotted to turn Crescent City from a quiet north coast town into a roaring city of the rough-and-tumble days of yore, and what’s more, they’ll do it when the county celebrates the Forty-first Agricultural Association Annual Fair from September 18–22.