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Pages of History: Soldiers bivouac at fairgrounds

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1939.

Crescent City took on a military appearance last night as 379 officers and men of the Ninth Field Artillery, Headquarters Battery, B.N. and a company of Sixth Engineers from Fort Lewis, Washington, bivouacked at the county fairgrounds.

The soldiers are en route from their northern post to summer maneuvers at Monterey and are traveling in a fleet of Army trucks with nine pieces of heavy artillery on huge trailers.

Local racehorse wins

Seagayle, Burtschell and Hiller’s promising thoroughbred, proved a sensation at the Sonoma County fair this week, winning the inaugural handicap last Saturday, paying his backers $17.00.

Seagayle also won the Governor’s handicap by a length and paid backers $4.20, $3.00 and $2.60 on a $2.00 ticket. A number of local people held tickets on the horse.

Supervisors oppose plan

The proposal of the Save-the-Redwoods League to establish a 12,000-acre state park met strenuous objections from Del Norte County taxpayers, and by a 3-2 vote the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors turned thumbs down on the proposed acquisition by the state park board of the redwood timberlands, the main body of which lies in the Mill Creek basin east of Crescent City.

Newton B. Drury of the Save-the-Redwoods-League did not indicate after the vote as to whether the state park commission would continue negotiations. However, it is the opinion of Deputy Attorney General J.J. Arditto that the state park commission will condemn the land and take it over without paying a cent of the delinquent taxes.

First entry for DN Fair

The first entry for the  Del Norte County Fair was registered this week when Secretary C. A. Cronkhite signed up two pens of fat range lambs, which will be exhibited by J. W. Phimmer of Harbor.

With thousands of dollars in prize money available, it is expected the fair this year will attract a record number of exhibitors from all over Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Improvements at the fairgrounds are rapidly being completed and when the fair opens, the public will find practically an entirely new layout. The race track has been entirely rebuilt to accommodate the increased number of fine horses that will be brought here this fall, and stable accommodations have been enlarged and modernized.

Guides in heroic rescue

The thrilling rescue of five people from drowning in the surf at the mouth of the Klamath River on Wednesday afternoon cheated Suicide Row out of another tragedy.

Heroes of the incident are Henry Johnson, Louis Spott and Johnny Peters, three well-known Indian guides from Requa, who braved the dangers of the boiling surf to launch a small boat and bring the imperiled party safely back to land.

The accident occurred when the rowboat of Mr. and Mrs. F.G. Collins of Vallejo and their two children, Don and Bebe, was caught in a strong ebb tide and carried out the mouth of the open river to the sea.

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