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Pages of History: Supervisors searching for biggest frog

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1964.

Heard any good frog stories lately? Supervisor Wallace Hight sent out an SOS this week to The Triplicate. He had every reason to do so.

Last weekend, Hight and Andy Mellon, fellow supervisor for the county, were out searching for an ambitious amphibian eager to earn a place in history. Hight said at the time: “I might as well be out looking for a dinosaur.”

It’s a good thing that he wasn’t. Since the story “broke” in this newspaper, Hight has been besieged with offers for all kinds of frogs to champion the cause for our county in a statewide supervisor contest late next month. A $5 prize put up by The Triplicate is still available for the top contender.

Meanwhile, Hight and his family have been playing host to several patriotic Del Norters who went out and brought back a frog from wherever the amphibians dwell.

It must be awfully quiet down on the old mill stream.

Douglas fir cone crop

A good Douglas fir cone crop in the low elevation of Six Rivers National Forest has been forecast.

Douglas fir seed for nursery operations as well as direct seedlings continues to be high.

Annual church picnic held

The annual Foursquare Sunday school picnic was held on Labor Day at Simon’s Ranch, with the bus leaving the church at 11 a.m.

About 150 members attended the event. Each family brought a picnic basket and the Sunday school furnished coffee, punch, ice cream and prizes.

Those in charge of the games were Mrs. John Wine­barger and Mrs. Clark Robinson for the preschoolers; Mrs. Leland Simonson, Mrs. Roy Stuck and Mrs. Dick Mullenex for the primaries; with Mrs. Norman McClaflin, Mrs. Bertie Peacey and Larry Simonson helping where needed.

From the Bull Pen

They really grow them big in Del Norte County, right down to the tales they tell about fish. While waiting for a good-sized salmon to come along last weekend, Road Commissioner Verne Nelson overheard this story. Seems a local fisherman was flicking the bait away from some undersized fish while waiting for The One. An out-of-state tourist, down on his fishing luck, happened by and asked what our friend was up to.

“I don’t try for the little fry,” said our friend cheerfully. The words were barely out of his mouth when a huge salmon made a lunge for his line as he flicked the bait away.

“That’s a little fry?” the out-of-stater whispered. As the story goes, it was hard to tell who was more shook up, the fisherman or the tourist!

We can honestly report that Nelson had a good day. We got one of his catches and it’s resting comfortably at the home of George Berry, Jr. It’s in the freezer, gift wrapped, yet!

Old Indian town found

Tolowa is the name of an ancient Indian village found by Dick Gould, graduate student, who directed an anthropology dig this summer in the Point St. George area. Gould was working with the University of California.

The village is thought to be one of the oldest in the Del Norte coast area, but is probably less than 1,000 years old.

 

 


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