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Pages of History: Support for an ‘Indian Village’ plan

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November 1963.

Backing for an “Indian Village” in Del Norte came from the Board of Supervisors as it met Tuesday.

J. R Hulbert, chairman of the county Planning Commission, appeared before the board on the idea, advocated as a historical and tourist attraction by Kiwanis clubs of Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

As proposed, the “village” would be financed by the state division of beaches and parks. No location has been decided.

Hulbert quoted Mrs. Ruth Roberts, curator of the local McNulty museum, as saying the Requa Indian village once was the most important Indian settlement along this part of the coast. And, it was pointed out, there are Indians yet living in that area who could contribute their knowledge to the proper construction of an Indian village.

The board decided to convey its backing to Assemblyman Frank Belotti and State Sen. Randolph Collier.

Race with stork lost

A woman driver lost a race with the stork between Crescent City and Smith River, and the first two of “quads” were born in her car.

Mrs. Don Hagquist, who lives at Timm’s Trailer Court on Butte Street, was taking her toy Manchester dog to the veterinarian W. H. Townsend at Smith River, believing the dog was in difficulty.

About halfway to Smith River, the Manchester gave birth to two pups. Two more were born later, at home.

Bird lands, ends up in jail

Apparently mistaking a rain-washed street for the sea, an unusual visitor plopped down in Crescent City Sunday afternoon and found itself stranded, in jail.

The visitor was a Murre bird. Landing on a Crescent City street, it couldn’t take off; a woman saw its plight and thinking it was injured, took it to the Sheriff’s Office at the jail.

Deputy Jim Custer called Game Warden Don Gastineau, who checked out the bird and found it apparently “fit as a fiddle.”

The visiting Murre, Gastineau explained, only appeared to be injured. Actually, he said, Murres are ill-equipped for land take-offs and their legs set way back, making them appear to be injured when on land.

They normally reside on off-shore rocks, here mostly on Castle Rock near McNamara Airport, and use the sea for landings and take-offs.

Murres infrequently come down on land, usually after being blown landward by a storm, when they mistake a wet street for deeper water, said Gastineau.

Police seek shoe thief

A one-legged man would have been a good suspect in a theft here Friday morning. Reported stolen was a suitcase full of shoes — all for one foot.

R.N. (Dick) Brunswig, owner of the suitcase, told city police it was stolen from his car parked on I street between Front and 2nd streets. He is a shoe salesman from Medford.

Apparently the suitcase wasn’t stolen by a one-legged man though. The shoes, minus the suitcase, were found by police dumped behind Crescent City Radio and TV.

The manager of the bus line reported to police that a man carrying a suitcase like the one reported stolen had purchased a bus ticket for Mays Ferry, Wash. He failed to show up for the bus though.

 


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