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Pages of History: The best fish liar awarded

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June of 1950.

Madge Sperling, wife of Klamath’s justice of the peace, has been found to be the biggest liar in Del Norte County, according to results of judging at the annual fish liar’s banquet held at Patrick Creek lodge last Saturday night.

Mrs. Sperling, telling her story before nearly 60 opening day fishing enthusiasts, told of a trout, of course it was a monster trout, which she lost last year after hooking him on a Royal Coachman fly and battling him fiercely, losing him and the fly. This year, she said, she went back to the same pool and there she found the same outsize trout, still with the Royal Coachman in its mouth and after it swam a whole bunch of little trout, each with a Royal Coachman hanging from its mouth. (She told it much better than this, but you get the idea).

Mrs. Sperling supercedes as the greatest liar Mrs. Bertha Osburn, previous winner. This year’s prize was a fly rod.

Prize for the biggest fish on opening day was awarded Mrs. Hazel Payne of Gasquet. She won a South Bend casting reel for her prize fish.

Smallest fish brought to the banquet was presented by Ken Linderman of Crescent City. His offering was a 2-inch baby flounder. 

DA retires at age 87

John L. Childs, retiring district attorney of Del Norte County, recently observed his 87th birthday. He is believed by many to be the oldest, or one of the oldest, district attorneys in the United States.

John L. or Judge, as he is known by many around the county as a result of the 16 years he served as Superior Court judge, is spending his last year as a servant of the people. His term of office as district attorney expires Jan. 1, 1951, and John L. Childs will have ended his career in public service to Del Norte County. 

Getting an oil terminal

The Crescent Harbor Commission is working for and getting nearer establishment of an oil terminal here, Allen Lehman, chairman, announced this week. He indicated possibilities for the establishment of an oil terminal here before long are good.

Lehman said three towing companies, other than Crowley Tug and Barge, have asked to be assigned space in the harbor to install mooring and dolphins for pipelines. A representative of one of the firms, Lehman said, was in Crescent City this week appraising sites for oil storage tanks. 

Lehman also said that the board was advised by its attorneys in a legal opinion this week that it must levy charges by the per-barrel rate. 

Bridge dedicated

A host of Del Norte citizens attended the special Memorial Day dedication of the newly constructed bridge in Mill Creek Park honoring one of this county’s most beloved men, John R. Breen. 

Included among those present at the gathering were many who knew him intimately during his life, and many who knew of him only through his long-lived reputation and through the inheritance of his good works for this county.

During his lifetime, he served the county as councilman, supervisor, mayor, sheriff and chief of police. 


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