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Pages of History: Tough break! Nothing left but to work

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, March 1945.

All along the Smith River for the past few days, particularly in the Hiouchi vicinity, are signs of strange and unusual activity among the suburban homes and places of denizens who inhabit that neighborhood.

Several campground proprietors, for instance, have been busy as bees around their premises —  Scotty McFerren, for one has been just making things hum around Evergreen Glade Camp, while Jack Workman is busier than the proverbial cat — even the homesteaders apparently show signs of spring fever.

Take Jack Welch, he’s industrious as a beaver, clouding the skies with brush fires from land he is clearing; and Jim Harris, the Sage of Wicklow Wood, out early and late with his spade and hoe; and many others who can be seen laboring in the fields and gardens.

Can it be that spring has arrive earlier than usual, or just what is the answer? Could it be that on Feb. 28 the fishing season closed? Priorto that date in order to find one of these erstwhile industrialists a person would have to go down to the Society Hole, or the favorite fishing spot at the mouth of Mill Creek, or to the sand bars above Hiouchi Bridge, or some other beloved haunt of these disciples of Isak Walton.

Yet in spite of all this commotion in field and rancho, there is an air of sadness apparent over the scene as the erstwhile anglers get backto the grind again. “Oh well,” sighs the Sage of Wicklow Wood as he wields his trusty axe over the huge pile of cordwood, “the gash-dang season wasn’t so hot anyway. Maybe next season will be better.”

Rescue in South Pacific

Interesting information concerning the experiences of a couple of DelNorte County boys who are out in the South Pacific area battling the Japanese is contained in a letter received this week by Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lopez of Smith River from their son, Seaman First Class Robert Lopez, who is a member of the crew of the USS A.C. Cockrell somewhere onthe road to Tokyo.

The letter is dated March 29, and the last previous letter from Lopezwas on March 5, which places the time of the incident as occurring sometime during March. He writes in part as follow:

“I know all of your friends in Del Norte County know Harvey Mooreheadvery good. Well, he and I had a few minutes one evening recently to batthe breeze in. It so happens that he was drifting around on the deep sea on a raft and we came along and picked him up. It sure gives a guy agrand feeling to meet a guy you know floating around on a raft!”

Moorehead, who is the son of Mrs. Amanda Moorehead of Smith River, isa member of a U.S. Navy bomber crew and has been in the service for many months. His wife is the former Lois Wilson of Klamath, who with herbaby daughter resides with her parents in Eureka while her husband is in the service.

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