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Pages of History: Trees of Mystery gets new boost from Ripley’s

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1942.

The Trees of Mystery park, south of Crescent City on the Redwood Highway, again was mentioned in newspapers all over the world in the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” feature June 11. Not only does the park benefit from this interesting publicity, but the entire area and Redwood Highway.

Carl Lewan, owner of the Trees of Mystery park, really has something in the way of trees to show the public. He has three of the largest trees of their kind in the entire world; the family tree, 1,500 years old with 12 living trees growing out of its one trunk; also the fallen giant, over 3,000 years old; and the Cathedral tree with nine living trees growing from one root, forming a half circle. It is 320 feet tall, 105 feet around its base and the only one of its kind on the globe. Its age is estimated at 5000 years old.

Del Norte County really has something to tell the world about – no other place offers such an amazing group of wonder trees. Trees of Mystery park invites everyone to see this living group of wonders.

Service flag up in bank

With simple ceremony, a war service flag was unfurled at the branch of the Bank of America in Crescent City, showing that 1,255 young men of the bank have responded to the call to arms.

The flag unfurled by J.C. Campbell, assistant cashier, in the presence of the staff, consists of a large blue star on a white background framed with a red border. The number of men in the services is indicated by white numerals on the blue star. Men who have given their lives are represented by gold stars and four such stars are now attached to the flag.

Swan Feathers by Bill Seward

I’ll venture the statement that not 10 percent of today’s men in the 30-60 age bracket could stand physically against their fathers at the same age.

You remember those grand old rugged fellows, inured to hard work, living plainly and frugally, facing each day without benefit of synthetic exercises, predigested food or citrus juices.

They weren’t perfect, those fathers or ours, and if they erred it was on the side of over-exertion and over-anxiety over their futures and that of their children.

Perhaps they were bigoted and “some died before their time,” but they contributed something to our “American way of life” their sons haven’t the ability or guts to achieve.

Oh sure, we are all in there pitching and going strong today, but it took a war to kick us into high gear!

Landego soon to be in water

The Landego owned by Gilbert (Jack-the barber) Strachn, will be ready for the sea soon, says the new owner, Myron Stevens.

The Landego came ashore in one of Crescent City’s vicious kickbacks last year, and while in the surf, the forecastle and engine room caught fire. Quick work by the Crescent City volunteer fire department quelled the blaze, which would otherwise have consumed the boat to the water’s edge. Rebuilding was started about two months ago.

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