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Pages of History: Two raids for sheriff’s ‘dry squad’

From the pages of the Crescent City American, January 1927.

On Monday morning, District Attorney Geo. W. Howe and his two deputies, Shulte and Brown, swooped down upon A. W. Studarns and Luigi Braido, and confiscated 150 gallons of wine mash and 20 gallons of beer.

These men were occupying the home on the Ashley ranch, near Fort Dick, and are said to have been operating for about three months. Braido appeared Monday evening before Judge Potter and pleaded guilty as charged and fined $150.

On Tuesday evening, the dry squad, Deputy Shulte and Deputy Sheriff Plaisted, raided the home of Jack Evans, across the bridge, south of town and secured a gallon jug of whiskey for evidence. Evans was placed in jail, but he raised $150 in bail and was released.

New golf course is open

Announcement was made the end of the week by Wm. Wade, golf professional, who is constructing a course for the Del Norte Country Club, at the foot of Howland Hill on the Grants Pass Road, that two temporary holes have been opened, and that the public has been invited to practice on the course.

Completion of the course is expected to take another two months.

Earthquake affects tide

The earthquake that occurred at Calexico on Sunday undoubtedly had some effect on the tides running here on Monday.

High tide that came at 11 o’clock came near to slopping over in the back yards along the waterfront in the vicinity of the Travelers Hotel. It is thought by many townspeople that together with a stiff breeze at the time, the disturbance at Calexico had a great deal to do with the high water.

Harbor assured

Telegrams arriving here Friday, Jan. 21, 1927, from Congressman Clarence F. Lea and Sen. Hiram W. Johnson, to J.J. McNamara, president of the Del Norte Harbor Commission, confirmed the earlier reports that President Calvin Coolidge had signed the Rivers and Harbors Bill, and that Crescent City was now assured that its harbor would be completed.

The signing of this bill marks  a victory in what has been a fight for the past 50 years.

Long are the years, and long and hard have been the hours that the faithful ones have labored for this victory, and many are the times when those who worked on and on have all but given up in despair, but like a drowning man, they grasped the last floating straw, made one last faithful try and won.

The bill, as signed by President Coolidge, carries an item of $4 million for the construction of a harbor at Crescent City, $710,000 of which is to be spent immediately on the extension of the jetty to the 3,000-foot mark. This will give us a harbor that ships can come into and load and discharge cargoes even though the waters are rough outside.

The harbor, when the first unit is completed, will be a 40-foot waterway with no bar, and with a capacity for the handling of approximately 2 million tons of freight annually.

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