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Pages of History: ‘Yippee!’ It’s that time of year again

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1940.

Regardin’ the comin’ Fair, all oldtimers are warned that they had better be supplied with 40-inch belts as well as four gallon hats . . . on account of that old buffalo-chopper Bud Huffman and Skookumchuck Harry Spencer have planned a barbecue spread that’s sure and certain to bust anything less than the aforementioned 40-incher.

While the barbecue maestros have been dreaming up delicacies in the way of edibles, the Black Eight of the Fair Board have rounded up some 30 odd susceptible citizens and made them party to this scheme to blast Del Norte off its feet, drop it on its back, and stuff barbecued beef, horse races, parades, stock shows, and everything Del Norte has been wanting since last Fair day into us until we holler “’nuff.”

A bunch of the boys are busy planning the parade: Checkered shirts, big hats and the old jeans have come out of the closet to be dusted off for the Big Time. Most of the county citizens are to be seen sitting in quiet corners practicing the one word that will be most used during the four Fair days ... you’ve guessed it — “Yippee!” If you haven’t let a lusty one go for a while ... polish a couple off, just for practice. 

Salmon run on Smith River

Salmon fishing, which had been virtually at a standstill over the weekend, received new impetus when two nice salmon, each weighing 30 pounds, were landed near the Castle Rock Camp Fishing Float.

There are many guests at the camp who are expecting to stay for several weeks for fishing. 

New cooking methods

Neilsen’s Hardware & Electric Company will present a free cooking school demonstrating waterless cooking in Revere copper-clad stainless steel utensils. 

Waterless cooking is the highest development of the art of cookery, reflecting scientific research and endless experimentation to produce the finest methods possible.

The school will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and Mr. Neilsen extends his personal invitation to all ladies of Del Norte to attend. 

Fire menaces businesses 

Swift and efficient action by the Crescent City Volunteer Fire Department saved a business block from flames when a building behind the Pacific Fish Market on Front Street took fire while being used as a smokehouse to cure meat.

Officer Eddie Lair first noticed the blaze from the window of his apartment and, donning slippers, dashed to the fire station to turn on the alarm. In a matter of moments, flames were mounting about the roof of the building and a strong wind promised to complicate matters. Swift action by the firemen quelled the conflagration. 

Looking for gigantic trees

Reports have come in at various times about gigantic trees to be found in the unexplored depths of some of the redwood forests in this region, and if plans of the chamber materialize, these reports will be checked for their authenticity.

Russell Bower, local forest ranger, volunteered to get statistics on a tree mentioned in the Mill Creek area.


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