From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, June 1939.
Sentiment is growing among Siskiyou County residents in favor of secession from California and a union with Oregon, the state highway commission was told this week.
The statement was made by Samuel Finley, a member of a Siskiyou County delegation. The reason, Finley said, was the repeated failure to obtain from the state needed improvements of the Klamath River highway.
Oregon, Finley said, “has cooperated 100 percent in keeping the Klamath River highway in shape to the Oregon line route to Happy Camp.” A result, he declared, was that many thousands of dollars of mining and lumber equipment and supplies were purchased in Oregon instead of California.
The delegation was one of many which appeared before the commission, seeking inclusion of local projects in the biennial highway budget.
Bay City Market bargains
Tillamook cheese 25 cents a pound; four-pound basket tomatoes 25 cents; pot roast, extra fine beef, 18 cents a pound; potatoes 25 lb. bag 39 cents; asparagus – fresh, crisp, 3 bunches, 19 cents; and Batini’s wine, one gallon for $1.09.
Otter captured with hands
Frank Rhodes, mechanic for the forest service at Gasquet, has earned the distinction of a place in the hall of fame along with “Bring-em-back-alive” Frank Buck, by taking a full-grown otter into captivity with his bare hands and the assistance of his non-descript hound, Buster.
Rhodes was enjoying his Sunday off by prowling along the river banks near his home in the vicinity of Adams Station when he was attracted by the excited barking of his dog. Upon investigation, he found that Buster had spotted the otter in a pool and the excitement began.
Just how the two of them managed to get a rope around the middle of the 40-pound beastie is a story that would be spoiled by the telling by anyone but the captor, but get him they did. But now that Frank has got himself an otter, he doesn’t know which end to let go of first, or in other words, doesn’t quite know what to do with the brute.
Anyone desiring to acquire a nice large otter can probably do business with Frank on very reasonable terms since he is contemplating a transfer to Medford and doesn’t particularly need an otter over there.
Anyone interested should be warned, however, that he will have a job of taming to do, the creature seemingly not at all inclined to avail himself of the companionship of humanity and the blessings of civilization.
National Forest HQ
Crescent City has been selected as field headquarters for the new administrative area of the Trinity National Forest with Russell W. Bower in charge. Mr. Bower was formerly ranger of the Orleans district on the Klamath River and has arrived here with his family to take over his new position.
The new unit is composed of the 6,215 acres of redwood timber located on the watersheds of Minot and Hunter creeks in the Klamath section for which the government is now completing negotiations with the Ward interests.