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Pages of history: School colors used to be red and white

From pages of Del Norte Triplicate, November 1949.

“For nearly 40 years now, students have been looking at red and white,” said a Del Norte High student, “and it’s about time we had a change!”

This is the idea which has thrown Del Norte High school into a turmoil these last few weeks. The school’s colors have always been red and white, but since Hoopa and Ferndale also use those colors, many of the students urged a change to avoid repetition and confusion.

The students went to the polls and voted for their favorite color combinations and the winning results were Navy blue and gold with a majority of the students voting for the new colors. 

Dock trestle grows

Work is progressing toward completion of Citizens Dock and the expected goal of three piling bents per day on the trestle should soon be reached. Yesterday morning the pile driver crew was working on the fifth bent and had the first piling virtually driven at 9:15 a.m.

Henry McBride, resident Army engineer on the breakwater job, had taken up his 10-day leave from the U.S. Engineers service and Monday started working at the dock site as assistant construction superintendent. He said Thursday that since the pile driver is now working down on the trestle and experienced drivers have been obtained, the work should proceed more rapidly.

Firemen plan box social

An old-fashioned box lunch social will be featured at a benefit party for the Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department at Mountain schoolhouse.

The box supper auction will begin at 7 o’clock in the evening, with delectable boxes of favorite dishes going to the highest bidders. Everybody is urged to come and bring a box lunch.

Says the committee in charge, “Fix ’em up pretty girls, for a prize will be awarded for the most outstanding box.” There is no charge for admission and everyone is invited. A good time is promised to all those who attend.

Largest salmon of year

A 53 and 1/4-pound pound salmon, reportedly the largest this season, was taken near the mouth of the Smith River to top the Del Norte Rod and Gun derby.

The prize fish was taken by John H. Gottche, Santa Barbara, retired real estate broker.

The Rod and Gun prize was won by Alfred Pfiel, of San Diego, who caught a 51 and 1/2-pound salmon.

Apples in pioneer orchard

“Who says the finest of apples can’t be successfully grown in Del Norte County?” demands George Walton, native-born resident and orchard grower. Walton shows living, delicious proof of the justification of his pioneer father’s faith in Del Norte’s orchard-growing climate.

One of Crescent City’s first pioneers and owner of Walton Docks, the late George Walton, Sr., planted Del Norte County’s first orchard, testifies his son. Some of the old trees are still standing in the original orchard near Crescent City by the old Walton Docks. A few of the trees now owned by Bob Jones are still bearing fruit, added Walton.

Reach Nita Phillips at nphillips.triplicate.com


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