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Pet bear gets loose, then he gets shot

From the pages of the Crescent City American, November 1928.

Teddy the black bear, belonging to Dolph Dyer at Dolph’s Service Station at the corner of Second and K streets, is no more. 

It was on Friday afternoon that Teddy began to act queerly in his pen at the rear of the service station, where he has been for the past year and was the source of much attraction to tourists.

So queer was the poor bear acting that he had attracted more than the usual attention. Ed Bayliss, well-known fisherman and the champion at becoming lost on Howland Hill while hunting rabbits, and Calvin Getchell, employee at the service station, were watching Teddy go through some of his capers when all at once the chain on the bear’s neck came loose and Teddy made a mad dash for a hole in the fence while Bayliss and Getchell made a mad dash for the service station office.

It seems as though Ed had been laid up with the rheumatism and had gone to the service station to see if anyone knew where he could borrow a pair of crutches. Ed was very lame, but when the bear got loose Ed started to run. He slipped and fell down twice and then beat Getchell to the office. This is said to be the best record made in the county this summer.

The bear ran across the street and into the open door of Smith Brothers auto wrecking shop. A crowd soon gathered and closed the opening in the doorway to watch the bear go through more of his antics.

About this time, Mr. Dyer, who had been running hither and yon, came upon the scene with a big rifle, but alack and alas, he was shaking too much to shoot so handed the gun off to Ed Plaisted, who dispatched poor Teddy to the land of the bear hereafter. 

Those who saw the affair from start to finish, and were not too excited to remember what happened, stated that there were more “undercover men” in Crescent City that day than there had been for some time. 

After it was all over, and Teddy was beyond redemption, it was learned that he was getting ready to hibernate and had already dug a deep hole for that purpose and evidently did not want any spectators around while he was doing it. 

Local news in brief

• Harry Plaisted and family, of Eureka, spent the weekend in Crescent City visiting relatives and hunting. His mother, Mrs. Susan Plaisted of Smith River, accompanied them home for a visit.

• Dr. and Mrs. E.M. Fine, who have been on a tour of the United States and Canada for the past three months, returned to Crescent City on Saturday. They report having had a wonderful trip.

• The Del Norte Mild Products Company paid 54½ cents per pound for butterfat in the milk, and 55½ cents for butterfat in cream this past week.

• The Sewing Club of Smith River was entertained at the home of Mrs. Miriam Barnes on Tuesday afternoon. After several hours spent together with needlework, Mrs. Barnes served delicious refreshments of sandwiches, cake and coffee to thirteen of the club members with one visitor, Mrs. Hoague, mother of Mrs. Barnes. 

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