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Storm blows chimney off of Memorial Hall

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February of 1952.

The chimney blew off Memorial Hall on Saturday night as a result of high winds. County offices located in the building were without heat most of Monday while the chimney was repaired.

Because of the cold, Judge Samuel A. Finley ordered a court session moved downstairs to the supervisors’ rooms, which were not so cold. The case of Wilson vs. Guerney proceeded. 

Hay dumped to stock

Some hungry livestock got fed last Thursday despite the fact the farm of their owner was isolated by snow and the feed was gone.

Maynard Browns, a private flyer, flew two bales of hay to the H. Hepler Ranch in the High Divide area. The hay was slung beneath the plane in a belly sling and plunked before the rancher’s door. 

Hepler, whose transportation to town bogged down in the snow, had walked into Smith River. 

Bears raising cain

Bears attack trees. It’s the truth. A personage no less that Professor Emanuel Fritz has warned that many Douglas fir trees in the redwood region are being mauled by young bears.

Little trees too. Only young ones. Trees from pole size to 25-year striplings are preyed upon, according to the professor, who is quoted to us by the California Redwood Association. 

Two drunks, 1 vagabond

The weekend roundup yielded three arrests. Harry Glover, 46, and Charles Barney, 34, were picked up at different times Saturday night. They were up before Judge Alyce Mosley on Monday morning.

Marlene Williams, 39, was arrested for vagrancy Sunday morning while stopping to take a drink in a vacant lot. Her fine was suspended on the condition that she continues on with her trip to Portland.

Pioneer miner dies

Charles Wilson, Curry County prospector, guide and mail carrier, is dead. He died at Myrtle Point on Jan. 29 after 80 years in the region. Born March 5, 1869, in Randolph, he spent a rough boyhood with his brothers, Billie and Hetrick, after their father was killed in a mine cave-in. They were raised by their mother, Lucy, later known as Lucy Taylor. Charlie is the last survivor of Lucy’s brood.

Charlie was married to Adeline Saunders on Feb. 1, 1892, at his brother’s home by Rev. P.J. Owens. The couple had three daughters, of whom two, Mrs. Edna Curtis of Powers, Ore., and Mrs. Rebecca Douthitt of Gold Beach, survive. Their mother also lives at Powers. 

For many years, Charlie carried the mail out of Gold Beach up to the Rogue River, Port Orford or Irma on the Pistol River. He fished the Rogue and for many years was much sought after as a dependable and good-natured guide. 

Charlie was buried last week in Gold Beach, among the hills he knew and loved. 

Klamath news and notes

• Mr. and Mrs. Harold Del Ponte left Sunday for a few weeks’ vacationing in Oregon and Washington.

• Several families were forced to move out of their homes for a day or two during the recent storm when the Klamath River went over its banks.

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