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Work at mills picks up after the slowdown

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

Del Norte’s labor situation took a turn for the better this week. The Klamath plant of the Simpson Logging Company reopened Wednesday, Jan. 2, after its holiday shutdown of Dec. 22. A total of 211 men went back to work, according to Henry Rinne of the U.S. Employment Office.

Up at Smith River, the Diebold mill, which has been working with skeleton crews, will shift into high gear beginning Jan. 7. Its planning mill will go into full-scale operation with the 6:30 a.m. shift Wednesday.

The D.P. Logging Company is not yet open, but is expected to begin soon. In the face of a power shortage, D.P and Diebold will stagger shifts. Craig Lumber expects to finish repairs and open up next week. 

Muddy stream trouble

A citation was issued Wednesday to the J & W Mining Company, a corporation. The paper was issued by District Attorney C.A. Degnan, and delivered by hand of Sheriff C.W. Glover to the company’s Gasquet office.

The citation was not a complaint. It merely requires that the officers of the corporation appear in court and explain a certain muddy condition on Craig’s Creek above Gasquet.

J &W reportedly has been operating hydraulic equipment on the creek. According to a county ordinance passed two years ago, it is a misdemeanor to raise excessive quantities of mud in the river. The company must show cause in court why it should not be prosecuted for violating the ordinance. 

The loudest voices against the violators have been the fishermen. The mud in the river is killing fish eggs, they say. The mud, settling on the just-laid eggs, causes them to rot, rather than to hatch. 

Party in Klamath

A very delightful party was held at the home of Lawrence Frooms last Saturday night for his lovely wife. A group of grangers dropped in for a surprise birthday party. Canasta and other card games were played and the guest of honor received a bracelet, pin and earrings set from her surprise guests, besides many other lovely gifts. 

Harbor District sues state  

The Crescent City Harbor Commission swung a legal club at the California State Lands Commission on Jan. 14. It resolved to sue the SLC for title of the tidelands, which it now leases.

The three remaining members of the commission, Ed Lessard, chairman, Lyle Prickett and William Buckner, were unanimous in adopting the action recommended by the harbor attorneys, William Speer and Jay Jordan. 

Snow, 65-mph winds

The toughest storm of the season hit Crescent City on Sunday night. Winds measuring at least 65 mph lashed through the city, rattling windows, throwing hail, and tearing a corner off the roof of the old Hobbs-Wall sawmill.

Gusts at the more protected U.S. Weather Station at the airport were measured at 57 mph, according to Ken Harkema, CAA weatherman. 

While only .88 inches of rain fell in Crescent City, there were heavy snowfalls throughout California, and all interstate highways except 101 were closed to travel.

For over 24 hours, Crescent City was the prime gateway open to trucks, buses and private cars. Grants Pass was snowed under in spite of constant snowplowing. Drivers reported that the bottleneck was just over the state border.

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