By Matthew Durkee

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1938:

Large concourse gathers in tribute to memory of Geo. W. Wakefield

Funeral services and interment at the family lot in the I.O.O.F. cemetery were held last Thursday afternoon for the late George Washington Wakefield, 84, who passed away peacefully at the home of his only daughter, Mrs. Myron Steven, the former Minnie Wakefield.

Born in Iowa Nov. 17, 1854, and while a little boy, he and his parents together with eight brothers and sisters moved to Marysville, Missouri, where he was raised and at the age of 21 married Miss Sarah Ann Clovendell, 19 years old.

Four children were born to them, three boys, William, Ernest, Arthur and one daughter, Minnie.

In 1892 while still a young man, he and his family, accompanied by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Wakefield, came to Crescent City to make his home, purchasing from the M. Winger and Company 365 acres of tillable land extending from the Sand Hills on Lake Earl, adjoining the old Charles Horn Sr. ranch, to about one and a half miles from the 199 highway and later subdividing in several parcels, now known as the Wakefield precinct and named after him.

On this property, he built the first racetrack in Del Norte County, building it across from the old Wakefield store and home, occupied by his daughter, Mrs. Stevens, and her family, the present Steven store and home on the 101 highway near the Old Mill Road junction. Together with the store and racetrack clearing, it makes one of the few pioneer landmarks in the county.

The grounds where the Pine Grove School building is erected has been donated by Mr. Wakefield to the county.

The Wakefield store building on Pacific Avenue, which he managed until two months prior to his death, is one of his properties and is one building that could be classified as a landmark in that section of Crescent City.

He entered politics once in his life when he ran for supervisor but was defeated in the general election; he was too honest for his own good, for kindness and honesty were his motto.

He was preceded in death by his mother, who died in 1889 died at her son’s home, and by his father, who in 1908 also died at his son’s home, and by his oldest son, William, who died in Cottage Grove, Oregon, in 1933.

George Washington Wakefield was the youngest and last surviving child of nine born to Mr. and Mrs. James Wakefield.

With the passing of Mr. Wakefield, Del Norte County lost another interesting pioneer of its early days and the Del Norte Triplicate extends its deepest sympathy to the family.

Taken to San Quentin

Jackson C. Nelson, who has been sentenced by Superior Court Judge Warren V. Tryon to serve two years at San Quentin Prison for wife desertion, was taken to the the penitentiary Tuesday morning by local authorities.

Japanese silk remains taboo

Erroneous statements appearing in the orthodox press to the effect that Japanese silk was not on the boycott list of trade unionists brought a round of vigorous protests from delegates at the weekly meeting of the Del Norte Industrial Union Council when the matter was brought to the floor.

Advocates of the Japanese boycott reported that the fake propaganda had its inception in the offices of the so-called International Silk Guild, an organization purportedly financed by Italian manufacturers of Japanese silk goods.

Evidence that the dealers in blood and destruction have been seriously hurt by the boycott is seen in the huge sums being spent for publicity designed to mislead both labor and the consumer of silk and other products of Japan.

Reach Matthew Durkee at mdurkee@triplicate.com .

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