Pages of History: Fungus growth found at point a real specimen

By Nita Phillips, The Triplicate May 12, 2012 12:00 am

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

Game Warden Harry S. Prescott and A.H. Kramer found a fungi growth in the swamps north of Point St. George today.

The growth, or Burl, weighs about 30 pounds and measures 14 by 26 inches. This growth is called “Conk” and is rarely found. Mr. Prescott values it greatly as it will add to his collection of “different things,” as he terms it.

Mr. Prescott’s home is a real den, with freak horns, heads and hide rugs and skins. In his work, he is able to gather many trophies of wildlife and anyone interested in such lore would learn much from this collection.

Barber shop relocates

George Roebuck and Ed Allen, proprietors of the Modern Barber Shop, which is now located between I and J Streets on Second, have taken a lease on the Roy Ward building, next door to the Coos and Curry Telephone Company office and will move into the new location over the weekend, being open to serve the public on Monday morning.

The shop will be equipped in the future with a beauty parlor, which will be in charge of Mrs. Ray Watson, who together with her husband arrived here from Seattle. Mrs. Watson is a woman of much experience in her line.

Mr. Watson will apply his tonsorial art at one of the four chairs which the new shop will contain. According to the proprietors, this shop will be the most up-to-date in Northern California.

Seward buys out Midget

W.V. Seward, for many years proprietor of Seward’s Jewelry Store, but who recently sold that business to Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Kasbohn, Wednesday morning purchased the confectionary business known as The Midget from George S. Dills on Second Street between H and I streets.

Mr. Dills, who has been here for a number of years and has built up the business from the start, is retiring from this line of industry. He states that he will probably go to Portland in a few days and then return to Crescent City, where he always wants to make his home.

Mining claims developed

The Darnell mine on French Hill, which was purchased by George W. Willoughby, of San Jose, and C. P. Terwilliger, of Portland, last January, is now being developed by the French Hill Mining Company, Inc. The mining properties on French Hill are valuable claims and both Mr. Willoughby and Mr. Terwilliger are enthusiastic over the outlook of their properties.

These men are both reported to be wealthy and they are planning many improvements on their property there, which consists of 480 acres. Plans are now under way for the erection of a saw mill on their property next year. They state that they have 1,000,000,000 feet of the very best quality of yellow pine that will be sawed into lumber.

They now have a crew of men at work digging ditches, setting machinery and getting everything in readiness for the time when rains will come again and supply the water for the hydraulic mining of gold, which lies in profusion in the gravel beds on the claim.

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