Pages of HIstory: Preparations all made for Fourth of ‘52

By Nita Phillips June 30, 2012 12:00 am

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

It will be a hummm-dinger! The big Fourth of July celebration for Crescent City has been planned by the American Legion for three months.

“We expect this year’s celebration to surpass anything Crescent City has ever seen in the past,” announced William Boone, publicity chairman.

“Schedules and programs are complete,” he said. Both the Del Norte High School band and the Shrine drum and bugle corps will march in the parade, along with the Del Norte Horsemen’s Association, and possibly the Brookings Horsemen. All the kids in the county will be invited to march in the parade, along with service clubs, granges, industrial floats, firemen and veteran’s groups.

“We will have prizes for all the kids in the parade, and a treasure hunt and races as well,” Boone said.

“Prizes for the parade will be grouped for classification, and judges will be total strangers, picked from the crowd 10 minutes before starting time.

The complete program and parade list will be published in the paper next week.

Skywatchers get first test

Eyes to the sky! Ears alert! Local observers got their first test last weekend. Volunteers launched their official test for “Operation Skywatch” with the Air Force planes flying overhead.

Local observers were under direction of Bill Sample, chief observer, and Joe Weiss, supervisor.    

Tentative plans call for weekend drills throughout June. The Air Force will send planes over the 600 posts in Northern California from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A previous three-hour drill was extended to allow more trainees.

The Crescent-Redwood Grange has gone all-out in volunteering 40 members for duty. B. E. Arnold, night watchman at McNamara and Peepe, has volunteered to stand emergency watch any night that he is needed. Additional volunteers are needed. The larger the crew, the less time per month will be required of each watcher.

Hospital vote Tuesday

Voters all over the county will go to the polls June 28 to vote on the proposed financing of an annex to Seaside Hospital.

On the ballot are two measures: 1) A special assessment of 80 cents per $100 assessed valuation, or $8 per $1,000, and 2) a $100,000 bond issue, to be paid off in 10-20 years.

The hospital district is asking for the additional funds to match federal and state grants of $79,000 each. A working fund of $235,000 would thus be provided to build an annex for 20 beds to relieve the severe shortage of beds at the hospital.

The 28-bed hospital is crowded from 100 to 150 percent capacity with surplus patients lodged in the corridors.

Butterfat production rises

Nis Jepsen of Fort Dick and Harold Del Ponte of Klamath shared honors for high standard herds and high cows during May.

The monthly report of Phil Cary, tester for the Del Norte Cow Testing Association, was released yesterday. M. Jorgensen of Smith River won high circle herd and high cow scores with his Jerseys.

A total of 97 Jerseys belonging to Jepsen averaged 1,394 pounds of milk for the month and 68.6 pounds of butterfat — nearly 19 pounds above county average. Del Ponte’s cows averaged 61.2 pounds of butterfat.     

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