Pages of History: Victory Ship honors a Del Norte pioneer

By Nita Phillips, The Triplicate November 22, 2012 12:00 am

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, November of 1942. 

A Victory Ship built by the Bechtel Company, Marin Shipbuilding Division, will probably be christened the “J. T. Wall,” as the result of action by Fred Endert, who submitted this name to the firm in response to its request for names of famous pioneers of California to be applied to ships of the new Victory Fleet. 

J. T. Wall constructed several ships, one of which was a windjammer named “J. T. Wall,” of which it is told that at one time 58 days were required for it to come from the Golden Gate to Crescent City because of severe storms. 

Coffee hoarders halted

By punching holes in the tops of coffee cans when he made the sale, a local merchant hoped to curb the pre-rationing buyer’s surge.

Customers would buy only what they needed immediately, he told the Office of Price Administration officials, because exposure to the air would prevent its keeping good indefinitely.

What the merchant overlooked was called to his attention by the OPA; punching holes in the coffee container automatically put the coffee under a lower price ceiling! 

News and notes

• Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hollingworth returned to their home in Watsonville on Monday after spending several weeks’ vacation at Castle Rock Camp, where they enjoyed taking many fine salmon at the mouth of the Smith River. 

• Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Duncan left a few days ago for their home in Red Bluff, where they will attend to business matters. They expect to return in a couple of weeks.

• The ladies of the Home Economics club of the Lake Earl Grange served their usual excellent dinner at the Grange hall on Election Day, Nov. 3.

USO canteen opens

A USO Service Canteen will be opened in rooms joining the Hotel Lauff on H Street at 7 p.m. Monday evening.

The canteen will consist of two rooms, one donated by Mrs. Irene Goodwin and the other by John L. Chills. Mrs. Goodwin has partially furnished the canteen, and seeks additional furniture, books, magazines, etc., from anyone who wishes to help the morals of the local servicemen.

The opening of the canteen is the outgrowth of a meeting Monday at the Hotel Lauff by a committee of citizens who were not content to see the servicemen get along without some form of healthful recreation.

The opening of the canteen will be heralded by a parade by the Drum & Bugle Corps, and by announcements by the sound truck of the Nielsen Hardware Company.

Miss Leontine Girdwood has been named head of the girls’ service organization in connection with the canteen. She seeks girl volunteers to help staff the canteen. 

More scrap needed

The Triplicate is in receipt of a telegram from Donald Nelson, chairman of the National Scrap Drive, which urges farmers of Del Norte County to exert every effort to turn in more scrap during the last weeks of this year.

The telegram is as follows: “The Government is asking the American farmer to dedicate the remaining weeks of 1942 to an intensified scrap hunt. Steel mills need more heavy scrap. The Nation is looking to the American farmer for their help.”

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