Pages of History: Monday, food is sought for DN's indigent

By Nita Phillips, The Triplicate December 21, 2012 02:02 pm

From the pages of the Crescent City American, December 1931.

Harry S. Prescott came forth this week with his bit for the relief of the needy when he contributed $2 to the fund started by the Crescent City American. 

What a fine spirit this shows on the part of those who have already contributed. If everyone who could afford it would do just as much as the others, Del Norte’s needy would be well taken care of. And what a happy feeling it would give you in your own heart to know that you had been unselfish enough to contribute to the relief of those poor people. 

We know that there are those getting relief that are unworthy. We know that some of them never would work when they had a chance to work, but their poor little kiddies, who have no choice or say in the matter, must be taken care of, they must not go hungry.

If you have a sack of potatoes, onions, turnips, some cabbage, or anything that is good food, it will be just as good as the money. If you can’t give cash, give food.

Were you ever hungry or out of work and had no money? Well we hope you never are. 

Chief’s heart softens

Chief of Police Glenn D. Robinson had a hard heart, and when travelers would come to town without funds to carry them along, he took them to the city limits. But his heart mellowed when he saw poor devils coming in with bleeding feet and at the point of starvation. 

Chief Robinson has now established a “soup kitchen” at the city jail and will feed those that come, at no expense to the city. M. E. Morris has donated a stove, and Chief Robinson has collected plates, cups and all that is necessary to eat from, together with the necessary pots and pans for preparing Mulligan stew.

N.F. McNamara has agreed to supply the necessary soup bones and Chief Robinson will supply the potatoes, carrots and onions. He has acquired the services of an itinerant who will do the cooking for a time. 

Chief Robinson plans on establishing a wood pile for the men to work at and will probably distribute the wood to needy widows and indigents in the city. He is now making arrangement for the wood to be donated for this purpose.

If you ask us, we would say that this is a most commendable move on the part of our police chief and he is worthy of the wholehearted praise of the citizens.

Happy anniversary to us!

This issue of the Crescent City American marks its fifth anniversary. Five years ago we came here stranded, uh, we mean strangers. Our success here is not our own success, but the success of the community at large, and we want to thank all of you from the bottoms of our hearts. 

Baby contest winner

Howard McClannahan, 3-year-old son of Mrs. Lillian McClannahan and only grandson of Postmaster and Mrs. J.M. Hamilton, received the largest number of votes in the Jones Studio Baby Contest, which closed Tuesday, Dec. 15, entitling him to the first prize of a $15 photograph order. Garth Jaehnig was second in the contest and Freelane Johnson third. 

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