Pages of History: War-related gas rationing arrives in DN

By Nita Phillips, The Triplicate January 02, 2013 02:32 pm

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

Gas rationing came to Del Norte County quietly and efficiently at midnight last Sunday with very little extra business being done by gas stations, showing no attempt at last-minute buying.

Boat owners and fishermen and other non-vehicle users were not delayed in their work due to the rationing board; truck operators were given every possible aid; agricultural users of gasoline and tires were extended the understanding cooperation of the board. 

There has been a record crowd of applicants for supplementary rations and all work was being handled as speedily as could be hoped for. 

Red Cross kit bag quota

The local Red Cross chapter has accepted a quota of fifty kit bags to be delivered by the end of January 1943.

These bags are for distribution to soldiers and Marines embarking for foreign duty. They contain a filled soap box, shoe polishing cloth, pencil, envelopes and paper, gum, shoelaces, razor blades, pocket size book, a sewing case, containing five sizes of buttons, olive drab thread, and needles, a pack of cigarettes and deck of playing cards.

The chapter thanks the Del Norte Wool Growers Association for its gift of $5 toward these kit bags. 

Nice place to live!

The Chamber of Commerce is on the spot! So says Secretary Jim Harris, who revealed that a letter has been received from G. D. Johnson, of 1936 Lyman Drive, Hollywood, in the following words:

“Please send me literature, etc., that I may use to get my family to agree with me that your city is a nice place to live and have business connections.”

The Triplicate will be pleased to print answers to this letter, and Harris extends the request that anyone who is well sold on this area, sit down and write a letter to Mr. Johnson to help him persuade his family that Crescent City is really “a nice place to live and have business connections.” 

Ranch changes hands

The Ferguson place west of Fort Dick was bought recently by A.M. King. The place was an estate formerly owned by Mrs. Laura Ferguson, who passed away some years ago.

As soon as business matters are settled, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ferguson plan to move south. 

Fish market reopens

M.G. Lind announced the reopening of his Ocean Fish Market this week. The market will feature a full line of fresh seafoods, including shellfish as well as halibut, salmon, black and red snapper, crabs and other sea delicacies in their season. 

Lost pet “Jinx” found

Little Lois Crook was made a happy girl last week when her pet dog, “Jinx,” who had been lost for over a week, was returned to her.

Jinx was found by Lois’ uncle, Clarence Crook, who saw him about 5 miles north of Crescent City coming toward Brookings. He was in good condition and it was found out later that he had been going out to the airport near Crescent City and riding with the drivers on the trucks and heavy equipment.

The family had advertised in both the Crescent City and Gold Beach papers for him.