Pages of History: Monoplane crash-lands on the beach after takeoff

By Nita Phillips January 25, 2013 01:09 pm

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

A monoplane piloted by Floyd Hart of Medford, cracked up just after a takeoff on the beach here Wednesday, Jan. 28, and stripped off the landing gear and damaged one wing of the plane.

Hart had just taken off and circled to about 800 feet in the air when his engine died and, not having sufficient altitude or speed to make it back to the beach, he was forced to land between the Shell Oil Company tanks and the Redwood Highway.

No one was injured. The plane was hauled back to Medford for repairs. 

Hogs stolen

Thieves entered the slaughterhouse north of this city Monday and stole three hogs belonging to Bud Huffman, proprietor of the Piggly Wiggly meat market.

No trace of the culprits has yet been found, nor the hogs either. 

Along came the Ford

A Model T coupe came out of an encounter with a mule, minus three wheels Monday near Gasquet.

A government pack train was progressing down the road when along came the Ford and hit the mule. The mule jumped up after the crash and ran away, but the car was missing three wheels and will be sold for junk. 

Redwood Highway praise

Cameron Beck, personnel director of the New York Stock Exchange, who has traveled over most parts of the world, was a speaker before the San Francisco Commonwealth Club last Friday at noon.

Mr. Beck told of his travels to various parts of the world, but he stated that the Redwood Highway between Crescent City and Grants Pass is the most beautiful piece or road that he has ever traveled. 

Kiwanis ‘cigar shower’

John L. Child, the new president of Kiwanis, was tendered a “cigar shower” at the installation banquet held at Patrick’s Creek Tavern on Wednesday evening.

Each of the male attendants at the banquet purchased a cigar, and when all were seated at the banquet tables, they literally showered the cigars upon him by throwing them from where they sat at the tables.

Looking further back

January 1901 — At the beginning of the last term of the Del Norte High School, there was an attendance of 25 pupils.

Rock Billy says he likes to see the Crescent City white man come to Lake Earl to hunt. He gets 50 cents for his ducks and sometimes $2.

And this from the Crescent City Herald:

January 1855 — The new diggings in the Redwood ridge, six miles from Crescent City, are attracting considerable attention. Some 24 men are at work on the creek where gold was first discovered, and make from $15 to $20 per day in the hand.

It is in the midst of the tallest kind of redwoods, where the sun has but a slender chance of penetrating. Several other creeks have been or are being prospected and rumors of new strikes reach us daily.

The rumor goes that a new coal bed has been discovered immediately on the coast about 20 miles north of Crescent City.

The Crescent City Hook and Ladder Company has everything now ready for business. It will give a grand ball in January. 

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