Pages of History: Bold display of thievery over gasoline

By Nita Phillips August 09, 2013 01:14 pm

From the pages of the Crescent City American, August 1930.

One of the most bold displays of thievery shown here in recent times, around Crescent City anyway, was shown Monday night when a man attempted to steal gasoline from Mr. Sweeney at his cabin in Camp Roberta.

Sweeney was awakened by someone during the night and found it to be a man trying to steal gas from a drum in the yard. Sweeney scared him away and borrowed a gun from a neighbor. The would-be thief returned a second time, and Sweeney took a shot at him, but the prowler returned twice more before Sweeney covered him with the gun. In the darkness, the man sneaked away while Sweeney was calling his neighbor for help. 

 

Been fishing? 

A great many fish stories have been told and heard, but the latest one comes from Milton Nielsen, proprietor of the Electric Shop. “Milt,” it seems, was fishing from a boat, rented by Walter Ott, at the mouth of the Klamath Sunday, and after catching two of three fair-sized steelheads, he was surprised to see a one-pound steelhead leap from the water and land fairly in the boat — and he says he can prove it. 

Fishing is good on the Klamath, according to Nielsen, and on Sunday there were as many boats at the mouth of the river that when a fisherman hooked a fish he would tangle with three or four other lines. Many good catches were made Sunday. 

Lost ad

Two Guernsey heifers last seen near the redwoods close to Fort Dick. One of reddish color and the other light with red and a white spot on its forehead. Any information leading to their apprehension will be greatly appreciated. By Don Dettling, Smith River. 

Fire on Whale Island

A fire burned on Whale Island throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, destroying hundreds of little birds. The island is located near the harbor a short distance from the Shell Oil Company’s dock and has always harbored hundreds of tiny birds. The fire, which smoldered on vegetation late into the evening Saturday, is believed to have been started by excursionists, accidentally. 

Wade-Endert marriage

Madge Endert, popular matron of this city and owner of Van’s Service Station, and Dee H. Wade, real estate owner of Wade’s Auto Camp, stole a march on their many friends here when they were married in Eugene, Ore., last Friday. Mr. Wade joined Mrs. Endert and her party, who were returning from a week’s visit in Portland, at Eugene on Friday, where the wedding ceremony was performed. They returned to this city on Saturday, where they will continue to make their home. Their friends in Crescent City join in wishing an abundance of happiness and good fortune in their new venture.

Store receives repairs

Huffman’s Smart Shop for Men this week is undergoing some extensive repairs. New floors have been laid both in the Smart Shop and the Newman Paint Store, the adjoining storeroom, and this week the two rooms are being repapered, which lends much to the appearance of the storerooms. 

It is planned by Mr. Huffman to put in a new storefront, in the immediate future and will make the store one of the most up-to-date in the city. 

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