Pages of History: High school newspaper makes debut

By Nita Phillips September 20, 2013 04:17 pm

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

The first issue of the Crestonian, official Del Norte High school paper, came out Monday with a summary of the school’s activities since school began Aug. 18. 

The paper is published under the following capable students of journalism: editor Ruth Jenkins, business manager Sue McNamara, sports editor Howard Moll, assistant sports editor Donald McMillan, humor editor Ann Ireland, reporters Mary Peacock and Gertrude Juza, circulation manager Leland Peterson and faculty advisor Miss Edith Loomes. 

Telephone men here 

Chas. Gannon, district equipment supervisor, with his assistant, Mr. Schmitz, were in this city the first of the week from Marshfield, Ore., the West Coast Telephone Company’s district headquarters, to make adjustments on the local switchboard.

First preparations to install the printer, which is on this year’s program, were also taken by Mr. Gannon. They will return here in a few weeks to make further preparations for the installation of the printer, which when installed will take the place of the present telegraph system. 

Naturalization papers filed

When naturalization classes are held here in December under a representative from the Naturalization Department in San Francisco, four aliens will take the exam.

Those who have filed their papers with County Clerk Emma Cooper for admission to citizenship are: Viggo Hoyer, native of Australia; Magnus B. Ingvardsen, native of Denmark; Manuel G. Maciel, native of Portugal; and Eugenia Sarina, native of Switzerland. 

Rodeo promoter sought

Gone is Sid Armstrong, erstwhile rodeo and roundup promoter, who staged a roundup here Saturday and Labor Day, and now there is a warrant out for Mr. Armstrong’s arrest, sworn to by the riders he employed and did not pay.

Mr. Armstrong was traveling light, it is understood, as he hired horses, riders and performers, paying none of them — just merely collecting advertising money from the merchants of the city and at the gate, then departing for parts unknown to the local folks. 

School house burns

The Pine Grove schoolhouse about one mile beyond Wakefield’s store on the Roosevelt Highway was completely destroyed by fire Saturday morning at 2 o’clock by a blaze of unknown origin that started in an adjoining wood shed. 

The fire was discovered by a truckman hauling logs for the West & Sauers Co., who was passing the school building. By the time the driver had awakened neighbors and they had gone to the scene of the fire, the blaze was so far advanced they were powerless.

Fire Chief Bill Nohl, Freedom Plaisted and I.R. Dunbar, of this city, were called and went to the scene of the fire, but were unable to do anything other than keep the fire from spreading to other buildings. 

All that was saved from the building was the teacher’s desk; the remainder was a total loss save for $1,400 from insurance. 

Plans for the removal of the old building that housed the primary grades at the Crescent-Elk school in this city to the site of the burned structure are now under way, and within the next two weeks it is expected that school will again be taken up. There are 10 pupils in the Pine Grove district this year.

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