Pages of History: Roughing it: Scouting trip up the Smith

By Nita Phillips September 27, 2013 01:52 pm

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

Assistant Scoutmaster Oliver Morton took members of the American Legion Troop No. 27 on an overnight outing trip up the Smith River Saturday. The bunch camped at the Walker swimming hole and enjoyed a real outing. 

Eighteen boys were in the party and no prepared food was taken along. Each boy was required to build his own fire and cook his own food. This feat was performed with a skill that would put most grownups to shame. To pass this test a boy is given one match and required to build a fire. Try it sometime if you think it is easy!

Those to enjoy the trip were Buck Gurney, Jim Peterson, Rocky Peterson, Spud McNamara, Ivan Moffit, Willis Perkins, Hale Clark, Buddy  Berg, Eugene Hoar, Alex Yackamouth, Edwin Berri, Joe Dodd, Robert Morton, Lester Wilson, Ivan Peterson, Billy McConaha, Albert Schultz, Gordon Dye and Scoutmaster Morton. 

Smith River news

• Mrs. Grace Hight entertained the Sewing Club at her home on Tuesday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Barbara Pennock of Point Arena. The time was pleasantly spent together in needle work and visiting.

At the close of the afternoon delicious refreshments were served to the guests: Martha Ulrich, Teresa Tyron, Frances Westbrook, Stella Haight, Cecelia Tyron, Ethel Goodlin, Myrtle Hight, Henrietta Woodruff, Zelna Maris, Pearl Frevert, Mae Westbrook, Roberta Westbrook and guest of honor Mrs. Pennock.

Boy gets his buck

Gordon Case gives the big bucks of Del Norte a big handicap and then gets them just the same, as is proven by the fact that on Tuesday, Sept. 15, he broke down his buck near Hobbs, Wall Camp No. 6.

Gordon and Julius Lesina were taken to the above named spot by Gordon’s father, Geo. S. Case, and left to their resources for the entire day. Gordon planted himself near along the trail at a deer crossing, and Julius started out to round up the big bucks. It was not long until the coveted buck started across, and Gordon dropped him.

Mr. Case went out that evening and brought the boys and their deer into town. 

Harbor news

• During the heavy seas of last winter, a small portion of the concrete that caps the jetty was lifted, the seas lifting the ties and rails of the track, and Grant Francis and his crew, of this place, made repairs this week. That portion destroyed was laid on top of old concrete work. At that point huge breakers hit the jetty with tremendous force. 

• The steamer Golden West left for Eureka last Friday. She remained in this harbor for a week, unable to cross the Klamath River bar. She landed freight, which was trucked to the Klamath. 

• The steamer Elizabeth is due in Monday and the steamer Unimak Thursday from Eureka with freight.

Vets watch boxing

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars enjoyed two boxing bouts at the Veterans Memorial Hall on Friday evening when Bobby “Slugger” Adler, 80 pounds, and Edwin “Kid” Berri, 75 pounds, fought a two-round draw and Lester “Dynamite” Wilson, 95 pounds, and Roscoe “Socker” Peterson, 94 pounds, fought a three-round draw. 

They are all being trained by “Frenchy” Gaspard, who is a most efficient trainer. 

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