Crab fleet holds out for 2 cents more per pound

By Nita Phillips February 27, 2014 10:49 am

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, February 1958.

Crescent City crab fishermen went back to work last week after buyers agreed to their demands for 2 cents more per pound, bringing the price to 9½ cents per pound. 

Fishermen had been idle for two weeks because, they said, they couldn’t make a profit at the old price of 7½ cents per pound. More than 80 men were affected by the tie-up. 

Water plant site obtained

Margaret Wakefield, Eleanor Huffman and Austin Huffman last week signed a deed of easement thereby making available to the City of Crescent City a site for the new water plant and the right-of-way for pipe lines that will convey the water to Crescent City from the Smith River.

The Smith River site is located on the south bank above the Dr. Fine Bridge. A new pumping plant will be erected on the site and water taken from approximately 20 feet below the gravel bed that forms the floor of the Smith River. A 20-foot right-of-way for laying pipes was also granted in the easement. Pipes will be laid at least three feet underground. 

Who used the pods first? 

Crescent City’s claim to being the first city in the United States to use the French-invented tetrapods may be a bit premature. In fact, it may be all wrong if one is to believe a recent letter to the editor and picture that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. 

According to the information, tetrapods have been in use in the Port Mansfield, Texas, jetty since last May. There is, however, no information as to when the Texas jetty job was started. 

It was also pointed out that tetrapods are in use in Veracruz and on the Hawaiian Islands. 

Flood rumors rampant

Rumors that a dam had broken and that a 6-foot wall of water was rushing down the Klamath River spread like a prairie fire through a section of Klamath yesterday and had several frightened families preparing for immediate evacuation, William Parker, County Civil Defense Director, reported today. Rumors were completely unfounded, he said. He warned people that through such rumors that incite panic they can be charged with criminal action.

The true story, he said, is that the Klamath River has not risen above 33 feet during any of the three flood threats this year. Rivers are under constant surveillance, Parker said, and we’ll never be caught napping.

Looking back 20 years

• A number of people attended the talkies at the Endert Theater in Crescent City Sunday evening and found a storm raging when they came home.

The early-to-beds were luckier than Rocky Peterson and Ted Westbrook, who found themselves on the wrong sides of a tree, too large to drive over, in the redwoods south of Fort Dick.

They solved the problem by Ted driving Rocky’s car on to Smith River and Rocky “fording” back to town. They exchanged cars on Monday.

• A purebred Guernsey bull, Westbrook King, was sold recently by Henry Westbrook, Jr. of Smith River to Minnie Paradise of Fort Dick, according to the American Guernsey Cattle Club.

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