Medals arrive for local man killed in Korea

By Nita Phillips April 04, 2014 03:31 pm

From the pages the Del Norte Triplicate, April 1952.

The Gold Star for bravery in action and the Purple Heart have been posthumously awarded to Mr. and Mrs. William Norris Jr. of Elk Valley on behalf of their son, Llewelyn.

The awards were made by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgeway, Far East command, and Frank Page Jr., Secretary of the Army.

Norris was killed in action in Korea on Oct. 7, 1951, and his remains were forwarded here in January for burial.

Klamath Grange meets

The Klamath Valley Grange met last Wednesday evening in the grange hall. The meeting opened with a family potluck dinner. Members, families and invited guests supped at tables decorated with spring flowers. About 90 people were present. 

Think public spirit 

Billy Boone came to Del Norte County over 20 years ago from Los Angeles. He found Crescent City “backwoodsy, the last of the west.” The roads were bad and the bulk of commerce came into the harbor in small boats. It was raining — hard. 

He came with his wife Helen, and they stayed. As Billy kind of put it, “I kinda liked the place.”

What he liked was the community spirit. People would get together to make hay or build homes. Since then, he has seen a lot of development: highways, an airport, manufacturing plants. He has seen an influx of people from far-flung locales. He sees in the current building boom something substantial rather than a bubble.

To get back to public spirit, Billy Boone is a living example of same. Citizen’s Dock, the airport and the annual Fourth of July celebration find him in there pitching. Year after year he is saddled with heavy responsibilities of clearing the beach or festooning a street with red, white and blue.

It’s something that falls to you, he says. You know how to do it so they ask you again and again. It’s a matter of public spirit and it is something that everyone should have. 

McClendon buys lodge

Bernard McClendon, owner of McClendon Motor Company, has acquired the Rock Creek Lodge on Rock Creek, it was disclosed here this week.

McClendon, whose present plans are to utilize the lodge for a personal summer home, purchased it from the Surety Land and Guaranty Company.

The lodge was originally owned by the builder of the Seaside Hospital, Dr. Knapp, whose name the hospital bore until it was taken over by the hospital district.

Mailbox gets distant mail

A mailbox on Old Mill Road has been host to postmarks from far away and fascinating places these past months. The name on the box is Arthur Erickson. Mrs. Erickson’s daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shatos and son, Joe Jr., sailed forth for Massachusetts by car and trailer last fall. 

First port of call was to visit Mr. Shatos’ mother, sister and brother, thence to Marathon, Fla. They flew to Cuba, where they saw three men shot during the brief revolution and their mail comes now from Mexico City and they expect to mail a few cards from Acapulco and San Diego before coming home. 

Mail from even more distant places also comes to the Old Mill mailbox from Mrs. Erickson’s son, Martin Christian, chief engineer on the U.S.N.S. Pvt. I.C. Bostrum, which sailed out of New York last summer. His letters are mainly coming from places like France and England. 

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