Pages of History: Dedication of buildings in Smith R.

By Nita Phillips April 10, 2014 10:23 am

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

Open house and dedication of Smith River Union School’s new buildings will be one of the highlights of Public Schools Week when it is observed during the week of April 21. Dedication ceremonies are slated to begin next Monday at 8 p.m. at the school.


The school will open for inspection, with student guides to aid the visitors for the first hour. This will be followed by a general assembly in the new multi-purpose room. 

The old building, originally constructed in 1903, is in the process of being torn down. The Gasquet American Legion is salvaging the materials to build a legion hall at Gasquet. The space occupied by this building will be covered by a black-topped playground. 

Milk pump found

Lose a milk pump? If you have, you might check with the Sheriff’s Office because it has one it doesn’t know what to do with.

The pump was found about two weeks ago off the side of Elk Valley Road. So far, no one has reported one missing or stolen. The pump carries the brand name “DeLaval.” 

‘Fairs growing in stature’

Triplicate editorial: A total of 79 fairs in California, including Del Norte’s fair, receive support through a 4 percent levy on money bet at race tracks. California’s fairs have remained free of local taxation for supporting funds.

This year, more than 6.6 million patrons and 370,000 exhibitors will take part during fair time, and more than 5 million will be served during the interim period. Most of the interim use is by organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Granges and so on.

Grounds and buildings are made available for such varied uses as auto shows, mineral displays, and religious meetings.

Communities in which fairs are located, and this is certainly true of Del Norte County, are blessed with what they otherwise probably could not afford, including dining halls, meeting places, grandstands, barns and livestock arenas.

It is evidence of the increased stature of the California fair and gratifying to note that they require no bond issues, special assessments, or increased taxes.

Scouts to plant trees

The opportunity to plant trees on U.S. Forest Service land will be given Del Norte County Boy Scouts this fall, John O’Connor announced this week.

District Ranger M.R. James of the Gasquet Ranger Station said the Forest Service will furnish the seedlings and tools and will allot certain areas to each of the troops.

Forest Service personnel will train the boys and a course in tree planting will be given to the older Scouts who will then be given supervision over squads of Scouts.

O’Connor said that both Scouts and officials are looking forward to this fall when the program will get under way.

Gasquet airport purchase

Purchase of the Gasquet airport property by the county was given the go-ahead signal this week when Fred Haight, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, was authorized to enter into a agreement with the family of the late Leo Ward to purchase the property.

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