Pages of History: Barbershop singing at S.R. benefit

By Nita Phillips May 01, 2014 12:48 pm

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, May 1952.

A barbershoppers’ benefit for the Smith River community hall will be held next Saturday night in Smith River. Crescent City and Brookings barbershop groups will perform and will lead community singing.

It’s to be an all-family affair with prices starting at $1 for adults, 50 cents for high school students, 25 cents for elementary pupils, and pre-school kiddies admitted free. 

This is the first time the barbershoppers have performed in Smith River, according to Ronald McClish, in charge of details. 

Oregon coast gold

In 1857, over $20,000,000 in gold was recovered in ore on the Oregon coast, mainly by panning and sluicing. A great deal of it came from the deposits in the Rogue River country.

Telephone company moves

The smiling voice that says “Number, please” will become a smiling person. The click in the telephone receiver will materialize as a seven-position switchboard. The day is Tuesday. The occasion is an Open House at West Coast Telephone Company’s new quarters on H Street, from 1 to 10 p.m.

Inside the building is housed numerous gadgets and humming electronic devices. The mysteries of these will be explained as groups are conducted through the building, according to George McBride, district manager. Doris Stowers, supervisor, and Walt Reinemer, maintenance chief, will be on hand to greet local subscribers. 

Biggest mill in Del Norte

The castle mill, the biggest in Del Norte County, goes into operation. The all-electric mill will start a full shift on the band side, with a single shift of 85 men according to John T. Castle, resident manager. It will be entirely a fir operation. 

An average of 260 logs per day will be pulled from the 27-acre pond, which can hold enough for five months’ milling. Sawdust will go up in smoke from a 115-foot burner, also the county’s largest, the base of which measures 100-feet across. 

The band side, using a 10-inch band, has a capacity of 130,000 board feet per day. The log gang side, which grows into operation at a later date, will bring the output to 200,000 feet per day. The mill is still recruiting workers, Castle reports. 

Coast Guard Station fire

Fire broke out in the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Point St. George on Monday at noon. Damage was estimated at $2,000 by Al Phillips, chief of the Crescent Fire Protection district volunteers.

The fire was caused by a blowtorch being used to burn paint off the redwood structure. Flames went under the siding and broke out in the attic. 

Equipment at the station was put into action, and the CFPD summoned. They arrived in five minutes, according to on-the-scene reports. 

The fire was brought under control in an hour and ten minutes. Firemen had to chop holes in the roof to get at the fire.

A call was put into the Humboldt Coast Guard Station for a damage control party.

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