By Matthew Durkee

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, August 1957:

Aho in Washington for flying saucer group

Wayne Aho, flying saucer enthusiast from Crescent City, was in Washington, D.C., last week in an attempt to make the Defense Department stop “sitting” on the saucer situation and let the people in on the truth, a Washington report announced this week.

Aho’s theory, the report goes on, is that this planet is being visited by flying saucers from outer space, and he has a list of hundreds of persons from all over the world who claim they have seen them. Listed along with the names are dates, time and places.

Aho states that he has an organization of hundreds behind him who are dedicated to making the Defense Department admit that flying saucers are real and that people from outer space have the planet under constant surveillance.

He also states that thousands of these beings are living and working among us here on earth, helping us solve our problems, the report points out.

In addition to the Defense Department, Aho has talked with many other Washington officials, the report states.

Blue object in sky still topic of conversation

What flashed through the skies approximately two weeks ago, briefly illuminating the sky and leaving a trail of sparks, has been generally accepted as a meteor, but to some residents in Del Norte County what they saw at about the same time along the western slopes of the Del Norte hills didn’t act much like a meteor at all.

The bright object they saw, they reported, hung suspended in the air, glided, traveled horizontally, descended and climbed.

First report of its unusual behavior came from Deputy Sheriff Allan Morris, who was driving south on U.S. 101 when he noticed a blue light on the highway. Morris said he looked up and saw a bright blue object about 100 to 125 feet in the air and was about as big as a washtub, possibly smaller. He heard no sound, he said, but did see small blue particles falling from it. It might have been a flare, he said, but certainly no meteor.

At about the same time, Campfire Girl Eva Paul, who was preparing to retire, glanced out her bedroom window toward the hill range east of Crescent City and saw an exceptionally bright light skimming along at tree top level. By the time she had called her aunt, the object had disappeared in the northeast.

Three persons contacting the sheriff’s office stated the object appeared to descend, remain stationary for a moment, then shoot upward and off in a northerly direction. Two other Smith River residents reported seeing the blue object, both stating that it moved slowly, then vanished to the north.

The object was reported seen from Southern California to Portland, Oregon, and as far inland as Salt Lake City, Reports from the southland described the the object as traveling east to west. Here the north reports placed it traveling north.

Monument plan for tetrapods told at Chamber

Plans to raise funds in a community-wide drive and place as a monument one of the giant tetrapods used in connection of the Crescent Harbor breakwater project were brought before the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

Robert Grey, radio station owner, and City Councilor Bernard McClendon, outlined the plans, which include placing a time capsule within which the names of all contributors, community and governmental leaders will be sealed on parchment.

The city, McClendon said, has granted a site at the triangle on the 101 highway at the south end of the city limits and will lay the concrete upon which the tetrapod will rest.

Aim of the project, Grey said, was to provide an attraction for tourists and to provide a monument for the present phase of breakwater construction, which involves the use of tetrapods for the first time in the U.S.

City manager ordinance proposed by city

An ordinance which would give Crescent City a city manager within 30 days after its passage was read to members of the city council on Monday.

According to reliable sources, Howard Carter, now city engineer, is receiving strong unofficial recognition for the position.

The city manager would be appointed by the city council on the basis of his administrative and executive ability and qualifications. His position would be that of administrative head of the city government under the direction and control of the city council.

It was pointed out that orders would be given him only at regular city council meetings and that no individual councilman would give him orders or instructions.

First private pool in town

Hiouchi’s first private swimming pool has just been completed by Crescent City builders Richard Jensen and Wayne Karns. Constructed of Basalite Blocks and finished with a beautiful red concrete slab, it forms the patio area of the three bedroom, two bath residence still under construction. The L shape pool is 26 feet by 24 feet and is 12 feet deep. Capacity is 19,000 gallons of waters.

Compiled by Triplicate Managing Editor Matthew Durkee. Reach him at