Monthly Archives: November 2013

Jerry Zottola, 1924-2013

One of my favorite high school history teachers, Jerry Zottola passed away November 24, 2013, at his home in Hiouchi. He was born in the Bronx, New York, July 12, 1924. He graduated from Grants Pass High and served in … Continue reading

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He Signed Las Vegas into Existence

Born in Brooklyn, New York, October 24th, 1870, Tasker Oddie lived in East Orange, New Jersey, where he attended school. From the age of sixteen to nineteen, he lived on a ranch in Nebraska. After returning from Nebraska he engaged … Continue reading

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My Challenge Towards Thankfullness

Doesn’t it seem as if the people with the most problems are often those who are most thankful for what they have? Facing a crisis tends to make us appreciate the things we take for granted. Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: America’s Real Religious Holiday

In the winter of 1620, Pilgrims, traveling by sea, settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts, for religious freedom — a desire to worship God and live according to Holy Scripture. But the country they found was bleak and uninviting, with several inches … Continue reading

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The Wreck of the ‘Queen Christina’

The ‘Queen Christina’ ran aground off the coast of Del Norte County on October 21st, 1907. The steamer had sailed from San Francisco, Saturday, the 19th, for Portland, Oregon, with a cargo of wheat. Build at Newcastle, England, in 1901, she … Continue reading

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The Wild Bunch’s Last Hold Up

Three men rode up to the First National Bank in Winnemucca on September 19th, 1900, and they left with nearly $33,000. The trio reportedly included Butch Cassidy along with Wild Bunch member Kid Curry and another man, whose never been … Continue reading

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Crescent City Nearly Disincorporated in 1957

One hundred years following incorporation, a 204 page document was presented to the board of supervisors in July 1957, recommending Crescent City’s charter be dissolved. It went on to ask city services be turned over to the County of Del Norte. … Continue reading

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