Thursday back | Commercial fishing started before Thanksgiving 100 years ago – Times-Standard



The commercial crab season began a week before Thanksgiving, the Humboldt Times reported on November 22, 1921. The kickoff was also shared with the opening of the commercial season for salmon and striped bass.

“In the past six weeks, 18,000,000 chinook eggs have been collected from the Klamath River,” the newspaper reported. “The little salmon are old enough to be released four to six months after spawning. “

Even in 1921, there were concerns about the impact of climate on fish populations.

“The size of the salmon catch this season cannot be predicted, but the long dry fall is not conducive to a large catch, although it may be good,” the newspaper reported.

Timber concerns

The Humboldt Times editorial board raised concerns about the depletion of local forests due to the lumber industry.

“Lumber is being cut in the United States at the rate of 33,798,900,000 feet per year,” an editorial said. “This equates to a board four inches wide, two inches thick, and 40 feet long, for every man, woman and child.”

“It appears to be a small amount,” the newspaper continued. “But imagine a procession of 106,000,000 people, each coming out of the woods with a plank like this, and you realize that the forests are being destroyed faster than they are growing. The day when wood will be as scarce as hen’s teeth is not far in the future, unless the nation stops its forest destruction or replants a tree for every cut.

Turkey and Thanksgiving Editorial

• An editorial published on November 24, 1921, invited people to be grateful.

“It is a peculiarity of human bad luck that no matter how bad the apparent condition may be, he doesn’t have to look far to find someone who is far worse than his own problems may seem small in comparison.” , the newspaper said. . “Even the turkey, if it is still alive this morning, should be thankful that the price offered was not tempting enough for its owner, and he can still hope to survive the festivities to come.”

• “This eleventh hour message arrived in this morning’s mail from Washington, DC This is the last written statement from Gamaliel Turkey, who was executed last night and today honors the board of directors of Warren G. Harding, President of the United States, ”reported The Humboldt Times on Thanksgiving Day in 1921.

The turkey goes on to say, “Tonight I’m dying!” the newspaper reports.

Crime and public safety

• A jewelry heist in Ferndale left a business down nearly $ 1,750.

Diamonds and other jewelry valued at $ 1,750 were stolen from a jewelry store operated by PM Canepa in the heart of the Ferndale business district in the late evening by an unidentified burglar who forced a back door into the establishment while the owner had dinner and looted the safe and display cabinet of the most valuable items, ”the newspaper reported.

• Four Korbel residents who mistook the poisonous mushrooms were poisoned, the Humboldt Times reported a few days before Thanksgiving in 1921. A local woman “and her 8-year-old daughter were the most severely affected by the poisoning, although two neighbors who participated in the mushroom were included in the attack, ”the newspaper reported on November 22.

• The owner of a “soft drink bar” was arrested after police found moonlight in pants hanging on a back room wall. “The raid, which was the first carried out under the (Volstad) ordinance, followed information obtained by police from two intoxicated people arrested (days earlier),” Humboldt reported. Times November 22, 1921.

An advertisement published in the Humboldt Times on November 23, 1921 proposed RUB-COHOL, which was “just as safe for external use, massage, etc., as the one you bought before Prohibition”. (Times-Standard file photo)

Ruth Schneider can be reached at 707-441-0520.



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