cecil pattison retires
With the forest fire danger in the mountain and foothill areas promises, once again, to be a serious threat to some of California's most valuable watershed and mountain recreation areas. Only through the continued cooperation of forest visitors and local residents can this year's fire losses be held to an absolute minimum, Mitchell declares. Fire causes ,000 damage to automobile Fire caused more than $1,000 worth of damage to a car owned by F.D. Larsen, 1522 East Colton avenue, yesterday at 5:34 p.m. in the 1000 block of East Citrus, firemen said. When firemen arrived, the flames had spread from the engine compartment into the* interior of the 1968 model station wagon. A leak in the fuel system was believed to have been the cause. Local firm gets $1,255,276 Norton contract Congressman Jerry L. Pettis (R-Loma Linda) today received word from the Department of Defense that a contract has been awarded to Buster and Schuler Contractors, 106 Orange street, Redlands, for construction of a new non-commissioned officers mess at Norton Air Force Base. The contract is in the amount of $1,255,276, and will be effective immediately. Firemen put out minor auto fire Redlands firemen assisted California Divison of Forestry firefighters in extinguishing an automobile fire at 11:26 a.m. Thursday on the Redlands freeway just west of the Yucaipa overcrossing. The car, owned by Henry P. Simon of . Palm Springs, received minor damage, firemen said. Beauty Supply for at press time. 22 years as humane officer Cecil Pattison retires It was a day like any other day, as Cecil Pattison might have moaned — hot, hectic and loaded with public complaints. "I've never caught up, and I never would — no matter how long I tried," Pattison confessed today on his final rounds as the City's animal control officer. He'll be retiring in fact on Monday, concluding 22 years of chasing public problems, but never quite rounding them all up. He came to work today with a dozen urgent calls already in the dispatcher's room at police headquarters — and they kept ahead of him all day. Even so, he found time for a humanitarian trip to the Santa Ana river wash with a living skunk, which he had lifted tenderly from a trap near i607 Dwight street. It was his third skunk of the morning, two others having perished under the traffic on Redlands boulevard and Summit avenue. "For the last three years there has been an invasion of skunks on the southside," said Pattison, "adding to all the horse problems that are making this an impossible job to catch up with. Somehow, I'll be able to leave the job on Monday without much regret." The 58-year-old "humane officer" — which is the public's unofficial title for him — gave up a $l,000-a-month engineering post with the U.S. Merchant Marine to cope with the City's dumb but foxy animals — for 83.9 cents per hour — on July 21, 1952. Counting all the vacation time he has coming, next July 21 completes his 22 years of municipal service. Not actually a "hamane officer" but deserving of the name, Pattison demonstrated ANIMALS LOSE FRIEND—Cecil Pattison, animal control officer for the City of Redlands, was near the end of his 22 -year career today, and countless skunks, raccoons, foxes and 'possums could be regretting it. Because he has taken extra steps to liberate animals in their own best surroundings. Pattison has made numerous friends day after day in frantic efforts to keep wild life where it belongs. (Facts photo by Kenison) his attitude toward animals in dealing with this morning's skunk on Dwight street. A dash of chloroform took care of the animal's best weapon, and Pattison hauled his black-and- white guest to a natural habitat, away from complaining citizens. No longer concerned with such emergencies, Pattison will be "at home" after Monday at 430 Bond street, where he has lived for 25 years. He has a trailer that's aching for travel, and that will be his principal aim next week, he Baid.