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Celebrating 100 years

Season of events concludes with a party
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 7, 2018 11:16AM

Last changed on September 7, 2018 11:42AM

Gearhart residents celebrated the 100th anniversary of the city with a party at McMenamins on Sept. 1.

Melissa Eddy

Gearhart residents celebrated the 100th anniversary of the city with a party at McMenamins on Sept. 1.

Betty Smith, Lisa Koski and Judy Redekop at McMenamin’s on Sept. 1.

Melissa Eddy

Betty Smith, Lisa Koski and Judy Redekop at McMenamin’s on Sept. 1.

Erin Jackson, Matt Brown, Lori Lum and Melissa Eddy.

Melissa Eddy

Erin Jackson, Matt Brown, Lori Lum and Melissa Eddy.

Wilson Mark, Susan Spring, Jeanne Mark, Betty Smith and David Smith.

Melissa Eddy

Wilson Mark, Susan Spring, Jeanne Mark, Betty Smith and David Smith.

Alex and Tia Van Slyke with Denele and Chad Sweet at McMenamins.

Melissa Eddy

Alex and Tia Van Slyke with Denele and Chad Sweet at McMenamins.

Mayor Matt Brown speaks at the 100th anniversary of the city with a party at McMenamin’s on Sept. 1. At his side, from left, Candace Smith, Bill Berg, Erin Jackson, Lori Lum and Melissa Eddy.

Gearhart Centennial Committee

Mayor Matt Brown speaks at the 100th anniversary of the city with a party at McMenamin’s on Sept. 1. At his side, from left, Candace Smith, Bill Berg, Erin Jackson, Lori Lum and Melissa Eddy.


The city, formerly part of the town of Clatsop, was incorporated after a vote in 1918. P.A. Lee was elected mayor; F.L. Hager, auditor and police judge; and D.B. Schroeder, treasurer. At the time, Gearhart’s population was counted at 128.

One hundred years later, at the Sept. 4 City Council meeting, Mayor Matt Brown thanked the committee for the anniversary gala. “I’d like to thank the committee for all their hard work not only the gala, but every event this year. It was really cool and well received.” The committee included chairwoman Melissa Eddy, Bill Berg, Lori Lum, Erin Jackson and Candace Smith.

The Sept. 1 event concluded a season of celebrations, including a Fourth of July street dance, party at the firehouse and remembrances throughout the community.

“A lot of people are asking if we’re going to do some others next year, like the street dance. I’d definitely be up for giving it a try,” Brown said.











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