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Water Under the Bridge: Aug. 20, 2014


10 years ago this week – 2004

What would you say if you came face to face with one of your ancestors?

“We just met our grandfather, and he’s a hottie!” was how Rosie Bonnett Halpin described it.

History came alive, literally, for Halpin and 469 other descendants of the Lewis and Clark expedition during a visit Saturday to Fort Clatsop National Memorial, part of a weekend-long gathering of Corps of Discovery kin.

Conversations across two centuries and five, six or more generations filled the tiny fort as the descendants spoke with re-enactors portraying their ancestors, and saw up close where their famous kin spent the winter of 1805-06.

For Halpin, the gathering gave her the chance to meet her great-great-great-grandfather Alexander Willard, at least as he was portrayed by Roben Wilbur Estes.

“Woh, here it is! We’ve been waiting for this!” Jean Grubaugh of Astoria pointed toward a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that circled above Duane and Commercial streets. Children and adults alike cheered as the helicopter passed overhead – it signaled the start of the Astoria Regatta’s Grand Land Parade.

A pillar of Clatsop County’s manufacturing base will be going out of business. Ag-Bag International announced Monday that it is planning to sell its assets as well as its name to the Wisconsin-based Miller St. Nazianz corporation in a deal that the company estimated to be worth between $8 and $9 million.

Long unused restrooms inside the Doughboy Monument in Uniontown may be renovated and opened to the public again. The monument, with restrooms in its base, was built after World War I at the intersection of West Marine Drive and Columbia Avenue. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

50 years ago – 1964

Possibility that the new Coast Guard Air Station may move some day was raised Friday by Rear Admiral R.D. Schmidtman.

In his remarks, which came during a civic luncheon honoring Coast Guard officers following commissioning of the station Friday, the commanding officer of the 13th Coast Guard district declared the present base is temporary only.

An innovation in handling of welfare agency clients, one of major, national significance has been started in Astoria with the aid of $194,000 in funds from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Existence of the demonstration program was disclosed Wednesday by James Pullman, state director of public assistance, in Salem.

Originated at Clatsop college by President Richard Boss last spring, the program is the first of its kind in the nation and ultimately may affect handling of welfare cases in all 50 states. Pullman indicated.

The program bears the name nationally of the “Astoria Plan,” since this will be the testing ground for the idea over the next three years.

In its simplified form, the plan selects qualified clients of the local welfare agency, tests them for potential job training, sees them through the training and into job placement ... thus removing them from welfare agency rolls.

Northwest Natural Gas Company Thursday was another step nearer completion of its plan to bring natural gas into Clatsop County.

Following a lengthy examination of details, the board of county commissioners Wednesday approved a franchise for the utility to see county road rights-of-way for gas pipe lines in county areas.

75 years ago – 1939

The popular sport of burling, or log rolling as it is better known, will again this year be featured among the numerous water sport events which will take place during the Regatta. This is an event which never fails to thrill and please the audiences.

Dense fog, more blinding because of smoke from forest fires, is seriously interfering with the fishing industry of this community.

The pilchard fleet, supplying six reduction plants at Warrenton, will remain in today on account of bad visibility in which schools of fish cannot be located and navigation is difficult and hazardous.

City police arrested Albert John Ellis and Max Lang about 2 a.m. today at the Portway beer parlors, when the pair sought to exchange for beer 55 pounds of butter they admitted stealing off the steamer William L. Thompson.

The physical face of Astoria has changed in the five years since E.B. Hauke, national president of the Sons of Norway lodge, lived here, but even more remarkable has been the change in the community’s spirit, in the opinion of the ex-Astorian who now heads the leading U.S. organization of people of Norweigian descent.

Hauke, who formerly was Astoria city treasurer, was elevated to vice-presidency of the national lodge some years ago. When the national president was killed, he took over the office which he has since retained, with headquarters in Minneapolis.

“When I left Astoria everyone was pretty well down in the dumps,” Hauke remarked. “Now when I return I find not only many physical signs of progress but an entirely new spirit of hopefulness and confidence in the future.”

The worst part of the job of laying a new telephone cable between Tillamook rock and the mainland was completed Friday after a week of futile trying when coastguardsmen got the shoreward end of the new cable connected.



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