Tidbits from 132 years ago today from the Tuesday, March 17, 1885, Daily Morning Astorian:
• E.C. Holden sold yesterday at sheriff’s sale the Walkley place at upper Astoria to Brenham Van Dusen for $1,575 (about $38,000 now). He also sold at sheriff’s sale the Spexarth property to Theodore Brakke for $1,200 (about $29,000 now).
• A small force of men is now employed in the vicinity of Fort Stevens … men looking for transient work would do well to think twice about coming here unless they have sufficient coin to keep traveling.
• Smallpox is reported at various points on this northwest coast: Salem and Nanaimo (B.C.) and other places.
• It is the intention of the board of pilot commissioners … to call for plans and specifications for the building of the pilot boat for which $10,000 (about $241,000 now) was appropriated at the last legislature. The boat will be built of the best material, and will probably be an Astoria production … and in every respect a staunch vessel.
— Elleda Wilson