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News tidbits from 1884
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 8, 2017 12:01AM

Local and world news tidbits from The Daily Morning Astorian, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1884:

• Stonewall Jackson’s war horse, a sorrel gelding, once fiery but now with less oxygen in his windpipe, is cared for at the Virginia Military Institute. … The other day a lock of his mane was presented to the Tennessee Historical Society.

• In Japan, where cremation is regularly practiced, it is said the most expensive form costs $7 (about $168 now).

• Sheriff’s Sale, Tuesday, Sept. 9: Under instructions from W. G. Ross, Sheriff of Clatsop County, I will sell at public auction, at the Point Adams Packing Company’s Cannery, in Upper Astoria: … 300 feet of lumber; 8 cords of wood; 3,000 labels … 16 oars … B. S. Worsley, auctioneer.

Note: On Sept. 26, the business sold for $11,000 (about $267,000 now) to Geo. W. Hume, who with his brothers, are said to have brought the cannery business to the Columbia River (on the Washington side) about 20 years earlier ( Then in 1885, G.H. George and W.H. Barker bought the Point Adams Packing Company and ran it as “George & Barker” (

• The gallows during the present year has filled more graves than in any previous year in the history of the U.S.

• The U.S. has 143,940 miles of telegraph completed, while the whole world has 550,000 miles.

• Seventy-nine fires have been caused in New York City during 12 years by rats and mice nibbling matches.


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