Tidbits from the Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1896 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:
• It is said on good authority that property owners on North Beach, since the close of the season and the completion of the railroad from Seaside into Astoria, are tumbling over each other to dispose of their property on the Washington shore in order to get in on Clatsop, where the conveniences are so much greater.
Note: According to the “Sydney of Oysterville” blog by Sydney Stevens, the Long Beach Peninsula was and is officially the North Beach Peninsula, according to U.S. Board on Geographic Names, but was renamed as a result of a “vigorous public relations campaign” in the early 1900s. (http://tinyurl.com/sydNBeach)
• Druggist Rogers yesterday received a new silver purse.
• The barge Atlas arrived down river yesterday with 3,000 barrels of cement for the work at Fort Stevens.
Note: The cement was being used to build the West Battery, and construction took place from September 1896 to April 1898. The West Battery became divided into three batteries — Lewis (named after Capt. Merriwether Lewis), Walker and Mishler — which combined, had a total of six guns. An 1897 photo of a gun installation is shown, courtesy of the Coast Defense Study Group (http://cdsg.org/battery-lewis).
• The railroad workmen at Westport, so a telegram Sunday said, in making excavations, unearthed the bones of several human bodies, several old-fashioned muskets, and a $20 gold piece dated 1855.
• It is reported by Seasiders that Mrs. Canning, of Portland, killed a big bear near Arch Cape Saturday. Mrs. Canning pretended to be afraid of a bear, but nevertheless shot Bruin with a rifle.