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Newsy notes from 1889
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 3, 2017 12:01AM

Tidbits from 128 years ago in The Daily Morning Astorian, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1889:

• There being no visitors yesterday from Washington, D.C., the sun shone out bright and warm.

• The poles for the telegraph line from here to Tillamook Rock are up all the way from Fort Stevens to a point opposite the rock, and the wire is being strung. If the cable reaches here before Christmas, it will be laid by the (Lighthouse Tender) Manzanita.

Note: Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was lit for the first time Jan. 21, 1881. It took 575 days to build, often in horrific weather conditions, with only one casualty, the drowning of the master mason, John R. Trewavas (

• The tallest and finest flag pole in Western Oregon was yesterday hoisted and put in place at the office of the Main Street dock, and the flag with 42 stars on it run up amid the boom of brass cannon. The pole is 8 inches through at the butt and 104 feet high, and is a monument to Capt. J. G. (Jackson Gregory) Hustler’s patriotism.

Note: According to the Oregon Encyclopedia, he was one of the earliest licensed Columbia River Bar pilots. S.C. Reeves was the first, and J.G. Hustler, C. White, and George Flavel followed shortly thereafter (

• A private letter from Seattle says that by actual count there are now 3,111 brick buildings being erected in Seattle. That is 3,110 more than are now being erected in Astoria.


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