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Newsy notes from 1888
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 10, 2017 12:01AM

Tidbits from the Saturday, Nov. 10, 1888 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:

• There is going to be lots of fun today on the streets of Astoria, as a result of election bets … Ike Bergman will wheel R.L. Jeffrey around the block … Hugh McCormick will carry John Enberg around the block; J.F. Newline will wheel Tom Linville. The entertainment commences this afternoon at 2 o’clock. Dr. A. J. Fulton has been selected as attendant surgeon in case of accident which requires professional aid.

Note: The celebration commemorates a win for Republicans and President Benjamin Harrison (pictured, left). Oregon was, at the time, a Republican state.

• Be careful with your illuminations and fireworks this evening. Let no accident happen.

Note: Yet an ad two spaces down reads “Griffin & Reed have a full line of fireworks, lanterns, flags, festooning, etc., for tonight’s celebration.”

• Chief of police Barry wishes delinquent city tax payers to distinctly understand that it will be better for them to pay their taxes to-day without delay.

Note: As Chief Barry was rumored to be a shady character involved in shanghaiing sailors (, the Ear suspects the citizens took this announcement very seriously.

• There is an outbreak of smallpox in Portland There are seven cases now in the pest house, and three deaths have resulted. In view of the great travel between Astoria and Portland … vaccination should be promptly attended to, and every means taken to avoid infection.

Note: A smallpox vaccine wasn’t discovered until 1796 by an English doctor, Edward Jenner ( The vaccine was available in the U.S. as early as the 1800s.

• Gov. (Sylvester) Pennoyer has issued a Thanksgiving proclamation, designating Thursday, the 29th, as a day of thanksgiving and prayer …

Note: Pennoyer (pictured, right), a Democrat, served two terms as the eighth governor of Oregon. He was a cantankerous character, who was famous for sending President Grover Cleveland a prickly telegram in 1893 ( stating, “You mind your business and I’ll mind mine.”


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