Tidbits from 120 years ago in The Daily Morning Astorian, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1897:
• Captain Johnson, of the schooner Edward Parke, last May staked his brother, who went to the Alaska gold fields, and is now owner of a $1 million claim.
Note: About $25 million now.
• Artist (Nels) Hagerup’s latest painting, the Relief passing out to sea, is perhaps the best work he has produced. It is almost a perfect production, down to the smallest details.
Note: Hagerup (1864-1922), from Norway, created over 6,000 paintings (shown, “Through the Mist,” courtesy of MutualArt.com), mostly seascapes, and was a founder of the Portland Art Association in 1895 (http://tinyurl.com/nhagerup)
• For Rent: One three-room house opposite the court house, $10 per month; and one two-room house furnished for light housekeeping, 367 Commercial St., $10 per month. Apply 355 Commercial St.
Note: That’s about $249 in today’s money. That’s not enough to even rent an outhouse in Astoria, these days.