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By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 27, 2018 12:01AM

From the Friday, July 27, 1883 edition of The Daily Astorian:

• M. J. Kinney, of the Astoria Packing Company, has a young bear, which was sent him from Chilcat, Alaska, and arrived in good trim on the Idaho. It will probably furnish us with another and longer item, as soon as it gets big enough to chew up a small boy.

Note: Marshall J. Kinney, who was from an Oregon pioneer family, was the president of the Astoria Packing Company, which ran the Kinney Cannery, built in 1879 in Uniontown, between Fifth and Seventh streets. By 1881, the cannery was often thought to be the largest cannery in the world. His wife, Narcissa, a dedicated member of the Temperance movement, was fond of “Christianizing” members of her husband’s large corps of fishermen. (


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