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Newsy notes from 1888
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 10, 2018 12:01AM

From the Friday, Aug. 10, 1888 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:

• Street railway cars 7 and 8 arrived on the Bonita yesterday … No. 4 of the street cars will arrive this morning. When Nos. 7 and 8 arrived yesterday, 128 men asked Fred Newell where Nos. 5 and 6 were. They are summer cars, and will be here after awhile.

Note: The Astoria Street Railway Company had just begun using horse-drawn street cars in May that year, along three miles of track on Commercial Street. The photo inset is courtesy of Oregon Encyclopedia. (

• While digging spuds for dinner, at Wells, Benton Co., last Saturday, Mary A. Carter found a $10 gold piece of date 1837, and bought some tobacco for her dear husband to smoke while she kept right on digging.

• McMahon’s circus will exhibit at Alderbrook today and tomorrow; two performances each day, at 2 and 8 p.m. … Five cars and five coaches will run, and the steamer (Clara Parker) will leave the Main street wharf every half hour.

Note: McMahon’s circus appears to have had several names in its history. The Journal-Times of Racine, Wisconsin, has the answer: “Joseph McMahon, for example, had to change the name of his circus every year, so the people wouldn’t associate him with the foul characters he brought to town the previous year …” McMahon was accidentally shot and killed in 1897, when a deputy sheriff thought the showman was reaching for a gun. He wasn’t. (,

• The old (Astoria) custom house square fence is being replaced by a new one. The cow-styles at the entrances are a thing of the past. … The Dayton council passed an ordinance last week, prohibiting cows grazing on the streets, and now some of the Daytonites threaten to “bust the charter.”

• Some one has started a yarn that 30 unprotected young women of Walla Walla (Washington Territory) have gone over to the beach and camped there and are well armed, and that it is certain death for a man to go or come within 200 yards of their tents. It may be so. Most anything is likely to happen these days.


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