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Newsy notes from 1888
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 7, 2018 12:01AM


From the Friday, Sept. 7, 1888, edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:

• All of the tin-horn gamblers have been driven out of Astoria by the chief of police. They will flourish in Tacoma and give Sunday morning prize fights as a side show. — Tacoma Ledger.

Note: The Encyclopedia Britannica says: “The phrase ‘tinhorn gambler’ derived from gamblers who set up games of chuck-a-luck (a dice game) with a little money and a metal chute …” TrueWestMagazine.com adds that such a person would be “unscrupulous, unskilled, self-important or low-class … a dude or a phony.”

• Taking warning by two fires in the town of Aberdeen, on Gray’s harbor, has bought a hand engine and hose cart in Salem for $425 (about $11,300 now), and will organize a fire department to battle with the lurid leveler.

Note: According to the city of Aberdeen’s website, the volunteer fire department prevailed until a professional fire department was established in early 1908.

• For Sale — Seaside Lots. Choice lots in (J.T.) Mulkey’s Addition to Ocean Grove for sale upon reasonable terms. Now is the time to buy before the boom. Apply to Geo. Noland or C.R. Thomson.

Note: Ocean Grove was near the mouth of the Necanicum River, and some of the land was involved in an ugly ongoing lawsuit in the 1880s (http://bit.ly/OcGroLawsuit). Buyer beware.

• Mr. Kindred yesterday filed a plat of a new town he has laid out between the military reservation east of Fort Stevens and the site for the new life saving station. Several lots are already purchased. He thinks he will call the new town Cornersville.

Note: Apparently not. Cornersville is among the missing.



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