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Water Under the Bridge: Jan. 3, 2018

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on January 3, 2018 12:01AM

Last days of 1967 saw the last days of shipping activity at the old lumber port of Westport on the Columbia.

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Last days of 1967 saw the last days of shipping activity at the old lumber port of Westport on the Columbia.

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10 years ago this week — 2008

Astoria’s newest and youngest resident is Alexandria Diana Delfina Castro. The first baby born in Clatsop County in 2008, she arrived at Columbia Memorial Hospital at 9:05 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

The wave of snake runs, steel coping and half-pipes is breaking in Cannon Beach.

The city of Cannon Beach is expanding its current skate park to 5,800 feet and adding numerous new features to the small park that was built in 1988.

The remains of a sperm whale were found washed up on shore between Indian Beach and Ecola State Park Tuesday.

The fully grown female was roughly 37 feet long, according to Seaside Aquarium Director Keith Chandler. Aquarium staff and researchers from the Marine Mammal Stranding Network were on site Tuesday to take research samples and remove the whale’s lower jaw to prevent tooth poaching.

The latest storm to batter the North Coast caused brief power outages in Seaside and parts of Astoria and Warrenton today.

The lights went out early this morning in parts of Clatsop County. Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt said as many as 14,000 customers from Cannon Beach to Warrenton were briefly in the dark.

50 years ago — 1968

It was a quiet weekend in Clatsop County, apparently.

People greeted the new year with customary fanfare, but the celebration was on the orderly side.

City, county and state police reported that there was a normal number of arrests of drunken drivers, minors with booze and plain drunks, but surprisingly little disorder.

Port of Astoria Manager C.E. Hodges expressed skepticism Wednesday about reports emanating from Tokyo Tuesday that quoted an unidentified source as saying some of the Japanese partners in the Northwest Aluminum company enterprise wanted to pull out.

NEW YORK — Chairman Milton M. Meissner of Bell Intercontinental Wednesday denied reports Japanese interests want out of a planned $142 million facility near Warrenton.

Meissner said Japanese firms are in the process of obtaining approval of the Japanese government for purchasing 35.7 percent interest.

A plaque marking the first electrical generating plant in Astoria will be placed on Marine Drive Friday at 10 a.m., Deskin Bergey, Pacific Power and Light Co. district manager announced Friday at the Chamber of Commerce forum luncheon.

“In 1882, Thomas Alva Edison started the first electrical plant in the United States in New York … in Astoria we had one on Christmas Day in 1885, just three years later,” Bergey explained.

The plaque will be located on the original site, the present RASCO service station.

75 years ago — 1943

Astoria today has a very much relieved but red-faced citizen. A man, whose name bank officials are withholding at his earnest request, recently appeared at Charles Wirkkala’s desk at the First National Bank with a thoroughly baked billfold containing a large number of bills, also baked to a turn.

He explained that he received the money in a deal after banking hours the other day and for safe keeping had placed the bills and his wallet in the kitchen stove oven. He then proceeded to forget all about the deposit and started up a brisk fire in the stove. Imagine his surprise some hours later, when he thought of the money, to find the wallet and the bills reduced to a crisp.

In his distraction he appealed to the banker, telling him that the wallet contained $1,440 worth of cinders. Wirkkala sent the wallet, bills and all in to the Treasury Department for possible salvaging.

The returns of the Treasury Department’s investigation are in now and the still red-faced Astorian has a government check for $1,445, which is $5 more than he thought he had in the well-baked roll.

Swept off their feet in the first quarter and a half by Salem’s driving attack and colder than quick-frozen flounders, Astoria’s Fighting Fishermen came from behind to blast the capital city’s hoopsters on the USO Pavilion floor last night, 26-17.

The game was wild and woolly from the start and had the crowd of more than 1,000 people in an uproar.

The two traditional enemies meet again tonight in the last of a two-game series.


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