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Water Under the Bridge: Cannons found at Arch Cape in 2008

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on February 21, 2018 11:13AM

The M.R. Chessman is to go to Vietnam for use by the Army as a ferry.

The M.R. Chessman is to go to Vietnam for use by the Army as a ferry.

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10 years ago this week — 2008

Power was the key, but John Benthin had to wrestle smart.

Knappa junior John Benthin simply overpowered the rest of the field to win the heavyweight title at the OSSA Class 2A state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

Benthin completed his perfect run through the bracket with a 15-1 majority win over Crane senior Carl Neumann in Saturday’s championship bout.

Though the December storm brought the Klootchy Creek Giant to its knees, the ancient Sitka spruce will remain an Oregon Heritage Tree until further notice.

The Oregon Heritage Tree Committee met last month and decided to keep the giant spruce southeast of Seaside on the state’s list of heritage trees, even though it’s just a snag now and most of the tree is lying on the forest floor.

“Until they determine the tree is just completely dead, they’re going to keep it on the list,” said Clatsop County Parks Director Steve Meshke. “It was the tree that started the program up, so they felt it could hold its title a little longer.”

Two cannons were found over the Presidents Day weekend on the beach at Arch Cape.

The first cannon was spotted by Mike Petrone of Tualatin and his daughter, Miranda, while they were walking on the beach Saturday.

Petrone said he and his daughter first thought the cannon was an old stump.

“I go, ‘Gee, that’s a funny looking stump.’ Miranda said, ‘I don’t think it’s wood. Dad, It’s rusting.’”

So the pair did a bit of digging and soon the rough form of a cannon took shape. Petrone called the Cannon Beach Historical Society.

The second cannon was found Monday by Sharisse Repp of Tualatin, whose family spent the weekend at the coast with the Petrones. She said that after the first discovery, they all went back to the beach Monday to look for more pieces of the first cannon.

She wandered into the water, admiring what looked like an ancient forest bed, when she stumbled upon another hunk of metal.

“I started screaming I found the second cannon,” Repp said.

50 years ago — 1968

There were 13 ships left in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Astoria reserve fleet base Tuesday and four of them have already been sold to Zidell Explorations Inc. for scrapping.

The City Council retained Paul See, Clatsop college geologist, Monday evening to investigate the creeping slide which drops the level of Niagara Avenue near 15th several times each winter.

See said he recommended that a surface investigation be made of a five to six block area around the slide to obtain all information about sub-surface conditions it will provide.

The federal government apparently is about to make up its mind what to do with the ferry M.R. Chessman.

Astoria Marine construction company received word Tuesday afternoon that the Army is taking over the vessel for use as a ferry in Vietnam and that AMCCO can expect to go to work soon on its contract to repair the vessel and rig if for tow across the Pacific.

75 years ago — 1943

Twenty-two producers of fresh milk for Astoria homes Sunday voted 15 to 7 to continue producing milk for consumers in this city, but bitterly reaffirmed their determination to obtain from OPA a higher price for their work or else ship their milk to the creameries.

SEASIDE — The meat shortage is not without its humorous side. Will Haley, veteran meat dealer in this city, ran out of meat with the heavy Saturday business and today customers read the following sign on his door:

“We close Monday. This is a perfect wash day. Warm up the leftovers.”

First Astoria girl to enlist in the ranks of the WAVES, women’s service of the U.S. Navy, is Ruth Helen Marie Rabell, daughter of John F. Rabell, 1681 Harrison Avenue. Ensign Ellamae Naylor, first to go from here, is now stationed in San Francisco, having completed officer’s training last month.

Second big rationing headache for Astoria and Clatsop County in as many weeks was scheduled to begin here Monday as D.J. Lewis, rationing administrator, and A.C. Hampton, city school superintendent, announced plans for the Ration Book 2 signup, for canned goods and coffee. Rationing will start March 1.

Canned meat and fish stocks, the latest objective of hoarders, were “frozen” on grocery-store shelves today.

All sales were ordered suspended without warning at 12:01 a.m., until rationing of meat goes into effect, probably about March 28, or for a maximum of 60 days.

The emergency crack-down on “panic-buying” was ordered by the office of price administration at the request of Food Administrator Claude R. Wickard. Officials said sales of canned meat and fish had skyrocketed in the past few weeks until there was danger that none of those items would be left by the time meat rationing begins.

Civilian supplies of canned meat and fish are very small and OPA officials said the “freeze” was designed to prevent hoarders from getting more than their share. Under rationing all persons will have an equal opportunity to share in the limited supply.

Relatively small amounts of canned meat and fish will be available for civilians even under rationing. Military and lend-lease orders will take 75 percent of the canned meat, 80 percent of the canned sardines and mackerel, and 60 percent of the canned salmon in 1943.


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