Around the town


Newsy notes from the Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1884 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:

• Alf. Bowen, the handsomest man in Pacific County and the next territorial councilman from across the river, was making eyes at the girls on Chenamus Street yesterday afternoon.

Note: Councilman Alf Bowen established the first newspaper in Pacific County, Washington, the Pacific Journal, in Oysterville in 1883, where it was published for five or six years (

• No section shows a greater amount of building going on than Uppertown. Fully 50 buildings have been erected this season. Among others now in process of construction is a large building being put up for a store by Jos. Olson, a boarding house opposite the Occident Packing Co.’s premises, and dwellings by Messrs. Larsen, Ostrom, Anderson and others.

Note: The road from Astoria to Upper Astoria was completed in 1878, connecting the two cities, ending their three-decade rivalry and separate post offices. In 1883, a fire raged through lower Astoria waterfront, and the city was still in the process of rebuilding in 1884. In 1891, the corporate limits of Astoria were changed to include Uppertown, making the merger of the two cities official (

• And so the old Shubrick is finally to be replaced! The Manzanita comes in her stead. The old side-wheeler has been in service for over a quarter of a century, and has weathered many a heavy southwester on this northwest coast …

Note: The Shubrick was the first lighthouse tender steamer built by the Lighthouse Board, launched in 1857 in Philadelphia. A Confederate plot to seize the Shubrick during the Civil War was discovered and foiled in 1863. She is pictured, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s office (

After the war, the ship was transferred to the Navy for service at the Bering Sea, returning to the Lighthouse Board in 1866. In 1880, she was transferred to lighthouse tender duty on the North Coast. Sold in Astoria in 1886, the new owner ran her aground, stripped the vessel and burned the hull to collect the metal. A very inglorious end.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or