From the Sunday Jan. 25, 1885 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:

E. C. Holden sold the wreck of the Dewa Gungadhur to Martin Foard at public auction, yesterday, for $16 (about $414 now).

Note: The British iron bark ran aground on Jan. 19, 1885 on Shoalwater Bay. Capt. John Gattersby said the vessel was done in by a dense fog and strong current, and she was likely a total loss. (

Martin Foard was a prominent Astoria businessman who, with his partner, Frank Stokes, founded Foard and Stokes Groceries, one of Astoria’s leading businesses. He seemed to have a soft spot for salvaging wrecks. (

• It is said that as soon as Capt. Scott’s new boat, the Telephone, is put on the route, the fare between here and Portland will be reduced.

Note: Capt. Uriah Bonsor Scott‘s Telephone (pictured, inset), whose maiden voyage was March 1, 1885, set the speed record for the Portland/Astoria route. It was also one of the first vessels to have a bucket-design sternwheel, which increased speed and saved on fuel. (

• The New Northwest publishes opinions from various authoritative sources which sustain the belief that under the constitution, the legislature of this state has the right to grant woman suffrage.

Note: Maybe so, but woman suffrage wasn’t actually voter approved (by 52 percent) until November 1912 in Oregon. (

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

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