10 years ago this week — 2005

Steel and Judy Jolly were the only ones on their block to evacuate during Seaside’s tsunami drill Saturday.

“Our neighbors who’ve lived here 15 years said, ‘We know where to go. We’re not doing it,’” Judy Jolly said.

However, she decided it would be fun. “These things don’t happen in Seattle,” she said.

Steel Jolly is a veteran of the 1964 tsunami in Seaside, which was caused by the Alaska earthquake. “I was ironing clothes to go back to college and I ironed through the whole thing,” he said. Afterward, he saw the trailer park was flooded, the Fourth Avenue bridge was destroyed and the Necanicum river estuary was filled with water.

“It gave us an appreciation of what this thing was,” he said.

In this era of drywall, there’s not much call for plasterers. But the art and craft of plastering was on display last week at Astoria’s historic Liberty Theater. A crew of nine skilled plasterers from Kingsmen Contracting of Vancouver, Wash., were repairing, and in many cases recreating, the intricate plaster work that decorates the lobby and auditorium of the downtown landmark

“It’s going to be beautiful. You won’t be able to tell what was done in the ’20s and what was done now,” enthused Michael Foster, a member of the board of Liberty Restoration Inc., the nonprofit formed to restore the Liberty to its original grandeur.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria came to the rescue of the Fort to Sea Trail Tuesday in a planned airlift of construction materials to remote sections of the six-mile pedestrian path.

The trail will connect Fort Clatsop National Memorial to Sunset Beach, and is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15, when Oregon observes the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. The $12 million project will replicate the route members of the Corps of Discovery trekked between their winter quarters at Fort Clatsop and the Pacific Ocean.

50 years ago 1965

The super-tanker Manhattan moved to the grain loading dock at Terminal 4 in Portland Thursday and began loading a 50,000 ton cargo of grain.

The huge, 940-foot-long ship had been docked at Swan Island since Sunday while a crew of 90 men worked 24 hours a day cleaning its cargo tanks in preparation for loading.

Careful preparations are being made in loading the Manhattan because of the 35-foot channel depth in the Columbia River.

Portland’s proposed 40-foot channel to the sea obviously will be inadequate for ships like the huge tanker Manhattan, which draws 50 feet of water, loaded.

It is cheaper per ton of cargo to operate a ship the size of the Manhattan than to operate the smaller ships to which we are accustomed. Presumably, therefore, more ships like the Manhattan will be built

If the Columbia River is to retain its position as a leading port, there is a dilemma.

Is the channel to Portland to be deepened at steadily increasing cost for original dredging and for maintenance, and with increasing problem of spoil disposal and wave damage along shore? Or will it be more economical to halt super ships at Astoria and unload them here?

It would be cheaper to build modern facilities for handling grain and other bulk cargoes here than to attempt to dig and maintain a 50-foot channel all the 100 miles between here and Portland, it seems to us.

75 years ago — 1940

A resolution to bar radical Finnish newspapers and publications and “other publications which promote un-American activities and which carry out the orders of the soviet headquarters in Moscow, from the mails was adopted by the vote of 342 to 0, at a meeting of local patriotic Finns held at Suomi Hall Sunday night.

Word reached Astoria today that Walter Walkinen, who was born here and was taken to Finland by his parents when he was about 12 years of age, was killed in action during the recent war with Russia.

So pleased were Uncle Sam’s soldiers at Fort Stevens with the entertainment furnished by the Astoria Chamber of Commerce goodwill trip Monday night that they wanted to have the Astorians appear regularly.

The old ring of trees around Astoria’s post office building, which have survived fire, political vicissitudes, razing and replacement of the old post office building by a new one, and complaints about the shade they cast, have finally been decimated on orders of postal officials in Washington, D.C.

Despite the decimation, 24 of the trees still survive. Eight were chopped down and uprooted on orders of postal authorities because occupants of the federal building’s second floor complained of the shade they cast in summer and because it was difficult to maintain a lawn under them.

The trees, long a landmark of Astoria’s downtown section, were planted by direction of John Hobson, collector of customs here during the second administration of President Grover Cleveland.

All the boys and girls in Astoria will have an opportunity to enter their pets in the Astoria Pet Parade on Saturday, May 25, because the event is open to any boy or girl who has a pet of some kind.

Cecil Penney, chairman of the parade, has formed his assisting committee and worked out tentative plans, according to the Chamber of Commerce. The divisions of the parade have been named: dogs, cats, rabbits, miscellaneous pets, floats, dolls, costumes, model aeroplanes and model boats.

Onlookers may expect anything from toddlers and their St. Bernards, to teen-age youngsters and their pet salamanders.

Bob Duke is the author of the weekly Water Under the Bridge column in The Daily Astorian. Contact him at beachduke@gmail.com

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