From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

10 years ago this week – 2003

“It’s amazing how many stories there are to tell.”

Chief Concomly, Lewis and Clark, John Jacob Astor, George Flavel, Bethenia Owens Adair – McAndrew Burns has a wealth of people, places and events to learn about in his new job as executive director of the Clatsop County Historical Society.

Burns joined the society last month as head of its full-time staff of five and volunteer contingent of 75. He comes to Clatsop County from Burlington Vt., where he was director of the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum.

Along with familiarizing himself with the county’s history, he is getting up to speed on the society’s many projects, including the recently completed improvements to Flavel House as well as new work planned at the Heritage Museum. “There’s a lot to learn,” he said.

The setting was Fort Clatsop, but the atmosphere was closer to Yorktown, as members of the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps entertained visitors Friday with turn-of-the-(19th)-century songs and marches.

The group of youngsters from St. Charles, Mo., played at the national memorial as part of a visit to the North Coast. Last Thursday the group performed for Long Beach-area schoolchildren and marched to the beach on the new Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail. During the weekend, they participated in Loyalty Days festivities, including Sunday’s parade.

A habitat restoration program that’s been years in the making received the financial boost it needed Friday when the Environmental Protection Agency awarded $700,000 for monitoring projects and stream and wetlands restoration that will benefit threatened and endangered salmon in the Columbia River.

50 years ago – 1963

A total 65,000 cars visited Astoria column last year. If each of these had stayed overnight and the occupants had spent $20 each, it would have meant $1,130,000 income to the community, director Glenn Daugherty of Columbia River Maritime Museum told chamber of commerce members at their weekly luncheon Friday.

Daugherty used this example to show what tourism can do to the community’s economy.

“We have more potential here in this area for a tourist complex than anywhere else in the Northwest,” Daugherty declared.

The museum, Daugherty said, can become an important element in that complex, particularly with acquisition of the old Columbia River lightship No. 88.

The Columbia River gillnet fleet will swing into action at 1 p.m. PDT Tuesday when the spring gillnet season in waters of the Columbia to five miles below Bonneville dam opens to commercial fishing. An estimated 700 gillnetters will be fishing within the boundaries of the fishery.

A run of 150,000 spring Chinook, the principal type of salmon taken during the spring season, has been forecast by Oregon Fish commission officials. This is considerably less than the run of 198,000 fish during the 1962 season.

Portland TV station KOIN sent a man to Washington last week to ask Sen. Wayne Morse questions about Tongue Point.

This gave the senator the opportunity to deliver another kick or two to the prostrate forms of the Astoria city council and of Tongue Point, Inc., and he made the most of it.

If any listeners to Saturday night’s broadcast aren’t convinced by now that these two groups conspired to “steal” government property, it won’t be because Morse didn’t try.

“Steal” is exactly the word he used. He used it more than once.

The senator didn’t give the city council nor Tongue Point, Inc., any benefit of any doubt. He didn’t let his listeners know that their motives might have been sincere; that they might really have been trying to rescue a facility destined for public auction and make some use of it for the community. He ignored the fact that if this was larceny, it was the best publicized bit of larceny in this state in a long while. He left the clear implication that these two local groups were a pack of thieves.

75 years ago – 1938

The miller parking meter made its appearance at the city hall Monday where it was introduced by H.M. Bransford, Portland, once a pioneer Astoria newspaperman.

Of attractive design and brightly finished, the miller meter has a slot for three coins. The city commission is interested in possible experimenting with the one-cent charge for short time parking.

The Clatsop County Motorcycle club is in the market for a good hill in Astoria. Its members feel that this community has something to offer them in the way of hills. It must have a steep climb of some 500 feet leading to the top. Exhibitions will be held in the future in which mounted members of the club will shoot up the grade.

A new chain of lakes on the western side of Clatsop Plains and paralleling the sea will be a by-product of the soil conservation work being done by members of Warrenton CCC camp, members of the Clatsop County planning board learned Tuesday afternoon on an inspection trip through the area of the project.

The 1938 spring graduating class of the Astoria High School is the largest (107) since two bright girls and a clever boy received ornate sheepskins on June 9, 1893, at the first graduation exercises at the mouth of the Columbia.

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

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