10 years ago this week – 2003

Seaside’s Hot Rod Happenin’ proved one thing this weekend – a car is more than just a way to get from here to there.

It’s a statement.

Chevys, Fords, Plymouths, name it and it could be found at the Seaside Convention Center Saturday and Sunday. Both the Seaside show and the Rod Run to the End of the World in Ocean Park, Wash., attracted car enthusiasts from all over the Northwest.

At least half a dozen homes have been abandoned in Uppertown by owners who say the buildings are so damaged by the current land movement in the area that they fear to live in them any longer.

For generations, Clatsop Indians hosted large gatherings that drew people from many Northwest tribes to their village on the mouth of the Columbia River.

Last weekend, a handful of their descendants returned to rekindle their connection to that distant heritage.

Members of the Clatsop and Nehalem tribes came from around Oregon, Washington and California to Fort Stevens State Park Saturday to the site of a former Clatsop village whose inhabitants hosted Lewis and Clark.

It’s one of the first times in recent years that the scattered descendants of the once numerous tribes have gathered at the village site, which is marked by a replica native longhouse next to the park’s Civil War-era fort.

50 years ago – 1963

It seems fairly certain now that President J.F. Kennedy will come here to look at Tongue Point Naval Station during his Oregon visit.

The original announcement, made by the Portland staff of Sen. Wayne Morse, has since been confirmed by the visit last week of an advance planning party to look over the ground.

Why has the president chosen Tongue Point, out of more than 50 military posts closed by his administration a couple of years ago, for a personal visit?

The answer seems to be pressure from Sen. Wayne Morse.

The Oregon senior senator has been making a fuss because the federal government isn’t making some use of this well-built and valuable plant. He has some good argument on his side. Oregon stands just about 49th or 50th among the states in federal military expenditures’ also Secretary Luther Hodges of President Kennedy’s Commerce Department has admitted that the Coast and Geodetic Survey erred in expanding its Seattle base rather than moving to the idle, available and suitable facilities at Tongue Point.

One of the most spectacular lightning storms this area has seen in many years crackled and flashed for hours Monday night among the hills and valleys of the Sunset Empire, but did little harm.

SEASIDE – Citizens who packed the city council room Monday night, looking for excitement, went home disappointed.

Mayor Maurice Pysher made no reference to the demands for his resignation that followed the Labor Day rioting. Neither did anyone else, although probably many of the 69 citizens who had asked the mayor to quit, were in the audience.

The council went through its normal routine of business with no reference to the riots or their sequel.

At the meeting’s close Mayor Pysher asked if anyone in the audience had any comment. When no one rose, Pysher quickly adjourned the meeting.

The Seaside riots of Labor Day weekend have evidently made a deep impact on the minds of people all over Oregon. Advice, criticisms and comments have come from many sources to Seaside people.

It is plain that although there is great statewide concern over the situation, there is a wide variety of opinion why the riots were repeated this year and how to prevent or control future riots.

75 years ago – 1938

By UNITED PRESS – Britain and France made ready for war today. Warships, artillery, tanks and troops were in motion.

On one man lay the fateful decision of whether, by a decisive gesture, he would stop the caissons rolling, or pursue a course which must inevitably embroil the whole continent.

He is Adolf Hitler and he was silent at Nuremberg.

Two three-inch anti-aircraft guns of the mobile type, latest type of armament, arrived Monday at Fort Stevens to increase further the augmented weapons of that post, recently revived from inactive status and being converted into a modern army post.

Sponsors of the “Make Astoria Beautiful” program of the Public Relations committee, Astoria Chamber of Commerce, today were encouraged by reports that paint sales in this city have been excellent during the summer. One firm reported a gain of 500 percent over last year.

The fall fish strike on the Columbia River will end tonight at 5:10 when the gillnet fleet is released by the Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective union to fish for the highest bidder. The decision to open the river without obtaining seasonal contracts with buyers was reached Thursday night by the strike committee after it had consulted local packers.

At least three local canneries, union Fishermen’s Cooperative Packing company, Columbia River Salmon company and Barby Packing company will pay 5 cents for bright salmon and 2 cents for discolored fish.

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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