Water under the bridge

1943 — Melvin K. Lyster, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Lyster of 168 Niagara Avenue and now chief Link training instructor of Southwest Airways at Falcon field near Phoenix, Ariz., has developed an addition to the Link trainer, a device which does everything an airplane does, except fly. The Link is the first step in instrument flying, providing practice under safety conditions and constant supervision. Lyster's invention enables individualized training on instrument and radio range flying to be given an entire class of students simultaneously.

10 years ago this week — 2008

Sacagawea is home at last. And the sun shown brightly on the dedication of the new bronze statue of the Shoshone woman and her child near the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park visitor center.

The original statue, which stood at Netul Landing, a remote part of the park, was stolen, cut up and sold for scrap metal in January. The news of the stolen statue sent shock waves of anger through the community.

Just days after it was stolen, parts of it showed up at a metal recycler in Bend.

The statue’s creator, Jim Demetro, offered $10,000 toward replacement of the original statue, and his offer was matched by the Lewis and Clark National Park Association.

The Port of Astoria and the city of Newport have received two new proposals from airlines looking to bring passenger air service to the coast.

A new bid from Cape Air of Massachusetts and a joint bid from Oregon’s SeaPort Airlines and Washington’s Kenmore Air made it in just before last week’s deadline.

Port Director of Operations Ron Larsen said he’s happy with the bids that have come in.

“I think we have people who have put in proposals that can both provide reliable air service,” he said.

As many as 300 mink may still be missing after an animal activist released approximately 1,500 animals from their cages on an Astoria-area farm.

Between 1,100 and 1,200 mink have been recovered.

Teresa Platt, executive director of the Fur Commission in Coronado, California, said the FBI is investigating the incident as domestic terrorism.

50 years ago — 1968

Television inspection of 9,300 sewer mains in downtown Astoria revealed many pulled-apart joints, broken and crushed pipes, engineer Harvey Taylor told the City Council.

Taylor, of Stevens, Thompson and Runyan, consultants who are designing sewage disposal for the city, said that the poor condition of Astoria sewers results probably from earth movement on the hillsides over the 48 years the sewers were built.

One year has passed since Gavin and Lady Irene Astor dedicated the Astor Library and that year has been a clearly successful one for the $378,000 white structure.

“Daily usage has increased and everyone has received the building favorable,” said Dr. Robert Neikes, chairman of the city Library Board. “All visiting librarians have praised it. Our Veterans Memorial Flag Room has gotten good use by many groups and displays.”

President Johnson said today he will not now present another nomination in place of that of Justice Abe Fortas, for chief justice.

Johnson said he might do so in ordinary times.

But, he added: “These are not ordinary times. We are threatened by emotionalism, partisanship, and prejudice that compel us to use great care if we are to avoid injury to our constitutional system.”

75 years ago — 1943

A war department order drastically curtailing activities of the civilian aircraft warning service throughout the nation affects four observation posts in Clatsop County, where hundreds of civilian volunteers have manned their posts around the clock and will continue until the new order becomes effective at 6 p.m. Oct. 16.

Mrs. E. Bjork, chief observer for the Astoria post and executive under M.J. Cosovich, district AWS director for this county, said that after Oct. 16, the posts will be on an “alert” basis, which means they will be manned on call and by selected observers.

She said the posts will probably be activated upon need and upon such emergencies as lost planes or perhaps shipping movements — in addition to war emergencies that may develop.

September, by the narrowest of margins, was the warmest September in the history of weather records here, with the mean maximum for the month reaching 72 degrees, the high temperature 90 on the eighth and with only .63 inches of rainfall.

Nine huge “cats” with carry-alls lugging from 8 to 18 yards of earth each are working two 10-hour shifts daily to move more than 175,000 yards of dirt in preparing ground for construction of the Navy’s hospital at juncture of the Walluski and Young’s rivers.

From the Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., came a telegram to Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schwab advising them that their daughter, Jo, had “arrived safely in Great Britain.” Jo thus becomes the first Astoria girl to serve overseas.

Two of Hollywood’s most charming screen stars —Spring Byington and Cecelia Parker — are members of a traveling USO camp show troupe, appearing for the last time today at military posts in the Astoria district.

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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