Water Under the Bridge

From left, Tony Johnson, Chinook Cultural Committee chairman, Lisa Elliot, Chinook Council member, and Sam Robinson, the Chinook Council vice chairman, sing and drum a prayer song during a flag-gifting ceremony at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

10 years ago this week — 2008

Overcast skies threatened as Chinook Indian Nation leaders prepared for a ceremony outside the Columbia River Maritime Museum Friday afternoon.

Curiosity about the event enticed between 80 and 100 people to wander over and get a glimpse of what was going on.

But stormy weather never materialized as the Chinooks presented the museum with its ceremonial flag, a red Chinook-Indian-stylized salmon on a white field.

“It never rains on our events,” said Ray Gardner, the Chinook Nation Council chairman, as he presented the flag to Dave Pearson, the museum’s acting executive director. “I can remember when I was a child, coming to this museum and wondering, ‘Why did they not have a Chinook flag?’”

He said no one traveled up and down the lower Columbia River more than the Chinook. The Chinook controlled all trade that went up and down the river. No one came without trading, he said.

“We were the first bar pilots,” Gardner said. “When the longboats capsized, we would go out and lead them in.”

Gardner said the Chinook were here when Capt. Robert Gray entered the mouth of the river in 1792, and later when Lewis and Clark showed up. As the Lewis and Clark expedition was huddled against the storms along the northern shore of the river, its members were amazed to see Chinook canoes plying the waters, he said.

“Being a museum that deals with maritime issues, it is appropriate that our flag is here,” Gardner said.

50 years ago — 1968

Astoria’s ancient ferry landing and dock at the foot of 14th will go on the auction block at 3 p.m. Thursday, according to officials of the Oregon State Highway department, owner of the property.

Officials said minimum acceptable bid will be $35,000, equaling an offer already received for the facility.

A commercial shrimp net which holds the shrimp but discards other fish has been undergoing tests off the coast for the past two weeks.

Developed by the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in Seattle, the new net is being tested in competition with a conventional net aboard the Astoria-based troller Washington.

“It’s a good net and will be better as soon as some modifications are made,” Said Art Anderson, skipper of the Washington. He has been accompanied during the experiments by Bill High of the federal bureau.

Bureau experts reported 800 pounds of fish in a 2000-pound catch using a standard shrimp net. Using one of the new nets, the Washington then hauled in a 2000-pound catch containing one percent fish. The other hauls made with the new net were completely free of fish.

Knappton Towboat company was sole bidder Thursday afternoon when the Oregon State highway department sold the 14th Street ferry landing for $35,000.

Property purchased by the Astoria firm included 1.38 acres of land, adjacent to the firm’s present dock, a frame office building, warehouse, deck space and the old ferry slip.

75 years ago — 1943

Donald Hughes, navy soundman first class who returned this week on leave from 13 months of duty on the high seas, said he saw two Astorians while aboard his ship in the south Pacific.

Hughes said Allen Rytsala of Astoria was aboard a ship that came alongside Hughes’ ship Christmas morning last year. Hughes said Rytsala had written him a letter, which had been delayed two months in transmission, and that he saw Rytsala a day after he received the letter.

Hughes said he saw George Fullton on September 7, shortly before Hughes left for the country.

JAMBOREE! - WHO: All folk in Clatsop County.

WHAT: Milk Fund Jamboree.

WHEN: USO building Astoria. Entrance through main doors on Exchange Street.

WHY: To establish a fund for furnishing milk to undernourished, underprivileged school children throughout the county.

Note: Men and women in uniform of armed forces admitted free of charge.

Miss Marian Frances Schauer of Astoria completed her enlistment in the WAVES this week and thereby joined her three brothers in the U.S. armed forces, according to recruiting specialist Hal Eustis of the navy recruiting substation, Astoria, which handles applications for WAVES in the Seaside-Astoria area.

Miss Schauer’s brother, Lt. Raymond Schauer, U.S. Army Air Corps, fought through the Philippine campaigns and was captured by the Japs. He was reported missing in the action more than a year ago. His family had no word from him until a letter came two months ago revealing that he was alive and incarcerated in the Philippines.

Two other brothers are in the U.S. Army Air Corps; Ernest Schauer, formerly of Seaside, now is an aviation cadet in training at Santa Ana, Cal., and another brother, Howard Schauer, Sandy, Ore., was recently sworn in and is now awaiting call to active duty.

SEASIDE – Harold E. Hawkins of Seaside was arrested here September 21 for driving 50 miles and hour in a 25 mile zone. His license was suspended for one year.

Donald Duane Hayes of Portland was arrested September 25 for driving with bright lights in the dimout zone and forfeited $7.50 bail.

Albert Kehrll of Portland was arrested on September 26 for driving 48 miles an hour in a 25 mile zone and forfeited $15 bail.

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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