Water Under the Bridge

A long-running serial romance mini-novel began in the Daily A this week in 1943. “Cupid pulled the ripcord on romance when Captain Jimmy Carr helped Pat Friday adjust her parachute harness — but Loraine Stuart, the captain's fiancee, was determined to send Pat Friday's high-gliding dreams into a tailspin.

10 years ago this week — 2008

After years of discussions about establishing marine reserves in Oregon, many North Coast residents still question the need for them.

At a marine reserves “Listening and Learning” forum in Warrenton Friday, about 30 people heard details on what scientists know and don’t know about Oregon’s territorial sea and the potential benefits of marine reserves.

They also got the state’s working definition of marine reserves: Areas within the state’s 950 square miles of territorial sea that would be set aside for scientific study and “protected from all extractive activities, including the removal or disturbance of living and non-living marine resources.”

The ports of Astoria and Newport are in the running to become the new home of a federal agency’s pacific fleet.

Last year, the Port of Astoria responded to a request for site proposals from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is looking for a new home for several research vessels.

The arrangement would include four permanently stationed vessels and two roving vessels that would stop in periodically.

Like a glorious Cathedral that fills worshipers with awe, Astoria’s 200-foot tall Cathedral Tree has long inspired those who traverse the urban trail that bears its name.

And fortunately for all who love it, the towering Sitka spruce withstood the hurricane-force winds of the December windstorm that toppled most of its neighbors and ravaged the county.

50 years ago — 1968

Thirty-two survivors of the stricken tanker Mandoil II, victims of a tragic collision 340 miles off the Oregon coast Wednesday afternoon, were landed at Astoria at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Eleven of the crew were missing. Two were seriously injured.

Showing the effects of the ordeal, the crewmen were ferried ashore by Coast Guard and pilot boats from the Kure Maru, which picked them from the sea at the scene of the collision.

Treasure hunter Tony Mareno, Salem, was Thursday given permission by the state corporations commission to sell an additional $6,000 interest in his dig for the legendary Neahkahnie treasure at Manzanita beach.

The Oregon Supreme Court today took under advisement arguments in an appeal to halt issuance of revenue bonds for a huge aluminum reduction plant at Warrenton by the Port of Astoria.

The Army, after long delay, has decided it has no use for the ferry M.R. Chessman and has informed Astoria Marine Construction company there will be no contract to repair the vessel for a voyage to Vietnam.

“This is a real fiasco,” said Elwyn Griffith, AMCCO manager. “We have been on the hook four months on this thing. Only two weeks ago they told us they would award the contract next day. We arranged drydock time in Portland and notified several sub-contractors. Now we have to cancel all these arrangements.”

The executive vice p[resident of Northwest Aluminum Co. assured Gov. Tom McCall Thursday the proposed Warrenton plant would be built even if a federal tax is placed on industrial revenue bonds.

“We have a very strong desire to be in Oregon,” McCall quoted Peck.

75 years ago — 1943

Astorians have been digging out the shovels, rakes and garden hose this past week and deluging seed stores with their Victory garden purchases. Now they will have a chance to learn just how to go about this project in the most modern, scientific way.

County Agent Afton Zundel will begin a series of weekly classes on Victory gardens Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the circuit court rooms.

Fisheries of the Pacific coast produce more protein food per unit of manpower than any other element in America’s provisioning for war, it is emphasized in the fifty-first Pacific Fisherman yearbook, just published by Miller Freeman Publications.

Enforcement of the city’s 25 year old curfew ordinance was promised by the city commission at a meeting Monday night, following a deluge of petitions from various organizations who indicated fear of child delinquency. Most of the organizations offered to cooperate with the city administration in enforcement of the law keeping unauthorized boys and girls, under 18 years, off the streets after 10 p.m.

Grizzled 82-year-old Bill Markley, who has lived on the Columbia River highway where it branches off to Bradwood and Clifton for the past 15 years, reckons his shooting eye isn’t quite as good as it once was, but he just missed bagging his 300th bobcat this past winter.

His tally sheet (the veteran eagle eye scorns notches on his gun) shows 108 black bear, 298 bobcats and “I’ve long since forgot to count the number of buck deer.”

The cruiser U.S.S. Astoria, namesake of one of three heavy cruisers sunk off the Savo islands last August, was launched today at the Cramp Shipbuilding Co.

The Astoria, originally named the Wilkes-Barre, was sponsored by Mrs. Robert Lucas, Astoria, Ore., daughter of State Senator Merle Chessman.

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