25 years ago

Jan. 14, 1982

•Broadway merchants weighed cost of doing the projected improvement program in one shot against the possible loss of summer tourist business and expressed an almost unanimous opinion that they’ll opt for an alternative that will see construction start prior to heavy tourist season and resume after it’s over. That was the gist of a long-drawn meeting of the Seaside Improvement Commission with Broadway businessmen and property owners last Wednesday in the Mariner Room of the Convention Center.

•After 55 years of sitting solidly on dead center, the Port of Astoria is off and moving, Port Commissioner Henry Desler of Seaside told the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, offering to become a positive economic force in the area, including the South County.

50 years ago

Jan. 17, 1957

•After having remained undisturbed for 110 years in its location above the beach at Cannon Beach, a length of the anchor chain and the hawspipe of the schooner Shark, which was wrecked on the Columbia River bar in September, 1846, has been stolen. The anchor chain, along with a cannon and capstan from the ship, all of which washed ashore at Cannon Beach, rested for many years at a location just above the beach. A year or so ago they were moved to a roadside park on Highway 101, where some sneak thief who could not resist temptation found them.

Luckily the cannon, which gave Cannon Beach its name, and the capstan were too heavy to be removed by the souvenir hunter.

Theft of the chain was discovered by Hugh McKenna, P. P. & L. company employee. The loss had not been noticed by anyone in Cannon Beach.

•The number of telephones in Seaside have increased 175 to 2,496 during the past year, according to R. E. Jensen, Seaside manager. The number in Astoria increased 83 to 6,471, and Cannon Beach 36 to 335. Warrenton gained 10 to 355. Westport lost 15 phones during the year.

75 years ago

Jan. 28, 1932

•The largest steelhead reported this year was caught by Dolph Hardesty Wednesday afternoon several miles south of Seaside on the Necanicum River. It weighed 18.25 pounds. Hardesty caught six steelhead in two days, taking the limit each day.

The steelhead are running in large numbers both on the Necanicum and the north fork of the Nehalem. A number of fishermen from Portland are on the streams at the present time.

•Believe it or not, but a letter addressed to the Mayor and City Council of Gearhart, Oregon, was returned this week to Mayor William H. Galvani of Seaside from the dead letter office at San Francisco. This happened, it is explained, not because of any sudden demise of the popular summer resort to our north, but because of efforts to forward the letter to Mayor J. L. Burgess in Portland. The letter was sent to the Portland address and someone, evidently not knowing Burgess, sent it back and it finally ended up at the dead letter office.

As a result negotiations between Mayor Galvani and the Gearhart officials concerning the Gearhart water rate were postponed and Mayor Galvani has delivered another message which he hopes will be delivered.

100 years ago

Jan. 19, 1907

•Property of all kinds in Seaside is advancing in value right along, and if you want to make money now is the time to buy.

•Quite a number of Seasiders are suffering from lagrippe, and Dr. Lewis is in constant demand.

•Mayor Miller has been confined to his home most of the week, suffering from the prevailing epidemic.

•Jesse Thorp injured his leg so badly while skating on the ice last week that he has been confined to the house ever since.

•Mrs. Fred Walsh, the postmistress, is confined to her home with the prevailing lagrippe.

•The town was aroused about 5 o’clock yesterday morning by the ringing of the fire alarm. Investigation, however, disclosed the fact that a water pipe in Gilbert’s hall had burst and that Dr. Conn, whose drug store and sleeping apartments are beneath, thought that a second deluge had arrived, the water was pouring down upon him, and had taken that method of arousing the populace. After the water had been turned off, some of the cold had drenched ones, fearing that Callahan’s whiskey had all been wet, aroused the guardian of that place, but while the water had flooded the floor, they were rejoiced to find that the bar tender had secured the bottles and the beer keg so that not a drop of aqua pura could find its way in and they were still mighty powerful for warming a fellow up. The damage was lightly, but it might have been a great deal worse.

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