10 years ago this week – 2004

Astoria and Seaside combined to bring home four out of 11 statewide Downtown Achievement Awards from the Oregon Downtown Development Association at a ceremony Friday in Salem.

The mission of the Oregon Downtown Development Association is to help communities revitalize, develop and promote their downtowns and neighborhood business districts as economic, historic, civic and cultural centers. The annual awards are intended to spark interest in downtown revitalization and recognize people and groups that have done an exceptional job of improving their downtown environment.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton said the Bush administration stands behind the planned addition of three Washington sites to Fort Clatsop National Memorial. “Fort Clatsop National Memorial is unquestionably the centerpiece of the Lewis and Clark story on the lower Columbia River,” said Norton.

Chuck Lauderdale said he and his fellow members of the fledgling Junior Chamber of Commerce were thinking more along the lines of a clubhouse, not a national park, when they hit on the idea of building a replica of Lewis and Clark’s Fort Clatsop 50 years ago.

“We were young enough, we didn’t know it couldn’t be done,” he said.

Their work was honored Tuesday at a reunion for the fort’s builders, who gathered at Fort Clatsop National Memorial to swap stories, hear about developments at the park, and visit the fort itself.

Margit Bowler, a ninth-grader at Astoria High School, has become the first student in Oregon to win a fourth award in the annual Oregon Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the Oregon State Poetry Association.

50 years ago – 1964

Crown Zellerbach corporation today announced plans to construct a $15 million tissue paper mill at Wauna, near the Clatsop-Columbia County line along the Columbia River.

The new mill will employ 100 persons.

Construction is to start immediately, and the plant is scheduled for completion late next year.

The plant will include a tissue machine with an annual capacity of 41,000 tons and a plant for converting this into finished household paper products.

Michael Goldwater, 26-year-old son of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, urged young people to take an active interest in their future by becoming informed on political matters in a speech Wednesday evening at Clatsop college.

“We came here to fish. To fish for votes for my dad,” he said

Tuesday’s Salem announcement that Crown-Zellerbach Corporation will start at once to build a $15 million paper mill in Wauna is some of the best economic news this area has heard in many a long day.

For years, since Crown-Zellerbach Corporation began acquisition of the large acreage which has become its 196,000-acre Clatsop Tree Farm, it has been the hope of local people that eventually this big corporation would put a processing plant of some kind into Clatsop County to provide manufacturing payroll.

75 years ago – 1939

Shooting of rats at the city dump, one of Astoria’s little publicized but nevertheless exciting outdoor sports has been strictly banned by police because its followers did not confine their fire to rats.

Chief of Police John Acton today said that officers had tolerated the outdoor activity for years until the change in the choice of targets. Instead of scurrying rats, sharp shooters have battered signs along the route, bottles set up on the road and insulators on a private telephone line. Hereafter any persons shooting firearms along the road or at the dump will be arrested and prosecuted, Acton announced.

His patience came to an end after the caretaker at the dump reported to police that he did not dare stick his head out of his quarters in the evening on account of whizzing bullets.

Radio Station KAST will formally dedicate its new studio building – located at 1006 Taylor Avenue in the Smith Point area of Astoria – Tuesday, according to an announcement made today. All day Tuesday dedication programs will be broadcast featuring musical talent from Astoria and the many communities in the Lower Columbia, all of which have been created around the theme: “We Salute To The Lower Columbia.”

“Make up and live in a Happy Kitchen,” says Miss Barbara Miller, who will conduct the Happy Kitchen Cooking school sponsored by the Astorian-Budget, which will be held May 2, 3 and 4 from 2 to 4 o’clock at the Viking theater. Miss Miller firmly believes the old adage “Women’s work is never done” went out with the horse and buggy days and has spent years of specialized research just to bring housewives more freedom from household drudgery.

WASHINGTON — President Roosevelt today asked congress to appropriate $32,621,000 to finance immediate start of work on a $66,800,000 chain of naval air bases in Alaska, the South Pacific, the West Indies and in continental United States.

Mr. Roosevelt last night signed the Vinson bill authorizing the bases, a further step in the intense national defense program. The bill includes a base at Tongue Point, Ore.

A navy plane from Seattle was flying about the mouth of the Columbia River Wednesday, calibrating the inshore sector of the naval compass station at Fort Stevens. The offshore sector was calibrated about two weeks ago by a minesweeper that called for the purpose.

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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