I vividly remember the old Arcade Tavern on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Second Street, which was owned by Charlie Page and Curly Woomer (the fire chief during the 1936 fire) for many years. I had heard tales of what it was like in there, but for many years I don't think women ever went in there and certainly as a teenager I would not have even dared look into the windows. This picture was taken sometime in the late 1950s. Today, this beautiful building is owned by Louise and Bill Moore and there are several businesses there, including a real estate office, Pablo's cafe and The Rolling Pin Bake and Brew (as in coffee), which specializes in fancy and delicious cupcakes and lunch items, as well. If you haven't eaten at Pablo's, you've missed a true dining experience.
The second picture, taken in 1966, was a building on 11th Street west of Beach loop Road when it was a Mexican restaurant. Many people, including former Oregon legislator Bill Bradbury, ran a restaurant in this building over the years. Later it was purchased by Mike Keiser and torn down as it had not operated for quite some years and was getting to be a real eyesore. This picture was taken before the first motel was built by the Gormans just east of it. It, too, is now gone.
The third picture was taken in 1955 on the corner of 10th Street and Highway 101 in front of what was then Ralph's before it was purchased by Trudy and Gerry Fraser, who greatly expanded the building. Today it is the Asian Garden restaurant and lounge. The reason I am sharing this picture is because of the old building across 10th which housed Family Motors Auto Sales and has long since been torn down to make way for what is now a fast mart, directly across the highway from McKay's Market. Just over the top of the cars you can see part of the La Kris Motel sign, and the service station, which today is a Chevron station.
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Bandon lost one of its best-known native daughters with the death Jan. 2 of Betty Bullard Baird, who would have celebrated her 99th birthday in March. Betty and her late, husband, Ray, raised their two daughters in Bandon and were ardent golfers. I am not sure how long Betty played golf, but I am sure it was well into her mid-to-late 80s. She was a special lady.
Her survivors include her two daughters, Sally Johnson and Susie Webber, and her 103-year-old sister, Marjorie Stephenson.
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It's always a shock to read the obits in The World and discover that one of your classmates has died. Dennis Chesselet had not been well for some years, but he was able to attend our 60th class reunion this summer and we were all very glad to see him. Dennis, who had fished commercially and later was the manager of Ocean Spray in Bandon, grew up in Bandon and was the son of Evelyn and Stanley Chesselet and had a brother, Mike, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debbie; one son; one daughter; and a grandson.
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I saw an ad in Coffee Break that indicated that the Wheelhouse and the Crowsnest are under new ownership. That explained the liquor license application that was in my council packet this week for the new owner Yong Suk Ko, who, according to one Facebook post, is a sister to one of the long-time owners, Gary and Sunny Chang.
The application for the license indicated the new name will be The Wheelhouse Restaurant, Crowsnest Lounge and Bandon Sushi.
According to the ad, "for all positions send a resume to P.O. Box 374, Bandon," which indicates to me that even the old time employees will have to apply for a job.
Sunny and Gary have had many loyal employees over the years, and I surely hope most of them will still have jobs.
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We are being asked to vote on Measure 101, the health care measure, with the ballots in the mail this week.
I am conflicted about this measure, but even though I would be the first to agree that the governor and legislative leadership definitely failed to address this issue, it is important that 350,000 Oregonians don't lose their health insurance.
Hospital administrators, like JoDee Tittle of Southern Coos, understand how important it is that this measure passes because they are not able to turn people away, whether or not they have insurance, and it drastically impacts the hospital's bottom line when people without insurance come into the emergency room for treatment.
I'm urging people to vote yes on Measure 101.
It's not fair to punish thousands of health care recipients, many of them children, because of the failure of the Oregon Legislature to act. We can do that at the ballot box in 2018.
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While poring through old issues of the Bandon Recorder on the Internet, I came across an item in the Sept. 28, 1915, paper titled: "Stones of Quarry Damage Beach House."
It's not how I would have written it, but here goes: "The home of H. Maskey in Breakwater Addition suffered considerable injury as a result of one of the blasts from the government quarry last Tuesday afternoon. A number of stones fell around the house but two of them are responsible for the main damage. One 200 pound stone went through the wall of the house striking a large Wheeler and Taylor sewing machine, utterly annihilating it. Another broke through the roof of the pantry. It landed on the family stock of preserves and canned goods smashing up the whole thing pretty thoroughly."
But here comes the part that probably should have been woven into the lead of the article: "The most serious result of the accident, however, was to Mrs. Maskey. She is recently from the hospital where she recently underwent a difficult operation ... and who has been recuperating. The shock of the accident brought on a nervous shock that threatens serious results."
I believe the rock quarry the article refers to was in the South Jetty area.
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Not only are the stories fascinating in the old papers, but the ads are pretty enlightening as well.
One of the Bank of Bandon ads shows a picture of a woman, under the headline: "How Delightfully Independent ... is the woman who can make out a check against her own bank account. Whether she is going shopping or to pay for what she has already bought, she feels the pleasure of being able to tender 'her personal check' for the amount. Ladies, bank your money with us, and you will find it not only convient (sp) and dignified, but also most profitable too."
Hard to imagine . . .
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My column is pretty short this week because I was busy watching The Golden Globes as I have become pretty much a "movie buff," and loved to see which films took which honors. And it's even more fun when you've seen some of the movies.