I love this first picture, as it shows how hard the city crew had to work to keep First Street from being eroded by flood waters. This picture was taken in February of 1961 at the east end of First Street just before it merges with Fillmore Avenue. Police Chief D. S. "Big Mac" MacDonald is in the center of the group of men, in the white trench coat. In the background you can see one of the old shacks that was along First Street in those days, and next to it was Ernie Panter's warehouse.
The second picture was taken during the Cranberry Festival of 1973 as C.E. "Eddie" Waldrop, grand marshal, is driven down the parade route by Gordon Texley. This is Second Street, in front of what was then Sadye's confectionary. Norma Norton (later Robertson) is standing in front of the door. Sadye's was owned for many years by her sister and husband, Margaret and Clarence Mack. Today, that building houses Alloro Wine Bar and Restaurant. As you go down the street you can see the building that is now Bandon Coffee Cafe, and next to it several buildings that have long since been torn down, including at far left, the Bandon Theater.
Eddie, who was a partner in Kronenberg & Waldrop Insurance with George Kronenberg, was a dedicated public servant, and served 22 years as a city councilor and later long-time mayor.
I remember taking this picture of Bandon's best loved "bird man" Dan Deuel in 1981 as he and an assistant were cutting up bits of meat to feed his birds. This was taken at his home off Portland Avenue, west of Beach Loop. He was well-known up and down the coast for his efforts at rescuing birds, and many people loved volunteering at his facility.
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I was thrilled when I heard that Goodnight Lucas had stopped by the museum recently to give them a group of 8x10 wedding pictures, which turned out to be the wedding of my uncle Lou Felsheim and his bride, Anne Sweet, who were married March 9, 1950. Jim Proehl said he thought that Goodnight knew whose wedding it was and felt they might have historic value. Which they definitely do.
A very young Sue Sweet is the flower girl and one of Anne's nephews is the other young attendant. There was a full complement of bridesmaids and groomsmen, including all three of Anne's brothers, A.W. and Don Sweet (both of whom are still alive) and Piercy, who died many years ago.
The pictures that I found most interesting were the crowd photos of those attending the reception at St. John's Episcopal Church, which was held in Theresa Hall (donated by Anne's father, W.J. Sweet, in memory of her mother, Theresa).
In the group photos, I could see Dr. E.F. Lucas, George Chappell, Ed Capps, Piercy Sweet, Barbara Wright (later Stearns), Betty Wright (later MacDonald), Ottilie Peterson, Alda Mars, Freddie Moore, and a host of others that I can't remember, because I don't have the photos here with me.
As my grandparents, of course, were parents of the groom, there was a great picture of W.J. and his wife, Clara, and my grandparents, Louie and Grace Felsheim, coming out of the church.
What a treasure ... thanks to the kindness of Goodnight Lucas.
Lou and Anne's daughter, Carol Jones, has recently moved back here from Las Vegas and is living in the family home at Randolph. I know she and her brothers, John and James, will love to see the photos.
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It was great to see Art by the Sea Gallery in their new location, adjacent to the Station Restaurant at U.S. Highway 101 and Fillmore Avenue. They held their grand opening and a reception Saturday honoring the winners of their latest show, and the place was crowded with people who enjoyed wonderful art, good food and a bit of wine.
The group of artists opened several years ago in the Continuum Center building in Old Town, but later moved a block east adjacent to The Wheelhouse. But that building has sold, and once again they had to move. I think their new space is a good fit for them, and I am so glad they have found what hopefully will be their permanent home.
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I was sad to learn of the death of Jack Bowder, who died in his King City, Or., home Feb. 22 at the age of 73.
I got to know the Bowder family well when Jack's sister, Marilyn, and her husband, Warren Strycker, owned Western World. They are a great family.
Jack's wife, Sally, told me that he was diagnosed with lymphoma only 16 days before he died, but she admitted he had not been feeling well. She added that he always loved to read my column in the Western World each week. I think my old pictures particularly resonate with people who used to live here, although I also hear from people new to the community who appreciate knowing what the town used to look like.
Jack and Sally, who met in Anchorage, Alaska, married June 25, 1966, in Bandon. In 1972 he graduated from OIT with a degree in civil engineering, and after graduating he had a career with BLM as a cadastral surveyor that spanned 33 years.
Jack and Sally moved to Tigard in 1985 with their five children, and welcomed nine grandchildren into their world.
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It was interesting to see that Kathy Eymann, wife of Bill Bradbury, filed for the county commission seat now held by John Sweet. In her first announcement, she indicated she was going to run for the position now held by Melissa Cribbins, but decided against it at the last minute.
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I read on Facebook this week that long-time Bandon resident, Ron Elliott, had undergone spinal surgery four weeks ago in Eugene, which had not turned out as well as they had hoped. Ron has been a member of the Bandon Fire Department for 49 years and worked for many years for the local telephone company.
I do know that as a result of the surgery, he suffered some partial paralysis, and when I talked to a member of the Fire Department Friday, he was still in Eugene undergoing rehabilitation therapy.
A friend reminded me that this will be the 50th year that Ron has shot off the
Fourth of July fireworks, along with Anthony Zunino and Jim McDowell. This will also be the 50th year Ron has been a member of the BHS football "chain gang," on the down marker, and I have learned that he's only missed two games in those 49 years. If anyone deserves Volunteer of the Year award, it is Ron.
I certainly hope for a good outcome for Ron and Donna . . .
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Another Bandon High School graduate, Carolyn Chandlee Greene, died March 5 of congestive heart failure in the hospital in Waco, Texas. She graduated from BHS in 1960.
Sharon Ward Moy told me that she and Carolyn had been friends since the Chandlees moved to Bandon many years ago and lived next to the Wards on the hill across the street from the Baptist Church. They later built a home on Riverside Drive. She was married to John Greene, who graduated from Coquille High School.