I recently read something about Bobby Doerr, who was the second baseman and later coach for 14 years with the Boston Red Sox. And I remembered the summer back in the mid-80s that former North Bend baseball coach Rich Armstrong and I had visited Bobby at his summer home in Agness. We had fed the deer from his front deck and enjoyed a short visit with him. And taking pictures. Today I am sharing a picture I took of Doerr, who will celebrate his 100th birthday on April 7.
A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Doerr has lived in Oregon since the late 30s. He moved to Junction City, where he still lives today, in the 50s, but maintained his home in Agness for many years. He is the oldest living major league baseball player to have played in the '30s, and the only one still alive who played against Lou Gehrig.
I have been thinking more about him this week as I enjoy watching the World Series and rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He had what was characterized as a minor stroke on Aug. 11, 2011, but was able to attend the Fenway Park 100th anniversary celebration on April 20, 2012.
The second picture I am sharing is also timely since the Bandon Playhouse held its annual election of officers recently, with Paul Hay to continue on as president. Several new board members also joined the board.
I took this picture of Gail Sprague in front of Western World in August of 1976 just as the Playhouse was getting underway. The sign reads: "The Bandon Playhouse A Theatrical Collection of Contemporary Bards."
What a wonderful four decades it's been. I have been to most everything the Playhouse has put on over the years and am looking forward to what they have in store for us in coming years. It's interesting that Gail's last name is (or was) Sprague, and that many years later the theater where they perform was named the Sprague Community Theater. I am sure there is no relationship between the two, but I thought it was interesting.
The reason I am sharing the third photo, which was taken in 1959 during an evacuation safety drill, is to show the relationship between Harbor Lights Middle School, at left, and the high school, at right, before an arsonist burned the high school to the ground in 1974. The fire department was able to save the junior high and the gymnasium.
The only boy I can recognize for sure is Dick Sharp, who is the first one out of the building.
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While going through the darkroom of my late uncle, Lou Felsheim, I found an old Imperial Interest Tables book, date stamped Jan. 5, 1948, which belonged to Bank of Bandon. Lou's father-in-law, W.J. Sweet, was long time president of the Bank of Bandon. The copyright in the book was 1897. It's not like anything I'd ever seen before and certainly nothing like the amortization tables I am used to. Even though I didn't try very hard, I could not figure out how to read it.
I'll stick with the modern day version, but it was a neat find.
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People are reminded that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, and they should remember to turn their clocks back an hour before they go to bed Saturday night. Of course, that means that it will get dark much quicker than it does now, but we shouldn't complain with the wonderful Indian Summer weather we've been having this month. Not sure why we were "blessed" with the fog over the weekend, when it was warm and sunny inland, but the sun is supposed to return for a few days before the rains set in again.
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I was saddened to learn of the death of Catie Shindler Cooper, who was a lifetime resident of Bandon and a member of the BHS class of 1968. Catie, who died Oct. 25, leaves a large extended family and many friends. She and her husband, Jon, lived in the family home along Riverside Drive. I saw that arrangements were under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, but there was no other information.
Her grandfather, Otto Shindler, was a pillar of the community for many years, having owned and operated Shindler's Drug Store before and after the Fire of 1936. She was the daughter of Franz and Pat Shindler, and is survived by siblings, Bo, Sarah, Mary, Willie and Rachel, A brother, Mickey, died many years ago.
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I also learned that services for Russ Crabtree of North Bend, who died recently at the age of 63 after a three-year battle with cancer, will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Hall on Highway 42S in Bandon, with Dan Thibault officiating. A reception will follow at 612 Exchange in North Bend. He was the son of Josh and Betty Crabtree, who lived in Bandon for many years, and he is survived by his wife, Synde.
He retired in 2016 after many years as CEO of the Tolowa Nation in Smith River, Calif.
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The news that a vehicle had crashed through the front of the Verizon store in the Bandon Shopping Center, and ended up in a store room on the opposite side of the building, made me wonder if it is not time that some kind of barriers be placed in the parking lot to keep accidents like this from happening.
Some months ago a similar accident occurred when a car drove through the wall and into the front area of nearby Rite Aid.
Fortunately, no one on the sidewalk or inside the store was injured, but this could have had a much different ending because of the speed with which the vehicle, driven by an elderly man, roared into the building.
So far the name of the driver has not been released, but reports did say that his female passenger suffered minor injuries.
The report indicated that as he was attempting to pull out, he hit a vehicle (owned by the manager of the Verizon store), which apparently caused him to panic, and he must have hit the gas (pretty hard) instead of the brake.
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Earlier on Oct. 22, I received a State Police report of a freak accident on Highway 42 just west of Camas Valley. It appears that a 61-year-old North Bend man, Don Dickinson, had stopped along the highway to take pictures of the fall colors, when a vehicle driven by a 77-year-old Langlois man, Paul Arnoldi, left the roadway and struck and killed Mr. Dickinson whose wife witnessed the accident from the Dickinson vehicle.
An earlier report indicated that he did not stop immediately, but continued a bit further down the highway before crashing through the guardrail and ending up below the highway near the Umpqua River. Mr. Arnoldi, who was driving a black 2008 Ford Edge SUV, was transported to Mercy Medical in Roseburg with serious injuries and later transported by air to Sacred Heart of Springfield.
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I learned last week that crabbing in Bandon and south to the California border is now closed due to domoic acid. This means all recreational crabbing from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the California border is closed (affecting harvest in all of the Coquille estuary, Port Orford, the Rogue, Gold Beach, Brookings, etc.) This closure includes all forms of harvest in bays and estuaries such as boat, beaches, docks, piers and jetties.