The first picture I am sharing this week was probably taken in the mid-to-late 1970s, but unfortunately I didn't record the date on the negative envelope, so I'm not sure. The only person I recognize is John Cribb, one-time publisher of Western World, who has a camera slung over his shoulder.
I love this picture because it clearly shows what Second Street (between Delaware and Chicago) looked like in those days. The Bandon Theater is at far left, and next to it is what was Fred Tuttle's shop after the fire, but was probably a shoe repair shop when this picture was taken. And the small building next to it, which had been the home of Bum and Reta Gartin and her sister, Alda Mars, who operated the liquor store out of the front, was Grains & Goods Natural Food Store when this picture was taken. Not sure what was in the largest building to the right, but it is now Bandon Coffee Cafe.
The second picture was taken just after the Perry Brothers (Sid and Bub) opened the new Perry Mill along Rosa Road, south of 11th Street. Elmer Lively is pictured looking over the equipment. This picture was taken in July of 1969.
The original Perry mill was built by Sid and Bub's father, F.S. (Frank) Perry in 1910 in a building on the waterfront at the end of Pacific Avenue. For several weeks Perry had threatened to move to another town before the city council conceded to extend Pacific Avenue across the mudflats alongside of Perry's building, according to historian Dow Beckham. He said the council figured the cost to the city was worth having the industry remain.
The names of many of the streets in Bandon have changed over the years, so I am not sure where Pacific Avenue was, but it probably was what we know as Delaware today.
Perry Veneer survived the fire of 1936, as did other industrial buildings on the waterfront, and served as the temporary city hall for a short time. It burned the following year.
The third picture features Father Ervin Vandehey, priest at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, during the building of the church rectory in 1958. In August 1956, Father Vandehey became the first resident priest since the 1936 fire; he lived at Table Rock Motel until the rectory was completed. Father Vandehey started the Verboort Dinners in 1959, and in 1960 an addition to the church was built. In 1961, he oversaw the building of the convent, and four nuns from Graymoor, N.Y., came to live in Bandon and serve the South Coast. Father Vandehey left Bandon in September of 1964 to go to North Bend. Later he went to St. Joseph's in Portland.
A few weeks later, The Rev. Allen Kennedy arrived to serve as the Holy Trinity pastor.
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I saw an obituary this week for Mark Edward Handsaker of Bandon, who died Feb. 16 in Portland at the age of 51. He was born here April 6, 1966, to Earl and Norma Handsaker, and was the father of MacKenzie (Mack) Handsaker, who won the $10,000 "Bandon Fifty Years Later" scholarship during graduation exercises last June.
Mark graduated from high school in 1984, and growing up he attended Pacific Community Church, but at the time of his death, he was attending Langlois Community Church.
In addition to his son Mack, he is survived by his daughter, Megan Handsaker; mother, Norma; sister, Sandra; brother and sister-in-law, Lance and Sue. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl; stepdaughter, Alyssa King, and son, David Handsaker.
The family suggests memorials be made in Mark's name to the Bandon Historical Society Museum because of his love of Bandon.
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I also learned that former long-time third-grade teacher, Miss Jean Shine, died Jan. 14 at the age of 91. She taught school at Ocean Crest for many years and lived in a small home on Garfield Avenue, but also had another place out in the country.
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I am sorry to say that I lost two friends in one day last week, both from cancer, with the death of long-time Bandon bookkeeper Catherine Kahn and former Bandon city recorder Marie Ducharme, both of whom died Feb. 22.
Catherine was 67.
I am not sure how old Marie was, but I do remember that when she worked for the city (since I have been mayor) she was honored by being named Oregon City Recorder of the Year. Knowing that she was getting the honor (which she did not know about), a group of us from the council, along with then city manager Matt Winkel, went up the coast to where she was being honored and surprised her. Marie is survived by her husband, Bob.
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On a happier note, I attended a birthday party Thursday, celebrating the 104th birthday of Marjorie Stephenson, put on by her daughter, Carol Fugere, at the First Baptist Church's Alexander Hall. She is truly an amazing woman. Among relatives joining her were her late sister's two daughters, Sally Baird Johnston and Suzie Baird Webber. Their mother, Betty, who was Marjorie's sister, died recently at the age of 99.
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I received a letter this week from Linda Maxon, CEO of Coast Community Health Center in Bandon, announcing that the health center has received "a significant gift from Umpqua Bank that will positively impact the Port Orford community for many years to come."
The bank has donated its recently closed bank building in Port Orford to the health center, which will further the work currently being done to bring health and wellness services to residents in Port Orford and North Curry County.
Maxon added: "As Umpqua Bank continues to maintain a local banking and community presence through strategic services and partnerships, its leadership assessed options for how its Port Orford building could be used in the community to benefit local residents. Umpqua executives entertained a presentation by our health center and quickly understood the valuable work we have done for the past nine years in expanding healthcare services to this significantly underserved region of the southern Oregon coast," said Maxon.
"With us being a rather young Federally Qualified Health Center that has grown thoughtfully and carefully, the gift of this building allows us to invest even more in our expansion into Northern Curry County, where we will soon break ground to build a community health center. A second building will bring an even greater presence to a community that has lacked a pharmacy for 22 years, dental services for over 10 years, and (has had) continued fragmented medical and mental health services."
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I may have mentioned this earlier, but in case I didn't, I want to mention the movie "The 15:17 to Paris" that is now playing at Pony Village Cinema in North Bend.
It is the true story, directed by Clint Eastwood, of three Americans (including one from Roseburg) who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train to Paris. The three, Alek Skarlatos of Roseburg, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, both of Sacramento, played themselves in the movie.
The three, and another man, received France's Legion d'Honneur for their actions. It is well worth seeing.
As a side note, on Oct. 8, 2015, three months after their heroic actions and before they starred in the movie, Spencer Stone was with a group of people in downtown Sacramento when a young man, James Tran, 28, got into an altercation with the group, and then returned with a knife and stabbed Stone repeatedly in the back. He was later charged with attempted murder. Stone suffered life-threatening injuries, but after a week in a Sacramento hospital, he was released.