The first picture I am sharing was taken in July of 1978, some 10 years after this building had been moved across Ferry Creek from its former location as Kenner Giles' feed store next to the cheese factory. I love the overall view of the buildings that were in that area 40 years ago, including the VFW Hall in the far top left of the picture. At this time, the flea market building was owned by the late Bill Smith and his wife, Karen. Today it is the Highway 101 Marketplace, just east of the new Face Rock Creamery.
I particularly love the second picture, because when I was growing up that was the door to the city library, with librarian Alicia Leuthold always ready to greet me. True, the library was nothing like it is today, or even the size it became when it moved into the then new city hall in 1970 (where the planning department is now located). This building, which now belongs to the Bandon Historical Society and is on the corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Fillmore Avenue, was constructed not long after the fire of 1936, but the library has a long history in Bandon.
But before we get into the library history, it's clear that this building had a lot of uses, including an antique store, restaurant, art gallery and the chamber's tourist information center, before the city gave it to the historical society. This picture was taken in 1975.
Here is what I found in "A Century of Coos and Curry" by Emil Peterson and Alfred Powers.
"In 1893 a lending library was started by Mrs. George Williams in the store owned by them and a man named Frank Rupert. This library was in operation only about a year. In 1899, Mike Breuer, a shoemaker by trade, and Mr. John Chase, manager of the Bandon Woolen Mill, decided there should be a place for sailors to go besides the numerous saloons. They rented the lower part of the building owned by David Stitt, publisher of the Bandon Recorder. Adam Pershbaker of Parkersburg donated lumber for the shelves. Many books were donated. These men also furnished light and heat. Breuer's young son, Vic, tended the fires. There was no librarian or custodian. Borrowers were put on their honor. They wrote their names and title of books on a paper which hung on the wall. When books began to disappear, the project was abandoned.
"The beginning of the present day library was a reading room in the Lorenz building, instigated by Professor Harry Hopkins, J. Ira Sidwell and the Rev. Harry Hartranft."
A report after the Bandon Fire: "In the 24 years that the Bandon Library had existed, it had collected approximately 5,400 books. The library had for many years one of the highest per capita circulations in the state, reaching a 23,000 figure last year (population 1500).
"It was finally decided to use the tent (14 feet square) vacated by the State Police that morning. The tent had a board floor and a conical sheet iron stove in the center. Shelves were made of a few boards and packing boxes. When the floor was swept, two long benches rescued, a table and chair for the librarian, with the gay colored bindings and the gay colored books, the room was really attractive.
"People began to flock in. First patron was an old gentleman who had lived 41 years in Bandon. A woman said, 'Oh, we need books so badly. Everyone is getting on his neighbor's or his family's nerves because we are so congested and uncomfortable.' The National Guard brought a cot, mattress, blankets and wash basin for Miss Amelia Henry (the librarian) who was to live in the library."
"In 1942 Mrs. Bessie Young became librarian. In 1949 there were 3,400 volumes."
I believe Alicia followed Mrs. Young, or maybe Ruth Petty was librarian before Alicia ... just not sure.
I am not sure when the third picture was taken, but it was after Buck and Nadya Rogers had purchased Buck's Sentry Market south of town from the Cliff George family. It was probably sometime in the '70s, but don't hold me to that date.
Buck died May 4 in Eugene several weeks before his 94th birthday. There will be a celebration of life in his honor Saturday, July 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bandon Community Center. Nadya and Buck had been married 67 years when she died March 2, 2016.
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Last week I posted a football picture taken during the Cranberry Bowl of 1961 and since I have no yearbooks from those years ('58-'62) I was hoping someone would recognize them. And they did.
Ironically, all three of the boys in that photo, Chuck Beazizo, Jack Bowder and Glen Willis, have died within the last year, with the latest being Glen who died in March. Thanks to Ron Sutherland and several others who identified them for us.
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As I was sitting here writing my column, I heard from Kathie Lindvall Copsey of Eugene, who said that former Bandon resident Glenn Thomas died last Sunday. A celebration of life will be held at the Autzen Stadium Club in Eugene Friday, July 13, from 1 to 3. His parents, Arnold and Julia Thomas, lived in Bandon before moving to Coquille. Glenn and his son, Aaron, had Thomas and Son Trucking based out of Coos Bay and now Eugene. His sister is Joye Olson (Van Leuven) of Bandon.
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What a great Fourth of July celebration!! Unfortunately the weather wasn't quite what we hoped for (the first cloudy, overcast day in several weeks), but by evening the clouds had cleared away for the fabulous fireworks display. Several did point out that even though it was cloudy and a bit drizzly in the morning, there was no wind. And that was true.
Crowds lined the streets for the parade, and the marketplace was packed with people throughout the day and well into the evening, while most local merchants also reported a good day. People also enjoyed the Lions barbecue in City Park.
I missed the cardboard boat races as I fully intended to cheer on my fellow city councilor, Peter Braun, but I just didn't have the heart to brave the cold. (Hard to believe that cold would bother a native Bandonian). Thankfully Amy Moss Strong captured the race on video, and it was fun to watch.
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I talked with the Bandon police Saturday to see what had happened with the two pit bulls who attacked a young woman last week when she knocked on the door of the dog owner's house. The dogs were not at large, as first reported, but were inside the owner's house on June Avenue (near the hospital). As of Saturday the woman, who suffered extensive dog bites to her face and arm, had not signed a complaint against the dog owner, but the officer told me the police department will cite him under the city's ordinance if the dogs are returned to him.
At present, the dogs remain in quarantine through the county, but will be released to the owner if he pays $300 ($150 for each animal).
The officer also said the young woman told him this was the second time she had been bitten by one of the dogs, but it had allegedly not been reported at the time of the incident.
In accordance with state law, if a dog is charged with being an aggressive dog on two separate occasions, the law calls for it to be euthanized.
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Although I have seen very little in print, I did see a poster about the annual Coos Kennel Club AKC all-breed dog show, which will be held on the grounds of Bandon High School starting Thursday (July 12) and continuing through Sunday. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. daily
The poster said admission and parking are free, and vendors will be there to sell their wares.
There are approximately 395 dogs entered in the show, featuring 97 breeds.
Local members of the Club include Ron and Linda Waggoner.
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In early June, two young brothers, ages 9 and 7, died in a boating accident with their father on the Grande Ronde River in Wallowa County.
The picture that accompanied the article, in the Oregonian, definitely pulled at my heartstrings. They were handsome, smiling young men, with their entire lives ahead of them.
Their boat hit a rock which sent the two boys into the frigid water. Their father tried desperately to save them, but was unable to.
But what really bothered me was this one line in the two-page article:
"Police did not say whether the boys had been wearing life preservers."
As authorities repeat over and over again, many who die in boating accidents like this could have been saved had they been wearing life jackets.
It may well have made the difference in this tragic case.
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My friend Eddie McMahon was here last week to attend the 70th wedding anniversary celebration for his sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Clayton Duval. While here he stayed with his brother, Jack, and we went out to dinner at Edgewaters.
Eddie lives in Palm Springs, and he had no more than gotten back Friday when Southern California had some of the hottest weather on record. It was 117 degrees there on Friday, and was supposed to be 113 on Sunday.
I promise I will stop complaining about the cold ...
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Not many of my readers will remember Lloyd "Gabe" Gabriel and his wife, Rik, who taught here in the '50s, but those who went to school in that era will surely remember them. He used to regale us with tales of his prisoner of war days, which were fascinating if not pretty awful.
Lloyd is 96 and his wife is 90, but they are both still going strong. He did send me an email in late May to say that he had spent five days in hospice, six days in the hospital and 20 days in rehab. He had the flu and pneumonia, which caused him to pass out and take a bad fall. But he credited his wife and their two sons, Kekoa and Kimo, and their families with helping him get better and he's already been out planting his garden. He was also named as Veteran of the Year by the American Legion Post in Selah, Wash., near where they live and rode in their parade.