I've chosen this picture of building the road to the South Jetty because of information I learned last week during the 1936 Fire program at the museum. While reading John Fasnacht's memories of the Fire, I learned that in 1936 the road that we all know as Jetty Road did not exist. There may have been a path down to the beach, but there was no road, according to John's interview, which he gave in the mid-80s. He said the only road to the jetty, which he and others drove down to escape the flames, was the one off Beach Loop, known as Madison Avenue. It is now gated off at both ends to discourage people from using it, although jetty residents are aware of what it takes to open it in case of an emergency. It is still pretty steep and unstable. I can only guess what it was like more than 80 years ago. I don't known when this picture was taken but you can see by what is not there, that it was a long time ago (probably sometime in the '60s or '70s). John, as the locals know, served as school superintendent before the Fire, and then went to work for the City as Manager of Utilities (which today we call City Manager), a position which he held for many years.
The reason I am once again sharing the second picture, which was taken during the Festival parade in 1966, is because it is such a good picture of what is now Penny's Lotus Grotto Gifts (in the center of the picture). Penny has posted a sign on the front of the building which indicates that her business (but not the building) is for sale. When this picture was taken, it was the home of Ivan and Margie Cook and their family. Carr's Variety Store, to the left of the two-story building, is now the home of Bandon Baking Co. For years, Elsie Hamilton managed Carr's Variety, where us kids spent a lot of time going up and down the aisles, looking for the perfect toy.
I love the third picture, which was taken in September of 1973 ... a few short months before Bandon High School (in back) was destroyed in an arson fire.
That year, one of my favorite people, Lanny Boston, was the Mystery King. I know that at the time of the high school fire, Walt Ashton was fire chief, but shortly thereafter Lanny became chief ... and position he has served very capably for over 40 years. For many years, the City of Bandon had its own fire department, but we now contract with the Rural Fire Protection District for fire services. It is definitely a win for the city as we could not afford to provide the level of fire services that the BRFD does for a very reasonable cost (around $100,000 a year).
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In the last year, I have received many compliments about the history portion of my column. People tell me they love my old pictures; but last week a friend said she wished I would write more about the city council and leave out the history parts. "I don't care where the service station used to be," she said. It got me to thinking ... but only for a moment. I leave coverage of the city council meetings to Amy; and will continue sharing my old photos until I hear from a lot of you that you'd rather read "the news" than view photos of what Bandon used to look like ...
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I always love to see Facebook posts featuring Bandon. Several days ago Julie Miller shared a website that listed "the 10 Best Fall Festivals in Oregon," with the Bandon Cranberry Festival being number one.
Others were the Lincoln County Fall Kite Festival, no. 2; Hood River Apple Harvest Festival, no. 3; Stormy Weather Arts Festival, Cannon Beach, no. 4; Klamath Basin Potato Festival, Merrill, no. 5; Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland, no.6; Jacksonville Oktoberfest, Jacksonville, no. 7; Alpenfest, Joseph, no. 8; St. Josef Grapesstomping Festival, Canby, no. 9; Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire, Kings Valley, no. 10.
The headline spelled Bandon with an "r," which sadly is not unusual, but the body of the article spelled it correctly. Oh well, Brandon or Bandon, we know who they meant.
And we're just glad all the hard work of the chamber's festival committee received the recognition it deserved.
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Read a sad story Sunday morning about an accident which occurred Saturday morning inside the city limits of Seaside.
It appears that the Seaside PD responded to a residence on Highway 101 near milepost 20 about a disturbance. There they encountered a silver Dodge Durango driving toward them. They attempted to overtake the vehicle and the female behind the wheel, but lost sight of the vehicle before coming upon the crash scene. The driver had lost control of the vehicle and drove up onto the sidewalk, where it struck a bus stop shelter, killing one pedestrian and critically injuring another. The Durango continued, jumping another sidewalk, where it came to rest after hitting a lamppost. The driver was walking away from the scene as police arrived and was identified by witnesses and detained.
I often communicate with the District Attorney of Clatsop County, Josh Marquis, who will undoubtedly pursue criminal charges against the driver of the Durango.
No names had been released as of Sunday night.
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I received an email from Public Works Director Richard Anderson who said that barricades have been placed at the south end of the jetty parking lot, on the west side, in an attempt to prevent more people from parking on the foredune.
He added that he had ordered large boulders to border the location.
He also asked the city's administrative assistant, Beth Hager, to put the information on the city's website as he was sure the action would "generate lots of questions."
Richard also included a map which indicated that the host trailer would soon be moving into the center of the parking lot in front of the restrooms.
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In case you're wondering why the post office appears to be in the dandelion-growing business, I agree with you.
Several months ago I talked with the great gang of postal employees who faithfully, and always with a smile, wait on us at the window each day. They are just as concerned as I, or maybe more so, about the condition of the post office grounds. And they suggested that the city send a letter to management as it appears that three different people are "in charge" of the Bandon post office, so rather than name any specific manager, they said just send it to "whom it may concern."
But that didn't work.
About a month ago, the city did send its summer work crew over there to cut down some of the dandelions, but I suggested rather strongly that rather than spend our time "bailing out a federal agency," maybe we could help out people truly in need.
One of the three interim managers did tell me that they were waiting for another quote before they could award the bid for the work. But that was nearly a month ago.
I guess they are waiting for the weeds to dry up and blow away . . . which should guarantee a bumper crop next year.
Maybe it's time to get out the citation book . . .