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Another familiar name for Stanley Point (the location of dream-cities Stanley, Napoleon, and Chetlo Harbor) is Cougar Bend. Of all the names for that particular location on the Naselle River, the story of “Cougar Bend” is most closely associated with the pioneers of the area. It is also the …

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“He always went by J.A., never by John or Alvin,” said Morehead’s granddaughter Dorothy Trondsen Williams. “In later life, his pride and joy was Morehead Park. He constructed picnic tables, cooking areas, and a bathhouse on the grounds. There were also unique items like the figurehead from t…

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The year 1889 was a big one for B. Aksel Seaborg of Ilwaco. In January, at the Pacific County Courthouse in Oysterville, he filed the plat for his newly created town of Sealand. As a major stockholder and member of the board of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company, he was confident that…

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“Plungers” were the ubiquitous sail boats predominate on Shoalwater Bay from the 1850s until the late 1880s. Perhaps they were best described by Frank Turner (1882-1961) in his column “From Au…

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Another familiar name for Stanley Point (the location of dream-cities Stanley, Napoleon, and Chetlo Harbor) is Cougar Bend. Of all the names for that particular location on the Naselle River, …

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Much to the amusement of other settlements around the shores of the newly named “Willapa” Bay, the slogan “Baltimore of the Pacific” continued to be used for promotional purposes long after th…

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

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Paint a nostalgic picture: two boys in a boat, first light, gray as a tarnished coffee pot. Hard wind out of the north, incoming tide rising steadily on Willapa Bay. A light rain begins to fal…

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On March 16, 1915, around 10,000 people gathered at the mouth of the Columbia River to welcome the Great Northern, a palatial high-speed cruiser. The ship had been built, along with its sister…

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Some years ago, Deep River resident and part-time Chinook Observer correspondent, Richard (Nick) Nikkila, began to write down his memories of growing up in Deep River during the 1950s and earl…

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A tidbit for history buffs: An interesting but sad website, “Death Certificates of Finns in Pacific County, Washington, 1908-1950,” excerpted from files belonging to the Family History Center …

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COLUMBIA RIVER — Kent Craford’s wife used to joke that she’d probably have to bury him in the old gillnet boat he bought on a whim when they were young and broke and that for years his childre…

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Some years ago, Deep River resident and part-time Observer correspondent, Richard (Nick) Nikkila, began to write down his memories of growing up in Deep River during the 1950s and early 60s. E…

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Many, many years before the coming of the white man, the Indians travelled over a route leading from the mouth of the Columbia River to Puget Sound, by the way of Shoalwater Bay and Grays Harb…

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“He always went by J.A., never by John or Alvin,” said Morehead’s granddaughter Dorothy Trondsen Williams. “In later life, his pride and joy was Morehead Park. He constructed picnic tables, co…

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The year 1889 was a big one for B. Aksel Seaborg of Ilwaco. In January, at the Pacific County Courthouse in Oysterville, he filed the plat for his newly created town of Sealand. As a major sto…

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Being isolated from the coronavirus pandemic gave lots of time to reminisce about remarkable changes that have transformed the world and reshaped our lives since the 1930s. They’re changes mos…

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Perhaps the pandemic is causing personal introspection, or perhaps, an intermittent stroll down memory lane. Maybe at my age, this is a good thing: the old noggin is still tracking, still reme…

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In a seldom-told part of the Chinook treaty story is the role of Robert Shortess (1797-1878). Shortess, an early Oregon pioneer, played a significant role in the acquisition of Oregon Territor…

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From 1818 to 1846, the vast expanse of Oregon Country encompassed the area that now forms part of the present-day Canadian province of British Columbia, all of the U.S. states of Oregon, Washi…

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The first agreement between the Lower Chinooks and Washington Hall was signed in 1848 by Hall and by two Chinook chiefs: Elwahco (also known as Elwah or Ellewa) who was the son of Comcomly’s s…

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World War I, what was known at the time as the Great War, began in Europe in 1914. In spring of 1917 the United States entered that conflict, and in November 1918 it concluded. As soldiers ret…

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West Coast news clippings from the 1880s and 1890s are loaded with nuggets that bring an adventurous — and sometimes dangerous — era to life.

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In the late 1980s, when I was proofreader for the Chinook Observer, the editor assigned me to construct a time-line of highlights from back issues. It was to be printed in a 1989 Observer issu…

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Officially, Pacific City existed from March 22, 1849 to Feb. 26, 1852. It’s difficult to identify where it was located, no matter how you might go about it. Now, 180-some years later, there ar…

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Although Pacific County’s first city was over almost before it had begun, an astonishing number of the area’s earliest and most influential settlers were introduced to the region as residents …

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During the past 10 years I have had the unique privilege of talking every day with World War II veterans and their families. Needless to say, I have been told many, many stories. But of all th…

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RAYMOND — Jerry Bowman begins each tour by eagerly creating a perspective for what life was like in the late 1800s. He proceeds to draws visitors into the time period with the infectious manne…

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Amateur historians and cocktail fanatics alike can raise a rather ironic glass to toast one of America’s most romanticized law enforcement flops. This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the N…