Fritz Elfving"Captain Fritz Simon Elfving, pioneer of the automobile ferry system on the Lower Columbia between Astoria and the Washington shore, died Thursday night in Columbia Hospital [in Astoria] ... He was 87.

"Capt. Elfving started the ferry service between Astoria and Point Ellice, and then to Megler in 1912, when he built a tow boat and barge for use as a ferry on the Columbia. In 1921 he built the ferry Tourist No. 1 and started regular ferry services which ended when the Oregon State Highway Department took it over in 1946.

"Elfving was challenged by railroad interests for supremacy of the Astoria-Pt. Ellice operation. On one return-trip from Point Ellice, his opposition had hastily driven some piling in front of the Astoria ferry landing. The Swedish captain ordered full speed ahead and smashed the piling to the accompaniment of cheers from his passengers and shore-watchers.

"Elfving was born Oct. 23, 1883, at Lanna, Sweden, the son of Jonas P. and Helena Elfving. After coming to Astoria in 1907, he had worked for awhile in Alaska in the construction trade, building docks and canneries, a trade he had learned from his father and then worked as a carpenter and shipbuilder in Astoria before going into the ferry business. ...

"He and Laura Anderson were married in Astoria Dec. 12, 1912. She died in 1961. A son, Edward E. Elfving died in 1945. Surviving are two grandchildren, Charles Elfving Warren, Eugene, and Karen Elfving Wickstrand, Seattle; four great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces."

-April 2, 1971

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