As I See It: Flourishing fishing market|Bandon News| – Coos Bay World

7November 2020

The very first image I am sharing was taken around the mid l960s when the fishing fleet had grown to 50 boats. A short article on the front page of the Aug. 4, 1966, Western World informed the story.

“Fishing activity in the Port of Bandon has actually certainly been on the boost throughout the previous 2 weeks, reports Graydon Stinnett, owner of Bandon Seafood Market.

“From approximately 21 fishing boats daily in July, mid-week count the other day indicated 50 boats, and this number is apt to be raised by 5 or more per day, while today season is in progress, said Stinnett.

“Drawing in a great deal of California anglers, Stinnett is now working at a peak capacity, with more than 22 staff members busily processing an approximated 15,000 pounds of salmon weekly. He said that his top was on July 27, when 9,000 pounds were unloaded from 15 vessels, processed and delivered from the local service.

” ‘We could increase our production 100 percent right now, if it were not for our absence of ice centers,’ Stinnett stated. But to validate the financial investment of the ice-making equipment, he would have to be specific that the bar and jetty conditions would allow year-round production.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently making a study of the facilities of the Port of Bandon to ascertain the economic feasibility of spending nearly five million dollars to bring the Bandon harbor up to year-round use, so essential to maintaining an expanded seafood processing plant here.”

The second photo of Queen Anne Home on the Beach (note its distance to Face Rock) is a post card, most likely from the 1920s.

A short article in the Dec. 20, 1945, Western World provides some history.

“A deal was closed this week where Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Peters, just recently of Portland, ended up being owners of the Queen Anne resort property on Bandon beach. This preferable area has a three-tenant apartment or condo at present, and formerly had six stunning homes ignoring Bandon’s picturesque beach. It also had the original Queen Anne Home (envisioned) built there about 70 years earlier by Mr. Nichols.

“The ‘Queen Anne’ was owned by the Rasmussen Brothers, Chris and Nels, during Bandon’s flourishing growing years, and was later purchased by A.P. Sugary food and after that by W.J. Sweet.

“A tea space, with plate glass windows on the south and west, was contributed to the old home, and a popular consuming place, called the Queen Anne Tea Space, was run by Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Jarman. 3 tourist cottages were also run by the Jarmans.

“In 1929, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Sugary food added three more cottages and for eight years ran business themselves and the Queen Anne due to the fact that popular not just along the West Coast, but was known all over the U.S. All however today apartment or condos was ruined in the Bandon Fire, Sept. 26, 1936.

“The brand-new owners prepare to develop a home on the old Queen Anne website and later on might establish the location as a modern home resort.

“The Peters also are interested in the regional cranberry service. Mr. Peters became a partner with Lou Wright who just recently bought the Walter Cox house south of Bandon on the Coast highway. They have about seven acres of berries east of the Cox home near the junction of the Bandon Beach Roadway. Mr. Wright is a musician and trainer at the Langlois school band.”

Update: the 3 homes that did not burn in the fire remain today, and are owned by Alex Linke. Mr. Wright later functioned as the long-time band director for the Bandon School District. Lou Wright and his partner Alice also owned Wright’s Myrtlewood at Beach Junction, now the home of Kimberly’s Book Nook.

The 3rd photo was taken in July of 1966 of the club champions at Bandon’s Westmost Golf Course. The photo was taken by me in front of the huge stone fireplace in the clubhouse throughout a social event. Club champ was Ray Baird (center) and runner-up was Bill Burgher, left. Joe Turner, right, was runner-up in the 3rd flight. Not envisioned was Costs Hopson, who was first-flight champion.

After printing out the photo, I understood that the 2 watercolor paintings on the wall behind the fireplace were painted by my granny, Grace Felsheim, who did not start painting till she was 65.

I was given a trip of the brand-new staff/caddie real estate systems at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort this week by Katy (Vierck) Gonzales, resident personnel real estate supervisor. At present they have actually sited 10 of the tiny-house, one-bedroom systems, but plans are to have 30 of them on website. They are gorgeous and extremely functional, but best of all are supplying a much-needed facility for individuals who work at the resort.

One only requires to take a look at the rate of homes being sold in the Bandon location to understand that this is definitely a seller’s market and we are in alarming requirement of additional work-force real estate.

Among the perks of being a member of the Bandon Historic Society is receiving its publication,” The Bandon Light,” which comes out 3 or four times a year. Their most recent publication was a special Veterans Day issue, sponsored by Bain Insurance coverage, and created and set out by museum board member Jim Proehl.

The feature short article is titled “One POW’s Story: As remembered by Carol Tucker Acklin,” which told the story of the capture of Carol’s uncle, Stan Tucker, brother of her daddy Howard. It is a fascinating read.

The eight-page publication also included a letter from the late Don Goddard, dated May 9, 1945, from Germany, composed to his moms and dads and shared by his daughter, Nancy Goddard Murphy, a member of the museum board.

The scandal sheet included pictures of a choice of Bandon High School graduates who served, consisting of Class of ’15, Raymond Geisendorfer; Class of ’28, Master Sergeant Chet Campbell; Class of ’40, Eugene Stearns (my cousin); Class of ’41, Louis Felsheim (my uncle); Class of ’42, Edgar Lowe Capps; Class of ’51, Bill Domenighini; Class of ’57, Wayne Campbell; Class of ’64, Tom Goss; Class of ’66, Donnie Goddard; Class of ’84, Mark Handsaker, and Class of ’86, Jess Crabtree.

If you’re not already a Historic Society member, you may want to subscribe. Dues are $15 a year for a specific, $25 for a household, $35 for a business, or $250 for a life membership. Checks can be constructed to BHS and sent to Bandon Historical Society, PO Box 737, Bandon.

I got up incredibly early (for me) Thursday so I could head out to the City Park for the complimentary flu shot, being given by employees of the Southern Coos Health District. This is a terrific public service that the district has been doing for several years.

The gal administering my shot was long-time RN Debbie Allen, who told me this would be her last flu shot clinic as she is retiring in April … after more than 41 years working for the local health district. Which included twenty years at the previous health center, which was located on the hill overlooking the lighthouse.

Definitely this must be some sort of a record. What a wonderful achievement!

Mentioning hospitals, I saw on the news that 14 employees of the Lower Umpqua Health District in Reedsport strolled off the task recently, including the CEO, and I think the CFO and perhaps the DNS.

I had heard earlier in the day that 5 staff members had quit, however I had no idea it was 14 up until I saw it on TV that night. A member of the hospital board was talked to and said it would not affect the health center. It makes me wonder how the loss of 14 employees would not affect the hospital; if that is true, they must have been way overstaffed. At any rate it will be interesting to see what lagged this mass exodus.

After my note about Steve Miller, he sent me a great email, with a couple of points, which I think deserve showing my readers because Perdue Pharma has actually remained in the news a lot lately.

All purported actions at the business consisted of in the felony pleas took place prior to Miller’s arrival as Chairman in mid-2018.

Soon after he got here, he produced a new independent Board of Directors with no involvement by any of the Sackler family.

“Settlement with the Department of Justice was an important action, but not the final action, toward a full resolution of our case and in which we will create a brand-new ‘Public Advantage Corporation’ devoted to assisting neighborhoods and victims of the opioid epidemic and with no connection of any kind with the Sacklers,” Miller said.

On an individual note, he also wanted me best of luck in my election.

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