As I see it: the launch of the Telegraph | Bandon News

The first photo I share is of the Telegraph launch, which drew a large crowd to the quayside in February 1914.

The 103-foot-long paddle steamer was built in Prosper by Carl Herman.

In his book “Wooden Ships and Master Craftsmen”, published in 1978, Ernie Osborne talks about the Telegraph, which he said was probably “the ship best remembered among the elders of the Bandon area. It was a powerful vessel and, in 1916, was lengthened to 115 feet. From her launch until the end of her career, she belonged to the Panter family of Bandon.

“She was embroiled in a bitter rivalry with the Charm, and once the Charm entered Jarman’s landing to pick up a passenger, the Telegraph put its bow against the Charm’s stern, thrust her out of the way. landing and picked up the passenger herself. The fare was 15 cents. Obscene language turned the air blue; cans of oil were thrown away; the mooring lines were cut and, as a final result, the American steamboat inspectors were called in and sentenced to suspensions.

The Telegraph was eventually beached at the Paris “Hap” Ward ranch in Randolph in 1927 with the Myrtle and later the Dora.

Recently I shared a photo of the Grace Dollar, which sparked so much excitement when it first crossed the bar in Bandon … and announced the possibility of even bigger ships hauling lumber out of Bandon. And that’s why I chose this photo of the Pacific No. 2 as it broke the bar in February 1961, carrying over four million board feet of lumber. Note how the South Jetty area has changed over the past 60 years.

But it is the Grace Dollar that I want to talk about more, after finding an interesting article in the Bandon Recorder of March 11, 1913, talking about a reception organized for the captain and officers of the Grace Dollar at the Commercial Club Hall, under the presidency of the president of the EH Fish club.

Well-known lawyer GT Treadgold was called upon to deliver welcoming remarks.

In part, he said: ‘When I saw the SS Grace Dollar arrive at the bar today, I was moved and impressed at the sight of this large ship entering Bandon Harbor. I believe this is only a step towards when we will have a large port here, and the ships in Bandon will take timber to transport it to the Atlantic ports without transshipment.

“The fact that the port has grown from relative insignificance to its current stage of importance portends greater things.

“To advance the view that a great city will develop on the present site of Bandon is considered by many here to be a mere dream. I believe that the ideas of dreamers supported by practical work will make Bandon a port that will be open to ships all the bigger than the Grace Dollar as it is bigger than the ships that have entered this port, there at fifteen.

Today, of course, our port is mainly used by pleasure craft and the days of the large timber haulers are long gone.

Mr Treadgold, who also served as a city attorney, was assassinated three years later (in 1916) when he was shot in a mechanic’s garage opposite the Coquille courthouse by a man from Bandon , who harbored a grudge. He was only 31 years old but had already distinguished himself as a community leader. His murder is a story for another day.

The third photo I’m sharing was taken in August 1978 as Elmer and Grace Gant were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Elmer was in the clothing business in Bandon before and after the 1936 fire, along with other members of the Gant family. Grace was a member of the Thorn pioneer family and both were active in the community.

The Gloves spent the weekend with their five children and other parents camping on the Sixes River. From left to right are sons Tom, Grace and Elmer, their daughter Susan Winnop, their son Dr. Jim Gant and their daughters, Gloria Haga and Glenda Hawkins, who recently died at the age of 86. The article says their grandson Gary Gant flew from Boulder. Creek, California, to join the Sixes River gang. Tom, Gloria and Gary still live in Bandon today. Jim lives in Cottage Grove and Susan lives in Satsuma, Alabama.

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I don’t know how many people will remember him, but Dan Harper was a well-known chiropractor in Bandon years ago, before his life choices took him in a different direction.

I understand he was found dead on a Two Mile property last week. I don’t know the details, but the woman who told me about it estimated he was probably 70 years old.

I also learned on Sunday that former BHS student Chuck Cravey recently passed away in his sleep from complications from diabetes. I believe it was in the early ’60s. Chuck graduated from BHS in the class of 1976 with Susie Korenko and my younger sister, Mindy.

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Since October, there has been an epidemic of marijuana store heists in Portland, eight of which involved a gun, and most of them attributed to teenagers. The prosecutor’s office said 12 of the 21 suspects charged so far were teenagers.

Initially, most thefts were run-downs, but later turned into armed robberies, one of which resulted in the murder of a shopkeeper. To make it more dangerous for marijuana stores, they only deal in cash because at the federal level it is still considered an illegal drug.

The owner of a cannabis store in southwest Portland kept his money in two black refrigerator-sized safes in the back room of his dispensary, with the code known only to the owner and its director. One contained $ 125,000 in cash, including $ 25,000 that the owner planned to pay the state in a few weeks when his taxes were due. But the thieves tied the manager’s wrists and ankles, leaving him face down after forcing him to tell them the safe code. They left the clinic through the back door (with the money) and got out of the parking lot. The test lasted 18 minutes.

Store owners can also have their bank accounts closed if they try to manage cannabis money through their personal bank accounts.

Some are hoping for a bill called the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act to pass, which would drastically reduce the number of marijuana thefts and burglaries because there would be little or no cash in stores. If passed, the SAFE Banking Act would provide a “safe harbor” that would allow banks to offer financial services such as loans, credit card processing and access to capital for the cannabis industry without criminal risk.

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Cities and counties across the country will receive COVID 19 relief, although details on how the money can be used are unclear at this time.

Bandon is expected to receive $ 641,669, although that could be over a two-year period.

Others in the area and the amount they will receive are Myrtle Point $ 521,611; Shell $ 802,698; Powers $ 138,607; Port Orford $ 235,020; Brookings $ 1.3 million; North Bend $ 1.9 million and Coos Bay, $ 3.3 million.

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Having had cataract surgery on my second eye on Thursday, I can certainly attest to its success as I can see things that I didn’t even know were there … cobwebs to begin with; wrinkles for each other, but as many have said, the brightness of the colors is amazing. I should have done it several years ago, but I kept putting it off.

Having to put on eye drops four times a day for a month is a bit of a pain, but it’s a small price to pay to have my vision restored. So if any of my readers are reluctant to have the surgery, don’t. There’s really nothing to do, and it’s definitely painless.

I feel the same about my second COVID vaccine, although I will say I felt a bit of pain for a few days, but again the feeling of relief is overwhelming after a year of worrying if I could contract it. The more people who are vaccinated, the faster we can return to some form of normalcy. Personally, I can’t wait for this to happen ….

Crowds were in town this week for spring break and luckily the weather was generally good as people sat outside wherever they could find a seat. Many restaurants had tables along the sidewalk and most were full.

It would be wonderful if our restaurants and bars could just open for indoor seating, but I’m not sure that will happen any time soon based on our COVID numbers. But hope is eternal …

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It’s been a week since a 43-year-old Coos Bay woman was killed in a single vehicle crash Monday night on the beach at Whiskey Run. April Garrett died falling from the roof of a vehicle, apparently driven by her 46-year-old husband, Jerry Garrett.

There was no further information as to why she was on the roof of the Mercury Mountaineer on the beach around 7:40 p.m.

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There was also no information about an incident that occurred on Highway 101 in Dollar Hill on Saturday evening involving scores of police, firefighters and other emergency responders. All I know is what I saw on Facebook which said the driver was going 100 miles an hour and officers were trying to stop him with strips of sticker north of the city. One person said they saw what appeared to be a male detainee along the road. I’m sure the story will come out eventually …

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