Canned History: A Tale of Two Labels

April 16, 2009

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, the lower Columbia River was deemed the “Salmon Canning Capitol of the World.” This title has long since passed to more northern waters, but for nearly a century, beginning in the 1860s, packing the over-sized salmonoid in

Commercial Razor Clam Digging on the Long Beach

February 10, 2009

Dig It – Commercial Razor Clam Digging on the Long Beach Peninsula By Laurie Choate We grandchildren always called him “Poppy” though no one could remember why. He was very much the storyteller, so it was sometimes difficult to determine whether he was spinning yarns or telling

Jane Barnes – The First Lady of Astoria

January 30, 2009

Astorians have been talking about Jane Barnes for nearly two centuries—and it’s no wonder, for she was the kind of woman people tend to talk about. Jane was the first woman of European descent to arrive in the Oregon Country, and it should be noted from the outset that her title as “First

On The Cover

January 20, 2009

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse near Ilwaco, Washington. Bruce Wade Peterson Originally from New England, Bruce attended the University of New Hampshire before touring and photographing extensively in both Europe and the United States. A move to the Southwest in 1979 began a 25 year career in

Grays Harbor Scrapbook

January 16, 2009

Enjoy a small slice of Grays Harbor’s history with photos courtesy of The Polson Museum, 1611 Riverside Avenue, Hoquiam, Washington.

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Timber & Towboats

May 7, 2008

The Brix Brothers’ Story

From the forested slopes of the lower Columbia River more than a century ago emerged a dynamic breed of boss loggers with ambition and savvy that set them apart from the other Bunyanesque men of their generation. They grew with the region and became Oregon’s lumbering elite, with notables like Johnny Yeon and Simon Benson. Counted among this group were the four Brix brothers Read more

The Blue Bottle

May 7, 2008

By Irene Martin

While emptying drawers and cabinets preparatory to a major remodeling, I found an unusual bottle in one of my husband’s miscellaneous piles. The blue bottle was two inches long, with slender white striping along the sides. At one end it curled back upon itself, like a chambered nautilus. The other end had an opening which must have had a stopper or cork Read more