OREGON – Week of July 9
Stories from the States

OREGON – Week of July 9

Back in our RV days my husband and I were campground hosts at Fort Stevens State Park on three occasions and it was tempting to spend a month there every summer but then we would have missed places like Newfoundland and Alaska. The Oregon coast is on our short list of favorite places, and we especially enjoyed Astoria and Fort Stevens. If you get to Astoria, be sure to stop in the bakery downtown for a schnecken.


Astoria, Oregon

Week of July 9, 1893

Population 1890: 6,184

Population 2016: 9,802

July 9, 1893

Captain George Flavel

The death of Captain George Flavel removes from our midst Astoria’s most prominent citizen. For more than half a century he has resided in this city and has always identified himself with every movement having for its object the advancement of the city’s interests. By honest endeavor and years of patient industry he long ago laid the foundation of the fortune he enjoyed in his declining years. It was not his privilege in early life to receive the benefit of either a classical or thorough commercial education. To this, doubtless, may be attributed his disinclination to engage in speculations of the issue of which he was uncertain, or to invest largely in propositions which his own judgement did not fully endorse. In his rough and rugged road from sailor boy to ship captain and owner, he had suffered many hard experiences which we can readily believe enable him to estimate at their full value the smiles of fortune, and naturally deterred him in advancing years from any and every speculation which could impair his comparatively moderate fortune. In all his business transactions with his fellow citizens, Captain Flavel was the soul of honor. He was faithful and constant to his friends. Prosperity never lifted him up in the least of diminished the general affability, courtesy, and civility that he had always to to all persons. A good citizen, a true friend, a tender husband and an affectionate father was laid to rest yesterday in Hillside cemetery in the person of Captain George Flavel.

Click here for information about The Flavel House Museum.

July 14, 1893

The Monterey

All forenoon yesterday great volumes of black smoke poured out of the tall smokestack of the Monterey and precisely at 12 o’clock the huge mass of steel turned slowly in the stream and started on her way to Portland. She was not long in getting under full speed and not many minutes disappearing behind the Uppertown canneries. It was a pretty sight as the Monterey crossed the channel from Tongue Point to the Washington side. Just ahead of her was the State of California bound up the river, the big dredger W.S. Ladd was working at one side of her course, while several other steam crafts were plying about the battleship. Added to this was the hundreds of fishing boats, tacking to and fro under a stiff norwester, their white canvas glistening in the sunlight that came in streaks through the broken clouds overhead. Many people stood along the waterfront and watched the Monterey until she passed out of sight under the shadow of the Washington hills.

Click here for information about this ship.

July 14, 1893

The Columbia

The steamer Columbia sailed for San Francisco yesterday morning taking 2,600 cases salmon, 70 sacks of oysters and a quantity of miscellaneous freight. Five stowaways were discovered in the forward hold just before the steamer left the dock. They were put ashore.

July 15, 1893

Shipping Charges

Captain Thompson of the Solitaire, made a big kick yesterday over what he terms an outrageous charge on several tons of potatoes he had shipped up from San Francisco via the Union Pacific steamer. A rate of $15 per ton was charged, which he paid, but not without a good deal of pretty hard thinking.


Featured photo and population information are from Wikipedia.


  • Angela July 11, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    I would love to have seen The Monterey pulling away from shore with its smokestack spewing black smoke. Everything today is so instantaneous.

    • KarenB July 18, 2017 at 6:17 AM

      There is something very cool about old ships and old trains. One of the big draws to this area is the old trains.


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