Oregon Coast Magazine January/February 2009

Cover Oregon CoastAstoria Puts out the Welcome Mat The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies combines scenic beauty and fascinating history. - Jo Pomeroy-Crockett

The Beeswax Wreck of Nehalem Bay A ship that wrecked off the North Coast hundreds of years ago still fascinates archaeologists. - Cheryl D. Wanner

World War II Mystery Solved Yachats, soldiers, and a radar station are all part of a wartime legacy. - William B. Lewis

Daring Rescue at Tillamook Rock A job as a lighthouse maintenance engineer can be very exciting. - Brian Ratty

Where’s the Beef? Visitors to the coast generally look for great seafood, but there’s nothing like a good steak every once in a while. - Laura Anne Brooks, Barton Howe, Gail Elber, Scott Graves, Emily Kolkemo, and Jaci Spooner

Antiquing in Lincoln City Choices range from inexpensive to extravagant at Lincoln City’s many antique shops. - Judy Fleagle

Remembering Good Times in Pacfic City Seventy years of recreational dory fishing have left Dan DeSart with lots of fond memories. - Paul Pintarich

The Four Hundred Johnsons of Clatsop County When newcomers with hard-to-pronounce surnames came to Astoria in its early days, their employers just renamed them Johnson. - Arthur H. Redman

Ceramics and So Much More Expert advice accompanies the creative experience at this do-it-yourself pottery studio in Florence. - Leeann Dakers

Valentine’s Day at the Little Log Church This vow-renewal ceremony is an annual tradition. - Christine Barnes

Helping Build the Railroad How farmers helped in the railroad expansion to the coast nearly a century ago. - Elsie Moore

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Coast Lines - By Rosemary Camozzi, Editor

 

Coast Lines

Welcome to our annual Oregon Coast history issue. During the winter, when our readers like to snuggle by the fire with a good book or magazine, we line up a selection of stories that bring the "good old days" to life. As usual, we have a fine selection this year, many of which were written by people with close ties to the tales they tell.

Art Redman's "Four Hundred Johnsons of Clatsop County," with a wonderful illustration by our own Paula Korte, takes us back to the early days of Astoria, when immigrants arrived with all sorts of unpronounceable names.

Paul Pintarich's story on Dan DeSart's love for dory boats is brought to life with black-and-white photos from Dan's own photo album. Brian Ratty writes of his grandfather's daring rescue off Tillamook Rock after a violent storm in 1934 and also provides photos from the family album. Elsie Moore reminisces about how farmers helped out with lumber and food when the railroad was being built between Eugene and Coos Bay in 1913, and William Lewis tackles the mystery of the World War II radar site on top of Cape Perpetua.

Cheryl Wanner shares her research on the ongoing "Beeswax Ship" project, and Jo Pomeroy-Crockett lets us in on all the sights of Astoria, the coast's most historic city.

In case all this reading makes you hungry, we've scoped out a selection of coastal restaurants where you can get a good, satisfying steak. And should you have the urge to venture out on a winter shopping expedition, check out Judy Fleagle's story on the antique shops of Lincoln City. With more than 100 dealers to choose from, you're sure to find something that you can't live without.

I also wanted to mention a great dinner I had at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. The students, under the direction of head chef Shawn Hamlin, prepared a four-course meal featuring wild salmon and elk. The Dungeness Crab Commission taught us how to crack crab and get out the maximum amount of delicious meat, HV Cellars provided wonderful Oregon Coast wines, and Brandon Williams of Rugged Coast Seafood in Charleston cooked up several kinds of local clams, including Empire clams, an absolutely wonderful variety that I’d never heard of before.

OCCI offers culinary luncheons as part of its externship program every Friday afternoon at noon. Visit occi.net/programs for more information. You can support the students and have a great meal all at the same time.

In the meantime, enjoy the winter!

—Rosemary Camozzi

 

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