As I see it: Tugs of World War II | Bandon News


In 1943, the Port of Bandon tug and the Klihyam tug were taken over by the federal government for use in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. The two Bandon tugs helped save a large merchant ship laden with supplies, and the captains, including Martin Guchee, were the first civilians cited for meritorious service in the Aleutians.

The photo of Bandon harbor that I am sharing today was loaned to me by Bob Richardson of Coos Bay.

After the war, the Port of Bandon went to great lengths to bring the tug back to Bandon, but it was not without a battle and the help of several members of Congress from Oregon.

According to an article in Western World of April 25, 1946, the commissioners of the port of Bandon had been negotiating for several months with the War Shipping Administration for the purchase of the tug. Initially, the port offered $ 45,000. This offer was not submitted to the shipping commission as the appraised value had been set at $ 65,000. However, the transportation commission decided to go out to tender … and the highest bid was $ 30,000 from a Seattle company.

With help from Congressman Harris Ellsworth and Senator Guy Cordon, the port protested the top-priced tugboat sale and all offers were declined. Eventually, the initial offer from the Port of Bandon was accepted.

Less than three months later, the tugboat Port of Bandon arrived in the local port, greeted as a hero by the local citizens. Windmill whistles, fire sirens and church bells announced the return to basics.

“Captain Guchee, who holds a senior position with a large towing company in Seattle, brought the tug to Bandon as a token of loyalty to the old home port; also to visit his twin sons before they are assigned to sea service, “the article says.

Four Bandon men traveled to Seattle to return as crew members, including Jack Nyross, Stan Tucker, Eugene Stearns, and Arnold Foster. Stearns was my cousin and I didn’t know until I found the article on Sunday that he had been on the tug when he returned to Bandon.

After getting the tug through the port, Moore Mill was once again able to resume water transport for its products which, during the war, had been trucked for shipment by rail and boat to Coos Bay.

In 1960 the tug was purchased by the Upper Columbia River Towing Company. Shortly after, the tug leaked and sank in the channel of Kure Island in the South Pacific.

The second photo is a great shot of Moore Mill & Lumber Co., which was Bandon’s primary employer for many years.

An article in Western World in March 1946 explained that the Moore family had sold control of their three factories in Coos County to DH Miller Sr. and his associates. The Miller family continued to operate the plant until it was closed and dismantled in the mid-1980s.

The article says that “DH Miller Sr. is known in the industry as one of its most capable operators. He arrived at Moore Mill in 1937 after holding managerial positions in several major lumber companies. working in the Northwest. He ran the factory for eight years before purchasing this.

“Two of his three sons, David H. Jr. and Walter, are partners with their father in Moore Industries. The third son, Robert S., is a junior partner at the King and Wood law firm, Portland.

“Moore Industries was founded in 1900 by George W. Moore, a Michigan banker and lumberjack. With his former forestry partner, LJ Cody, he became interested in Coach Timber Co. land on Lampa Creek near Bandon. . Cody Lumber Co. was formed to operate this plot. Due to a lack of a market for logs, he built a mill on the present site in Bandon in 1906. This mill burned down in 1909 and after this disaster Cody retired. Moore rebuilt the mill and formed the company Geo. W. Moore Lumber, which operated until 1916 when the Moore Mill and Lumber Company succeeded it. Moore’s brother, FT Moore of Port Huron, Mich., a been involved with him in the latter endeavor. “

FT “Fred” Moore Jr. and his brother-in-law Carl Lorenz then owned and operated M&L Grocery for many years.

The Miller family still owns the former Moore Mill site and a large office building on the south side of First Street to operate their large lumber business.

In the same March 1946 issue of Western World, I saw the headline “Clothing store to open in renovated building.”

The building, which is pictured here behind my grandmother, Grace Felsheim, was known as the Topping building after the fire. It adjoined the Bank of Bandon, formerly the building of the First National Bank and now owned by the Masonic Lodge.

The building had been purchased by Mr. and Mrs. John Fitzsimmons and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Philpott, who transformed it into a modern and modern clothing store, known as The Style Shop.

Today, this building is owned by Chip and Jean Salmon, who operate two clothing stores in the building, including The Loft on 2nd. Salmon also own Sweet Peas in Baltimore.

A woman from Bandon posted the other day on her Facebook page asking for prayers for her friend, Lynnelle Kummelehne, who is hospitalized and very ill, having had to be intubated to help her breathe. On Saturday she was still being intubated so I don’t know what her prognosis is.

My thoughts are with Lynnelle and her husband, Dino, who have made their position against vaccinations known. Lynnelle has appeared before city council and school board in recent months to talk about the dangers of the vaccine.

I know how convinced people are about vaccines, both pro and con, but when I hear that vibrant, healthy people like Lynnelle have been struck, I pray that when she recovers, they will urge people to get vaccinated.

My prayers are with Lynnelle and Dino during these difficult days. We’ve been friends for years and I wish only the best for them both.

The Top 25 Taxpayer 2021 list for Coos County came out recently, and as I expected, Bandon Dunes was the top taxpayer with just over $ 1 million.

Roseburg Forest Products was second with $ 922,356, followed by Pacificorp with $ 755,654 and Charter Communications fifth with $ 538,086.

Other major taxpayers with ties to Bandon include North Bend Medical, No. 7; First Community Credit Union, No. 10; Ron LaFranchi, # 14; Moore Mill & Lumber Co., # 20, and Hardin Optical, # 22.

There were only two people named in the Top 25, including LaFranchi and Howard Willett.

LaFranchi paid $ 212,732 in taxes, based on his Coos County real estate holdings valued at $ 15,987,729 and with an actual market value of $ 22,562,122. Among his companies are Ron’s Oil in Coquille and Bandon.

People are increasingly concerned about the number of vandals, burglars and drunk drivers in Coos County who are not in jail. At first it was just a whisper, but as more people read anecdotal evidence about repeat offenders who aren’t jailed, they grew increasingly concerned. And rightly so.

Maybe it’s time for Coos County leaders to get together and meet with Sheriff Craig Zanni to assist them and figure out what it will take to fully open the jail.

Having spoken to Craig on two separate occasions in the past few weeks myself, it doesn’t seem to be as much of a financial issue as it does a staff one; either people have left, are on family sick leave or have been ill.

But someone needs to assure the people of Coos County that the jail will be open soon and they won’t have to worry about the person coming their way still driving … after three drinking and driving tickets and none prison sentence.

Portland already has a reputation as one of the most lawless big cities in the country; we don’t want the same for Coos County. My sister has family members who live in Empire, and although they have recently purchased a large house, they are very concerned about the increase in crime in this area and are considering their options.

I was sorry to learn of the passing of former Coquille High School football coach Andy Klemm, who recently passed away at the age of 81. He and his wife, Bits (Marian), who died last spring, lived in Albany. He was a real gentleman besides being a great trainer. He coached the Red Devils from 1966 to 1985 and in 20 seasons his record was 115-67-2.

I found an article on the internet about the 25 Most Dominant High School Soccer Teams in Oregon’s No.2 Rankings, and found both Coquille and Bandon on the list.

The photo accompanying the article was taken after Bandon won the State Championship in 1950, and I was able to pick the then superintendent, Keith Goldhammer and Chuck Hess.

In 1970, Coquille was the 20th dominant team with a 12-0 record under coach Klemm. That year, the Red Devils scored 377 points and allowed just 67. Coquille won the state championship by beating Junction City 10-7. The article points out that after the 1970 soccer championship, Coquille didn’t win any other playoff games until 2015 … until 2021, when they won the state championship again.

The 1977 South Umpqua team (No.15) went 12-0 under coach Kent Wigle, who left in 1988 for Marshfield where he won the big school title in 1992. I was friends with the Wigle family and I stayed in their house. weekend I was hanging out with Riddle’s trainer Gene Forman.

The 1950 Bandon Tigers were the 8th most dominant team when they went 10-0 under coach Harry Therkelsen. They beat Union 19-18 in the national final, with Art Dornath scoring all three of Bandon’s touchdowns. In the 50-0 semi-final win over Garibaldi, Dornath and Dean Van Leuven each scored three touchdowns, while Ed Wehner returned an interception for a 95-yard touchdown and Darrell Ward scored a 47-yard touchdown. .

It was the first year for Therkelsen, who compiled a 22-6 record in three years before being replaced by Dick Sutherland, who won 168 games in 28 seasons (1953-80) at Bandon, including the title d State in 1968.


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