And speaking of old newspapers…

Northender Masthead May 21, 1976

If you’ve been around here long enough to remember the 1970s, a newspaper called The Northender may ring a bell.  I don’t know how many issues there were in all, but I’ve recently run across Vol. 1, No.1 published May 21, 1976.  It was a simple sheet of 30″ x 22½” newsprint, folded to make four standard newspaper-size. pages,  printed in a standard font (perhaps Century Schoolbook) and well-illustrated with photographs.

The map on the paper’s masthead showed, as might be expected, the north end of the Peninsula — from Oysterville and Surfside south to Klipsan.  Advertisements for north end businesses such as Ole’s Nook, the Ocean Park Tourist Camp, Don McKay Realty, and the Shake Shack are nestled among the news stories on pages 3 and 4.  The news content is divided between historic information and current events.

I was interested to see a front page headline, STREET NAME PETITION PRESENTED TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.  The article began:  A delegation composed mostly of Ocean Park Village Club members met with County Commissioners and Public Works Representatives in South Bend Monday, to present a petition of protest concerning the revised naming of Peninsula roads and streets.

Although Jack Downer, spokesman for the group, reported that “the meeting went smoothly, and Commissioners Claire Korevaar, and Bill Crossman were receptive towards working together…”  we all know how that exchange finally turned out.  I don’t know if it was this meeting or a subsequent one that my mother attended.  When the group was told that numbering the Peninsula streets was being done to accommodate the Fire Department, she was furious.  “I recently moved back here from San Francisco,” she said, “and, as you might know, it is a far greater metropolis than our Peninsula.  They have retained all of their historic street names and their firemen don’t seem to have a problem locating addresses.  Are you saying that our firemen are not as smart as firemen in San Francisco?”  She never got over the “stupidity” — not of the firemen, but of the movers and shakers of the County who would not listen to their residents — “the very property owners and taxpayers who pay their salaries,” she said.  More than once.

Old Nelson Home, Oysterville 1875 – by Pat Akehurst

Several of the photographs tugged at my heartstrings.  Jeff Murikami’s house in Nahcotta which, said the caption once housed the first north end newspaper.  The Pacific Journal was the first newspaper published in Pacific County.  It was established in Osterville in 1887…  And on page 2 is a picture of 93-year-old Charlie Nelson whose parents’ Oysterville home was being featured in a Friends of the Library calendar, set to go on sale July 4, 1976 at the time of the Bi-Centennial Celebration in Oysterville.

Great stuff!  Oh, and did I mention that the cost of these four pages of information and entertainment was ten cents — “one thin dime,” as they used to say?   I wonder how many issues Mr. Messing managed to put out.  And I wonder if anyone has the complete set — perhaps the library?  I’m keeping my eye out, you betcha,  as I dig deeper into these boxes and files of the past.  Stay tuned…

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