I can’t believe it’s been 20 years!

Oct 26, 2023 | 0 comments

Cannon Salute 2011

On October 9, 2003, Nyel sent out this letter:

Dear Friends and Relatives,
Oysterville is gearing up for its 150th anniversary celebration — the Oysterville Sesquicentennial.  Events will begin on Sunday, April 11, 2004 with a reception for Oysterville resdents and participating sponsors.  The big community-wide celebration — which we hope you will come to — is scheduled for the weekend of July 31/August 1 2004.
On April 12, 1854, R. H. Espy and his partner, Isaac A. Clark, paddled up the bay for a rendezvus with Chinook Chief Nahcati.  The Chief showed them the stands of native oysters on the tide flats in front of what was to become Oysterville — and the rest is history!
Accounts of early celebrations in Oysterville often mention that R.H. Espy, dressed in “linen duster and beaver hat,” began the festivities by giving the signal for a cannon to be fired down at the bay  We have not been able to find out what happened to that cannon, but it seems fitting, in honor of the  Sesquicentennial Celebration that we try to re-enact that interesting bit of Oysterville’s history.  All we need is another cannon!
When Sydney and I visited Gettysburg last year,  I learned that a cannon and carriage can be purchased for $5,000 to $8,000.  We are going to try to raise the money for these items by forming an Honorary Oysterville Militia and selling commissions to interested friends of Oysterville.  Enlistees will receive a special certificate (suitable for framing) and all ranks above sergeant will receive an Honorary Oysterville Militia cap with appropriate logo.  Founding members of the militia will have their names inscribed on a plaque to be displayed with the cannon.  If we do not make our goal by the kick-off event on April 11, all monies will be refunded and the erstwhile Oysterville Militia disbanded,
I urge you to join now and enlist your friends and family in this worthwhile and historic enterprise!
Nyel Stevens

The upshot (so to speak):  We made our goal; cannon and plaque are on display (and, in the case of the cannon, in “ceremonial use”) from May 1st through October 1st each year and for all important holidays, memorials, and other events.  At the present time, despite attrition through “loss in the line of duty” over the years, we currently have 83 active members and are still selling commissions to interested supporters.

Lieutenants Scott and Jenny Mundine, Recent THOM Enlistees



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