Oysterville Daybook Archives

The Kindness of Friends and Strangers

The Kindness of Friends and Strangers

The calls of concern and donations toward cleanup are coming in.  They are from friends and strangers, about in equal numbers.  One of the first checks came from a woman in Maryland whose father had lived in Long Beach.  As far as I know, her only...

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Grave Damage at the Oysterville Cemetery

Grave Damage at the Oysterville Cemetery

The ink was not yet dry (so to speak) on yesterday’s blog before Dan Driscoll wrote that contrary to my storm damage (as in the lack thereof) report, the North End of Oysterville had suffered considerably. Especially the cemetery. And he referenced...

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Marriage of ‘Mrs. Nippers’ and Other News

Marriage of ‘Mrs. Nippers’ and Other News

This morning I ran across two interesting letters (actually copies sent to my mother by the late Ruth Dixon). The first, from Isaac Smith of North River, was written to Mary Richardson Wells Bristow of “Eugene City, Oregon.” Written July 2, 1872,...

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and, speaking of ghosts…

and, speaking of ghosts…

Evening before last, a reporter from Longview’s Daily News called to talk to me about Ghost Stories of the Long Beach Peninsula. We spoke for the better part of an hour and I wish I had caught his name. He was a great interviewer. He said the story...

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Issue after Issue on Wednesdays!

Issue after Issue on Wednesdays!

  The Chinook Observer comes on Wednesdays and now that Nyel and I are shut-ins (well, Nyel for sure but me not so much) it’s our window to the local world. It’s where we learn who’s doing what, possibly to whom, and what all we are missing...

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The Season Begins

The Season Begins

Like beach areas everywhere in our country, Tourist Season officially begins today, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. There is some irony in that situation, at least as far as Oysterville is concerned. This particular weekend has a very local...

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Captain Stream Under Siege

Captain Stream Under Siege

Nyel and I have been working up at the Oysterville Cemetery finishing up a mapping project that I began almost two years ago.  It has involved finding and recording every single stone and marker, making sure the Oysterville Cemetery Associations's...

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Dressing Up for Decoration Day

Dressing Up for Decoration Day

Today we are taking flowers up to the Espy section of the cemetery in preparation for tomorrow’s Memorial Day observances.  For as long as anyone can remember, this is the weekend that Oysterville people spend time cleaning up their family plots –...

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Knowing Martha

Knowing Martha

I went by myself to Martha Talbott’s funeral yesterday.  Nyel had an obligation elsewhere but, as is always true in our small community, being unescorted did not mean I was alone.  In fact, I was surprised at how many mutual friends and...

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Insidious, Ongoing Cemetery Theft

Insidious, Ongoing Cemetery Theft

Sometimes it’s difficult to notice what isn’t there, especially if it has ‘always’ been part of the landscape and has disappeared little-by-little over many years.  I’m talking specifics here.  I’m talking about the fence around the Captain Stream...

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Of Cemeteries, Prisons, and Friends

Of Cemeteries, Prisons, and Friends

One of the most useful references I have relative to the history of Oysterville is a book called Oysterville Cemetery Sketches.  It was written in 1988 by Marie Oesting and is, essentially, a collection of memories by (then) old-timers about the...

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Closure at Dawn

Closure at Dawn

Penny and Howard left Oysterville just as the sun was coming up this morning.  It didn’t feel like a final goodbye, even though chances seem slim that we will meet again.  Our connection, Louise Mannheim Espy, is now up at the cemetery with Willard...

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