As I See It, May 25: Masonic building still standing – Coos Bay World

The primary image I am sharing is the First Nationwide Financial institution building just a few days after the Fireplace of 1936. It might appear like a burned out shell, however my grandfather was capable of reopen the Western World inside little greater than per week after the hearth due to its concrete block development.

I was so excited whereas outdated newspapers on line final week, to seek out out extra concerning the stunning block building, which was constructed by First Nationwide Financial institution in 1914 and at this time is called the Masonic building. It's one in every of just a few industrial buildings that survived the Bandon Fireplace of 1936. The others embody the outdated Stephan Resort (which now homes Cranberry Sweets), the previous Coast Lumber Yard (which was torn down some years in the past), the Bob-Otto Court docket (the place the Shell station now sits) and the Breuer building, which still stands at this time as a trip rental dwelling between Edgewaters and the Port of Bandon's outdated Coast Guard building. Most of the industrial buildings, like Moore Mill and others constructed on piling over the water, did survive, however a lot of the industrial and residential constructions have been worn out aside from just a few in East Bandon, the place the highschool was positioned in these days.

This is an article from the entrance web page of the March 31, 1914, situation of the Bandon Recorder:

"The brand new First Nationwide Financial institution building, which is now nearing completion, is among the best and most trendy buildings in Southwestern Oregon, and is as close to fireplace-proof as a building could be made. The one wooden there may be within the building is the door and window casings.

"The flooring on each the primary and second flooring are product of concrete and as has been mentioned the building is as close to fireplace proof . . . and can in all probability be standing intact in 100 years, ought to it not be torn down by human design.

"The primary story is split into two rooms, one in every of which will likely be used for the banking enterprise and the opposite will likely be let loose as a retailer room, and the building is so organized that at any time the financial institution wants your complete first ground, it may be organized in brief order.

"There's a full basement to the building and the second story will likely be workplace rooms and the suites will likely be trendy in each explicit. The building will likely be heated with scorching water and each room can have each cold and hot water, in reality all the pieces that might be imagined to make the building up-do-date."

It's ironic that they made two mentions of the building being fireplace proof because the building was accomplished three months earlier than the primary massive fireplace which struck the enterprise district in 1914.

The realm that burned was alongside First Road, so it was not close to this building, which is on the west finish of Second Road. However the building positively survived the Fireplace of 1936. At the moment, the Western World was positioned on the west finish of the primary ground ... the identical spot the place The Cobbler's Bench is now. Shortly after the hearth, the Financial institution of Bandon moved into the spot previously occupied by First Nationwide Financial institution, as their building (on the foot of Oregon Avenue the place Wall Road met First Road) was destroyed within the fireplace.

Historical past reveals that on April three, 1925, (simply over 10 years after they constructed the brand new concrete building) the First Nationwide Financial institution closed its doorways in Bandon and the nationwide financial institution examiner took cost. In 1924 auditors had discovered cashier Roy Corson $17,000 brief in funds. He was sentenced to federal jail however was launched inside months, as he was apparently capable of repay the cash. Depositors finally acquired solely 75 % of the cash that they had within the financial institution on the time it closed.

"The closing of the financial institution mirrored the development within the nation's economic system. All through the nation banks started to fail. By the 1929 inventory market crash native residents had begun to regulate to the financial downturn," in accordance with data in Dow Beckham's ebook, Bandon By-The-Sea.

It is neat to know that simply over 100 years after the building was full, a grant has been awarded to the Better Bandon Affiliation to start repairing exterior injury, which has occurred over time. The builders, after all, had no concept that Bandon would survive two disastrous fires, however they made certain this building would stand.

The second image I am sharing is the Bandon Excessive Faculty, when it stood the place Ocean Crest Elementary now stands . . . off 11th Road. The image is labeled Bandon Excessive as a result of highschool college students went there, but it surely housed all of the grades at the moment. Highschool college students started to attend the varsity in East Bandon within the mid-20s. The varsity within the image burned within the Fireplace of 1936.

The highschool in East Bandon (not pictured) was on the bluff, and Marge Lange (who later grew to become Mrs. Melvin Boak) recounts in Dow Beckham's ebook that she might see the river and the ocean from her second-story room, the place she taught highschool English.

The "new" highschool was opened in 1950, and later burned in an arson fireplace in January of 1974. Joan DeCosta Goodbrod recollects that hers was the primary class to graduate from the brand new highschool.

The third image was taken in 1973 of the U.S. Put up Workplace, which was on Baltimore Avenue within the building that now homes Foley's Irish Pub. Over time, my two favourite postmasters have been John B. "Jack" Wade and Jack Ward. You wanted to know the mix to get into your submit workplace field and it wasn't all the time simple to recollect. However somebody on the window would typically get your mail for you . . .

In 1940, Jack Wade was postmaster and Caroline McDiarmid was the assistant. When this image was taken, I consider Jack Ward was the postmaster.

It seems from one in every of my historical past books that the submit workplace was on Baltimore on the time of the hearth, however the building burned. It later went into the Stephan building after which moved to the Coast Lumber building, which was located on what's now a vacant lot throughout Fillmore from the Station Restaurant.

I heard final week that lengthy-time resident, Leroy Nelson, died whereas fishing on Klamath Lake. He and his spouse, Marge, owned Twin Firs, a enterprise on Freeway 42S simply exterior of city. Again within the late '50s, Leroy labored on the Coquille Valley Dairy Co-op. I consider he was in his mid-70s.

There isn't a solution to describe MarLo Dance Studio's presentation of Sleeping Magnificence, which performed on the Sprague over the weekend, besides to say it's director Maria Merriam's present to the neighborhood.

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I proceed to be amazed by the standard of the dance packages placed on by MarLo by the years. I still keep in mind when her mom, Alice Stadelman, launched dance to the neighborhood when Maria and her siblings have been younger. And each Alice and Francis proceed to assist with the productions at this time as do different members of Maria's prolonged household.

The choreography was excellent, the sound was first fee, the lighting was fabulous and so have been the costumes.

On the shut of this system, the dance instructors, Trish Shropshire, Lu Lei Napier, Jordan Chandler and Maria, have been launched to rousing applause.

Parking was a little bit of an issue as there have been in all probability 500 individuals at Metropolis Park that night time, together with the bought-out crowd on the Sprague, an estimated 150 individuals on the Democratic dinner subsequent door and Little League exercise in one other a part of the complicated.

It was fairly an honor for the Bandon Chamber of Commerce to obtain the 2016 Excellent Oregon Web site Award from the Oregon Tourism Fee.

The fee's annual Journey and Tourism Trade Achievement Awards acknowledge individuals and organizations throughout the state that go the additional mile to boost the journey and tourism trade in Oregon.

"We're thrilled and honored to obtain the web site award. This sort of trade recognition is particularly thrilling for our neighborhood as a result of the net undertaking concerned so lots of our Bandon Chamber enterprise members," mentioned Julie Miller, Govt Director for the chamber.

"To me this award celebrates artistic excellence, love of Bandon and all that it's to every of us. To be acknowledged statewide because the foremost web site within the state -- selling the enterprise of tourism, our members and their companies, and for being an financial driver for the neighborhood -- is spectacular," mentioned previous president Margaret Pounder.

The brand new web site,, launched in April 2016.

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