As I see it: a new football stadium | Bandon News

The first photo I share shows the Bandon High School football stadium, better known as Dave Miller Field, which was located on the north side of 11th Street, south of the high school complex. Several years later it had fallen into disrepair and was demolished. The seats were replaced with steel risers on both sides of the football field.

A headline in the Sept. 27, 1951, Western World reads: “Opening of athletic field draws large attendance.”

“Inauguration of the new Bandon high school sports field, with its lighting system for night football, attracted from 900 to a thousand people on Friday evening. The weather conditions were rather unfavorable due to a thick fog which settled over the city and retained many otherwise enthusiastic onlookers However, the lights were effective enough to penetrate the fog.

“Prior to kick-off, brief groundbreaking services were held in front of the stadium. Chuck Hess, President of the Bandon Quarterback Club, sponsor of the field, officially presented the field to the Bandon School District.”

Superintendent Keith Goldhammer agreed on behalf of the school board, and in turn handed over custody to the student body, represented by Student Body President Speed ​​Anderson.

“On behalf of the student body, Anderson presented four special awards in recognition of the extraordinary contributions made to the construction of the field and stadium.

“To DH Miller, Sr., head of the Moore Mill & Lumber Co., and to Warren Albertson, local lumber contractor, he presented engraved certificates making then life members of the student body with all attendant privileges. To Ron Riley and DH Miller, Jr., he introduced similar certificates, extending free admissions to all high school athletic events held on the field for a 10-year period.

“The high school band, in their beautiful uniforms, led by LE Wright, played ‘Star Spangled Banner’ as the opening number while the local scouts hoisted the flag.”

A previous article explained that the new stadium would comfortably accommodate 1,400 people.

“Last week’s call for help saw around 40 people report to work on Sunday and their efforts, together with those of Friday and Saturday, helped put up the streetlights and finish the grandstand,” read the previous week’s article.

“Linelayers and electricians from the City of Bandon, Mountain States Power Company and Coos-Curry Electric Co-op worked together at top speed to complete installations in time for the big event.”

Although the second photo I share was taken five years after the incident, it depicts the type of flooding described in a November 26, 1950 Western World article.

“Flash floodwaters broke a Geiger Creek dam and flooded the state gaming commission’s Bandon Trout Hatchery at 3 a.m. Monday, causing extensive damage and the unexpected release of several thousand young coho salmon, following torrential rain Sunday evening.”

Willis Baker, superintendent of the local hatchery, had done his regular water level check around 10:15 p.m. Sunday evening and found that water was rising rapidly in Ferry and Geiger creeks. The hatchery is located at the confluence of the two streams, with some of the ponds being in the path of each.

“At 3 a.m., the Geiger Creek Dam failed to hold back an approximately 12-foot-deep wall of water that had receded into the canyon above the dam, and the east end of the dam in the ground gave way.

“The rushing water pushed into a concrete slab about 6 feet high and 40 feet long, which had been the end of the first pond under the Geiger Dam. Logs and snags were thrown into a pond where 936 cutthroat spawning females had been sorted from males, preparatory to spawning.The logs broke the stake boundaries, warping a section of the concrete pond wall and mixing up all the carefully sorted cutthroat spawning trout.

“An unknown number of the 15,000 six- to twelve-inch Coho salmon in the pond below the dam washed into Ferry Creek below the hatchery and likely went into the Coquille River or out to sea. were captured after the flood passed and were returned to the ponds, where the ponds now contain a mixture of varieties.

“Baker said the 15,000 young silversides should be released into the fishing streams.”

The third photo, taken during the same storm, said hip boots were the uniform of the day at Surfside Dairy on Monday “after manager George Hawkins drove to the factory to start work at 4 a.m. in the morning and found the entire ground covered by 12 to 20 inches of water.

“Flood waters that had crossed the Geiger Creek dam at the state fish hatchery and joined the Ferry Creek torrent an hour earlier had jumped the banks in the Third and Garfield area, washed into the Surfside factory and arrived within inches of entering the nearby Coquille Valley Cooperative Dairy Factory.

“Director Hawkins and his son, Warren, worked in knee-deep water, which ran through and through six electric motors, until the flooding subsided between 5 and 6 a.m.”

Surfside Dairy was located on the south side of Third Street behind the cheese factory, which was located roughly where Face Rock Creamery is today.

This week has been sad for many families who have lost loved ones, two of whom have died from COVID.

Lynnelle Kummehlene, whom I spoke to several weeks ago, had been intubated at an area hospital for treatment for COVID, died last week. She and her husband Dino lived in the Seven Devils area. Lynnelle was 70 years old.

Ron Harpole, who was married to Joan Dement, the daughter of former Senator Sam Dement and who operated Dement Ranch in the Powers area for many years, has died of COVID at age 78 in Gold Beach .

Paul Heikkila, a longtime fisheries extension worker through OSU and Sea Grant, died Dec. 26 at the age of 75. His wife, Kay, who worked for many years at Heritage Place (now Pacific View), died Nov. 3 of a heart attack.

We also lost two Bandon High School graduates last week, including Brian Wilson (Class of 1976) and John Lorenz (Class of 1965), both to cancer. Brian and his wife Brenda lived in Bandon. John and his wife Jean lived in Eugene.

Brian was one of Jackie and Ray Wilson’s six children, and among his survivors are his brothers Mike and Richard. Ralph, Curtis and a Dixie sister predeceased him.

John, 74, was the son of Carl and Eleanor Lorenz and grew up in Bandon where his father was co-owner of M&L Grocery. He was predeceased by his sister Margaret Tiffany and his brother David Lorenz. With him when he died at home were his wife, his sister Gail, his two sons, Kenneth and Brian, Gail’s daughter and son, and his nephew, Dan Lorenz (David’s son).

On John’s birthday next July, his ashes will be scattered on Face Rock Beach, some at his parents’ grave and some at Kimball Creek on the Rogue River, according to a family friend.

Speaking of COVID cases, I understand that at least three members of the Bandon Police Department, several members of the city’s public works department, and at least three members of the Bandon Rural Fire Protection District have come out with COVID. Not all were vaccinated, according to my sources.

Watching the news Friday night about a shooting on the grounds of the WOW Cultural Center in downtown Eugene, I learned that Deborah Maher was the acting general manager. While living in Bandon, where her mother, the late Margaret Maher, lived, Deb served on the Bandon Planning Commission for two years.

The shooting occurred when an unidentified man in a black hoodie opened fire and injured six people, at least one seriously, before fleeing. Inside, a band was playing, but the shooting apparently took place on the back porch of the building where a number of people had gathered.

According to the press, all but one of the victims came from outside the area. A TV reporter said people were not cooperating with police in trying to figure out who was responsible for the shooting.

Coquille Mayor Sam Flaherty was on Facebook Thursday night in a taped video explaining that the Sherwood Building (often referred to as the old bank building) in downtown Coquille suffered extensive damage in the recent storm and could not be saved.

The building is owned by the former owner of Coquille Sentinel, Jean Ivy-Gurney, and his son, Paul Recanzone.

He said the storm pulled the roof in on itself, damaging the cornice section, causing extensive structural damage, resulting in gaps in the back corner of the building.

He said Recanzone had explored the idea of ​​keeping only the first floor, but acknowledged that upgrading the building to modern seismic standards could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“So what we have is a building valued between $500,000 and $900,000 that’s costing well over $2 million to try to save a building that we probably can’t save,” the mayor said. .

He said it was “sad news for the city and super sad news for Paul”. He urged people to post photos to celebrate what the building has meant to the community all these years.

He added that traders are affected by the closure of streets around the building and he urged people to support local traders.

In September 2020, a fire in the building displaced eight full-time residents.

Flaherty said demolition could begin as early as the end of next week on the building, which was constructed in 1903.

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