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Astorians, eccentric and extraordinary
Publication Information:
Salem, Or. : East Oregonian Pub. Co. ; Corvallis, OR : Distributed by Oregon State University Press, ©2010.
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
"First family of Astoria" / by Calvin Trillin -- Other notable Astorians / by M.J. Cody [and others].
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Call Number
920.99795 Astorian 2010

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In 1993, the New Yorker published Calvin Trillin's memorable article on the eccentric Flavel family of Astoria, the descendants of Captain George Flavel, whose ornate Queen-Anne-style mansion is a tourist draw today. With Trillin's gracious consent, "First Family of Astoria" is reprinted in Part One ofAstorians, Eccentric and Extraordinary,making its first appearance in book form.Part Two carries on the theme with portraits of fifty-five other notable Astorians. Five Oregon writers have captured the essence and the flavor of vivid personalities that include the notorious shanghaier Bridget Grant; the charming scoundrel Mayor Francis Clay Harley; the elusive English "barmaid" Jane Barnes, the first white woman in the Pacific Northwest; and Rolf Klep, who believed he could create a major maritime museum in an economically depressed town--and made it happen.In biology, it is said that the richest life forms reside at the edge of the ecosystem. Astoria epitomizes edges--the edge of the country, the edge of a great river, the edge of the Pacific Ocean, and the edge of our American culture. This book celebrates the larger-than-life quality that has appeared with regularity in the town's two-hundred-year history. As Steve Forrester, publisher of theDaily Astorian,notes in the book's introduction: "Extraordinary people are not necessarily eccentric. But eccentrics are driven to do extraordinary things." Contributors include M. J. Cody, Amy Hoffman Couture, John E. Goodenberger, Nancy Ricker Hoffman, Liisa Penner, and Calvin Trillin.

Author Notes

Calvin Trillin attended public schools in Kansas City and went on to Yale University and graduated in 1957; he later served as a Fellow of the University. He was born on December 5, 1935. He worked as a reporter for Time magazine before joining the staff of The New Yorker in 1963. His reporting for The New Yorker on the racial integration of the University of Georgia was published in his first book, An Education in Georgia. Family, travel and food are also themes in Trillin's work. Three of his books American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; and Third Helpings; were individually published and are also collected in the 1994 compendium The Tummy Trilogy. He has also written a collection of short stories Barnett Frummer Is An Unbloomed Flower (1969) and three comic novels, Runestruck (1977), Floater (1980), and Tepper Isn't Going Out (2001). Among his recent work, is Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, in 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Stephen Aldrich ForresterM. J. CodyAmy Hoffman CoutureAmy Hoffman CoutureAmy Hoffman CoutureAmy Hoffman CoutureAmy Hoffman CoutureNancy HoffmanAmy Hoffman CoutureAmy Hoffman CoutureAmy Hoffman CoutureNancy HoffmanAmy Hoffman CoutureM. J. CodyAmy Hoffman CoutureLiisa PennerNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanAmy Hoffman CoutureNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanAmy Hoffman CoutureNancy HoffmanAmy Hoffman CoutureJohn GoodenbergerAmy Hoffman CoutureNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanM. J. CodyNancy HoffmanM. J. CodyM. J. CodyNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanLiisa PennerNancy HoffmanJohn GoodenbergerJohn GoodenbergerM.J.CodyNancy HoffmanM. J. CodyNancy Hoffman and Liisa PennerLiisa PennerJohn GoodenbergerNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanNancy HoffmanLiisa PennerNancy HoffmanM. J. CodyM. J. CodyM. J. Cody
Introductionp. 7
Part I The Magnificent Flavelsp. 11
First Family of AstoriaCalvin Trillin
Part 2 Other Notable Astoriansp. 45
Cobowayp. 45
Donald McTavishp. 52
Jane Barnesp. 55
Robert Shortessp. 59
John McClurep. 63
Alexander Lattiep. 66
John Shivelyp. 69
Solomon and Celiast Smithp. 72
Truman Powersp. 75
William H. Grayp. 77
Cyrus Olneyp. 81
Jennie Michelp. 84
Adam Van Dusenp. 88
J. G. Hustlerp. 91
P. W. Gillettep. 95
Bridget Grantp. 98
Cleveland Rockwellp. 102
Charlotte Smithp. 107
Marshall J. Kinneyp. 109
Alfred Kinneyp. 112
Narcissa Kinneyp. 114
Charles William Fultonp. 115
August Ericksonp. 118
Jack Williamsp. 121
Frank I. Dunbarp. 123
Herman Wisep. 126
John A. Buchananp. 128
Minnie Hillp. 130
Joseph Riippap. 132
Rose Ingletonp. 134
Melville T. Wirep. 136
Maria Rauniop. 138
Polly McKean Bellp. 141
Sam Schnitzerp. 143
Anna Bayp. 147
John E. Wicksp. 151
Fritz Elfvingp. 154
Francis Clay Harleyp. 158
Lem Deverp. 160
David James Fergusonp. 164
May Millerp. 166
Joe Dyerp. 168
Rolf Klepp. 172
Burnby Bellp. 176
Emil Richard ôDicöNivalap. 119
Helmi Huttunen Mellinp. 183
Edward Harveyp. 187
Edgar Quinnp. 189
Sam Churchillp. 190
Wally Palmbergp. 193
Charles Haddixp. 196
Svenson Sistersp. 198
Michael Fosterp. 202
Liisa Pennerp. 206
Robert Adamsp. 210
About the Authorsp. 217
Indexp. 219