Astoria, OR City Devastated By Fire, Dec 1922
Thirty Blocks Wiped Out.
Thirty blocks were wiped out by the flames. Many homes in the older residence district were destroyed and about fifty families living in an apartment house were made homeless by the destruction of that building. In addition to these many persons occupying rooms in the destroyed area lost everything they had except the clothing on their backs.
A committee of citizens met at the call of Mayor JAMES BREMMER and planned immediate relief measures. They were assured of help from Portland and Seaside. Every restaurant and hotel in the city had been destroyed and stocks of food in the stores had been wiped out, so there was prospect of immediate want. Portland bakeries sent loads of bread and Seaside sent word that the hotel there was open to receive those without shelter and a large colony of summer cottages at the beach resorts also were to be offered to the homeless. Homes in the residence district also were thrown open to give aid and food to the needy.
The Y. M. C. A. building, which was outside the fire zone, was opened as the headquarters of all welfare agencies.
The Budget, an afternoon paper, which attempted to get out an edition today on the press of the paper at Seaside, found this impracticable and instead issued mimeographed sheets.
J. S. DELLINGER, publisher of the Astorian, the morning paper, announced that he would probably get out tomorrow morning's edition on the press of the local Finnish daily, the Loveri.
The Astorian recently moved into a new building which was swept by the fire. MR. DELLINGER said three typsetting machines had been saved but the rest of the plant was destroyed, including the files of fifty years ago.
Telegraph Exchange Burned.
Telephone exchanges and telegraph offices were burned. Communication with the outside was maintained thruout the city by means of a long distance line temporarily set up at the city hall.
The meeting of citizens and the mayor resulted in the naming of a committee on temporary relief. H. A. HOSTLER, placed his residence at the disposal of St. Mary's hospital for housing of patients. The hotelkeepers of Oregon in session at Portland, donated $5,000 for relief, and railroads offered free transportation and free aid.
The W. C. T. U. established a free lunch in the Y. M. C. A.
The Columbia river packing association donated the use of two steamers for housing purposes and facilities in churches and other buildings were listed for housing. A detachment of the Oregon national guard was due to arrive to aid the local police. Orders were issued to keep every person out of the burned district tonight.