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					Beloved St. Johns restaurant closes it doors                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By Gayla Patton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anna Bannanas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If you’re not familiar with this
The community was shocked to see Our Daily Bread shuttered.                                                                                                                                                                                                               St. Johns Review        trendy establishment, the first thing
   “It was an icon in the community,”                                                                                                                         even letters arrived to the office from     businesses never fully recovered. It led     ers of them, their struggles, and their    you’ll say as you read its name is:
said a shocked Sarah Anderson, owner                                                                                                                          astonished and troubled people.             to many “regulars” changing their nor-       accomplishments through a series of        It’s spelled wrong. Not so, howev-
of Anna Bannanas. “                                                                                                                                              Many St. Johns’ businesses have          mal routines. Speculators say that was       new articles which we will call the:       er. Speculating that it was a child-
   Our Daily Bread’s marquis on North                                                                                                                         struggled since the revitalization of the   the start of Our Daily Bread’s demise.       Peninsula Business Profile. It is our      hood pet name, Sarah Anderson
Ivanhoe still displays food specials but                                                                                                                      St. Johns Bridge in 2003. Although a          “I’m surprised they lasted this long,      hope the Review can help inform neigh-     said, “yes, but not mine.” Her hus-
the sign on the front door thanks sur-                                                                                                                        necessary project, it caused diverted       said Tom Stubblefield, a longtime res-       bors of some of the businesses that help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  band Bryant, who is from Hawaii,
prised patrons arriving to eat with                                                                                                                           traffic, closed lanes, and even full clo-   ident and owner of Stubblefield Paint-       define the Peninsula and make this the
“Thank you for all your support                                                                                                                               sures of the bridge. It was completed       ing. “When ODOT closed the bridge,           special historic neighborhood it is.       has friends in Waikiki with a busi-
through all the years.” The popular                                                                                                                           in 2005 but apparently some of the area     the restaurant took a tremendous hit. I          Our first profile will be on Anna      ness by that name. “They just aren’t
restaurant located at 8680 North Ivan-                                                                                                                                                                    don’t think they ever recovered.” Stub-      Bannana’s, a coffeshop (and more) in       very good spellers,” Sarah said.
hoe fed the community with home-style                                                                                                                                                                     blefied also said he believes a lot of       the heart of downtown St. Johns.           Although the name creates havoc
cooking for 25 years.                                                                                                                                                                                     their business came from the Port and                                                   with a computers’ spell check, the
  The Review was unable to speak with                                                                                                                                                                     Rivergate areas and when several com-                                                   quaint coffee shop has become a
owner Norm Mitchell, but a family                                                                                                                                                                         panies relocated to Vancouver, Our                                                      staple in the downtown area of St.
member said the restaurant’s demise                                                                                                                                                                       Daily Bread lost a significant amount                                                   Johns. The Andersons also have a
came as a result of the economy – oth-                                                                                                                                                                    of customers. Those that know Mitch-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Northwest Portland location at
ers are surprised by that news. “But,                                                                                                                                                                     ell said they feel badly for him, “It must
the restaurant always had a good crowd                                                                                                                                                                    be a really hard time for him,” said                                                    1214 NW 21st Ave.
when I was in there,” said more than a                                                                                                                                                                    Stubblefield.                                                                             In 1993 the couple started with a
few customers.                                                                                                                                                                                                Local businesses are what keep a                                                    coffee cart on NW 23rd between Irv-
  It’s been awhile since the Review has                                                                                                                                                                   community strong and patrons from the                                                   ing and Johnson. “After a cold win-
received as many questions on a par-                                                                                                                                                                      community are what keep the business-                                                   ter we decided we wanted a place
ticular subject as it received the week                                                                                                                                                                   es strong. Despite the loss of some key                                                 where our customers could enjoy
after the restaurant closed. The com-                                                                                                                                                                     merchants there are still many who                  Anna Bannanas                                     “Anna Bannanas”
munity was stunned. Phone calls, email                                                                                                                                                                    manage to keep their doors open and                   8716 N Lombard St.
messages, Facebook messages, and                                                                                                                                                                          the Review will be enlightening read-                                                               Continued on Page 8



PICTURE OF THE WEEK                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jantzen Beach Amusement Park
                                                                                                                                                                “Frozen”                                                           Part V                                                                   By
                                                     This picture was taken on the corner of Denver and Kilpatrick @ 3:00 a.m. by Antjuan                                                                                          Popular                                                           Jim Speirs
                                                                                            LaShawn                                                                                                                                rides at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Park...                                                             Historical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Where we left off in Part IV:                                               St Johns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Soon, we’ll look at the addition of the two                                Review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roller skating rinks, the fun house, the im-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pact of the Vanport flood, war’s end, fires,                 The animated settings included one of Mt.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            television, the end of the “big band” era,                  Hood, complete with a miniature railroad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cracks in the swim pools, accidents, and                    system that was somehow activated as a boat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            declining attendance at the amusement cen-                  floated by the display. Wildlife was always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ter. . .                                                    a featured scene, and elk, geese, and buffalo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Part V:                                                     stood in three-dimensional grandeur to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Along with the Big Dipper, probably the                   occupants of the boat. And there was Santa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            most popular rides were the bumper cars,                    Claus year round, at Jantzen Beach. Yes, one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Old Mill, and the Fun house. All of these               of the displays had Santa as the centerfold,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rides were built when Jantzen Beach first                   and it became a tongue-in-cheek phrase to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            opened, and all of them were to remain the                  suggest that it was always Christmas at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mainstay of anticipation and expectation for                Old Mill, and in the Tunnel of Love.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            millions of people for the decades the park                   Now, for those of you who must be asking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            was in existence.                                           somewhat off-color questions … the answer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It was reported in 1929, that the Old Mill               is yes, there were reported incidents of grop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cost $20,000 to build … a massive amount                    ing and other sexually explicit escapades in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of money for the times. Inside the Old Mill,                the darkened Tunnel. Should that come as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a giant paddle wheel helped to create a cur-                any shocker? Even in 1929-30, kids and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rent, which propelled boats down an 1,800-                  young adults had hormones! In fact, it be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foot gravity fed channel that sent couples                  came common knowledge that the Old Mill
                                                                                                                                                              Have a picture of North Portland to share? Send them through the Tunnel of Love.                                          was one of the few places where an aroused
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                                                                                                                                                              also be submitted by mailing to: PO Box 83068, Port-          of young couples to wander in this dark-                    of seclusion.       One minute, you were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ened and isolated reprieve from the outside                 sweating in the bright July sun, the next; you
                                                                                                                                                              land, 97283. (They will be returned if a self-addressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            world. As riders entered the covered tunnel                 were in a darkened labyrinth of cool mys-
                                                                                                                                                              and stamped envelope is included.)                                                they were treated to a se-              tery. Seldom were there any terrible overt
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ries of scenes that were                acts, but it was reported that on occasion, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                witnessed from the boats.               boat entered the Tunnel of Love with a fer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was similar to going to              vent couple on board, and would exit the ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a twelve-screen drive-in                empty! Apparently, the hyper-excited lovers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                movie as boats, guided by               could wait no longer, and jumped ship some-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the canal, passed a vari-               where in the middle of the ride, running to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ety of sights that mostly               darkened corner, and finishing an act of pas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                reflected Northwest char-               sion. This did happen, and the consequenc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                acterizations. Families                 es must have been worth the risk, as the tales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                were as welcome as                      of sexual antics, whether real or imagined,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                young pairs, and there                  were always part of the rhetoric and lore of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                were few problems with                  the Old Mill. (Most often, a couple might
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the competing groups as                 exit the boat ride somewhat disheveled and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                they enjoyed the dark,                  flushed, but rarely were people required to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cool, slow ride through                 leave the premises for their acts.)
                                                                                                                                                                The Fun House was one of the most popular spots at the Amusement Park.          different pastoral back-
                                                                                                                                                                The hidden air holes that blew unsuspecting girls’ dresses up, the spinning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                grounds.                                                      Continued on Page 4
                                                                                                                                                                floor wheels, and the enormous slide had kids lining up for visit after visit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Jantzen Beach”
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                                                                              I just finished reading Jim           the poles look like curvaceous           High School. Now I’ve promised
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  5 YEARS $55 (130 ISSUES) ____                                             good book on St. Johns.                 room.                                      It’s been over three years since
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                                                                            Colleen                                 and the sign says “Closed as of 1/       stores selling spray paint cans to
                                                                                                                    5.” I asked someone and they             keep them under lock, and anyone
  Name:________________________________________________                     Telephone pole posters; Speirs          said it was due to lack of busi-         purchasing them to show ID and
                                                                            book; Jantzen Beach                     ness. Um, excuse me? On Fridays          enter their name in a log.
  Address:_____________________________________________                     Happy New Year Review                   it was packed with people as it            What effect has this law had?
                                                                              First of all, the Jim Speirs series   was many other nights. I rarely            From where I sit, not much –
  City/St/Zip:_________________________________________                     on Jantzen Beach has been               saw a down night. My BF and I            other than placing a burden on
                                                                            marvelous! It reminded me of my         went every Friday night and now          businesses and creating an
       Mail payment with forms to: PO Box 83068, Port. 97283                youth and being terrified of the        we are at a loss. Can someone            inconvenience for law-abiding
                                                                            Big Dipper until a parent took me       find out exactly the reason this         consumers. I see graffiti continu-
                                                                            on it and I fast became “addict-        piece of St. Johns History is now        ing essentially unabated; howev-
                                                                            ed.” (Rode six times in a row then      gone??                                   er, I stand ready to be persuaded
                                                                            nearly got sick.)                          Lastly, KUDOS to the NEW              otherwise with facts and data. If
                                                                               I also recall the racetrack and      Bargain Outlet to open soon, it’s        the Portland City leaders can do
                                                                            my dad racing there, some might         about Darn time! Now we need a           so, let them; otherwise, they
                                                                            recall the name Del Long? He            Dollar Tree :o)                          should repeal this well-inten-
                                                                            always wore a straw yellow                 Sending you a picture taken           tioned but ill-conceived law as
                                                                            McCullack (sp) hat...raced Go-          from my balcony on the 6th floor         soon as possible.
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                                                                            call Go-Carts now with the full         Johns Sunset March 2009)...              Bob Birnbaum
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                                                                            posters.                                two daughters as gifts. They said        size, and its content because it
                                                                               If businesses in the area would      they were the best gifts they            doesn’t contain filler garbage, if
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 EDITORIAL                                                                                Community News
Have we lost our                                 Friends of Trees to                      $44 million in Emergency Heating Assistance for Oregon
sense of right &                                 plant in North area
wrong?                                                                                    Families available
Let’s not forget who the                        North Portland volunteers will plant        Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley        ty bills and paying for the next       time,” Wyden said. “Low-income
good guys are                                 trees through a Friends of Trees project
                                                                                          and Ron Wyden announced today           meal, but all too often they do,”      families have enough to worry
                                              on Saturday, February 19.
  Did you see the proces-                                                                 that that the State of Oregon will      Merkley said. “This energy pro-        about in this difficult economy
                                                 St. Johns, Cathedral Park, and Uni-
sion through North Port-                                                                  receive approximately $44 million       gram provides critical assistance to   without having to choose between
                                              versity Park will be gathering at the St.
land Friday, January 14 for                                                               to help families who are unable to      Oregon families struggling to pay
Police Chief Ralph Paint-                     Johns Christian Church on N. Central                                                                                       heating their homes or putting food
er? He was the “good guy”                     and Richmond and Kenton and Ports-          pay their heating bills during the      their monthly heating bills. The       on their tables.”
you know; the man who                         mouth will be at the Portland Village       winter. The funding amount is an        program stimulates the economy           Merkley and Wyden joined Sen-
                                 Editor       School, 7654 N. Delaware, just north
took his job seriously be-       Gayla                                                    estimate from the U.S. Department       and helps keep families warm.”         ate colleagues in a letter to Senate
cause he loved his town. Patton               of Lombard. Registration starts at 8:15     of Health and Human Services. As          “With temperatures dropping in       leadership urging the extension of
He helped people, he was                      and Coffee, juice, and breakfast treats
                                                                                          part of the federal Low Income          Oregon and only a third of the way     LIHEAP’s funding at current lev-
involved, he was on the right side of the     will be available.
                                                The group will head into the commu-
                                                                                          Home Energy Assistance Program          through the winter, this announce-     els through September 30, 2011.
law – and his life ended by someone
                                              nity to plant trees about 9am and will      (LIHEAP), the grant is adminis-         ment couldn’t come at a better
who wasn’t.
   The senseless shooting by the 21-year      be serving lunch to returning volunteers.   tered through local Community
                                                                                                                                  Information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for assistance
old man quickly silenced those who just         David Odom, Licensed Arborist, says       Action Agencies across the state.
                                                                                                                                  is available through Oregon Housing and Community Services at:
days before were critical and aggres-         North Portland trees do especially well     The LIHEAP program provides
sively demonstrating about there being        because of the mulch donated and                                                    h t t p : / / w w w . o r e g o n . g o v / O H C S
                                                                                          low-income families with assis-
too many police shootings lately. They        placed by the North Portland Business                                               SOS_Low_Income_Energy_Assistance_Oregon.shtml
                                                                                          tance paying for energy bills, home
instead should have been focusing on          Association.                                                                        Note: For those who do not own a computer, we apologize as no phone
                                                                                          weatherization, and energy-related
why there are so many people challeng-           For more information contact Susan                                               numer was given with this information. Please try:
ing authority causing guns to be drawn
                                                                                          repairs.
                                              Landauer, Portsmouth Neighborhood                                                   Community Service Division of the Department of County Human
in the first place. Or, are we becoming       Coordinator, at 503-240-8713, or, email         “Families shouldn’t have to
                                                                                                                                  Services, at 503) 988-6295
confused who the good guys are, and           her at: susan.landauer@gmail.com            choose between paying their utili-
who the bad guys are and losing sight
of right from wrong?
   What direction has our society gone
that people are defiant, argumentative,
challenging, and find it’s easier to break      Smith & Bybee Lakes area offers serene getaway for all ages
the law rather than conform to it? Could      By Adam Sawyer
it be because lawbreakers know there
                                                                                          this accessible path. Interpretive
will be no punishment for their crime
except for a mere slap on the wrist? That        I use the words “hidden gem” a           displays give the kids plenty of
rather than be sentenced they will be         lot, and truly there are a ton of spots     animal related signs to look out for
released shortly after being booked?          in and around Portland that don’t           along the way. Another way to
And, unless their crime is violent, there     get their proper due. In an area that       take in the beauty is by canoe. The
is no room in the jail system for them        harbors so much in the way of               wetlands are open to non-
anyway? It has become crime without           natural beauty and outdoor                  motorized boats, and there’s a
punishment. “No room in the jail sys-
                                              recreation, a little oversight is           canoe launch area near the
tem,” is the cry from the city. “No mon-
ey to keep open the ones we have.” And,       bound to happen. There are                  restrooms.
no money to run the ones our leaders          however, some places in town that              Naturalist guided activities
spent millions to build against the com-      have so much to offer outdoor               happen year round and include
munity’s wishes. Grandiose ideas from         enthusiasts that a certain level of         turtle walks, bird identification,
politicians with no foresight.                surprise or even embarrassment              paddle trips, and volunteer work
   I applaud any person who goes into         might accompany their discovery.            parties. Check out their online
law enforcement. It’s a thankless job.
And before you denigrate them for pull-       The Smith and Bybee Natural                 calendar for upcoming events.
ing their guns out too quickly, perhaps       Wetlands Area is such a place.
you need to focus on who started the            The 2000 acres of the Smith and            Adam Sawyer is a writer/
scuffle that required such actions to be      Bybee Natural Area comprise the              photographer living in St. Johns. He
taken in the first place.                     largest protected wetlands within            writes as the Portland Hiking
  Let’s talk about the thieves we have in     an American city. Surprised? Don’t           Examiner, is the co-host of the
the government who pad their budgets                                                       KEEN HybridLife Radio Show,
                                              be; if you’re just now realizing its
every year with unnecessary and worth-                                                     Program Director for Oregon Active
less ideas that end up taking away from       size, you’re not alone. My active-
                                                                                           Family, and a moderator for the
the schools, jails, and the fire depart-      outdoor family and I had never               popular        hiking      resource
ment. I’d like to have the dollars spent      heard of the place before moving             Portlandhikers.org. For more of
for every worthless meeting I’ve sat in       to St. Johns last year.                      Adam’s writing, reviews, and
over the past 25 years whose job it was           Hidden in the middle of the              photos, visit AdamSawyer.com.
to create a feasibility study for a project   warehouses and port terminals of
that will never happen. You get the
point, right? Wasted money which              the North Portland peninsula, the
would be better spent building and            Smith and Bybee Natural Area is
maintaining a system of justice that          home to several wildlife species,
would be respected and feared by of-          including some you might not
fenders; a system tough enough to in-         expect. Bald eagles, beavers, and
still fear of incarceration.                  one of the last remaining large
  Stop the worthless spending inside the
                                              populations of Western painted
agencies. The useless studies; The use-
less meetings; The useless ideas, and         turtles in Oregon, all take up
place it in the agencies whose job it is      residence in the wetlands. A long
to keep us safe from those who have no        list of the usual suspects also calls
regard and respect for what is right.         the natural area home, including the
     Put criminals in jail instead of at-     black-tailed deer and an ever-
tempting to track their moves through         changing list of seasonal birds.
probation/parole officers – which isn’t
working. We have become a society of              The paved Interlakes Trail
enablers. Instead of solving the prob-        provides access to two different
lems, we put a Band-Aid on it and try         wildlife viewing platforms. Along
and come up with a new way to improve         the way, careful eyes can spot signs
the failing system.                           of beavers and other critters just off
   Too bad we can’t put back into the
school budget all the money spent over
the years from the thousands of meet-
ings held trying to change, and (ahem)
improve Portland’s schools.
  There are ways to fix it, but it’s going
to take new people who have the same
heart as those who go into the military
or into law enforcement – not people
with self-serving agendas. We have
many good people in government, but
many more need to go.
  Register to vote and take an active role
for who you elect into office. Pay atten-
tion. Read between the lines and study
up on who you want to run our city.
Unless of course, you’re one of those
on the “other” side of the law who has
no fear of punishment and likes the way
it’s all progressing. If you aren’t paying
attention, and if you don’t vote – you         The funeral procession for Rainer’s Chief of Police Ralph Painter
have no right to complain – about any-
                                                  across the St. Johns bridge to the U of P January 14, 2011
thing!
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Continued from Page 1                                                                                                           surprised, and her red-faced embar-         tom of the ride. If there weren’t many peo-
                                                                                                                                rassment obvious. That part was             ple waiting, kids often jumped back in line,
Part V:                                                                                                                         worth the wait! (Think of Marilyn           eager to experience the Fun House
                                                                                                                                Monroe in the classic poster pose           again and again.
The Jantzen Beach Amusement Park                                                                                                from the famous movie, The Seven             Along the Midway, the Bumper Cars were
  The Fun House! Now there’s one             oned call long before you could see      ticket holder was in for a different      Year Itch and you get the idea.             a perennial favorite. (Also called the
for the books. Without question, the         her, and the other worldly invite was    experience – and they were.                As a person went further, animated         “Scooter.”)
weirdness of the Fun House was               a combination of mystique and fas-         Once inside the Fun House, a per-       figures of ghosts, monsters, goblins          Seldom, in any amusement park setting
something that was without equal. At         cination, mixed with fear. At least      son was assaulted by a large number       and assorted weird characters popped        is there a more popular ride for young and
least that’s what three decades of kids      fear for the younger kids.               of warped mirrors that gave the pass-     out of the semi-darkened corridor.          old alike. The need to describe the bumper
thought.                                        Was she a witch, a gypsy, space       erby a different appearance at each       From there, a swinging bridge chal-         car adventure is moot, for I doubt there’s
  To enter the Fun House, a person           alien, or a child snatcher? The sinis-   stop. One minute you were skinny,         lenged the visitor; it had railings, but    one person reading this article who has not
had to pass underneath the legs of the       ter, twenty-four hour laughing made      the next, fat as a pig! What this did     gave the impression that you could          been on a bumper car ride. The thrill of
continually laughing fat lady. The           many kids afraid to approach her         was to leave a person somewhat out        fall off it at any time. The next test      being able to blind-side an unsuspecting
giant woman (she must have been 15’          spread legs! The aura the laughing       of sync and to confuse hand/eye co-       became a turntable type obstacle, not       driver is a delight that few people can re-
tall) emitted a continual odd cackle,        lady created was perfect for the en-     ordination for what was to come. As       too different from a giant spinning         sist. The bumper cars made tree-loving
as she welcomed you to her nether            trance into the Fun House because it     you progressed, the floors moved;         floor. There was no way to avoid it,        pacifists into aggressive, dedicated assas-
land. A person could hear her beck-          was necessary to suggest that the        not violently, but enough to make a       and there were many people (partic-         sins; the urge to strike out and ram gull-
                                                                                      person stagger, and sometimes lose        ularly older folks) who hesitated be-       ible drivers seems to bring out the prime-
                                                                                      their balance. After leaving the hall     fore trying to figure out how to nav-       val beast in all of us! Bumper cars took
                                                                                      of mirrors a visitor walked across a      igate the weird obstruction. (I can         the most hesitant earth-muffins on the plan-
                                                                                      seemingly innocent floor that gave        clearly remember people losing their        et and turned them into near homicidal ma-
                                                                                      the impression of a reprieve. Alas, the   balance here, as the spinning wheel         niacs. Grinning octogenarians slammed
                                                                                      floor was covered in air holes that       forced them to the floor, and threw         teenagers with a pent up fury that cannot
                                                                                      blew compressed air through the           them to the sides of the impediment.)       be explained. Once a person sat behind the
                                                                                      floorboards, up to the unsuspecting       At this point, there was no turning         steering wheel of this instrument of de-
                                                                                      traveler. The holes in the darkened       back, and after you had negotiated          struction, there was no turning back! A vis-
                                                                                      area could not be seen, so it became      the twisted path, the rest was a piece      ceral urge controlled your entire body, and
                                                                                      impossible to avoid at least one blast    of cake.                                    crashing into other drivers with as much
                                                                                      of air as visitors walked further into      Once a person exited the spinning         force as you could muster became the all-
                                                                                      the Fun House. There was no way to        wheel they climbed a tall stairway,         consuming objective. Some say it was bet-
                                                                                      see or predict where or when the air      which led to the top of the building.       ter than sex! For those of you who say oth-
                                                                                      would gush forth; it shot up with fre-    From that location, there was only          erwise, for anyone who disputes this ob-
                4826 N. Lombard * 503-285-1119
                                                                                      quent and vicious fury, and it was to     one way out. That was down a series         servation, if one person takes me to task
                                                                                      be a spectacle for the girls who wore     of slick, stainless steel slides. A visi-   on this, then I have only this to suggest;
                Buy 1 entree                                                          skirts! That was many women back
                                                                                      then.
                                                                                                                                tor grabbed a burlap sack, which was
                                                                                                                                sat on and allowed for a quick,
                                                                                                                                                                            you’re either a pathological liar, or you’ve
                                                                                                                                                                            never been on a bumper car ride!

               Get 2nd entree                                                           Not surprisingly, boys would wait
                                                                                      on the sidelines in hope of witness-
                                                                                      ing one of these air-induced, skirt-
                                                                                                                                breathtaking ride down to the next
                                                                                                                                level of the Fun House. The slide it-
                                                                                                                                self, was not flat, but had a series of
                                                                                                                                                                              Other popular rides were the Whirlwind
                                                                                                                                                                            and the Red Bug which made their debut
                                                                                                                                                                            in 1931. At the same time, new shows be-
                   1/2 off                                                            raising shows. They were seldom
                                                                                      disappointed!         And for the
                                                                                                                                bumps, and elevated rises that lifted
                                                                                                                                the burlap rider off their backside and
                                                                                                                                                                            came part of the park. The Laff in the Dark,
                                                                                                                                                                            the Magic Carpet, and the Oriental Illu-
           Not valid with any other coupons. No cash redemption. Dine in only.        girls…once you’d been through the         made a person airborne for a brief          sion became instant hits.
               Second entre of equal or lesser value. Expires: Feb. 4, 2011
                                                                                      Fun House, you knew perfectly well        second. From there, a rider sat on a          The Jantzen management was always
                           nicolaspizza.homestead.com                                 what to expect. So, the idea that         chair of some sort, which always            adding new and different rides and gim-
             Open: Tue-Thur: 11:30am - 9:00pm; Fri: 11:30-10:00pm;                    some unsuspecting, innocent gal           gave out from under them. The par-          micks. They knew they had to stay ahead
           Sat: noon - 10:00pm. Closed Sun and Mon to be with family                  might have her skirt blown up and         ticipant was then sent hurtling over        of the curve and as such, there was never a
                                                                                      reveal her underwear by surprise is       a series of bumpy rollers to the bot-       shortage of fresh creations.
                                                                                      silly! Most gals knew in
                                                                                      advance, and most made
                                                                                      the best of it; flaunting
                                                                                      their underside, and
                                                                                      feigning shock, as they
                                                                                      emitted phony shrieks of
                                                                                      horror and embarrass-
                                                                                      ment. The girls always
                                                                                      arrived in groups…so
                                                                                      there was safety in num-
                                                                                      bers. Sometimes, girls
                                                                                      who had experience at the
                                                                                      Fun House would wear
                                                                                      pants, knowing that the
                                                                                      pulsating jets of air would
                                                                                      cause them fleshy expo-
                                                                                      sure. The best part of the
                                                                                      show might happen when
                                                                                      some out-of-town, un-
                                                                                      knowing, middle-aged
                                                                                      women actually had her
                                                                                      underpants exposed! The
                                                                                      poor woman actually was
                                                                                                                                           Park Employee Jerry Campbell escorts the Hoke Twins, Janet and
                                                                                                                                            Jean, on a day of fun at Jantzen Beach on July 30, 1950. Here,
                                                                                                                                               they are leaving the Fun House via the steep bumpy slide.




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  In an attempt to capture a European type                                                                                                    Left & below is a brochure of Jantzen Beach Amusement Park probably from
flavor, in 1931-32 Jantzen Beach installed                                                                                                    the 1940’s. The lively advertisement boasts of the 14 major thrill rides including
                                                                                                                                              the 75 foot Dipper, Dodgem bumper cars, Fun House, and the Old Mill ride.
the Water Scooter – a 1400-foot outdoor
                                                                                                                                              Also included is the midway, Kiddieland, dancing, four heated outdoor pools,
canal that was surrounded by replicas of
                                                                                                                                              midget races, luxury river cruises, softball, and free picnic grounds.
buildings that a person might see if they
were traveling in a Venetian gondola boat.
Imitation airplane rides were created, and
a pilot could grab the controls of their Leap-
ing Lena craft and expect to have the same
sensation as the real thing. The planes
(cockpit replicas really) had control knobs,
a joy stick level, gauges, and electronic sim-
ulation devices that rocked, turned and
dove the pilot trying to duplicate the real
thing. By today’s standards, these crude
rides would be laughable, but in the 1930’s
it was real innovation; the promotional bill-
ing sometimes suggested “just like fighter
pilots use.”
  Juvenile rides and attractions never paid
their way. The kiddie land activities were       long, and they remain the closest        were rapidly occurring in the post
something that was very popular, and the         thing to a “freak show” that ever hap-   World War 11 environment.
idea of maintaining a family friendly envi-      pened at the Jantzen Beach Amuse-          Still, the owners and operators of
ronment required that Jantzen keep them          ment Park.                               the park were not going to go quiet-
in operation. Noah’s Birthday Ark, Moth-           In May 1948, a seminal event was       ly. They continued to add variety and
er Goose Village, and the Humpty-Dump-           to take place, and in an afternoon, it   transformed the configuration of Jan-
ty castle thrilled kids who walked in won-       changed the future of Jantzen Beach.                                                          About the Author:
                                                                                          tzen.
der at the fairy tale setting with their par-    That was the flood that destroyed                                                                Jim Speirs is a lifelong resident of North Portland, 4th generation. He is a pub-
                                                                                           As late as 1965, Al Learman opened                  lished author and enjoys writing about North Portland’s history. He was a teacher
ents. However, the kiddie stuff always op-       Oregon’s second largest city, Van-       his wax museum at the park. This                     of Political Science at Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community
erated in the red, but the profit margins of     port.                                    new spectacle had over 40 wax fig-                   College and taught the politics of World War II, Viet Nam, and Korea at both colleg-
the adult venues more than compensated            Nearly everyone is familiar with the                                                         es.
                                                                                          ures of famous, and not so famous
for this condition.                              Vanport story. The Kaiser towns, the                                                             Jim served as a Marine Corps infantryman and spent 17 months in Viet Nam.
                                                                                          historic figures. Queen Isabella, Jack               He still lives and works in North Portland.
 Starting in about 1941, two additional and      shipyards, WW11, the importation of      Dempsey, President Kennedy,                             His first novel “Death In Spades” is available for purchase and his second
different types of shows opened at the park.     workers, and the construction of cit-    (Kennedy was a big draw. His re-                     book: “Tales of North Portland” (from his St. Johns Review articles) is also
 A museum of sorts called the Chinese Pa-        ies nearly overnight are legendary,                                                           available. He is currently working on a third novel.
                                                                                          cent assassination still held sway
goda opened its doors for the art aficiona-      and it’s also something I’ve covered                                                             This article may not be republished without the permission of the author.
                                                                                          over the nation.) Betsy Ross, Colum-                 Send info/comments to: PO Box 83068, Portland, Or 97283
do. The promotion for the Pagoda suggest-        to some degree in other stories. It’s    bus, John Wilkes Booth, and a vari-
ed that the visitor could view rare and one-     not necessary to re-tell the whole ac-   ety of famous actors and actresses
of-a-kind pieces of original Chinese art-        count. What’s required is to under-      were all part of the display. While
work. Whether the museum contained any           stand the proximity of Vanport to        generating some initial interest, the
collection of original Chinese art is un-        Jantzen Beach…they were joined at        wax museum never was to produce
known to me, however, I doubt that it was        the hip, so to speak. Vanport was        the revenue required to keep the park
ever a threat to the Smithsonian!                within easy walking distance to Jan-     solvent.
  A few years later, Jantzen Beach took a        tzen Beach. Twenty thousand people         NEXT, in the Feb. 4, 11 issue we’ll
turn for the weird!                              could leave their houses, go for a       look at the sad decline of attendance,
  Gladys Patrick was a moderately famous         walk, and be on the Big Dipper with-     misfortune, fires, freeways, and the
show woman of the day. She had been              in ten minutes! No cars were re-         inevitable loss of a huge piece of
bringing her circus style sideshow across        quired. No transportation was nec-       Americana, and the passing of a
the country for several years. Many peo-
                                                                                          North Portland icon.
ple knew of her, and apparently she had          essary. A resident of Vanport
enough pull to become part of the Jantzen        could nearly reach out and touch
Beach repertoire. How she earned her way         the Northwest’s premier play-            House Not Selling?
into the Jantzen line-up is unclear to me,       ground from their kitchen win-
for the nature of her events, and the type of    dow. Certainly, inhabitants of
bizarre delivery was totally uncharacteris-
tic of Jantzen up to that point.
                                                 Vanport could see the bright
                                                 lights and often hear the sounds
                                                                                           FOR RENT
  Gladys Patrick offered live, human side-       of Jantzen Beach from the open
shows! Her display was not temporary; not        doors of their homes. A change            Farrell & Associates, Inc.
the traveling circus that is often associated    in wind direction would bring a            Property Management
with exhibiting human oddities. She set up       cavalcade of noise, smell, and
shop at Jantzen, and became a permanent          excitement to the City of Van-                   503.285.4670
fixture (for a few years). Her promotional       port.
banners stated that “Delores and Shirley,          Then, within two hours, Van-
the world’s only two midget twins” could         port disappeared!                                  Jeff Rhoades
be seen there. “Native Ubangi women with           It’s been often suggested that                   Property Manager
huge lips, wood inserts in their ears, and       the destruction of Vanport was
massive behinds” (A medical condition            the curtain call for the Jantzen              M e n t i o n t h i s a d a n d re c e i v e

known as “steatopygia” and is unique to          Beach Amusement Center. This                          $100         Discount
                                                                                            on initial set-up or placement fees.
African women.) were part of her show.           may be true, but there were oth-
The bearded lady, the Neanderthal man,           er factors that were beginning to
the world’s fattest woman, and others de-        have an effect on the vitality of
grading sights were to be witnessed by any-      the park. In reality, with or with-
one who wanted to pay the price. (Don’t          out Vanport, the amusement                               4772 N. Lombard
                                                                                                         Portland, OR 97203
take issue with me over these events! I’m        park at Jantzen Beach could not
not making any of this up. I’m simply            have survived the changes that
bringing you history, and if it’s not politi-
cally acceptable to you, sue Gladys Patrick,
not me!) The concessions did not last too




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       Transitions/Notices/Events
                                                                                                                                                                      DOWN
                                                                                                                                                                      1. In the center of
                                                                                                                                                                      2. French for "Name"
Holy Cross School                           Ensemble from Wash.                                                                                                       3. Bite
                                                                                                                                                                      4. Website address
 Holy Cross Catholic School (5202 N         D.C. to give free concert                                                                                                 5. Away from the wind
Bowdoin) will hold an OPEN HOUSE
                                              Pentagon Winds, an ensemble based                                                                                       6. Is endebted to
on Sunday, January 30, from 9am to
                                            in Washington, D.C. and consisting of                                                                                     7. Apartment payment
2pm. They will also be having a Book
                                            flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn,                                                                                 8. Romantic encounter
Fair!
                                            will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thurs-                                                                                   9. Biblical first woman
   For more information: 503-289-
                                            day, Jan. 27 in the Buckley Center Au-                                                                                    10. Sequoia
3010.                                                                                                                                                                 11. "Bolero" composer
                                            ditorium on the University of Portland
                                            campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The                                                                                      12. Nimble
                                            concert is free and open to the public.                                                                                   13. Entice
Clarinet symposium                          The ensemble is associated with the                                                                                       18. A landlocked republic in NW
and recital planned                         Army Field Band, the musical ambas-                                                                                                                Africa
                                            sadors of the U.S. Army.                                                                                                  22. Ancient unit of liquid measure
 This special event is set for 10 a.m. to                                                                                                                             23. Inquisitive
6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 in the Mago                                                                                                                                  24. The joint just above the foot
Hunt Center.                                Farmers Market                                                                                                            25. Stair
  This will be a master class for clari-                                                                                                                              26. Fastened
net students and teachers from around       launches into new year                                                                                                    27. A birthday dessert
the Northwest and the featured artist is      The St. Johns Farmer’s Market
                                                                                                                                                                      28. Move very slightly
Daniel Gilbert from the University of       group is recruiting for several board
                                                                                                                                                                      29. Not over
Michigan and formerly the Cleveland         positions to help continued
                                                                                                                                                                      30. Pipsqueak
Orchestra. For schedule details go to       improvements to the popular event. If
                                                                                                                                                                      33. Send, as payment
college/up.edu/pfa/music.                   interested, contact them via email at
                                                                                                                                               Answers on Page 7      34. Do penance
  Tickets may be purchased at the door      info@sjfarmersmarket.com.                                                                                                 35. An association of criminals
and cost $15 for the day; $10 for the                                                   ACROSS
                                                                                        1. Cancel                             38. Prefix meaning "After"              37. Initial wager
master class or 6 p.m. recital only.                                                                                                             or "Beyond"          38. Big butte
                                                                                        6. Command
                                                                                        11. Rodent                            39. Center of a hurricane               40. Deer horns 41. Cigarette ig-
                                                                                        14. Wavelike design                   40. Ire                                 niter
                                                                                        15. Interlace                         41. Tart citrus fruit                   42. Hearing organ
                                                                                        16. How old one is                    42. Marked by initiative                43. Reckless
                                                                                        17. Enforced                          44. What's left behind                  44. An analytic literary composition
                                                                                        19. Vitality                          47. Marble                              45. Go blading
                                                                                        20. Fritter away                      48. The sound of a bagpipe              46. Periodic rise and fall of the sea
                                                                                        21. Puppy                             49. Gash                                49. Killed
                                                                                        23. Kind of spray                     53. Unhappy                             50. Not pre-recorded
                                                                                        26. A bathroom necessity              54. Elucidated
                                                                                                                              59. Dined                               51. Matured
                                                                                        27. A voluntary gift                                                          52. Graven image
                                                                                        31. Requested                         60. Christopher of "Superman"
                                                                                                                              61. Muse of love poetry                 55. Prefix meaning "New"
                                                                                        32. Not married                                                               56. Before
                                                                                        33. Tattered cloth                    62. An affirmative
                                                                                                                              63. Scattered seed                      57. Short sleep
                                                                                        36. Brown algae                                                               58. French for "Summer"
                                                                                        37. Supplemented                      64. Force back



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                                                                                        Promotions Committee has a new
                                                                                                                              group will then be dividing projects
                                                                                        time and location. They will be
                                                                                        now meeting in the morning of the
                                                                                        first Wednesday of each month
                                                                                                                              into a series of six month work
                                                                                                                              plans. “We have a very large budget
                                                                                                                                                                          SHARE
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                                                                                        from 8am - 9:30am. The change
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                                                                                                                              promotions committee.
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                                                                                                                                “Promotions have already been
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                 OBituaries
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George Donald Letson
  Don Letson died peacefully Jan. 1, 2011 surrounded by his fami-
ly at the age of 85. The youngest of three children born to Mark and
Lillian Letson, Don grew up in the St. Johns area of North Portland.                                                                                                  


                                                                                                                                                                                  

After graduating from Benson Polytechnic School in 1942 Don                                                                                          

enlisted in the U.S. Navy. His wartime service was spent aboard an
LCI in France, Sicily, Italy, and North Africa.                                                                                               
   
   After WWII Don returned to Portland, and went to work at the                                                                     

       
 



                                                                                                                                             
 
White Motor Company. In 1948 he joined Associated Oil Compa-                                                                                !"#$ %
 &'
ny. His career with Tidewater Associated spanned 38 years during
which he was transferred and promoted to vari-                                                                                              
     
  
 
 
               

                                                                                                                                                      
   
    
ous positions in
California and
Washington be-
fore returning to
Portland in 1961
as terminal man-
ager at the
Linnton Termi-
nal. The remain-
der of his career
was spent as ter-
minal manager
for the Portland
and Vancouver
plants while the
company merged
with Phillips 66                                                                                                                                                                  MAYTAG
and then GATX.                                                                                                                                                                    Red
He retired from                                                                                                                                                                    Carpet
GATX in 1986.                                                                                                                                                                       Service
    It was Don’s            Don Letson
lifelong interest
in antique and classic cars and trucks for which he is best known. In
particular, his passion for all things Packard. He was widely recog-
nized in Packard circles as an authority, and as an excellent me-
chanic and craftsman.
  Don’s greatest enjoyment in life came from the many friendships
made along the way as he collected, restored, traded, toured, and
admired cars. He was always willing to help someone who needed
a hand with their old car project, and the doors of Letson Garage
                                                                        Michael D. Mellum,            Nicholas R. Mellum
were always open to those who shared his appreciation of classic
automobiles and trucks. His shop was a popular gathering spot for
                                                                           D.M.D., P.C.                      D.M.D.
the exchange of great stories, tall tales, sage advice, and insider’s
tips on a wide range of topics. It was a regular stop for many.                 Family and Cosmetic
  Don leaves behind daughters: Donna Stone of Austin, TX, Caro-
lyn Montigue of Portland, Anita Eaton of Vancouver, Susan Letson
                                                                                     Dentistry
of Portland; son, James Letson of Woodway, WA; Special Friend                         Serving St. Johns since 1974
and Companion, Ruth Ridgway of Portland; 11 grandchildren and
five great grandchildren.
   A Funeral Service was held in the chapel of Skyline Memorial                   8910 N. Kellogg St. 503-286-4492
Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. A memorial re-
ception and celebration of Don’s life followed at the LETSON
GARAGE, 8513 N. Syracuse. See terryfamilyfuneralhome.com for
details. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
   Services under the direction of Terry Family Funeral Home (503)
249-1788.

Harry A. Connick
1923 - 2010
  Harry Connick, recently of Portland, died December 24, 2010.
  He was born February 19, 1923 in Garrison, Montana. He must
have been a special child as his father delivered him.
  Harry served in the Air Force in WWII in Europe. After his dis-
charge he used the GI bill to attend two years at the University of
Oregon then transfered to the University of Montana in Missoula.
  After passing the bar, he reenlisted as Captain in the Air Force.
He became a career soldier. He was stationed in Japan and later
served in Korea in the JAG unit. He retired a                                          Jensen’s
Major.
   He was a loving father and is survived by his three sons, one          VOICE & PIANO STUDIO
grandson, and one great-grandson.
  Harry loved golf, dancing, church and walking. His ashes were          High School and College
intered in the Presideo Cemertary overlooking San Francisco Bay             Credits Available
January 7, 2011.
  There will be a memorial service in North Portland at the Uni-
versity Park United Methodist Church, 4775 N. Lombard on Jan-
uary 23 at 12:30 p.m.
_________________________________________________________               Call for an appointment: (503) 286-1168
Edwin T. Weatherwax                                                                                                             St. Johns Newest Sr. Adult Care Home
04/1929 - 1/4/2011
  Edwin spent his young life in Los Angeles and joined the                                                                                  Two Locations!
Army at 17 years of age. He was a Korean War veteran.
 He was married for 61 years and had three children: James,
who passed away in 1992, Diane and          Laurel. He is
                                                                                                                                   Garden Place
survived by his two       children, his son-in-law, James                                                                                                          For Your Loved Ones
Barlow; grandchildren, April, Travis, James, and Annalee,                                                                                              Bonnie Gill
and his brother, Bob.                                                                                                                                Owner/Operator
  Edwin retired as an engineer from Hughes Aircraft and moved
to Groveland, California then volun-
teered with the Forest Service in Tuol-                                                                                      5903 N. Houghton St.                             503-247-7103
umne Co.
  He was a member of the Korean War                                                                                        Call 503-283-5086 to
Veterans Association and in 1999                                                                                            reserve this space
moved to St. Johns to be close to a                                                                                             for your ad
veteran’s facility.
   Edwin was two-time survivor of
cancer and had adapted to losing sight.
He celebrated 30 years of sobriety.                                                                                        BUSINESS CARD PRICING:
    He’ll be at rest in peace at Wil-                                                                                      Run 1X: ads is: $35.00
lamette National Cemetery. http://                                                                                         Run 1 to 6 times: ads are $28 each
www.legacy.com/guestbook/oregon/
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Business Profile: Anna
                                                                                                  ly regarding staff- checks, renting homes here, buying lenge yourself,” she said.
Bannanas                                                                                          ing, customers, groceries, and paying taxes.”              Anna Bannanas is open Monday
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                                                                                                  and suggestions.     Sarah also shares that success of- through Friday: 6am-late. Saturday
great coffee indoors,” said Sarah.                                                                   Sarah has been ten depends on the person them- and Sunday 8am –late at 8716 N.
They opened at their current NW                                                                   very active with- selves. “Don’t be afraid to chal- Lombard.
location on Thanksgiving Day                                                                      in the neighbor-
1994. The St. Johns location fol-                                                                 hood itself and is
lowed.                                                                                           a board member
    The St. Johns shop is adorned                                                                and officer of the
with comfortable furniture – couch-                                                              St. Johns Boost-
es and over-stuffed chairs complete                                                              ers. Her insights
with coffee tables to give custom-                                                               and verbal abili-
ers a relaxing place to visit, and it                                                            ties bring forth
also has table and chairs where           Sarah Anderson, owner of Anna Bannanas gives some many good ideas
                                               good advice about business & the community.       for the benefit of
many customers bring their laptops
to write their books or complete                                                                 the neighbor-
homework. Children are welcome           ed. “You can’t expect to sit back and hood. One philosophy she is ada-
and there is a play area complete        collect a check,” she shared. “Run- mant about is for neighbors to shop
with toys. The shop is dimly lit, yet    ning a small business is the most locally. “Folks need to understand
bright enough to read and work. It’s     difficult job with the worst pay you that every small business needs sup-
a place where you don’t feel the         can imagine. I cook, clean, plunge port. Think carefully about wheth-
need to leave in a hurry after you’ve    toilets, sweep the sidewalk, place er you want a large chain to remain
finished your latte.                     orders, wash dishes, and trouble open or the three mom-and-pop
   Although times got a little more      shoot all day long. But it feeds your stores in the neighborhood that sell
difficult since the 2008 downturn        soul, and watching something you the same thing. It’s really that sim-        Erin Kilroy and Lizzie Mardesich (U of P student) visits the coffee shop for
in the economy, Sarah said, “We’ve       have helped create begin to flour- ple. Smaller shops like those in St.        a quick pick me up. Anna Bannana employee Todd helps them as Sarah
made it through three recessions so      ish and prosper is the best feeling Johns employ your neighbors. The                                     Anderson looks on.
far, but this one has been the tough-    you can imagine.”                      money stays in St. Johns by the way
est. I’m afraid we’re in for yet more        Her advice is to keep regular of the employees cashing their pay-
closures here in North Portland.”        hours so customers know when you
  She said their businesses are hold-    are open. “We’ve
ing steady but are running pretty        been open for 16
lean to make ends meet. “I know          years, seven days a
there are many struggling business-      week,        EVERY
es in the St. Johns area. It’s a tough   week,” she said.
time to start or run a business, but     “We’ve         never                                                Advertise
what I’ve learned is that you have       closed.” Impressive                                               503-283-5086
to know who your target audience         dedication. She also
is and don’t let it be too narrow. The   suggests to do your
Golden Rule of restaurants is to         business in cash as
make your lease payment in the first     credit has a tenden-
three days of business.”                 cy to get people into
  The hours the Anderson’s put into      trouble, and to ad-
their business are long, but dedicat-    dress issues prompt-


                                                                   The community is saddened with
                                                                   the closure of Our Daily Bread
                                                                   Restaurant. It served the commu-
                                                                   nity well for over 25 years. Above,
                                                                   the familiar sign advertising menu
                                                                   items and left: A shocked customer
                                                                   arrives to find the restaurant
                                                                   closed. Family members say it was
                                                                   the economy that led to the
                                                                   closure.




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