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The Beginning...

On July 30th 1962 the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws and the C,C & Rs of Coronado Shores Beach Club were signed and a new development began. Today this is referred to as a Planned Community and falls under an aspect of Federal Law. Coronado Shores was one of three developments begun at the same time, the other two being Bayshore, across the mouth of the Alsea River from Waldport and Ocean Shores across the entrance of Gray's Harbor from Westport, Washington. It is said that two well-known celebrities of the time were involved in the creation of these three developments, possibly Dinah Shore and Pat Boone.

At the time of the inception the land of Coronado shores was completely cleared to allow for the plat. One must realize that all of the foliage that we see today is no older than the community. The rules of this development state that homes in certain areas may not be more than a certain height, this stems from the fact that a large majority of the early homes had a view of the sea. Today the coast pines have grown up to a point that only those living in ocean front homes have an unobstructed view.

Through the years many people have kindly devoted their time and energies to the success of Coronado Shores Beach Club and maintaining the rules and regulations that were laid down in 1962.

Words from some of our long time residents

Since these interviews some have moved from Coronado Shores, some have passed away, but they are still a part of our history. They contributed to making our community the beautiful place it is today.

Alice Richmond - resident since 1985

Alice and Chuck Richmond grew up in Oregon and moved to the Midwest after they married. They spent years in Wisconsin and Illinois before they retired, and returned to Oregon. Initially, they rented a duplex at Beach Combers Haven in Gleneden Beach while they looked for a permanent home. The couple didn't know a single soul, but they loved living near the ocean and walked their dog on the beach almost every day.

Alice got a part time job at the deli and grocery store located in the Salishan Market Place. She enjoyed the job and met lots of interesting people. When she became manager, Chuck worked there as well.

In 1985 they found the perfect house at the right price in the middle of a forest on La Plaza, (also known as the Coronado Shores Heights). It wasn't long before they became active members of the community. Chuck joined the Board as Secretary and served for several years. They both participated in countless activities.

Their early friends included Elfriede, Neola, Clara, Ron Lovell, Harriet and Warren, Hugh and Tilly, Meta, and Roger and Natalie. They enjoyed pop corn night and silent movies at the clubhouse, potlucks, dine-outs and picnics. It was lots of fun; it still is.

One of the more unusual events occurred several years ago. Coronado Shores began receiving regular visits from a black bear. When the mama bear discovered some residents were willing to provide tasty treats for the local wildlife, she started coming back and she brought her cub along. The bears broke into Wally's shed, make a heck of a mess, and polished off 50 pounds of sunflower seeds. The residents tried traps and noise makers to no avail, but the bears luck ran out one night when one car heading north and another going south dispatched the animals. Several months later Coronado Shores entered a float in the Gleneden Beach 4th of July Parade. Dee Ann Bogue and Alice each strummed a guitar while Julie, Our former secretary, stormed around in a bear's costume. They may have had teddy bears on the float. I'm not sure. They all had a good time. The biggest change Alice sees is everyone seems to be getting older!

Alice enjoys her stable neighborhood in the heights. Would she recommend Coronado shores to others? "Oh yeah!" She responds, " It's my favorite place ever!"

Don and Maggie Choate - residents since 1972

Don and Maggie learned about Coronado Shores from Bill and Kay Stallings, (old friends from Montana,) bought their lot on the corner of Palisades and Escondido in 1972.
For the longest time they were true week-enders. They worked all week, and then they commuted to the beach, bringing materials with them, and built their house from the ground up.

They were younger then.

They cleared the lot, and literally hand dug the foundation, and the trenches for the septic and every thing else. Nothing was easy. At that time it was not legal to park an RV on the street, but they were able to stay in their camper while building, much to the dismay of some people! It took a long time, but eventually they had a wonderful beach home. They moved here full time when they retired in 2004.

Both Maggie and Don are a true asset to Coronado Shores. They help plan and execute a host of events every year. They are the kind of busy people who always manage to lend just a little more assistance.

When asked if they would recommend Coronado Shores Don thought for a minute. "It depends. There's a lot of retired people here, so it helps if you are also retired. And it helps if you plan to live here full time. It's a good place with the beach, the steps and the pool. The people are nice, and friendly.

Christine Dow - resident since 1985

Prior to retirement Chris and her husband lived in Los Angeles. Over the years they had made trips to the Oregon Coast and enjoyed staying in motels on the beach. They liked the ocean and enjoyed long walks on the beach. Once they retired, they really started looking for a home at the coast. They drove through Coronado Shores. Then they talked to Ernie (the care taker) in the clubhouse and saw the pool. They looked at other developments in the area, and they saw several other houses. But this place, Coronado Shores, kept nagging at Chris. They bought here because of the ready access to the beach.

They both made friends. Her husband spent a lot of time at the clubhouse with the "boys". He could smoke there without her nagging at him. Chris remembers the movie nights at the clubhouse, and the potlucks which were all well attended.

She became good friends with Beulah Wilson, a nearby neighbor. She also was very fond of Phyllis and Mary Lou, and Roger and Natalie, and Olga. One of her best memories is old movies and popcorn at the clubhouse. She told me about a path from her house at the north end of Hacienda to the beach. At one time there was a little bridge, and a great frog pond. Several years ago the man who owned the property across the creek tore out the bridge. Chris still misses it. She also misses the old entrance.

Today, Chris is one of our honored seniors. It's hard for her to get around, but still has her warm smile. She says the Coronado Shores Walkers are just about enough to keep her going.

Elfriede Hazelton - resident since 1970

In the late 1960's Elfriede's husband had died and her childhood friend, Elfriede Wuckert invited her to the beach home in Coronado Shores. Her friend said the salt air and beach walks would help, but she had an ulterior motive. Elfriede and Henry Wuckert were good friends with John Rosefield. John had a weekend beach house just south of their home, and earlier he had purchased an oceanfront lot in Coronado Shores. He had planned to build on the lot, but then his wife died. So they had two close friends and in their opinion, each was in need of a partner. Wouldn't it be nice if their two favorite people could become a couple and live near them in Coronado Shores. They decided to play matchmaker, and sometimes, the best intentions work out just fine.

Elfriede married John and in 1970 he started building their beach house. He would continue working on it for ten years. Most of that time they were part time residents but they were pretty active in the community. John had been a plumber and he frequently answered calls for help, especially with the pool. In 1980 John finished the house and they became full time residents. John served on the Road District and spent years on the Board of Directors. She was active in the womens group when they began a monthly music night: a local musician would play and provide background information about his instrument and career. They started a hiking group. Elfriede is a skilled artist she has created scores of paintings in a variety of different mediums,, and she was always willing to try something new. John was a skilled wood carver, and she learned that as well. The scope of John's pieces is truly amazing. At some point Elfriede was asked to line up Coronado Shores artists and have them display pieces of their work in the clubhouse. That was at least 25 years ago, and she's still finding some six times a year.

Coronado Shores has changed, there are a lot more houses, and she feels there is greater turn-over. Some things haven't changed. In the 30 plus years she's lived here,the pool continues to be a primary shared asset and the source of many arguments and suggestions. She has lost count of the number of times someone has suggested covering the pool so it could be used year round. Elfriede swims, and she'd like to see that happen.

Would she recommend Coronado Shores to others? "Oh, yes, and I have! One time John and I were traveling in California and happened to talk to a couple who were on their way to Oregon to look at beach front properties. I told them about Coronado Shores and we went our separate ways. When we returned home, the couple had found Coronado shores and bought a home!" Elfriede wasn't surprised. She thinks Coronado Shores is far better than the more expensive Salishan because the beach is very nice and the people are far friendlier. At almost 90 Elfriede is lively, healthy, and extremely busy. She's led an amazing life and she's an asset to our community.

Hugh and Tillie Ayers - residents since 1981

In the mid 1970's, Hugh and Tillie Ayers were looking for a place near the beach where they could retire. They found a small house and three lots on Palisades. Over the next few years they added on to the house so it would be ready for them when they retired in 1981. They have lived here full time since then. They chose Coronado Shores for several reasons, but mostly because they felt safe and comfortable here. Tillie noticed that the widows were able to remain in their homes, and there were lots of people their age. Tillie says she enjoys seeing children, the community is a better place when there is a mixture. Over the years they have seen the empty lots disappear and the original roads replaced and improved.

Tillie enjoys gardening, and their landscape is a testament to her skill and hard work. For years she chaired the gardening committee and maintained all the plantings around the clubhouse. Some of their early friends were Meta , Hope, Roger and Natalie, Harriet and Warren and Olga.

Would they recommend Coronado Shores? Sure!

Kay Schwendt - resident since 1978

Kay grew up in Colorado and married in Colorado. She and her husband lived and worked on the family farm. After about ten years they got tired of cold winters and the farm, and moved to Oregon. It was 1952. They settled in Beaverton. For several years they had a small mobile home in Gleneden Beach. On weekends and vacations they took long walks on the beach and around the neighborhoods. They often walked in Coronado Shores, where they found the residents friendly and the community neat and well maintained.

In 1978 they selected a lot and built their house on Coronado. They were welcomed into the community like old friends. At that time they had a dog, a Doberman, and they continued to take long walks every day. Kay collected buckets of agates. They made friends with Elfriede, and Hope, and Olga, and Roger and Natalie. They attended numerous activities at the clubhouse and fondly remember Natalie playing the piano.

Kay has been alone since her husband passed, but she feels safe and blessed to live in a place where people care about one another. Would Kay recommend Coronado Shores to others? "Oh yes! A person can be just as involved as they want. There's always someone to talk to ..And then, there's Duane." Kay smiles. Enough said.

Lois Rahkonen - resident since 1976 or 77

Lois Rahkonen, retired from her beauty shop and school in Ellensburg, Washington and moved to Coronado Shores in 1976 or 1977. She says sort of stumbled on our community. She was looking for a small, affordable place near the ocean, and her house on Palisades fit the bill.

From the street, her house is reminiscent of a quaint Japanese cottage. The stylized plants, gravel paths and Japanese stonework all reflect her love of oriental art and philosophy. Inside one finds more evidence of her unique artistic ability. Lois doesn't really follow a school of art or design, she simply creates. She makes her own paper and turns it into an oyster shell. She weaves, she does everything.

Several years ago she was walking along the tide pools and she saw scores of sea stars clustered near a half submerged boulder. (At that time they were called star fish). They varied in size and shimmered in a rainbow of endless colors. Lois was enchanted. She taught herself how to recreate the magical sea stars using fabric, wire and sequins.

She's been a tireless supporter of the Aquarium in Newport. The annual "Oyster Cloister" fundraiser was her idea. Lois's sea stars have been on display at the Portland airport and in numerous businesses and private homes. The money from these creations is all donated to the aquarium scholarship program.

Lois refers to herself as "Miss Perpetuity"
At age 95 she, like the energizer bunny, keeps going and going. She almost never compains about anything and is always anxious to hear about the happenings. She's been called a Coronado Shores Treasure, and perhaps she is.

Phyllis Amacher and Mary Lou Boice - residents since 1964

Phyllis is a native Oregonian, and she returned to the beach on a visit and as luck would have it, caught Coronado shores on a beautiful day. At that time there weren't nearly as many beach communities as there are today, and Phyllis wanted a place near the ocean. She purchased a lot on Mirador in 1964 making her and Mary Lou two of the first property owners in Coronado Shores. When they retired in 1981, they moved to the beach full time. In 1983 they purchased their beachfront home on El Mar.

Over the years both Phyllis and Mary Lou have both been active community members taking their turn at Board leadership and other positions. They helped organize a myriad of activities. They fondly remember movie nights, pot lucks, ladies' lunches, and dine outs that included cocktails at the clubhouse prior to dinner. Phyllis and Mary Lou are world travelers and they used to give slide presentations of the journeys to the delight of many CSBC residents.

They have seen many changes. Houses, streets, street lights, and sewers have all been added to enlarge and improve the original community, but the demographics really haven't changed. This has always been a retirement community and they believe the number of part time property owners has always exceeded the full time residents.

Years ago the caretaker's home was the sales office. Initially Coronado Shores had its own entrance with a big sign that could be easily seen from Hwy 101. When the highway was widened, Coronado Shores lost its entrance in exchange for a small piece of property on Palisades. They think the relocation of the entrance was the biggest change. Some residents still miss the old entrance, but Phyllis and Mary Lou view it as a positive: "Fewer gawkers."

Would they recommend Coronado Shores to others? Absolutely!

Ruby Harp - resident since 1978

Ruby spent her early childhood in northern California near the Pacific Ocean. The family moved from California to Dearborn Michigan when she was in her teens. Over the next few decades, Ruby grew up, married and raised a family. But she never forgot the ocean. After her children were grown she and her husband made two road trips out west to explore the coastline. The first was in the late 1960's. The second trip was in the 1970's, after retirement. Before they were done they had looked at every beach community from Astoria to Sonoma. They found exactly what they wanted in Coronado Shores. It was 1978. Theirs was the 156th house to be built.

They sold their house in Michigan, shipped their belongings and rented an apartment in Lincoln City while their contractor built their dream house. The couple chose Coronado Shores because it was near the beach, there were scores of activities and the price was right.

Back then, Ruby's house stood alone on that portion of El Mesa. There were lots of trees, and she had a pretty good view of the airport. Some of the changes have been the additional houses, streetlights, improved roads, and sewers. The couple made friends. These are some of the people she remembers: Nola, Hope, Irma, Charles and Elfriede, and Natalie and Roger. She enjoyed the bridge club and is still a regular at Stitch and Twiddle.

Ruby still loves the beach, and still requires a regular "Beach fix". She's happy in Coronado Shores and would recommend it to others.

Clara Stevens - resident since 1985

Clara's husband had traveled all over the United States and he wanted to retire in the pacific NW. When he retired they began looking for the perfect place. They started in San Diego and headed north. Perhaps a realtor led them to Coronado Shores, they bought their home on Hacienda in 1985 and lived there as full time residents.

When they settled here there were 432 lots and roughly half of them had houses. They were involved in the community, Clara's husband served on the Board as Treasurer.
Clara remembers an early Christmas party at the clubhouse with about 90 people in attendance. They loved to walk on the beach.

There were very few children. The school bus didn't come into Coronado Shores, the children were picked up on Highway 101.

Clara remembers the old entrance, and she remembers early friends: Neola Young, Roger and Natalie Oppenheim, Alice and Chuck Richmond, and Hugh and Tillie Ayers.
Clara said this community has always been friendly, welcoming new residents. She described it "Like heaven". She thinks the concrete steps are a great improvement.

Would she recommend Coronado Shores to others? Absolutely!

Elfriede Wuckert - resident since 1964

Elfriede remembers getting a letter from a developer inviting her and Henry to:

"Come to the Beach and see our plans for a wonderful new development!
Get in on the ground floor! Lots as low as $198!
Don't miss this opportunity!"

Elfriede and Henry drove over to the beach, but there wasn't much to see and they didn't buy a lot that day. But they returned and bought their oceanfront lot on Monterey. And when Coronado Shores held their first Board meeting, Elfriede was Board Secretary.
Prior to retirement Henry worked as a skilled carpenter. His knowledge and skills were put to good use in Coronado Shores.

In the early years everyone knew one another. There were few full time residents, and many of the early houses were truly beach cabins. The property owners pulled together and helped each other. For the next four plus decades the couple put their heart and soul into this community. Elfriede served as secretary of the Board and was secretary for the Road District for a long, long time. Henry had a large collection of silent movies and scores of books that explained the techniques and history of the early film industry in the United States. For at least 10 years he treated Coronado Shores residents to movie and popcorn night at the clubhouse. It was a big hit.

They helped host breakfasts and potlucks, they attended the dine-outs, they organized outings to local high school musicals and plays. She's seen a little wildlife in our community. (No, she wasn't referring to the cocktail parties in the Clubhouse.) Of course she's seen whales and other marine life, but she's also seen more than one bear and quite a few paw prints. She's seen deer munching on the lush grass by the mail boxes and, of course, she's seen raccoons. She's made and lost many friends.

Elfriede says there originally were two cabanas, one at each beach entrance. The south cabana was similar the one at the north entrance except the bathrooms were only accessible from the outside. One night some vandals threw large stones down the toilets and plugged them up. The Board held an emergency meeting and voted to tear down the cabana.

Over the years they made life long friends, and they stayed together. In December Elfriede lost her husband of 68 years. She chose to remain here in Coronado Shores. She thinks beach living is healthier than city life. The air is cleaner and the ocean has a calming effect. In her location there is little traffic and not much noise. She feels safe and is grateful to have a community where people care about one another.

Harriet Lang - resident since 1985

Harriet and her first husband, Warren, lived in Southern California. Warren retired from their school district; they moved to Oregon because they vacationed here and they loved it. They found a place to live in Florence and Warren accepted a job as principal of De-Lake school in Lincoln City. For awhile he had a 90 mile round trip commute.

They began looking in earnest for a home in or near Lincoln City. Some days Warren would swing into Coronado Shores on his way home. He found the community neat, tidy and with lots of trees. They had a realtor who thought they should buy in Lincoln City. The first day they looked at 9 houses and only liked one, and they bought their home on Coronado Drive. They enjoyed a place where they could walk to get their mail and they easily made friends. After Warren died, Harriet became closer friends with Clara Stevens, Elfriede, and Natalie. She played bridge, and helped with Activities but she stayed away from the Board. She was alone for three years, and then she married Arch Lang. As a couple they are an active, integral part of Coronado Shores.

Harriet misses the original entrance, and she applauds the concrete at the cabana and the south entrance. The biggest change Harriet sees is the number of homes that are unoccupied most of the year

Would they recommend Coronado Shores to others? Harriet describes it as:
"A lovely place with good beach access and a nice pool. Plus, a person can choose to be involved in lots of activities, or not."

Norma LeMaster - resident since 1986

Norma had friends, the Areharts, who lived in Coronado Shores. One day in 1986 she came to visit them. She liked everything about the place, her good friends, the access to the beach, the clubhouse and pool; they bought a home on Coronado Drive that same day. Norma and her husband didn't become full time residents until they retired in 1986.

Lots of things have changed over the years. Back then there was a forest across the street, and most of the vacant lots were covered with trees. In time the forest was replaced with houses and the remaining trees have grown taller than her house. She's always enjoyed living near the ocean. The beach may change every day, but it's always beautiful. Norma remembers walking along the beach all the way to Fishing Rock.

Norma remembers the old entrance, and misses it. She remembers well attended Christmas parties, and breakfasts, dine outs. She fondly remembers Natalie Oppenheim, and how Natalie made her feel so welcome in Coronado Shores. Norma was inside the cabana, watching a storm , when a huge wave crested on the cabana windows. She beat a swift retreat when the wave receded. She knew she'd never forget her experience, but just in case, and she purchased the whole set of photos Reed Goodman took. Norma has loaned the photos to the website committee so they can be scanned and placed on the website.

Norma would recommend Coronado Shores to others for several reasons: It is a friendly, and well-maintained community. Norma says, "When I look at real estate listings, I notice that if the house is in Coronado Shores, the listing always makes note of it." She adds, "When I read the police reports in the local paper, there is almost never a mention of Coronado Shores. It's a safe place to live."

She's comfortable here, and she would recommend it to anyone who thinks they would like to retire at the beach. She says most people who retire here want to stay as long as they can. Some have to leave because of failing health. It's a hard place to leave.

Roger Oppenheim - resident since 1971

I suppose what brought Natalie and I to Coronado Shores was dumb luck. Some realtor told Roger about some lots near Lincoln City that were near the ocean - so he and Natalie drove over to look at them. His mother-in-law was in the car with them. He talked to someone about a lot in Coronado Shores, but the person they talked to wasn't really ready to sell, and hadn't decided on a price, so Roger left. When he got back to Highway 101 he started to turn east when his mother-in-law spoke up. She said, "Roger, I thought you wanted a place near the beach! Why are you heading away from it?" So I turned around, came back to Coronado Shores and bought the lot. It was 1971.

Roger was still working, so they couldn't be here full time. But they found a contractor to build the shell and Roger finished the inside. While they were working on the inside, they got to know the Wuckerts, Henry and Elfriede. Roger did all the work inside, and it took 5 years. At one point he was having trouble negotiating a loan, so Henry loaned him the money to continue with his house.

They moved here full time in 1981. At that time a lot of the people who settled here were WWII veterans, like him. Now he's part of the older generation.

Roger remembers old silent movies shown in the clubhouse, with pop corn, and dancing, breakfasts once a month. He and Natalie started the dine outs and Natalie put together a Coronado shores cookbook featuring some of the best recipes from the pot lucks.

In Roger's opinion, Coronado Shores is perfect if you want a retirement community and you're not too young or too old.

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