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Clausen Oysters
Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer
07/20/2018
Photo Caption: Lilli Clausen poses next to a photograph of her late husband, Max.



Published in the May 28, 2015 edition



Clausen Oysters, located on Haynes Inlet in North Bend, is owned primarily by Lilli Clausen, born Lilli Kirschbaum in Volhynia, in the northwest corner of Ukraine. During the Russian invasion, her family ended up in West Germany during "The Great Terror" a massive ethnic cleansing operation led by the Soviets. Many years and miles later, she and her husband Max started their oyster business on the mud flats of Coos Bay in 1983. Today it is the largest oyster growing operation in Oregon, with 635 acres of oysters seeded on land leased from Coos County.



I spoke with Lilli one afternoon about her life and the business she and her husband owned together until his death in 2014. "Thirty years and I still have this accent," mused Lilli. "I was a teacher with a Master's Degree in health education. I couldn't get a full-time teaching job, and when I married Max, who was a pilot in the Air force, then a dairyman, and then worked on a local oyster farm, we decided to go into business for ourselves. Max knew all the technical stuff…I didn't know a thing about oysters!"



I asked Lilli why they chose Coos Bay to start their oyster farm. "Coos Bay is one of the very best places in the whole United States to grow oysters; we're only four miles in from the ocean, and we can grow a 5"-6" oyster in three years. When we bought this place, there was no pier or dock available, and the place had all sorts of equipment lying around. Then we had to invest in oyster seed, which is very expensive. Oysters don't naturally grow here because it's too cold, but that's what makes this a great place to farm them, because we've never had a problem with people getting sick from vibrio parahaemeliticus, a bacteria that multiplies in warmer water. Our water is too cold for the bacteria to grow."



By the way, oysters are safe to eat, even if the shell is open, as long as the temperature in storage has not exceeded 40 degrees F. So Clausens has safe, fresh oysters available year-round. They are under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Water samples are taken on a regular basis to check on any possible hazard to the safety of oysters.



It takes three years for oysters to mature, and it was a great challenge for the Clausens to obtain good seed. "Our first harvest in 1984 netted $12,000 and that's what it took to build the wooden barge!," said Lilli. "It really took about 10 years to begin making a profit. But this business is never boring! You do the best you can, but it's a farming life, there are good years and bad. For instance, we had a 75% death loss from the wreck of the New Carissa."



Clausens takes great pride in their Kumamoto specialty half-shell oysters, which are extra small and very tasty. They have six or seven different sizes of oysters, which are shipped all over the United States, even to places like the Gulf Coast and Texas, where sometimes the weather gets too hot for safe oyster harvest there. Clausens have shipped their oysters as far away as Vancouver, BC, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.



As I was talking to Lilli, the workers were getting ready for the busy Memorial Day weekend. "We try to be as helpful as we can to consumer concerns," said Lilli. "We were the first company in the area to separate out all the oysters. We shuck, clean and have them totally ready for consumption. And one of the best ways to cook them is to microwave them, right in the shell! When I get home after work the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time cooking my dinner, so I just pop a half dozen or so small oysters in the microwave and in three minutes I have dinner. I have no problem eating a dozen Kumamotos, raw or cooked!"



Some of the local restaurants that serve Clausen Oysters are the Blue Heron Bistro and the Coach House, which prepares the shellfish a variety of different ways, from grilled to Cajun. But if you just want to try a free oyster sample, "We give free samples to people who come in. We have tried very hard to make things as easy as possible for people to enjoy our oysters," said Lilli.



I could tell how popular Clausen's storefront was, as several people came in and bought oysters while I was speaking to Lilli. And she made sure I had a bag of a dozen or so extra-smalls before I left, which I microwaved that night...delicious!



If you're thinking about grilling, frying, microwaving or baking some delicious silverpoint oysters, stop in to Clausens at 66234 N. Bay Drive in North Bend. They're open to the public 8 am -5 pm Monday through Saturday. Or call them at 541-756-3600. And, Lilli reminds customers, "Bring a cooler, we don't let anybody leave here without ice!"
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Bandon

101 Marketplace of Bandon ACE Hardware Highway Deli Mart Fast Mart Golder’s Bandon NAPA Auto Parts Laurel Grove Store LydiAnna’s Laundromat McKay’s Market Minute Café Ray’s Food Place Southern Coos Gen. Hosp. The Station Restaurant Wilson’s Market

Brookings/Harbor

Chevron Food Mart Circle K Dairy Queen McDonalds Rite Aid Sportshaven Restaurant The Hungry Clam Wild River Pizza

Coos Bay

7-Eleven Abby’s Legendary Pizza Angelina’s Mexican Restaurant Bay Area Hospital Bay Clinic Bayshore Chevron Bayway Market Bi-Mart Builders First Source Chevron Station/Car Wash Coos Bay Liquor Store Coos Bay Senior Center Englewood Market Fast Mart Farr’s True Value Hardware Fred Meyer Green Lightning Laundry Knecht’s Auto Parts Les Schwab Tire Center McDonald’s McKay’s Market Mini Pet Mart Napa Auto Parts Newmark Center North Bend Medical Center Safeway Salvation Army Thrift Store Shake ‘N’ Burger South Coast Shopper StockPot Restaurant Subway Tioga Lobby T.N.T. Market VP Racing Wendy’s CHARLESTON/EMPIRE 7-Eleven Barview Market BEEZ Smoke Shop Dairy Queen Davy Jones’ Locker Grocery Empire Mercantile General Store Grocery Outlet Lighthouse Market McKay’s Market Post Office Sunset Market William’s Bakery Outlet Store

Coquille

Carquest Truck & Auto Supply Colonial Mexican Restaurant Coos County Courthouse Coquille Broiler Coquille Liquor Store Coquille Produce Coquille Smoke Shop Coquille Supply Inc Coquille Valley Hospital Denny’s Pizza Devil’s Kitchen Fast Mart Frazier’s Bakery Highway Deli Mart McKay’s Market Milk-e-Way Feed & Trucking Oregon DMV Safeway Whoozit’s Whatsits

Drain

CG Market & Reel Pizza IGA Market Rose Garden

Elkton

Arlene’s Café General Store

Florence

37 Street Coin Laundry 7-Eleven A & W Drive In Abhi’s One Stop Market Bi-Mart Clawson’s Wheelhouse Restaurant Clea Wox Market Dairy Queen Fred Meyer St Vincent De Paul Stop ‘N’ Shop Twin Lakes Store

Gardiner

Gold Beach

Honey Bear Resort Indian Creek Cafe McKay’s Market NAPA Auto Parts Nesika Beach Market Wedderburn Store AGNESS: Cougar Lane Store

Hauser

Wagon Wheel Grocery

Lakeside

American Classics Diner City of Lakeside Hennick’s Lakeside Hardware McKay’s Market T’Ree Acres Wagon Wheel Grocery

Langlois

Langlois Store

Mapleton

Gingerbread Village Restaurant Mapleton Store

Myrtle Point

Ace Hardware Fast Mart Highway Deli Mart Kozy Kitchen McKay’s Market Myrtle Grove Naturals Myrtle Point Liquor Store The Feed Store

North Bend

7-Eleven A-1 Smoke Shop AMB Thrift Store American Home Furnishings Ashworth’s Market Bailey’s Health Food Store Bi-Mart Bungelow Market Chevron Station & Mart Coastal Highways Dishners Café Gino’s Pizza Glasgow Store Humboldt Club Kozy Kitchen Les Schwab Tire Center Lillie Family Market McDonald’s Fast Food Mom’s Kitchen Nex Dor and More North Bend Liquor Store North Bend Senior Center Pancake Mill Restaurant Perry’s Electric & Plumbing Pony Village Mall Quik E Mart Rite Aid Safeway Shell Gas Station & Mart South Coast Hospice Thrift Store Tai’s Dynasty Top Dog Coffee Umpqua Bank Vinnie’s Burgers Yeong’s Place

Port Orford

Circle K Ray’s Food Place TJ’s Coffee House

Powers

Cruiser Cafe Power’s Market Power’s Tavern AGNESS: Cougar Lane Store

Reedsport

7-Eleven Dairy Queen Don’s Diner & Ice Cream Parlor McDonald’s Fast Food McKay’s Market Recreation Station Safeway SMITH RIVER: Smith River Market

Remote

Bridge Store

Scottsburg

Riverbanks Speedy Mart

Wells Creek

Riverbanks Speedy Mart ELKTON Arlene’s Café General Store

Winchester Bay

Bedrock’s on the Bay Oregon Coast RV Resort Stockade Market & Tackle Shop Winchester Market Winchester Post Office

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Examples: Ranger XLT by Ford would be abbreviated to: Ford Ranger XLT OceanRunner Rainbow Series by WildSeas would be abbreviated to: WildSeas Rainbow OceanRunner In the body of an ad always use numerals. Example: Newer 3bdr home. At the beginning of an ad spell out short numbers. (Example: Three bdr home.) As always, if you do not want your ad abbreviate we can use the longer version for $2. 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Thunderbird — T-Bird tilt steering wheel — tilt Ton, ton, 1 ton, ¾ ton, etc — t, t, 1t, ¾t, etc trailer — trlr transmission/tranny — trans weight (hitch) — wt wheels — whls NOTE: John Deere the company uses J.D. themselves, so “John Deere” and “J.D.” are acceptable RV’s, ATV’s/CYCLES, BOATS awning — awn fifth wheel — 5th whl fully self contained — fsc generator — gen motorhome — mh self contained — sc wheels — whls 4 wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr four wheeler — 4whlr, 3whlr Harley Davidson — Harley HD — Harley aluminum — alum electric — elec Evinrude — Evin galvanized — galv # horse power — #hp # horse — #hp inboard — i/b inboard/outboard — i/o long shaft — ls Mercury (boats only) — Merc outboard — o/b outdrive — o/d short shaft — ss Animals # months old — #mos # years old — #yrs puppies — pups spayed — spay neutered — neut female — fm male — m up to date — utd Appliances/Furniture box spring — box California — Cal capacity — cap entertainment — ent queen — qu refrigerator — fridge wooden — wood Electronics Gigabyte — gb Gigahertz — ghz Hewlett-Packard — HP high definition — hd high def — hd high def tv — hdtv Mega bytes — mb Megapixels — mp Nintendo — Nin Play Station — PS Play Station 2 — PS2 Play Station 3 — PS3 Play Station 4 — PS4 TV — tv VCR — vcr Windows 98 — Win98 Xbox 360 — Xbox360 Xbox One — XboxOne Employment experienced — exp’d hour — hr Full Time — F/T Part Time — P/T references — ref’s required — req’d week — wk year — yr Garage Sales Time example: — 8a-5p Days — Fri-Sun Dates (if needed) — 3rd-4th Highway — Hwy Roads — Rd, Ave, Blvd, St, etc… Multiple — Multi Real Estate, Mobiles, Rentals $00 per month — $00/mo $00 deposit — $00/dep # bathrooms — #ba # bedrooms — #bdr apartment — apt double — dbl double wide — dbl for sale by owner — FSBO manufactured — mfg mobilehome — mobile no drugs — n/d no pets — n/p no smoking — n/s owner may carry — omc owner will carry — owc single wide — single take over payments — t.o.p. washer/dryer hook-ups — w/d hk-ups water/sewer/garbage paid — w/s/g pd Sporting Goods Ammunition — Ammo Bicycle — Bike Camouflage — Camo magnum — mag mountain — mtn Remmington — Rem Winchester — Win Cities Bandon — bd Brookings/Harbor — b/h Charleston — charl Coos Bay — cb Coquille — cq Crescent City, CA — cc Drain/Elkton/Scottsburg — hwy38 Florence — fl Gardiner — gar Gold Beach — gb Hauser — hau Langlois — lg Lakeside — lksd Mapleton — ma Myrtle Point — mp North Bend — nb Port Orford — po Powers — pw Roseburg — rsbg Reedsport — rdspt Remote — rm Winchester Bay — wb NOTE On Cities: At the end of the phone number designating which general area the ad is from, the abbreviation will be lower case. In the body of an ad when the city is needed it will still be abbreviated, but it will be in caps. Some categories are now separated by location.

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DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.

541-269-0310

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Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.

541-269-0310

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Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.

541-269-0310

hr@scod.com