From Our Files (Dec. 29, 2021)

Dec. 30, 1971

Cats like to travel, but surely Minnie didn’t intend to go to Portland when she crawled up under the hood of the neighbor’s car.

When Jack Kerr’s car pulled out of the driveway in the morning, Minnie’s adventure began.

She went to work with the Kerrs, first to the high school where Mrs. Kerr is a librarian, then to the Sweet Home Ranger Station with Kerr. All day she stayed in that small space above the left wheel.

On a normal day she would have been driven back to home territory when the Kerrs finished work, but that day the car went to Portland to pick up their son, Randy Kerr, who was on leave from the Coast Guard out of Hawaii.

It was a good thing for Minnie that the car needed gas and oil for the trip back home. When the station attendant raised the hood, Minnie let out a yowl that scared the attendant. The family was able to pull Minnie out, and she got a deluxe ride home inside the warm car.

Lloyd and Marie Robertson opened for business at their new location on Main Street last week. The Robertson Thrift Shop, offering just about everything in the way of used goods, is now located in the former Thrift-Wise Market building.

Robertson said the move was made to accommodate their growing business. The new location doubles the floor space available to display goods. The couple had opened a feed and seed store at the former location on Highway 20 near Foster in 1948. They discontinued that business about two years ago and started the thrift shop.

The folks at Mid-City Market arrived for work this week to find one of the front plate glass windows broken. It was not, however, the work of vandals. Manager J.C. House said an overhead support beam had cracked and sagged, causing pressure which broke the window. A temporary support was erected inside the store at the beam break, and the windows were boarded up.

Dec. 25, 1996

Teachers at Crawfordsville taught their students math, art, nutrition, reading, money and quilting lessons during a service learning project at the school. The goal of the project was to teach kids to help others while also learning academics.

Tammy White’s kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade class made Christmas cards and sold them. From the proceeds, they put together a food basket and purchased toys for a needy family. Included in the basket was a quilt made by the class.

Laura Harvey’s second- thru fourth-grade class made quilt squares and prepared a food basket.

Dan Swanson’s fifth- and sixth-grade class made a square quilt and four food baskets while learning about nutrition and how to put a meal together. They also learned about price comparison and purchasing bulk quantities. Swanson’s project stressed the math behind quilting, teaching his students to calculate perimeters and areas of rectangles, triangular forms and circles.

The City of Sweet Home will use computers it already has purchased to do the computer upgrades approved by the City Council for the Municipal Court.

The council authorized $13,000 to upgrade court computers two weeks ago on the condition that the upgraded system would generate some $10,000 in revenue by June 30.

The upgrades are part of a long-term program to connect all of the city functions at City Hall and the police department with each other.

Volunteers with the railroad depot restoration project met with city officials to go over details for the project, which was selected by the Linn County Board of Commissioners as its top priority for funding through Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative dollars. The restoration was assigned to the U.S. Forest Service.

Volunteers and officials are reviewing considerations for potential obstacles that could slow the project down. The purpose of the project is primarily to retain a rail link along the Highway 20 corridor to Toledo.

The construction of the 10,000 square foot Flexible Manufacturing Building is nearly complete, with plans for Cirtek Manufacturing to move in once negotiations are complete. The building was primarily funded through a grant and will be used as an incentive to create family wage jobs.

An original proposal offered Cirtek a monthly charge of $500 for the building. In exchange, the wage requirement is one job per 2,000 square feet that pays at least 80 percent of Linn County’s average annual wage, about $20,000 plus benefits.

The local Youthbuild program held its first graduation in the Sweet Home High School auditorium, honoring 17 young persons who labored beneath the hot sun or pouring rain for the past nine months. During that time, youths in the program built two homes in Lebanon and a playground in Waterloo.

What they get in return is earned respect and a change in life. The Youthbuild program takes young people with troubled pasts and teaches the leadership skills and how to stick with something. Many also use the opportunity to obtain their GED.