From Our Files (Feb. 23, 2022)

Feb. 24, 1972

A traffic accident at 4219 Hwy. 20 sent Everett Taylor to the hospital and left three trucks in considerable damage. When Taylor entered the highway from the Gateway Cafe drive, he collided with an eastbound truck, which then slammed into a third truck parked in front of the cafe, knocking it sideways almost eight feet.

Barricade parking logs were thrown against the building, and the two trucks stopped with bumpers against the corner of the building. Three men standing in the impact area had run off to get clear of the incoming vehicles. Cafe owner Naomi Babcock, who’s in the process of remodeling the exterior of the business, said no damage was noted from the accident.

Sergeant Fred V. Fields, local Army representative, announced the formation of a platoon consisting of young men from this area to be called the “Southern Oregon Platoon.” Young males volunteering for this enlistment program are eligible to select their basic training location and are guaranteed at least 16 months in the 212th Artillery Group at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

Gib Thompson was given a monetary reward by the Corps of Engineers for the recovery of a two-way radio from a stream near one of the nearby reservoirs. Thompson located the submerged radio by using a metal detector. Valued at $1,000, the radio was lost in the water last month when workers were clearing debris during the high water and flood stage.

Feb. 19, 1997

What started out as a “little typing” job for Geri Mosher has turned into the directorship of the East Linn Museum. Billie Weber asked her to help out with some typing, and “one thing led to another,” putting Mosher into the new position.

The museum is maintained by 20 volunteers, including Martha Steinbacher who researches, gives tours and presents at school. Though the museum has volumes of material, computerization hasn’t been priority, mostly because the computer system is little more than a word processor.

Bill Poitras and Louise Clark Verley would like to take a break from feeding the Sankey Park ducks and geese while they go on vacation. Poitras has been feeding the animals since the Weddle Bridge was built until about a year ago when his fiance, Verley, took over. Before Poitras, it was Dan Menear who fed the birds.

When Poitras began feeding them, there were about a dozen Today the park averages 100 to 140 ducks and geese a day, with a high of about 200. The couple estimates the cost reaches about $500 a year. Some people make a donation to the cause through the Sankey Park Duck Fund at Wells Fargo Bank

The Sweet Home Library will receive a $10,000 donation in memory of John Livingston, who died last year, by his sister, Berta Merrill of Hood River. Library Director Leona McCann said Merrill understood Livingston used the library daily.

The 88-year-old bachelor was born in Kansas and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked in sawmills and retired from Willamette Industries. He lived in Sweet Home for 47 years. A picture of Livingston will be hung in the library in his honor. The money will be used to set up a foundation to purchase books on the Northwest, nature, railroads and chess, some of Livingston’s interests.