History from The New Era in the past

November 17, 1955

A deluge of snow, the most Sweet Home has had in several years, slowed traffic and kept area residents huddled close to heaters this week.

Linn County Fire Patrol association at Foster noted a frigid 16 degrees Monday night and an 18 for Tuesday. Roy Cook, city park custodian, said his thermometer registered 13 above zero on Tuesday morning.

A new Sweet Home Union high school mathematics teacher, Marvin Petersen, Salem, has been hired by the school board to replace Gerald Baker.

Petersen, formally hired at the Monday meeting of the District 2 board, will teach arithmetic, algebra and geometry. He is a 1953 graduate of Oregon State college with a degree in general science.

State Senator Mark Hatfield, of Salem, has announced that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for secretary of state.

Pledges totaling $7,200 have been received as a result of a building drive conducted here among members of St. Francis? Episcopal Church.

Tentative building plans announced by the mission call for construction of a parish hall which will include facilities for church services and church school classes as well as a place for social and recreational purposes.

November 13, 1980

Sweet Home school district officials are investigating the possibility of applying for newly released federal funds to renovate Cascadia School as a community center.

A 16-year-old Sweet Home High School volleyball standout was injured last Thursday afternoon at the intersection of 44th Avenue and Airport Road as a pickup and a large truck pulling heavy equipment collided, according to Sweet Home Police reports.

Doreen Kay Rice, daughter of Ardyce and Ron Rice, 820th Ave., was headed toward volleyball practice at approximately 3:45 p.m. when she collided with a Cascade Crushing Inc. truck driven by Floyd Eugene Chase, 52, 40326 Highway 228. She received a deep cut on her right leg, according to Sweet Home EMT Doug Emmert, but was treated at the Lebanon Community Hospital and later released.

Rice said she had approximately 75 stitches taken in her leg.

Betty and Horace Patton, Jr. didn?t shoot any deer this hunting season, but they did shoot one pickup truck.

It was their own ? a 1978 Ford Ranger ? and just to do it up right, they shot it twice.

…It all began on the fateful weekend of Oct. 25 and 26. Mrs. Patton and her husband had just climbed into the truck, at their home at 401 18th Ave., to go hunting Saturday afternoon. She pumped a shell into the barrel of her .30-.30 rifle and was putting on the safety when the hammer slipped out from under her thumb.

The gun fired, ripping through some of the truck?s wiring and putting a hole in the oil filter. The spent shell came up through the hood and was found resting on the fender on the passenger?s side of the cab.

The following afternoon, after repairs, Patton went hunting by himself, taking his own .30-.30. As he reached back to remove the rifle from the gun rack in the back window of the pickup, the rifle fired and shot two holes (with one bullet, which apparently split on impact) in the frame of the truck beside the rear window.