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From Our Files (Aug. 10, 2022)

Aug. 10, 1972 The Sweet Home Planning Commission approved conditional use of 2.5 acres at 12th and Elm streets by the Conservative Baptist Church. Pastor Howard Libby said the congregation will landscape the area with screening plants and that two...

 

From Our Files (Aug. 3, 2022)

August 3, 1972 A new event slated for the Sportsman’s Holiday will be a treasure hunt. A spokesman for the event, which is sponsored by White’s Electronics and Albany Metal Detector’s Club, said 7,425 coins and tokens will be buried in the...

 

From Our Files (July 27, 2022)

July 27, 1972 The Sweet Home Green Peter Boat, Yacht and Regatta Association assisted in placing a new ski dock in upper Foster Lake. The float was constructed by the county parks department and placed at the water’s edge at Sunnyside Park where...

 

From Our Files (July 20, 2022)

July 29, 1972 Isobella McKercher Braden retired as Postmaster of the Crawfordsville Post Office, which was raised from fourth class to third class during her time there. She began operating the office as acting Postmaster on July 1, 1943, serving...

 

From Our Files (July 13, 2022)

July 13, 1972 A Sweet Home airline stewardess has been grounded at the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, but she doesn’t mind. In fact, it’s an honor. Pat Beers was one of two out of 1,500 Western Airlines stewardesses selected to...

 

From Our Files (July 6, 2022)

July 6, 1972 KFIR Radio, owned and operated by Santiam Broadcasters, has been purchased by KFIR, Inc. The principal stockholders are Delward and Beulah Jensen, both former school teachers. Three thefts were reported this week, including two...

 

From Our Files (June 29, 2022)

June 29, 1972 The Sweet Home City Council voted to try to purchase the old Forest Service guard station at Quartzville for recreational and education purposes. There would be no cost of the 3.2-acre parcel to the city, and maintenance costs are...

 

From Our Files (June 22, 2022)

June 22, 1972 Lumber consumption in the U.S. in 1972 is estimated to set a new all-time record of about 46 billion board feet. The National Forest Products Assn. forecasts consumption of softwood lumber at 38 billion board feet, far above any other...

 

From Our Files (June 15, 2022)

June 15, 1972 A potentially dangerous fire was averted at Cascadia by an employee of a gas company and the Sweet Home Fire Dept. Cal-Gas Co. of Albany was filling a propane tank at the Amos Horner residence at Cascadia, but when the gas man...

 

From Our Files (June 8, 2022)

June 8, 1972 The Sweet Home School Board relieved Supt. Douglas Olds of all his official duties during an unannounced special meeting. The board earlier refused to renew Olds’ contract and hired Pleasant Valley’s superintendent, Joey Acaiturri,...

 

From Our Files (June 1, 2022)

June 1, 1972 The week was busy for firefighters as they were called to four area fires. A trailer home at the Westport Trailer Court was lost to fire due to a leaking propane tank ignited by a furnace pilot light. The Smith family was not home when...

 

From Our Files (May 25, 2022)

May 25, 1972 Sweet Home firemen answered a call from the Boise Cascade plant west of town to extinguish a small blaze in a pile of sawdust near the mill. The fire was caused when a dump truck hauling the sander dust from a bin to the dump site...

 

From Our Files (May 18, 2022)

May 19, 1972 An electronic piano was presented to the Senior Citizens of Sweet Home. The Lebanon chapter of Knights of Columbus, which includes Sweet Home member Bud Steinbacher, donated $250 toward the piano’s purchase. Membership in the senior...

 

From Our Files (May 11, 2022)

May 11, 1972 Tammy Williams, 14, was taken to the hospital following a bike accident on Pleasant Valley Road. The accident occurred when she lost control of her bike after dogs ran onto the road as she was riding downhill. She was treated for cuts...

 

From Our Files (May 4, 2022)

May 4, 1972 David and Bridget Cooper will assume ownership and management of The New Era after buying the paper from John and David Nelson, and Connie Johnson, who’ve owned the paper since 1970. Cooper leaves his job as news editor of the Daily...

 

From Our Files (April 27, 2022)

April 27, 1972 About 50 people met with two representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality and officials of a five county Solid Waste Management Model Plan committee at the site of the Holley dump. After an hour of argument between local...

 

From Our Files (April 20, 2022)

April 20, 1972 Members of the Chamber of Commerce approved a resolution urging the DEQ to reconsider its evaluation of the Sweet Home dump near Holley. The DEQ said the dump is a potential fire and pollution hazard, and has been working on closure...

 

From Our Files (April 13, 2022)

April 13, 1972 The City Council took steps to rid the community of two nuisance and dangerous areas. They passed a resolution to advertise bids for clean-up of the sites. The first includes a concrete building apparently used once for drying lumber,...

 

From Our Files (April 6, 2022)

April 6, 1972 Sweet Home will have its first nursing home in the near future. Application for building a 20-bed structure at 980 Nandina was approved by the Planning and Zoning commissions. The nursing home will be Medicare-approved, according to...

 

From Our Files (March 23, 2022)

March 23, 1972 William V. Carpenter was named the Sweet Home Ranger District’s new district ranger. He began working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1961, holding positions on the Okanogan, Gifford Pinchot and Ochoco national forests. Carpenter will...

 

From Our Files (March 16, 2022)

March 16, 1972 The District 55 School Board approved the hiring of a diversified occupations director and a vocational education director for high school programs. They will develop vocational programs being stressed by the state board of education...

 

From Our Files (March 9, 2022)

March 9, 1972 City Manager Mike Gleason got an earful of complaints about flooding waters in the area of Mt. View Drive and 22nd, 23rd and Long streets. When drain ditches and lines reached capacity during the heavy rainfall (2.5 inches in 24...

 

From Our Files (March 2, 2022)

March 2, 1972 Mrs. Jim Brown, owner of Maples Grocery at Cascadia, reports a third break-in within the past three weeks. The Sweet Home District Ranger for the Willamette National Forest, Orval Jess, will retire on his 62nd birthday this week. Jess...

 

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...

 

From Our Files (Feb. 16, 2022)

Feb. 17, 1972 About 60 people crowded into the school district conference room for the school board meeting this week. A number of parents voiced dissatisfaction with ungraded report cards from elementary and junior high schools. Most of the meeting...

 

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