From our Files - October 18, 2023 Edition


October 18, 2023

1970 - "You name it and we'll make you take it home with you," is what the Sweet Home Elkettes say of the stars in their special style show and chorus line of "real sweethearts," to precede the Sweetheart Ball and midnight lunch at the local lodge. It's unknown what Wes Marchbanks is portraying, but it's probably best left unsaid. The evening is a benefit for the Elks' fund for the children's eye clinic.

Oct. 19, 1973

The Green Peter and Foster reservoirs' fish migratory facilities will be opened to allow maturing salmon to move downstream. Since 1968, Emmery Wagner, project leader Oregon State Fish Commission, has been researching the salmon runs in hopes of achieving an optimal level run. Biologist Paul Ingram, of OSFC at Foster, said the fish are removed by a variable level horn which inducts water at the rate of 200 cubic feet per second. He said about the dams, "We have altered the environment and we have to face the consequences."

The Sweet Home Jaycees announced they will host their annual Christmas Decorating Contest and erect the Christmas street lights this year, but in an effort to conserve energy during the power shortage, the lights shall not be turned on. Contest judging will take place during daylight hours. Santa's House will also not be lighted.

Two truck drivers escaped with only minor injuries after their trucks plunged over a cliff in a set of accidents on the Mid-Santiam logging road, the east side of Green Peter reservoir. Gene Moseman's 23,000 fuel tanker was the first to slide off the rain-slickened road on the especially slippery curve. Not long after, Don Crawford's dump truck had the same fate. Both men hitched a ride to the Rose Truck Stop on Wiley Creek Road from a passing log truck.

Liberty student Ben Jones won first prize in the elementary school division in the Willamette region's Commercials for Clean Air Contest. Winners were awarded radios provided by local radio stations and contest sponsors. "Pollutions Solutions" was the contest topic.

Oct. 21, 1998

The high school's construction class of 16 have been donating their time to construct a new metal roof for the Evangelical Church. Construction teacher Ben Dahlenburg said it's good experience for the students. For their next project, he plans to find a fixer-upper and "totally remodel it."

Midway Business Park, owned by RAM Corporation, plans to open for business next month. The retail/office complex across from More Logs also features storage space for RVs or boats. Rintha Renoud and Gary Betts said the company will continue its logging services, but they wanted to fill a need in the community for office and conference space.


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