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Page 4 September 5, 2012 IAr From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... September 6, 1962 No serious damage or injuries were reported as a result of the mild earthquake which shook the Sweet Home-Lebanon area at 8:38 Thursday night. An Oregon State Univer- sity seismologist reported that the quake was centered about 38 miles west of Corvallis, and covered a 30-mile radius. The seismologist rated the earthquake as mild in na- ture. He reported that it measured 4 on the Mercalli earthquake mea- suring scale in his laboratory. A horse show is scheduled in connection with the 1962 Holley Fair this Saturday. The horse show will be held on a site located on Fern Ridge Road, starting at 10:30 a.m. I'd always had the annual Ci- vilian Conservation Corps picnic on my list of things to do here at The New Era, but it comes every year at a time when I, for various reasons, find it difficult to make it up to Longbow Organizational Camp, a few miles east of Casca- dia. This year I made sure I went. As you probably know, if you've been a reader of The New Era for any length of time, the pic- nic honors "alumni" of the public work relief program, which oper- ated from 1933 to 1942. I've always been interested in the CCC. though until recently I didn't really know that much about it other than what I read in a few paragraphs in history books or saw on PBS. But in the last few years. watching what's been happening in Washington D.C., seeing welfare rates soar. I've been thinking a lot Notes From The Newsroom Scott Swanson Publisher more about the CCC. That's one reason why I was really eager to go to this year's pic- inc. I'm always interested in talk- ing-to 90-year-olds who can com- municate clearly. I'm interested in the insights they have from the years they've lived that I haven't. It's particulalry interesting to talk with 90-year-old men who are A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailihg address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson. Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson. Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Sevems, Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100) is published each Wednesday. Periodica4 postage pad at the Sweet Home. Ore.. 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home. Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367-2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com still very proud of their participa- tion in what essentially was a wel- fare program. But unlike today's welfare, this employed some good, old-fashioned creativity and ac- complishment. Even though the "traditional" Judeo-Christian/Puritan work ethic has undergone a trashing by our modern society, which clearly is smarter than any of its predeces- sors. there's something to be said for the value of labor. I look at individuals I know who are unemployed for reasons other than retirement and I don't see happy, fulfilled people. Yeah. it's fun to fish every day for a while, but I believe human beings are wired to be gainfully employed - even if we don't think we like it. That's the glaring difference between the CCC guys and most of today's welfare recipients. Here in the Sweet Home area. CCC Company 2097, formerly Company 1314. was organized in 1933. The members moved to Camp Cascadia, located along the South Santiam River east of Sweet Home. in 1934. Company 2097 built 35 miles of forest roads and 80 miles of trails in the Wil- lamette National Forest; installed 17 miles of telephone lines: built six fire lookouts and eight bridges; landscaped four acres of grounds near the Cascadia Ranger Station; 6onstructed two large dwellings, an office building and a gas and oil station: and constructed House Rock. Fernview. Trout Creek and Longbow campgrounds. The men also spent over 7.000 days fighting wildfires. The camps were operated un- der a military-style organization that included basic training for each participant and fairly strict disci- pline. In talking with the "alums" at the picnic, nearly all of them. unprompted, said they learned dis- cipline and leadership in their CCC experience. They really didn't mention much else, except to tell a few war stories about their week- end outings. They were proud of what the camps had taught them. Many of the company's mem- bers stayed in Oregon, and have since become important figures in local communities. Each of those at the reunion picnic, not all of whom served at Camp Cascadia. by the way, was not only proud of what he and his mates had accom- plished, but they were all - most noticeably - very self-confident. Ninety-year-old people, m my ex- perience, are generally not too con- cerned about what others think, but with these guys it was more than that. It was quiet self-assuredness. the kind you get when you've overcome obstacles, when you've accomplished things, when you've seen a lot of territory. Another notable detail is that all of the five at this year's picmc went straight from the CCC to the military when World War II broke out. At least three of them spent more than 20 years in the mili- tary before retiring and moving on to other successful endeavors - teaching, management, etc. As one commented to me, "It was a pretty smooth transition from the See Notes, page 5 Evelyn Howard, Sweet Home, was a blue ribbon winner in the 4-H kn. itting contest- held Monday at the Oregon State Fair. Beverly" Tyler, also of Sweet Home was a blue ribbon winner in the 4-H clothing II division. September 2, 1987 Dangerously dry weather con- ditions have state and federal for- est officials urging campers to use extreme caution over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. Ken Lane of the Oregon State Department of Forestry told The New Era Monday that it has been about 20 years since the area was this dry at this time of the year. Campers are urged not to smoke unless they are in a closed vehicle. and only use campfires when nec- essary. Despite efforts by the Sweet Home Emergency Rescue Squad. a 19-year-old Sweet Home man. Harold Anderson. died Saturday while swimming in the Foster res- ervoir. He reportedly jumped in off a cliff, and landed in a sort of belly flop. He reportedly surfaced once. then went back under and didn't come up. Sweet Home EMTs got the call at 6:21 p.m.. and had the man out of the water at 6:40 p.m. He was taken to the Lebanon Commu- nity Hospital, and was pronounced dead at 7:42 p.m. WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be typed and may be submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or in-person at The New Era office. E-mailed letters may be sent to news@sweethmenews'crn' Please include a telephone number in case we need to contact you. Also, we require that you include your name and city of residence or your letter will not be published. There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited for libelous content. We discourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens or businesses on a personal level. Also, letters containing comments on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will be edited accordingly.