The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998, September 27, 1951, Image 1

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    Upset Citizens
Meet Forest
Fire Hardship
With the crisis of the Sardine
Creek fire past, fire fighters, loggers,
and forest service men are marking
time until the fall rains descend in
Now that the fire is duly trailed in
accordance with fire fighting pro­
cedure, all that can be done is fall
-nags until "mother nature” drowns
the fire.
Elkhorn residents, who were threat­
ened by the fire, now have brought
their children home after evacuating
them last week. It will be some time
before life* returns to normal, how­
ever. Residents had cars and trucks
drawn up and loaded. Mrs. Ike Myers
carried household goods to a swamp
in the hope this would secure them
against the fire.
Logging companies rushed to the
woods and rescued donkeys and equip­
ment. Bill Bickett’s field, the only
cleared spot at Elkhorn, was dotted
with yarders, rock trucks, shovels
and “cats” placed there for safe
Above Mill City, a loading pot be­
longing to the Ercill Wilson logging
company was moved out as the fire
entered the logging. A yarder was
covered with dirt in a last-minute
effort towards saving it.
Above Mehama, up the Little North
Santiam, the Dutch Dietz crew in the
"wee” hours of morning moved out a
donkey, “cat” and truck in case the
fire came that way. Still more log­
ging equipment on up the Little North
Santiam was covered with dirt, it is
Though the fire has been burning
for over a month, several crews have
been constantly on duty, putting in
12-hour days falling snags and build­
ing road. Fire road built above the
dam and used for hauling workers up
the steep mountainsides, is so rugged
that logging operators hesitated about
sending equipment into the area.
Only two logging companies, Lee
Logging and Ercill Wilson, had equip­
ment available that could null the
grade. A “crummy" was broken
down every day. Bill Longfellow
made as many as 10 trips per day
hauling workers, up the steep« incline.
Elmer Taylor, forest inspector,
riding in the back of a jeep up the
steep road laughingly stated "Well
if it tips over backward, guess I’ll be
on top.”
One logging operator offered the
state 512 S day, the amount the work
"crummies” earn when in fire use,
if he could keep his conveyances home.
Said, “he'd be money ahead”’ Power
saws are paid for at the rate of $12
a day; and jeeps and pickups receive
$8 a day.
The wage scale for fire fighting is
not high, but almost approximates
jogging wages by the time a 12-hour
day is worked. A man wielding a
shovel receives $1.35 per hour, but
timber fallers get $1.80.
A crew of fallers chuckled recently
over the fact that “the boss” was
getting 20 cents an hour less pay than
they were!
Mrs. Viola Hammack
Funeral Rites Held
Mrs. Viola J. Hammack, 81, died in
Mill City at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Alvin E. Wright, September 20.
Mrs. Hammack had lived in Mill City
for the past year.
She was born in 1870 in Missouri.
Funeral services were conducted Mon­
day, Sent. 24, at the Mill City Presby­
terian church at 2 p.m.
Burial will be at the City View
cemetery—Weddle Funeral home in
Survivors include three
daughters. Mrs. Alvin E. Wright of
Mill City. Mrs. George Blalcok of
Bend and Mrs. Robert Hixson of
Pendleton; eight grandchildren; seven
great-grandchildren; one sister in
Missouri: and several nieces and nep­
Coming Events . . .
American Legion Auxiliary 3d Mon.
Lions club meeting.
A.F. & AM No. 180 stated meet-
ing third Monday.
O.E.S. meeting, 2d Monday month,
Boy Scouts at City park, 7 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce 2 & 4 noon
Lions Auxiliary 4th Tuesday
Women’s club 8 p.m. 1st. 3rd Tues
129-J School Board meeting 2d Tues
Santiam Eagles and auxiliary 8 p.m.
at Mill City fire hall.
Santiam Rebekah 166—1st and 3rd
Wed. at 8 p.m.
City council first Wed. 7:30 p.m.
Altar Society 3d W’ednesday 8 p.m.
Theta Rho Club for Girls, meets 2d
and 4th Thursdays.
Gates PT A 1st Thursday 8 p.m.
American Legion 2d and 4th Thurs
Garden club fourth Thursday
Firemen Auxiliary meets 3d Thurs.
1.0.0 F. meeting.
Mill City IWA meeting last Friday
Farmers Union meeting at Mehama
Woman's club, 2nd
Mill cm
Vo). VII—No. 39
$2.50 a Year. |()t> a Copy
Sardine Creek Fire Sulks
Again Within Fire Trails
Not a re* citizens in the North Santiam canyon arc getting tired of th<
»ay Sardine creek tire "lades away”! Good west winds during the weekend
put the brakes on the steam-roller tactics of this nasti forest fire and Monday
night ra n filtered upon it. yet hurn it still doe1---- again within the limits of
fire trails. Today’s dry winds continued for a few days . . . foresters shake
'their heads about what will happen.
State foresters state that the Ma­
rion county side a’' the Sardine creek
[ fire is now > confined by connecting
fire trails, Mop-up operations are in
full sw ing. Officials will not “go out
on a limb” and
make any predictions
1 w hat may happen soon if strong
winds keep blowing and sunshine con­
Friday and Saturday were- tense
Citizens generally lost hope
Paul A. Smith, Oregon's Walking days.
Man, doesn't use his ability just dur­ that Sardine creek fire would not
ing walking feats, he finds that his reach them—it was a metier of ’when’..
walking ability comes in handy in Old-timers looked skyward for the-
other ways too. Proof of this state­ sweep of the wind and clouds, Sun­
ment lies in the fact that last week day. A west wind was quietly st
Smith walked 85 miles and worked work combing back the fringes of'
94 hours in connection with mining Sardine creek fire. Threatened house­
holds relaxed slightly. Thick smoke
| operations.
became less ominous.
Smith hiked in to his Lone Star
mine with three 75-pound packs. He Rain Comes Monday Night
Monday's weather forecast brought!
worked this huge load in by a system
of relays. It is 12 miles over some tidings of rain. Mondav night r»r"
extremely rough country from Mill came, Tuesday it drizzled and the-
i City to the Lone Star mine on Quarts- air was heavy with water vapor
I ville creek in Linn County. When messed up with wood smoke. The
Smith returned to Mill City, where his odor of burned wood pressed down
home is, he made the 12-mile jaunt upon the entire canyon area. Fire
fighters continued their hacking out
in five hours!
Oregon’s Walking Man also owns of fire trails and the “cat” drivers
the Delta Clipper mine located on the kept pushing the right levers on their
¡Chimney peak trail. This mine is noisy steads.
Wednesday skies cleared again like
i some four miles from the Lone Star
mine and the trail to it is well identi­ of old. Winds began their travel
through the canyon. Rumors started
fied, but nonetheless rough going in
flying also. Rumor had it that 200*
[ many places. It isn’t enough for this
166 year old man that he just walks more men were frantically needed on
I these distances, but he works about the fire lines, because the fire was
10 hours the same day he makes u out of control. Forest service crews
and loggers were still at the deadly
j 10 or 16 mile hike, often burdened on
serious game of gouging out fire
I t*e hike with miners tools
trails. Evacuees were drift!!.„ Vul-k
I plies of one kind or another.
to their places of abode.
I During the week in question, Smith
Hunters Looking fur More Rain
took the 16-mile haul to the Quarts-
Thursday saw the canyon battler#
ville area three times and worked
approximately 10 hours each time. in sunshine and cooled by a west wind
One with less stamina than Smith’s which siphoned out precious moisture-
would find himself hard put for sur­ Wild rumors spread. “The fire’s out
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vival doing this sort of thing very
Oregon Walker
Finds Ability
Pays in Mining
A i rough idea of the lay of the land in the Sardine creek fire area is given by this perspective map. Sardine
creek fire signalled its presence for the first time early Tuesday
______ J morning. August 21, in the rough and
tumbling terrs in n- »r the site of Big Cliff dam in Marion county.
Linn county •ound itself fighting the
Sardine creek fire also, Thursday night. August 23. The fire had hooped the North Santiam river between
Big Cliff and Detroit dams. Rain came and the fire quieted.
Winds came and the fire roused in both
counties. Thursday, Sept. 20. it hlew-up. rolled towards “Little Sweden”, Gates and Mill City.
A west
wind back-fired the Sardine creek fire and then rain came again. The fire quieted again . . . now it is
within fire lines.
(Map courtesy of The Statesman)
Knowles Child Dies
Suddenly in Salem
New Natural Arch
Found by Phillips
Annette Louise Knowles, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Knowles of Mill
City, was snatched from the ranks of
the living by a sudden illness this
week. Miss Knowles developed ter­
rible hemorrhages of the nose and
throat soon after retiring, Tuesday
Tuesday midnight, the Knowles
rushed their daughter to a Salem
hospital. Treatment proved futile and j
Miss Knowles passed away Wednes- |
day night at 9 p.m. Miss Knowles
was eleven years old and was born
June 6, 1940, in Bend.
Funeral services will be held in ,
Corvallis, Saturday afternoon at 2:30
in the Warner-McHenry funerai home
in Corvallis. Minister Hugh Jull of
the First Christian church of Mill
City will deliver the funerai oration,
The Lee Knowles have another
child, a son, Ronald. Maternal grand­
parents of the Knowles child were Mr.
and Mrs. Marven Coon of Corvallis.
Paternal grandparents were. Mr. and
Mrs. Ray Knowles of Lebanon.
The natural rock arch spotted dur-
ing the Sardine Creek fire-battle by
Keith Phillips, fire warden, is not the
one pictured in certain newspapers
and the rock formation several parties
report having visited.
The arch reported by warden Phil­
lips is located about five miles east
of "Little Sweden” or “Nystrom”.
One can find the newly discovered
natural bridge by turning to the right
atop a ridge and descending Sardine
creek canyon—the arch tops a ridge
in rugged terrain.
The rock formation indicated in
other newspapers is reached by travel­
ing farther north along Rocky Top
lookout trail and past Dome rock.
The two unique rocks are approxi­
mately five miles apart, reports
Oscar Nystrom, who was reared in
the vicinity, claims previous know­
ledge of the existence of the arch,
He and his brother, Rich, had a gas
station beside the highway near there
for years, so the locale is known as
When Frichtl logged that area, his
crew were mostly of Swedish ances­
try. Hence the name ‘Little Sweden’,
report old-timers.
Gates Remains On
N. Santiam Map
Gates—Gates is still on the map
though obscured by a dense pall of
smoke which has covered the town
| since Thursday night when the Sar­
dine forest fire went out of control
j and spread into the hills just east
of town.
A second fire started by the main
fire raged a short distance north on
the thickly wooded hills between Gates
and the North Fork. There was little
sleep for anyone here that night.
Many of the male inhabitants were
away from home, fighting fire.
Wives watched for spot fires in the
dry grass and charred bark fell like
rain over the entire area. This debris
was blown in from the fire on the Linn
county side of the river.
A fire was started on the Louis
i Kelle place, but was quickly put out
by the Gates volunteer fire depart­
ment. Those members not in the hills
fighting fire were on call and went
without sleep al) day Thurs«lay and
most of Friday.
This Sardine Creek fire marks the
second time in the memory of older
residents that Gates has been en­
dangered by forest fire«. They tell
of the destruction of the home and
barn of Conrad Miller, now deceased
and several other home» in that for­
est fire.
Detroit Frosh Dash
Vanity For Sophs
Smith thinks little of carrying a
pack weighing more than half his own
Detroit—Freshman initiation was a body weight. He does this over trails
gala affair at the Detroit high, Fri­ which twist and climb mountains, not
over level roads! Many years of this
day. Every freshman arrived in
' walking and hard work has put Smith
some weird garb which was planned
i in remarkable trim for his age. If
for him or her by a sophomore. Boys
I the hunting season permits. Smith
in girl’s attire and girls as boys with
will down a nice buck deer for meat
hideous make-ups and hair-dos set
for his camp.
He stays alone in
the frosh apart from the other mem-
a camp house built by himself on the
bers of the high school, Of course,
site of the Lone Star mine. The lum-
all plans and executions were under
| her for the camp buildings was hewn
the leadership of the sophomore
I out of trees that grow in that area,
class with Stan Whipple as advisor,
¡These buildings have withstood huge
At seven in the evening a party for I loads of snow many feet thick.
the freshman was given by the soph­
Oregon's Walking Man’s main gripe
omores; and the initiation was con­ about the life he leads while prospect­
ducted in the form of a radio “truth ing and mining is the ever present
or consequences” program. Marla pack rats that engage in a type of
Vickers acted as M. C. Some very I mining of their own. Smith reports
interesting consequences developed! that he killed twelve of these pests
Miss Kazi Inuzuka had the “pleasure” in one mas« orgy of killing when he
of rubbing pie into the face of one of first brushed out his camp grounds.
the freshman boys.
One pack rat weighed over three
Refreshments of pop and cake were ¡pounds!
He reports that these
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served by the sophomore class.
f. J. Nunn Passes
Away in Albany
Elphinstone J. Nunn, 82, passed •>-
1 way in Albany, Sunday. Nunn hac.
been critically ill for several months.
| Rev. Roy I). Strong, United Pre«f>y-
terian church pastor, conducted itu ■
funeral services in the Fisher Funeral
home in Albany, Wednesday. Nunn
was interred in St. John's cemetery.
Nunn was born November 25, 1868,
in Victoria British Columbia. He
spent his early life in British Colum­
bia and Australia. In 1918 he came to
Jefferson, where he live«! until 1932.
From 1932 to 1937 he lived on rural
route 2, Scio, then he moved to Mill
City where he resided until coming
to Albany one year ago.
Nunn has no known surviving rela­
tives. He was married in Australia
in 1914, hut later was divorced. He
was a farm laborer. His address in
Albany was 908 S. Lyon St.
Detroit Shifting
To Higher Area
Detroit—During the summer time
or one year after payment for Detroit
condemned property was received
from the Engineers, each person re­
ceived a notice stating the amount of
rent which would be due on the con­
demned land for the coming year.
The notice set as ■ dead-line, June
1 when property must be vacated,
that is. all houses and such property
as the owner may wish must be re­
moved from the land. After that date
all buildings and property which re­
main upon the land becomes the pro­
perty of the U. S. Engineers ~
neers must clear the reservoir area.
There has been some sale of lots
and moving has now begun, During
last week, the homes of Harry Ruther­
ford and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Mattoon
were moved into the vicinity of the
new grade school building.
Foundations and grounds are being
More and more as the
winter progresses Detroit will be re­
moved to higher ground. Some De­
troiters may wait until the last month
or two in the spring, however.
Keith Phillip«. fire warden, “re-discovered“*
the natural rock arch pictured in the large
photo during his battle with Sardine creek
fire. Lae Myers of Elkhorn ia credited in
forestry records with having found it first,
The arch in the small picture in rather well
known and is some five miles from Myer'»
Robert Veness who took the
large photo, reports he was battered and
hruised in the process of getting near this
lesser known, yet peculiar, rock formation.
The primilixe nature of the Sardine creek
area, no doubt, accounts for the public's un­
awareness of the whereabouts of Myer’w
find. The close proximity of the two arches
has created confusion among newspapers.
Reach 'Myers arch” by leaving highway
222 at "Little Sweden”, then four miles up
a logging road to road 2-1.. then 206 yard"
(Photo« courtesy of the Capital Journal)