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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (June 26, 1952)
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By DON PETERSON
Tuesday morning I had the pleasure
ON THE SCENIC NORTH SANTIAM HIGHWAY — GATEWAY TO THE HEART OF NATI RE’S EMPIRE
of visiting the Detroit dam site to
watch the placing of the “logs” that
covered the portals of the diversion
$2.50 a Year.
Vol. Vili—No. 26
MILL CITY. OREGON. THURSDAY, JUNE 26. 1952
tunnel. Wm. Tickle and Roy Kendler
escorted me to the bottom of the lake
bed by a long winding route that took
us over to the south side of the San
tiam and up and over the top of the
dam and then down to the derrick
which was doing the work of hoisting
the logs and lowering them into place.
From there we walked down the hill
side to the sandbar in front of the
diversion tunnel where we enjoyed a
The feature attraction in the North Santiam Canyon
grandstand position and watched the
this week was the beginnings af Detroit Lake, The per
methodical operation of placing the
formance was outstanding. Tuesday morning sealing
logs in their permanent position, At
the bottom we found old reliable Bob
operations on the by-pass tunnel just up-stream from
Veness taking pictures of the whole
dam began. As one after another of the huge
procedure for the Capital Journal and
concrete “logs” were lowered
Russell Hoffman, general superin
into position, the North San
tendent of the Detroit dam construc
river swiftly rose to the
tion for the Consolidated Builders, Inc.
was present and in charge of the op
A small by-pass tunnel kept the
The first log was in place when we
angry river away from workmen long
As we go to press we received in
arrived, but in quick succession the
enough for completion of the log-lay formation that three men held up
others followed at 25-minute inter-1
ing ceremony. The filling of the res and robbed Chuck's tavern, east of
vals.? I was informed that these logs
proceeded at such a rapid pace* Gates on highway 222 just before
were j2 feet thick, 3Vz feet wide and
that vantage points on the bed of the I midnight Thursday and escaped with
28 feet long weighing 18 tons each,
river disappeared underneath water with an undetermined sum of cash.
constructed of reinforced concrete.
Especially built platforms |
Fourteen of these two foot thick logs
Oliver Willis, owner, estimated the
were Required to cover the portal
enabled workmen safety in the seal
at less than $1,000.
entrance. These “logs” were lowered
ing off business.
said three waitresses and
as gently as a mother would handle
Estimates place Detroit dam proper
her favorite child, and when they came
as being 100 percent complete at the two customers were in the tavern
to the point of engaging with the
present time. Work on the dam has with him at the time of the holdup.
portals they slipped into position
State police and Marion county
been carried ahead of schedule by CBI.
seldom without even stopping as they
Final touches on the project will con- j sheriff's deputies launched a search
were guided into their position by
tinue until June, 1953, according to! for the men, believed to have fled
skilled hands to close the great gaping
present plans. The power house must in a car driven by a fourth man.
hole into the tunnel.
Detroit dam began its reign of the North Santiam river Tuesday morning. CBI workmen carefully placed
yet be constructed as well as the fill
After watching several of these logs
concrete "logs" oxer the mouth of the river's diversion tunnel. Quickly the angry river swirled through the
being placed those of us on the sand
ing up of the by-pass tunnel.
j but not nearly the size of Detroit lake.
bar soon found our vantage point was
Big Cliff darn is some 27 per cent
Tourist’s Mecca Provided
getting wet and by the time the eighth
Concrete pouring opeia-
log was in place our point was all
Cliff will not approach
a spectacle for tourists in the North
under water and a lake was being
some comparison of the size of the whole Detroit dam project.
Santiam canyon since 1949.
Soon, the huge operation of Detroit and Big
born. Before that happened we had
(Photo courtesy of Robert Veness and The Capital Journal)
beat a retreat to higher and safer
however, work on Big Cliff will afford Cliff dams at present. The number
ground up at the site of the derrick
the greater interest. Detroit dam now of workmen will decease as the two
where the logs were being prepared
enters into the stage wherein the pub projects enter their final stages.
for placement. A crew of carpenters
Now that the filling up process of
lic can better enjoy its creation. De
were on hand to nail strips of tar im
troit lake will afford wide recreational Detroit lake is underway, there is
pregnated material to the top surface
possibilities. Plans are afoot qp this speculation about just when it will
of the logs. These strips were about
score at present, though only In the reach the level assigned it by the
%-inch thick and 3 inches wide. They j
Mr. ar.d Mrs. Fred Gooch Sr. of formative stage.
Detroit dam area Corps of Engineers. The Engineers
Jack M. Stewart, husband of Mrs.
were nailed around the outer edge of
Juanita G. Stewart, Mill Citv, has re Mill City had a family gathering at was so planned that it could be largely obviously have ways and means of
the logs to strips of wood imbedded
lowering or raising the level of the
devoted to recreation.
in the surface of the logs, and when i
cently been promoted to the grade of their home on Father’s day.
The playground saw a busy week airman second class in the United
the next log was placed on this it
Big Cliff dam a re-regulating dam. lake, therefore the question may well
Those present were Mr. and Mrs.
formed a nerfect sealing agency to cut as boys and girls took part in the States Air Force.
Fred Gooch Jr. of Sweet Home; Mr. will cause the formation of a lake. be a moot one.
(Continued on Patre 8)
'varied pitgriyn. Mothers are uiged
Mrs. Earl Gooch and daughter
At Tempelhof Air Base, Berlin, Ger •nd M
j to pass the word abound so that more
Troyla i Earlene, and Mrs. Gooch’s
I children may be able to take part in
mother, Mrs. Mary Russell, all of
at the base motor pool.
i the fun activities.
Airman Stewart, attended the Taft Salem.
The regular schedule for next week high school, and the Mill City high
Also Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gooch's
will be as follows:
school, and graduated from the latter. daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Duncan of Sa
A-M.- -Playground Activities.
Prior to his enlistment in the Air lem, Mr. Duncan’s work prevented J>is
Noah Daniel Kesterson, former old
P.M.- -Playground Activities,
Force, January, 1951, Stewart was en-1 being with the family. Mr. and Mr».
time resident of Mill City, succumbed
Arts and Crafts
gaged with the North Walker Chem Gooch’s grandson, Bill Gooch,, visited
of a heart attack in Portland, Satur
Little League and Junior
his glandparents a few days before,
ical Company, Ore.
day, June 21. Kesterson was 73 years
but could not be with the family Sun
of age at the time of his death.
He received his basic training at day, Father’s day.
Kesterson was born in Jacksonville,
Special classes will be started next Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, ano
Mr. Gooch and sons, Fred Jr. and
Mo., Febiuary 21. 1879.
His wife week for archery and tennis. Tennis completed a course at the Vale Tech
preceded him in death, she died in classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Mon nical Institute, Blairsville, Pa. Air Earl made a trip up in the woods to
1918. Surviving are three sons and day, Wednesday, and Friday. Arch- man Stewart arrived in the European look i over a new logging job their 1
father has just started. When they
ery classes will be held at 10 a.m. command in June 1951.
returned home all had lunch, then
Kesterson lived in the Mill City area on Tuesday’ and Thursday.
spent the afternoon and evening visit- !
during and after the first World War.
Ralph Jull will be away for the
He lived most of his life in Oregon. rest ot the summer ahd Bob Russell
Fred Gooch Sr. ami Fred Jr. and
When five years of age’ he came to will take his place as a Little League
Mrs. Sylvia Duncan entertained with
FOR NEXT WEEK
Oregon with his parents.
assistant. Sheteen Muir and Karen
a lot of old-time music. All enjoyed
First Game Starts at 6:30 P.S.T.
Funeral services for Kesterson were Rue have been assisting Miss Thorr.a-
a lovely day.
conducted Tuesday, June 24, in the with the Arts and Crafts program.
The interior of the main ward of the Santiam Memorial hospital is at this
Monday, June 30:
Mr. Gooch received nice presents ] stage of construction, with electrical work, plumhiog and steaih fittings
Mt. Scott funeral home. Portland. The
Miss Thomas has been conducting
Mehama vs. Lebanon
from the whole family. Mr. and Mrs. i roughed in. Today, according to R. L. Martin, contractor, workmen are
remains were interred in Multnomah
Firemen vs. Lebanon
a story hour from 3 to 4 in the after
Gooch are made happy by the fact I laying the 'ace brick, setting the window frames op this ward and putting
have their family living so ne.-i [ on the roof. The maternity ward is also well along and the entire Job
Noah Daniel Kesterson’s sons are
going so well that it is expected to be completed by Christmas.
them so they can have their family
L. D. Kesterson, Portland, J. B. Kes the first half of the hour and the older
CBI Engineers vs. Kellys
(Stayton Mail Photo)
terson, Mill City, and T. B. Kesterson,
Lee Logging vs. Mehama
of The Dalles. Mrs. Norah F. Mad- much interest in this activity and it
Wednesday. July 2:
aras of Reedsport is the only daugh will be continued throughout the sum
Chuck’s vs. Firemen
ter of the decedent.
Detroit Lake Born Tuesday
When Big Tunnel Sealed
Chuck’s Tavern Held
Up by Three Gunmen
c*£ A .
Mothers Urged to
J. Stewart Promoted Gooches Hold Family
Airman Second Class Gathering June 15
Noah D. Kesterson
Dies In Portland
Dam. now 100 percent complete, dwarfs ■ * BI crane enlaced in clean-up operations on the bed -rock
of the North Santiam riser immediately in front of the up stream fare of the dam. Arrow points to crane.
Tuesday was the last day auch a picture as this could be taken, Detroit lake is no* rising. The North San-
tiam riser at Mill City is flowing at a very low stage.
( Photo courtesy of The Capital Journal)
Next to the last concrete "log” goes into position at the mouth of Detroit dam diversion tunnel. The crane
operator stationed many feet above these ( Bl workmen lowered the massive re-enforced concrete slab« into
place Tuesday morning. Arrow points to the small by-pass tunnel which bent water flowing in the North
Santiam river below the dam during the early filling up stage o' Detroit lake. Eventually the North Santiam
river will form an eight and one-half mile long reservoir above th» dam.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Veness and The Capital Journal)