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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 4, 1952)
T he MILL CITY
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Bv DON PETERSON
ON THE SCENIC NORTH SANTIAM HIGHWAY — GATEWAY TO THE HEART OF NATURE’S EMPIRE
A week from Saturday on Septem
ber 13, we will have another oppor
tunity to play host to visitors from
$2.50 a Year,
Vol. VIII—No. 36
MILL CITY. OREGON. THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 4. 1952
other parts of the state. That is
something we can become famous for.
As time Dasses we will be entertain-
,ng more and more visitors from all
parts of the country who will come
here for vacations and recreation in
our new playground which will soon
possess a large lake stocked with the
gamest of the game fish.
By MRS. S. T. MOORE
The Corps of Engineers will throw
open for inspection the new Detroit
Awarding of the landscaping contract for the new
uam on Sept. 13 and the Mill City
ranger station to Doerfler and Sons of Salem is
chamber of commerce will assist in
the final major step toward completion of the $170,000
playing host to the many visitors who
project, one of the many changes brought about bv the
will come for a tour of inspection
through the deep tunnels of the dam
construction of the Detroit dam which will soon swell the
and out through the power house. The
waters of the North Santiam
chamber will serve coffee and donuts
river to a depth of 175 feet
to the visitors and help make them
the site of the old station.
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The project was financed by an
allotment granted to the U. S. forest
The paving contractors have started
service as compensation for the land
work on South First street and are
and buildings condemned.
preparing it for its new black top
By BEN MAXWELL
For 45 years the Detroit district of
surfacing, it has long needed. This
Capital Journal Staff Writer
the Willamette national forest main
week Al Toman completed black-top
Another link in the new North San tained headquarters on a sheltered
ping his parking area north of the
tiam highway, now approaehing com shelf of ground overlooking the North
Hill Top Market. The work was done
pletion between Stout creek near Me Santiam half a mile west of old De
by the contractors doing the highway
hama and Mill City will offer a scenic troit. Now completely new and mod
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route for fast, pleasant driving be ern the station occupies a sloping hill
This week work starts on black
tween these points and a mileage sav side east of Tumble Creek on the new
topping the highway towards Mehama,
ing of .85 over the old, crooked high highway, facing a scenic part of the
beginning in Mill City and working
way that followed a horse and buggy future Detroit lake.
west. Crews have been working pre
First Station Built in 1907
paring the bed with crushed rock,
W. C. Williams, spokesman for the
Outmoded and inadequate for the
grading and rolling.
state highway department, believes capacity of business on the district,
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the new route may be open early this the former ranger station first re
winter if the Rogers Construction com sounded to the clearing axes in 1907,
Today a truck hauling brick with
pany can complete their paving in and for a year the five acres desig
a trailer hitched on behind it tried
And that, Williams points nated for the station on cutover land
to negotiate the famous Baldock hill
out, is a matter of weather. Paving below Detroit underwent the removal
here in Mill City and ran into trouble
will start within three weeks.
again as many before it has. The
cf logs and debris left by a logging
driver broke a rear axle on the truck
Cost of the 9.39 mile project operation.
when it twisted off on the heavy pull
amounts to $896,700: bridge construc
In 1908 the first box-like house,
as he started up the steep grade. He
tion, $217,000; paving, $316,000, and barn and office were constructed,
was several hours in getting the truck
grading, $363,000. In this federal aid mainly by the ranger’s labor. At that
and trailer backed off the hill and
job federal government and state each time building construction was one of
parked where he could leave it while
bear approximately 50 percent of the the ranger’s principal duties, along
a new axle was being sent out from
costs. For this construction of mini with trail location and maintenance,
Portland to make repairs. It is rum
mum 80 foot right-of-way was ac surveying, timber cruising, adminis
ored that this hill will be blocked off
quired for the 32-foot roadway.
tration of small sales and the cease
when the new road is completed and
New North Santiam Route Approaches Completion—Top picture: Arch type concrete bridge 387.5 feet in length
C. J. Eldon is contractor for the less vigilance against fire.
entrance onto the highway made by 1 spans Little North Fork of the North Santiam two miles east of Mehama on the new route that will save .84
Alterations and additions were made
distinctive arch type concrete bridge
turning left and entering the high
miles of driving between Stout creek and Mill City. Lower: Scenic attractions abound along new route where
spanning the Little North Fork of the as the early buildings became inade
ballasting is now in progress. If paling is completed in October this pleasant, fast route may be open to publir
way in front of The Enterprise office.
Santiam about two miles east of Me quate to meet the needs of the grow-
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travel early this winter.
(Photo courtesy Capital Journal)
This type was choien scys !ng district. In 1928 the recent largo
This week the children of the com;
Glenn S. Paxon, highway bridge en barn was built, followed by*‘touj and
munity are heading back to school,
gineer. because steel shortage at the storage sheds which were erected in
some light-heartedly and others with
time of design was acute and because 1930.
a heaty heart sorry to see the summer
The distript ranger’s seven-room
of the size of the stream and the rock
come to an end so soon. Next Mon
foundation base favored this type of dwelling was built in 1932, still large
day the bells will ring calling them
economical construction. Total length ly with forest service labor, and all
back to their seats and more study.
Ressler’s Grocery owned by Paul | Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Cooke’s duplex
Detroit dam's Capital Journal in of the structure is 387.5 feet with a other recent buildings rose during the
Every boy or girl under 18 is required | Ressler and W. E. Sylvester and lo apartment building at the west end spired open house is upon us. Sep central arch span of 207.5 feet. At period of the Civilian Conservation
by Oregon law to report for school [ cated on highway 222 near the Rich of Alder street in Mill City was dam tember 13 is the awaited day when its greatest elevation the bridge stands Corps program, from 1933 to 1935.
work and every parent is obligated to . field Service Station in Mill City burst aged by fire during the noon hour. the public can inspect at close range 44 feet above low water of the Little Dozen Buildings in Colony
prepare their child for classes. Pre into flames during the afternoon of Tuesday.
completed Detroit dam.
A dozen buildings comprised the
paring the children for school means Labor day. Contents of the grocery ■ Prospective occupants of the apart
Corps of Engineers and CB1 per
colony at the old station, that number
more than just dressing and clothing were scorched, blackened and melted. ment left a lighted cigarette on the sonnel will conduct individuals through
| now being duplicated in the present
—it means preparing them mentally Living quarters above the store weie davenport while inspecting the prem-I the dam and show them the many I
plan with each new building mora
and assisting to place them in a frame only slightly smoke-damaged, how ises. Soon after the apartment had galleries and mechanism of this huge
adequately designed to serve the need.
of mind so that they will want to stay ever.
been relocked by the Cookes, Mrs. project.
Contractors for the project were
in school and finish their education.
Promptly after the grocery store Deval, a neighbor, discovered the | The Mill City Chamber of Commerce
McKel, Inc., of Portland.
All too many children find too many fire-was reported to them. Mill City’s Cooke duplex was on fire and sum will be on hand to serVe visitors with
Redwood veneer exteriors have been
By MRS. S. T. MOORE
excuses for staying out of school, i faithful filemen were on the scene and moned Mill City firemen.
used throughout the station with huild-
hot coffee and doughnuts during the
Many times the possession of books i had the f’ames under control. Not
Within just a few minutds firemen day and assist in the open house cele
ing designs in conservative line to
lookout house on Battle Axe Peak is
will do much to start a young student only did the firemen douse the fire, had the flames under control and ex
suit the natural surroundings.
on the road to better education as is but also they performed salvage work. tinguished, The davenport was des
A seven-room office fronts the high
The first tour will start at 9:09 week according to forest service per
pointed out very clearly elsewhere in Perishable frozen foods and undam- j troyed and the walls of the apartment
way, easily accessible for tourist or
this paper by Mrs. Wanita Myers, a aged articles in the refrigerators were i fire damaged. The adjoining apart-' a.m., daylight time, and a tour there sonnel at the Detroit ranger station. business visitor. There are two four-
after each hour until 4 p.m. Visitors ! Three carpenters have been em
rural school teacher in Linn county, removed to a safe place, because the ment is occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Ray
bedroom homes, three with two bed
when she discusses rural libraries. electric current on the fire damaged , Hammond. The Hammond apartment i to Detroit dam will get an intimate ployed on the building for the past rooms, all equipped with circulating
five weeks, erecting the 14x14 glass fireplaces and automatic oil-burning
Knowledge of our hobbies can help store was turned off.
was not damaged.
add to that they have of the begin
create a desire to learn more of other
The Resslers and Sylvesters were were not home when the fire in-the | nings of Detroit’s 8.5 mile reservoir; surrounded house which serves for furnaces.
both living quarters and fire detection
things, or teach children to enjoy more at the Oregon State Fair when the duplex occurred.
The new cook house has a capacity
and the sheer 463-foot height of the purposes.
to serve 20 with sleeping quarters
fire in their grocery occurred. They j
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At an elevation of 5,540 feet. Battle available for seven men. Quarters for
knew nothing about the fire until they i
Potential 455,000 acre-feet of water j Axe lookout is located above Elk lake
The Mill City chamber of commerce returned to Mill City around 10 p.m.
visiting forestry officials are available
storage has inspired plans for a popu where it contributes to fire detection in the office.
received the following letter express Monday.
Mill City firemen believe)
lar recreation area for sightseeing, on both the Willamette and Mt. Hood
ing the thanks of the Tillamook soft-| the fire originated in the motor of the i
Landscaping of the station will be
boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking national forests.
ball team for treatment given them deep freeze unit inside the store. The ’
completed this fall at the bid price of
and overnight camping.
The new building replaces an old $6949.14.
while here during the state softball sweep of the flames indicate the air-1
An abundance of good books which that will be reached by the stored ; cupola type lookout which was erected
conditioning unit spread the fire
are interesting to pupils helps in water has forced removal of all af-1 on the same spot 30 years ago.
August 22, 1952 throughout the store.
crease their reading achievement and fected places of habitation. Detroit
A summer job on Battle Axe has
Mill City Chamber of Commerce
Ressler and Sylvester expressed the
always been so comfortable for
Mill City, Oregon
belief that insurance would cover ap-1 according to Mrs. Wanita Myers, rural change of landscape as was the old the forest service lookout. The point
proximately one-half the fire damage
school teacher in Linn county. Mrs. town of Detroit.
was first manned in 1909, when the
This letter is our way of expressing Fire-proof ceiling material is credited Myers finds that the average rural
guard made a daily round trip hike
our thanks for the manner in which with having protected the living quart school library, and the service now '
Mill City Camp Fire Girl leaders
from Elk lake to the lookout and back
you accommodated us at the recent ers above the store itself.
available to supplement these libraries,
each evening, a distance of four miles are making plans for an active 1952-
Softball State Tournament, held in
Proprietors of Ressler’s store an is inadequate to meet the needs.
without trail or telephone communica 1953 year, according to Mrs. Charles
your city, for the year 1952. As this nounce a fire sale next week, Sept.
At the request of the committee I
was our second year in State Tourna 11, 12, and 13 elsewhere in this week's
In 1910 the first telephone line was I During the first few days of school,
studying the library situation in Linn i
ment competition we have compared paper.
strung between the Detroit ranger Camp Fire and Blue Bird literature
county, Mrs. Myers has written of I
the accommodations and find that you
station and Elk lake, a distance of, will be circulated among all school
By MRS. S. T. MOORE
her experiences as follows:
are far in the lead as far as we are
“A very bright sixth grade boy in I Detroit — Jake Fischer and Ruth 14 miles by trail. In 1911 the line | children. All girls interested in join
concerned. Will you please see to it
the rural school in which I was teach Wentzel of Detroit suffered injuries was extended to the top of Battle Axe. ing these groups may so indicate by
that our thanks also go to the Santiam
By 1912 a tent camp was provided; signing a survey sheet.
ing was unable to read books on any- i Friday night when the car in which
Softball Association, the Gates Cham
at the site of the present lookout, and | Leaders of the season just past are
A DAUGHTER- To Mr. and Mrs thing above a third grade level. W’hen
ber of Commerce, and the Mill City Albert Warby, Detroit. Sept. 4, at
I discovered that he was especially in-1 turn into the detour near the old CCC this arrangement continued until 1922 | carrying on and new ones are rapidly
Salem Memorial hospital.
tere«ted in a rock collection he was1 ramp, site of numerous accidents the when the first horse trail was made, | signing up. However, there is still
At this year’s State Tournament we
permitting the transportation of lum need for many adult workers, as well
A DAUGHTER—To Mr. and Mrs developing, I borrowed books on rocks i past few months.
were made to feel that we were wel
All mothers interested
ber to the lookout for the first house. ■ as leaders.
LaVerne H. Behrens, Lyons. Route 1, and their formation from the city li
Miss Wentzel was taken to Salem All supplies were taken from the may contact Mrs. Charles Harman,
come to participate and to enjoy all
Sept. 3, at Salem Memorial hospital.
Memorial hospital where she will be ranger station by horseback, 16 miles i telephone 6555.
your wonderful attractions in your
learning about his hobby and telling ;
confined for several weeks with multi one way.
Leaders, prospective leaders and
area. We were welcomed very heart
others about it that in two months'
ple injuries, including a broken arm,
ily at the central headquarters and NOTICE TO MILL CITY PT A
Lumber must still be cut to specified anyone else desirous of attending will
time his reading achievement had in-1
fractured jaw, lacerations and bruises. lengths for horse pack and is trans- , meet Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. in
were shown a good time at all times AND BOARD MEMBERS
creased by almost two grades, and he
Fischer, whose injuries were cuts, ported two miles by trail in thia man- j Mrs. Harman’s home.
while we were in Mill City. We again
Due to the fact that school begins was well on the way to becoming a
wish to thank you for everything the second week in September the good reader. Not only had his read bruises and shock, was not hospital ner after being trucked from the I Miss Walcott, and the new field
which you have done for us this past first meeting of the PTA will be Oct. ing improved but he had gained an , ized.
ranger station to the base of the look director from Salem will be present
for the meeting in the Harman home.
year Very truly yours,
8th. The executive board meets Oct. interest in books, and had lost his' The accident occurred the evening out trail.
Cost of the new lookout house 1* Plans are being made for eight groups
Fischer was elected to serve on the
1st at 7:30 p.m. with Mrs. Roger hatred for school and reading.
BOB SCRFVNER. Manager
of Camp Fire and Blue Bird Girls.
new Detroit city council.
(Continued on Page 3)
Bushong Loggers Softball Teain.1 Nelson, hostess.
Landscaping Contract Let
On New Rangers Station
Ressler s Grocery
Gutted by Fire
Ed Cooke s Duplex
Open House Planned
At Detroit Dam
New Lookout House
At Battle Axe Peak
Mill City Camp Fire
Leaders Plans Work
Detroit Girl Injured
In Auto Mishap