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1962: Man shot picking filberts after being mistaken for a bear


1952 — Clackamas County Court took under advisement results of a public hearing on the proposed creation of a Government Camp sanitary district. Five people, including Dr. J. Otto George of the Mt. Hood Aero Transportation company, sanitarian John Borden and property owner Everett Darr, appeared before the county court to present their views. People favoring the district were seeking federal government aid in enlarging sanitary facilities at the camp, which annually attracts thousands of visitors.

Protests were aired at the meeting, complaining that the transportation company was dumping unsanitary effluent into Mosquito Creek contrary to the law.

1962 — William Ernest “Pop” Rannow, 62, was shot and killed when he was mistaken for a bear as he picked up filberts in the late afternoon. According to a report from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Larry David Konsella, 16, was working on his car at about 4:40 p.m. when he saw what appeared to be a bear in the Rannow filbert orchard. He told Deputy Charles Battaglia that he summoned his father, Felix Robert Konsella, from the house. His father said he also thought it was a bear.by: FILE PHOTO -  A man mistaken for a bear was shot and killed in 1962. archive PHOTO

Larry went back into the house for his 30-30 rifle, he said, taking three shells for the rifle. He and his father crossed the creek at the rear of the house next to an old chicken coop, where they watched what they thought was the bear for some five minutes. The boy said the “bear” appeared to be crawling on the ground and occasionally pawing at the ground.

He stated that he fired. Then he and his father walked toward the victim, finding as they got close that it was Rannow.

The Konsellas told Battaglia that someone in the neighborhood had reported a bear in the Dodge Park area a while back. According to the police report, the shot was fired from just over 10 yards and struck the victim behind the left ear.

1972 — The Sandy Kiwanis Christmas Basket Project 40 years ago was in full swing, with donations of food being brought to the Sandy fire department so the needy would have a Christmas.

1982 — Mercury Development Inc. hasn’t abandoned plans to build a large shopping center in Sandy, across from Sandy Industrial Park. With current economic conditions, however, the company has found signing clients to be its biggest task.

“People don’t see a lot going on,” said Dave Zimel, of the development firm, “but behind the scenes we’re going full steam ahead.”

The project, approved by local officials in late 1979, will include two major retailers and a host of smaller shops in the 100,000-square-foot complex. Cost at the time of approval was estimated at $3.6 million.

1992 — Guide Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs for blind people, cleared a significant hurdle to development last week when the Portland Metropolitan Area Boundary Commission approved the drilling of a deep well.

The organization needs water to keep concrete dog runs clean, and also for a dormitory and administration building.

The organization would like to build a $5.5 million facility on 24.6 acres near the intersection of Highway 26 and Kelso Road. Total startup costs for the operation are $10 million.

Residents of the neighborhood expressed concern over dropping water tables and testified they did not feel significant safeguards were in place to ensure that their wells would not dry up.

2002 — When parent volunteer Shelly Anderson learned the Oregon Trail School District was not going to fund the Sandy High School speech and debate team this school year, there was no debate for her — she and the students who wanted to keep the team alive decided to do so.

With no support from the school district, the team is alive and well and bringing recognition to the school with successes in competition around the state.

Compiled from Post archives.