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1953: Free-form copy in the Post


Yesterday's Headlines

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - Sandy Area lumber businesses ran this ad to promote their product and support the forests.


The war comes home. Boring resident and United States Marine Keaton Coffey was 22 years old when he was killed in action May 24, while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Coffey was near the end of his second deployment to Afghanistan, operating as a military working dog handler when he was killed. His dog, Denny, a Belgian-Malinois Shepherd, survived the attack.


Its The Highway for the City: Sandy gets its way. After more than a year of wrangling, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the city of Sandy reached an agreement that gave the city more control over the stretch of Highway 26 that runs through the city. As a result, Sandy gained control of lane stripping and widths, parking, access management, sidewalks, crosswalks, signals and timing, signage, lighting and landscaping.


Welches wanted more. In the years before the Oregon Trail School District, Welches wanted to expand its own, citing an influx of 244 students over a 12-year period. With its two schools beyond capacity, Superintendent Judith Warren offered a $2.9 million bond issue, which would cost property owners around 50 cents per every $1,000 of valuation over 20 years. The move was made ahead of the planned consolidation with the Sandy High School District.


Wolfs moving home was not moving. Beebee Court residents got their wish after city of Sandy officials nixed plans for Dennis Wolf to move his older home to a cul de sac on the subdivision. When Wolf filed his application to move his home, 29.1 percent of the residents protested. His application was ultimately denied because more than 25 percent of the residents had protested.


One more time around. Both Sandy High and Sandy Grade School districts made a second run at getting voter approval for their separate budget proposals. The high school wanted $1,147.071, while the grade school was asking for $1,217, 804. Both those budgets were defeated in the May 7 elections.


Cleared. Sort of. The arson case against Mr. and Mrs. William Baker that dragged on for months was finally dismissed. Judge Ralph Holman presided over the case, in which the state of Oregon charged the Bakers with first degree arson in connection with the Dec. 27 fire that destroyed the Sandy General Store. Holman ruled that the evidence presented had not shown the fire was of incendiary origin and failed to link the Bakers to the fire.


About the Farm. We think. In 1953 it appears The Post had looser editorial guidelines. Here’s an example: More than 30 column inches were dedicated to a section called “About the Farm, notes by the wayside,” which reads like a mix between the lesser editions of Poor Richard’s Almanac and a Senate floor filibuster screed. In one section, author J.J. Inskeep explains, “It is said that sheep sorrel is generally found in fields low in fertility,” and later, in a passage called “Letter to a friend,” a person named John writes to his friend Louie, “Dear Louie, the commonplace of events and occurrences in the land of our youth become strange and exciting when we visit after a lapse of years ...” Another passage, called, “Farm Ponds,” begins, “As we approached the hard wheat area east of Denver, I was struck by the effectiveness of the few attractive farm ponds and small lakes.” It is important to note that no segues or relevant introductions linked one passage to the next in “About the Farm,” and maybe that was the point.

Compiled from Post archives.