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Crook County man survives accidental dose of corrosive sublimate 95 years ago

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - August 29, 1996: Prineville Police officers receive a $2,000 check from Allstate representative Fred Gerke. From the left, Capt. Tim Pinkston, Fred Gerke, handing the check to officer Andrea Donham, Valko, and D.A.R.E. officer Frank Hueregue.

95 years ago

August 26, 1926

Mistaking three tablets of corrosive sublimate for medicinal tablets caused the serious illness of Raymond Smith of the Smith Brothers' sawmill at Grizzly, at midnight Monday. Awakened at 11:00 o'clock, Smith, who groped through the dark for medicine, did not become affected by the deadly poison until several minutes after he had taken it. Dr. Charles S. Edwards was quickly summoned, and first aid was administered by Smith's mother. Raymond is rapidly recovering from the effects. Dr. Edwards says that one tablet of corrosive sublimate is sufficient to kill an adult.

75 years ago

August 29, 1946

When little Linda Holler, a two-year-old Portland girl, wandered a few yards-off a path at the Karnopp ranch below Prineville Saturday evening, 30 men searched half the night before she was found, unhurt. The little girl had fallen asleep in the tall rye grass and the search parties had passed within a few feet of her time after time before she was found by her mother shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

State police and members of the Prineville fire department had been called on to aid in the search after the Hollers and Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Steenson, at whose home they were visitors, had searched in vain until dark. Arrangements had been made to have Frank Stratton, manager of the Prineville airport, fly over the area at daybreak in an effort to locate the child. The search had gone on nearly nine hours when Linda's mother heard a faint cry from the ryegrass and discovered the little girl's hiding place.

The Hollers had come from Portland Saturday morning to visit the Steensons and see the roundup. They had attended Saturday afternoon's rodeo and Linda was at the barn with her father and Mr. Steenson, who was milking, about 6 p.m. when the little girl started for the house to see her mother. The house is only a short distance from the barn, and Linda's father had taken her far enough so he felt sure she could find her way alone. But Linda made a wrong turn in the path, wandering off into the rye grass.

50 years ago

August 26, 1971 Thieves made off with $1,139.38 worth of merchandise after they broke the glass in the front door, allowing them to gain entry into Bob's Quick TV Repair, 135 W. Eighth St. The burglary was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday by owner Bob Quick.

Items taken in the burglary include a color television, two black and white televisions, an eight-track tape player, a phonochanger, three cassette players, an auto stereo tape player and 75 stereo tapes.

City police are continuing their investigation of the burglary.

25 years ago

August 22, 1996 Saturday, when police officers received a complaint of a dog running loose menacing people, they quickly responded.

Chief Jim Soules said the owners of the 207-pound animal had apparently left for the three-day weekend, securing their pet with a large chain. The chain wasn't big enough. The animal, identified as a mastiff, was reportedly chasing people. "In one particular yard," Soules said, "the dog was growling and generally menacing the people who lived there."

Officers finally controlled the animal, using his chain and leashes to secure him to metal post on the Ochoco Creek bike path. Loading the dog into the back of a patrol car, he was taken to the Ochoco Animal Clinic.

"On the way, the dog thrashed around and broke out a window of the patrol car," Chief Soules said. "This is a scary dog. A nice dog, but he was scared. Out of his element and frightened and big as he is, dangerous, I'm glad we were able to subdue him without having to shoot him."

The owners will be cited for allowing the dog to run loose, Soules said, and they will be assessed the cost of replacing the window.

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