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1946: Oregon launches 'Don't let Death Take Your Holiday' campaign to prevent Christmas holiday vehicle crashes

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - December 19, 1946: Prineville Girl Named On Student Council of Wesley Foundation at U. of O.

95 years ago

December 16, 1926

Caught in a trap for more than a week without food or water, Jesse, a prized cattle dog belonging to S. M. Bailey, was found late Saturday afternoon by neighbors, almost starved.

Raised from a puppy, the shepherd dog became a valuable cattle dog and Mr. Bailey refused $50 for him last summer.

When found near the Albert Way ranch, the dog was two and a half miles from home. He had been gone 19 days.

75 years ago

December 19, 1946

"Don't Let Death Take Your Holiday!"

With that slogan, Oregon today joins with other western states in a concerted campaign to prevent Christmas holiday traffic accidents, which have taken a tragic toll of human life during recent years in Oregon.

"Traffic accidents during the last ten days of December have taken 63 lives in this state during the past six years," Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell Jr., said today in announcing the new campaign. "These accidents were preventable. Anticipation of hazards peculiar to the holiday period, consideration for the rights of others and ordinary care would have prevented them. Oregon traffic deaths so far this year are considerably over the toll for the same period last year. Virtually all the increases is due to the rising tide of accidents in rural areas. Therefore, we are planning to concentrate much attention on the rural accident problem this month."

Farrell listed the Christmas holiday toll for the past six years as follows:

1940 - 12 deaths.

1941 -13 deaths.

1942 - 9 deaths.

1943 - 5 deaths.

1944 - 8 deaths.

1945 -16 deaths.

50 years ago

December 16, 1971 City Police are continuing their investigation of burglary at Ochoco Hardware 7 East Third, which netted in $2,054.80 in merchandise and cash. The burglary occurred between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, when the crime was discovered by manager Lawrence Mayfield. The burglars entered the building through the roof after cutting a 12-inch-by-15-inch hole using a hand drill and key hole saw. Bolts holding the lock on the back door had been cut from the inside, using bolt cutters.

Approximately 50 items were missing, according to an inventory completed Monday. Among the stolen goods were guns, ammunition, appliances, power tools, radios, tape decks, knives, clocks and watches.

The guns taken are as follows: 12 gauge Browning automatic; Remington 30-06; Smith Wesson .38 special Model 15; Smith & Wesson .22 mag Model 51; and Smith & Wesson .22 long rifle.

25 years ago

December 17, 1996

Monday was a day of tears and laughter for Prineville's Fire Chief Dave Fields, who was honored by hundreds of elementary school children in specially prepared assemblies.

The day was declared "Fireman Dave Day" by the Prineville City Council last week, but it was the children who triggered deep emotions within the dynamo of community fire prevention and safety.

Fireman Dave, who has accepted a job in Salem, wiped tears from his eyes at each of the three assemblies where children sang songs written about him and presented cards, gifts and roaring applause. Fireman Dave, in turn, gave each child a hug. The older boys, of course, got hand shakes — because hugs aren't cool when you're in fifth grade.

Some children gave Dave their home phone numbers, and several others cried as they said goodbye to the man who has become more famous in Prineville than Smokey Bear, and more adored than Santa Claus.

"Dave has been a real integral part of fire safety education in our schools," said Penny LaFavor, principal at Cecil Sly Elementary School. "All the kids know Dave and love him." The school assemblies were organized by John Boynton, emergency medical services director with the Prineville Fire Department. Boynton said Fields deserved to be honored because of his extensive efforts in making school-aged children aware of fire safety and prevention. Fields joined the Prineville Fire Department in 1987 as a fire marshal. He almost immediately instituted programs for school-aged children, personally guiding kids who played with matches. He welcomed kids at the fire department, letting them spray the fire hoses and climb on the big, red rigs. And he made the stop, drop and roll technique famous.


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