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1947: Rumors about gas shortage squelched by survey conducted by Oregon State Motor Association

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - June 24, 1997:  Fairgrounds Manager Gary Timmerman walked along a row of the huge, shiny Honda Gold Wing motorcycles Friday and said, 'You know, I've never been on one of these.' A man wearing black leather pants and a vest motioned Timmerman toward his shiny motorcycle. 'Just like climbing aboard a horse,' he said, 'except nobody has to follow along with a broom.' About 200 Gold Wing riders were in town for a visit last week.

110 years ago

June 20, 1912

Five Russian railroad laborers from Pelton, a small railroad station a few miles north of Madras, decided to break the monotony of pick and shovel work by taking the handcar to Madras for a jamboree. About 11 o'clock, when the party was well tanked up, they decided to go home. In some way, two of the men fell off the car. One was run over and killed and the other got off with a few bruises.

Coroner Hyde and Dr. Edwards held an examination Sunday morning. It was evident to them that the man had been killed accidentally, so the body was ordered buried. The man was 29 years of age and a native of Russia.

75 years ago

June 19, 1947

Adequate gasoline seems assured for the motoring public during the current touring season, a survey conducted by the Oregon State Motor association indicated today.

Reports of a possible shortage of gasoline led the association to check sources of gasoline for this area. As a result of the survey, the association reported no indication of any restrictions in gasoline available to the motoring public during the coming vacation months.

"Rumors of a possible shortage evidently stemmed from reports that government agencies were having difficulty filling their gasoline requirements," association officials said. "This apparently resulted, not from a shortage, but from the fact that gasoline companies now are directing their major efforts toward supplying the public and as a result, did not submit bids for the government gasoline."

50 years ago

June 22, 1972 A car rammed into a house Monday morning, causing injury to the driver, damage to the house and car and apparent heart distress for the car's owner.

The vehicle-house collision occurred at 555 Rimrock Road. The house is owned by Ervin Varcoe, and the car, a 1953 Plymouth station wagon, is owned by Henry O. Hall of 625 Crestview Road.

Police stated that the station wagon was being steered by Dora Wilson, sister of Hall, and that the vehicle was apparently being pushed by Hall.

The vehicle traveled on the road for a short distance, then ran off the road, across Varcoe's yard and completely into his house.

Police officers said that Mrs. Wilson was taken to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and that Hall was rushed to the hospital with possible heart distress.

25 years ago

June 19, 1997

More incidents with people trying to get to the Rainbow '97 Gathering were reported this week. Two of the latest include a motorhome rollover and a stolen vehicle.

Tuesday evening, Crook County Sheriff's deputies responded to a section of graveled road east of Walton Lake, the scene of a one vehicle rollover. When deputies arrived, they found a 1976 Dodge motorhome on its top, fully engulfed in flames.

Deputies located the vehicle's owners at the Rainbow Gathering, having been driven there by a passing motorist. Walter Rem Taylor, 25, owner of the motorhome, said he and his family had been driving east on USFS Road 2630, when he pulled to the side of the narrow road to let another vehicle pass. Taylor told deputies the motorhome began sliding down off the soft shoulder of the road and overturned.

Taylor, his wife, Shana Lee Alexandra and their 2-month-old child, Brianna Catlyn Taylor, are from Middletown, California. All the Taylors escaped, and no one was injured, although the vehicle has been reported to be a total loss.

This is the second rollover along the stretch of unpaved, gravel road leading to the Rainbow Gathering. Last Saturday, a local woman was killed when her vehicle overturned, landing on its top in Howard Creek. Reportedly, she had picked up a young man hitchhiking to the Gathering and was taking him there when the accident happened.

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