Several decades before, the Estacada Rural Fire Department's mascot was recovering from surgery

ARCHIVE PHOTO - In 1978, the Estacada Rural Fire Districts official mascot Sparky was on the mend after surgery.


Betty Marlowe shared the happenings of the Garfield area. "Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Palmeter and several family members from this area went over to Molalla to celebrate the 89th birthday of Doris (Palmeter's) mother, Mrs. Eda Hillman," Marlowe wrote. "Mrs. Hillman has ten living children. There were about one hundred relatives gathered together on this occasion and a school building had been rented to hold them all."


The Estacada Rural Fire Department's official mascot, a dalmatian named Sparky, was recovering from surgery after having two tumors removed from his back. Firefighter Barry Jennings noted that "he just moped around and didn't get out of bed or eat for two days. But today he's wagging his tail again." Several years prior, Sparky had 150 stitches after being hit by a car.


Marvin Treager, a subscriber to The News who lived in Nebraska, wrote a letter to editor Ray Horn asking for advice about a camera. He had purchased an Argus C3 camera, a model made in the 1950s, and now sought to purchase a wide angle lense for it. "Finding a wide-angle telephoto could be difficult," Horn wrote back. "The Argus C-3 is to today's single lense reflex cameras what the model T was to the Ford Mustang. You might have a better chance of finding lenses for this camera at garage sales or estate sales. . .I think you should buy a new single lense reflex. Watch the classified ads in your nearest metro daily."


Kristi Backwell was named associate of the week at Estacada Thriftway. Backwell graduated from Estacada High School the year before and planned to earn a teaching degree from Western Oregon University. "I began working at Thriftway last August as a checker. I have met many interesting people during the last year," she said. "I have come to recognize many of the customers that come into the store regularly."


Reliance Connects was constructing a new building at Zobrist and Third streets in downtown Estacada. The space would feature four new downtown retail spaces and would become the new home of the company's technical support team. Construction was scheduled to be completed in October of the same year.


Local historian Kathryn Hurd's second book, "Estacada Sagas" would be published the following month. Hurd had interviewed many Estacada residents for the book and was eager to share the stories she uncovered. One of the stories Hurd came across outlined a man's frustration because the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles had taken his license away. In response, he decided to use his tractor to get around town, since he didn't need a license to drive it.

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