Capt. Rex T. Barber earns Navy Cross at Springfield, Massachusetts, ceremony in 1943.

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August 29, 1918

The Lebanon Criterion calls Germany's submarines "Coyotes of the Sea." And that is right as far as it goes, but they are more.

The Coyote goes forth and hunts, and chases down its prey. He puts up for it as a fair a chance for it as his necessities will permit. Not so with the German Submarine. The Jackall, and the Hyena, which eats and fattens on human flesh and bones are saints compared with them. They do not go forth in the darkness of night, slinking beneath the surface, and pounce upon and destroy a prey that renders them nothing. They do not gloat in blood as a lust; they are satisfied to satisfy their necessities and quit. Just so with the lowly Coyote. When their appetites are satisfied they retire to their lairs and rest.

But the Germans, not the Submarines alone, lust for the blood of their fellow men. They go out on the high seas with their submarines and chase down and destroy the helpless the helpless noncombatant ships of the neutral as well as the belligerent; they destroy vessels carrying the women and children and old men. They put to the bottom of the sea the hospital ships carrying the sick and the wounded, who are unable to defend themselves.

These are the prey of the German soldiers and sailors — those proud men who have been hardening for more than a generation to go forth into the world with their mighty hoards and fight with the men of the world. But they dare not meet their equal; they dare not combat with the men of the sea who really fight. They dare not sink ships bearing soldiers — the soldiers of the real men who dare cross the sea to do them battle. They destroy for the sake of destruction; kill for the sake of killing; not to gain any military advantage.

But they are brought face to face with the real men of the world on the battle fronts of France. And when they have met the enemy in a fair and equal contest, they can't stand the test. Germany's flaunted army is an army of bluster, bingo and gold foil. It is a magnificent thing for the Hun Kaiser to contemplate and review, in his dreams of the destruction of the world, but it cannot fight with real men — soldiers. And it is slinking away from the Marne; it is slinking away from Aimes; and it will continue to slink to Berlin.

Men who, a year ago were quietly tilling the soil of America, and had never heard a military command, are whipping the Germans — the great German dream of 40 years, the pride of the Kaiser, without trouble, and will do their part in putting the bloodsuckers — the butchers of the world — where they belong.


August 26, 1943

Capt. Rex T. Barber, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Barber, of Culver, added another medal to his growing collection this week when he was awarded the Navy Cross at ceremonies held at Westover Field in Springfield, Mass.

His citation, signed by Admiral W.F. Halsey, of the United States Pacific Fleet, read "for extraordinary heroism and distinguished flying service in the line of his profession as a pilot serving with a fighter squadron."

Barber successfully participated in a 16-plane strike in a lengthy interception. Complete tactical surprise was achieved.

"Barber attacked with such skill and determination that he destroyed one enemy bomber and then shot down an escorting fighter plane which attempted to divert the attack. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Armed forces."

Captain was recently awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, as a result of an attack on enemy ships.


August 29, 1968

A standing room only crowd Sunday afternoon heard Gov. Tom McCall's dedication speech praising the Mountain View Hospital for its dramatically low construction cost and its lack of dependence on federal financing.

Following a tour of the hospital, the governor moved to the Fellowship Hall of the nearby Madras Methodist Church for a Hospital Dedication speech that noted the completion of the hospital at a cost of $15,000 per bed as opposed to national average costs of $30,000 per bed. He also took note of the fact that the hospital, funded by a district bond issue, had not sought Hill-Burton (federal) funds. He observed also that he had studied closely the costs of a psychiatric hospital whose costs would run to $40,000 per bed.


August 26, 1993

A man who is charged with five counts of murder for the death of a jogger near Camp Sherman more than 14 years ago will stand trial in Jefferson County.

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial of John Arthur Ackroyd, who is being charged with two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of murder.

In December 1978, Kaye Turner of Eugene turned up missing after she went for a jog while on vacation with family and friends in the Camp Sherman area. Partial remains of her body were found in August 1979 and her skull was discovered in the area by a hunter in October 1980.

Although a suspect at the time of Turner's disappearance, there was not enough evidence to charge Ackroyd. He had an alibi, which his friend, Roger Dale Beck, formerly of Sisters, provided for him. Investigators now feel the two men committed the crimes together.

Enough evidence was later gained to indict Ackroyd, when he was questioned in connection with his stepdaughter's disappearance. The former State Highway Division mechanic was the last to see Rachanda Leah Pickle alive.

An extensive two-year investigation by the Kaye Turner Task Force lead to the indictment of Ackroyd and Beck in Jefferson County in May 1992.

More than a decade after Turner's disappearance, a 12-member jury will hear the proceedings that will last 28 days, according to the Jefferson County docket.

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