U.S. airplanes drop cigarettes on American troops in northeastern France in 1918.

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October 24, 1918

Showers of cigarettes fell from the skies on the American fighters driving the Germans out of the St. Mihiel salient. This fact was announced in a cablegram received by William J. Mulligan, chairman of the Knights of Columbus committee on war activities, at the United War Work Campaign headquarters.

From American airplanes 20,000 packages of cigarettes were dropped into the hands of infantrymen and artillerymen pressing forward in their victorious squeeze, which dislodged the enemy from the stronghold they had held for more than three years. Each package was stamped "Compliments of the Knights of Columbus."

At the same time, cable dispatches announce, YMCA workers on foot moved among the soldiers, handing out chocolates and cigarettes.

The airplane service for distributing cigarettes to the soldiers, while the battle was in progress and the ordinary foot or motor methods of reaching the men in the front lines were unavailable, was established by Martin V. Merle of San Francisco, a Knights of Columbus secretary, with the cooperation of an American airplane unit. After the fight, soldiers related how pleasantly surprised they had been when cigarettes dropped from on high. They declared no service in their behalf ever had pleased them as much as this ultramodern delivery of "smokes."

The YMCA workers won new friends at St. Mihiel. One Red triangle man, with a huge pack on his back, moved forward with a certain unit, distributing chocolates and cigarettes to each soldier. Salvation Army workers also were busy with their doughnuts and coffee throughout the St. Mihiel drive.


October 21, 1943

Compressors and a crusher are now in operation at Old Maid's Canyon at milepost 85, making maintenance rock for The Dalles-California and the Warm Springs Highway.

D.C. and A.L. Williams, of Portland, are the operators of the outfit, and they are at the present tme staying at the Madras Hotel.


October 24, 1968

A 27-year-old Madras man, Fred Light of Boise Drive, Tuesday received the highest individual award of the Accident Prevention Division of the Workman's Compensation Board at a special luncheon in the Stag restaurant in Madras.

Light received a special plaque, one of two awarded as result of an Aug. 25, accident near Madras in which Light and a companion, Pete Aamodt, dragged a worker out of a mint chopping machine in which he had become entangled.

Presentation of the award to Aamodt was made in absentia as the latter is now working elsewhere in Oregon.

Ted Jones, farm safety representative for the Accident Prevention Division, made the award.

Jones said the emergency action of Light and Aamodt played a major part in saving the man's life, although the latter did lose his right leg.


October 21, 1993

Four days after being shot, with a metal arrow lodged in his neck and protruding from his shoulder, Isaac, a 10-year-old golden retriever owned by Bill and Lark Wysham, somehow managed to drag himself home.

It was Sept. 15, during bow hunting season that Isaac had disappeared. The Wyshams live on an eight-acre place close to town just off Grizzly Road, which has privately-owned property and BLM land behind it. The dog, which sleeps inside, was let out that night before bedtime and never came back.

"He could have gone after a rabbit or something," Lark speculated.

But how the dog came to be shot and why, remains a mystery. Someone could have been shooting at anything that moved, assuming it was a deer. Or maybe a hunter was mad at the dog for scaring off the deer he was tracking and shot the dog in vengeance. The family can only guess.

For the next three days they walked the area calling for Isaac, but he never came.

"He probably heard us calling him," Lark said, marveling at the fact that he was able to make it home in his condition. That night, she said they heard coyotes howling closer to the house than they had ever been before.

Early Sunday morning, Sept. 19, neighbor, Steve Heydon was out jogging and discovered Isaac lying near Wysham's property. The dog had drug himself up to their fence line.

"Those nights had been cold and his body temperature was down. When we found him he could barely wag his tail," Lark said.

The dog was too exhausted to move, so after calling the vet, they put him on a board, lifted him into their pickup and drove him to Cascade East Vet Clinic.

X-rays taken by veterinarian Steve Nitschelm showed the razor-like arrow and metal arrow shaft had gone through Isaac's lower neck, across his chest and out the opposite shoulder, miraculously missing his spine, chest cavity and major arteries.

In an attempt to dislodge the arrow, the retriever had chewed through and broken off the back half of the metal shaft. But the arrow remained embedded.

Surgery was required to remove it and because this was such an odd case, Nitschelm videotaped the procedure to use for training in some of his classes. The vet was able to unscrew the arrow shaft and remove it, before removing the tip from the opposite direction.

The arrow was reassembled and Nitschelm now takes it to school classrooms when giving talks on hunter's safety or animal abuse.

Recuperating at home last week, Isaac consented to hobbling off his sick bed and out onto the porch for a photo.

"He's still healing, but the vet thinks he will be fine," Wysham said, adding, "He's stiff and sore and sleeps a lot."

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