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Young men dressed in fancy clothes cross river and take out German machine gun nest in 1918.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back over more than 100 years of history in the newspaper archives.100 YEARS AGO

November 7, 1918

With the American Army in France.

Far up near the front, where one never sees a woman, a child, nor a male civilian, it is not uncommon sight to come suddenly on a party of youths arrayed in high hats, frock coats, checked trousers and patent leather shoes.

They are American soldiers, billeted in ruined French villages, who have picked up these garments from among the debris of the shell-shattered houses.

Some of them even don women's clothing, picture hats, feather boas, silk blouses and skirts, and I have even seen them wearing blonde wigs which they raked up somewhere amid the wreckage of villas on the Marne.

The boys go about various duties, cleaning horses, driving ammunition caissons, working about their billets and doing the thousand-and-one other odd jobs that fall to their lot, in their ludicrous makeup.

Right on the Vesle, some of the Americans picked up some "trick" clothes in gas-drenched Fismes and put them on. They crossed the river and raided a German machine gun nest that had been annoying them during the day by spurting indirect fire on them. They brought in a couple of prisoners who could not conceal their amazement from the German-speaking officer who questioned them that troops could masquerade in such attire in the midst of danger.

Australian and Canadian troops have a penchant for "dolling up" in discarded civilian attire also, and the Anzacs negotiated a raid near Villagers Bretonnaux under the same circumstances in June.

75 YEARS AGO

November 4, 1943

The fact that food is fast becoming one of the most critical of war materials and that western reclamation projects afford the best opportunity for increasing essential food production gave added importance to the 12th annual meeting of the National Reclamation Association held in Denver last week, according to K.W. Sawyer, who returned from the meeting last Monday.

Many problems relating to the immediate completion of a portion of the North Unit were discussed with Reclamation officials. While there will be many obstacles to overcome in a construction program at this time, it is felt that they will overcome as the need for food increases.

50 YEARS AGO

November 7, 1968

A Paxton area farmer was killed early Monday evening when the pickup he was driving was struck by a Spokane, Portland, and Seattle freight train at the Elm Lane grade crossing.

The victim was driving west on Elm Lane when the vehicle was struck by the northbound freight at 5:50 p.m. Jefferson County Sheriff Hamlin Perkins said death came instantly or nearly so.

The engineer, said he saw the pickup approach the grade crossing rapidly. The engineer had already applied his air brakes to reduce the train's speed in accordance with railroad procedure for that section of track, and he stated he sounded the whistle. It did not appear that the driver heard the whistle, he said.

The locomotive struck the pickup near the left door. It dragged the vehicle about 2,000 feet down the track.

25 YEARS AGO

November 4, 1993

A Madras boy is being held for allegedly arranging for the murder of a local police officer.

The 16-year-old subject was arrested Saturday, Oct. 30, at a trailer at the fairgrounds RV park. Police contend the boy had sought to pay someone to murder Lt. Tom Cheatum, a narcotics officer with the Madras Police Department.

Local police chose not to release the name of the subject at this time. The boy is presently being held at the Wasco County juvenile detention facility, according to reports.

Police expect the boy will be charged with several counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, solicitation to commit aggravated murder and manufacture of a controlled substance. A police report indicates that the subject was in the possession of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

According to the report issued by the Madras department, the subject had, at separate times, offered three individuals $3,000, a vehicle, and a place to stay in California if they carried out the contract to kill Lt. Cheatum.

Local authorities had heard rumors about the possible contract plans, and once the department determined "There was more truth to it," they acted, said Chief Andy Anderson.

Police received a court order to use a wire to obtain information. Anderson said the tape indicated that the subject was indeed serious about killing Cheatum.

The boy was arrested at the trailer without incident. "He was cooperative," said Anderson.

The investigation has been turned over to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Additional arrests are expected.

Anderson said his department took the incident "very seriously. We were very concerned."

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