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Thanksgiving set in November 1918, as official day to celebrate Allies' victory.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back through more than 100 years of newspaper archives.100 YEARS AGO

November 14, 1918

Sheriff James Wood received a telegram Tuesday from Adjutant Gen. Beebe stating that Saturday, Nov. 16, would be observed as the official day for celebrating the Allies' victory. He received another telegram yesterday countermanding this order and stating that Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, would be the official day, this order was concurred in by Gov. Withycombe and Mayor Baker of Portland.

In compliance with the adjutant general's order, Mr. Wood appointed an executive committee composed of C.C. Berkley, Howard W. Turner, and W.E. Johnson to take charge of the exercises for the day. The committee met last night and outlined a program, full details of which will be announced in the papers next week.

A celebration has been planned the likes of which has never before been seen in this neck of the sagebrush, as a fitting demonstration of so momentuous an occasion.

This is the first, and will doubtless be the last time in history of the present generation, and we hope all future generations, that so great and glorious an opportunity for expressing our heartfelt thanks has presented itself, so let's get together and make it a monumental date in the history of our county.

Everything is to be free on this great day and the committee is making arrangements to feed and entertain at least 1,500 people, and say we can't afford to disappoint them. Forego your home Thanksgiving dinner and join the happy crew.

75 YEARS AGO

November 11, 1943

Two widows of Marine Corps heroes are members of the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve at Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina. They are Lt. Ava Rogers, left, widow of the late Maj. Otho L. Rogers, and Private Elizabeth L. Elrod, widow of the late Maj. Henry T. Elrod. Maj. Rogers was killed in action on the Southwest Pacific and Maj. Elrod was killed the last day of action at Wake Island. Maj. Elrod and Capt. Frank C. Tharin are credited with sinking a Jap cruiser with bombs dropped from a Grumman Wildcat.

50 YEARS AGO

November 14, 1968

The Madras City Council, sitting Tuesday evening, adopted a resolution to replace the "yield" signs with stop signs at three intersections.

The effect will be that north-south traffic will stop instead of yield at Seventh and E streets, Seventh and Oak streets, and Eighth and Oak streets.

The council also adopted an assessment ordinance for sidewalks. Also discussed by the council was the addition of street lights.

25 YEARS AGO

November 11, 1993

Former Madras kindergarten teacher Carol Kari will be given back pay and reinstated in a teaching post, following a refusal last week by the Oregon Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the case from School District 509-J.

Kari was fired by the Madras school district Sept. 19, 1988, after it was discovered that her husband had been growing marijuana plants in a greenhouse near their home.

Although a Jefferson County Circuit Court jury unanimously acquitted her of knowing about the marijuana or possessing it, the 509-J board felt otherwise and indicated her credibility had been damaged in the eyes of students and parents.

Her husband pleaded guilty to a marijuana charge and served six months of a seven-year prison sentence.

Kari's firing was appealed to the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board, which ruled in her favor and ordered the school district to reinstate her. But that ruling was appealed by the district to the Oregon Court of Appeals, which overturned the previous board's reinstatement. After bouncing back and forth through more appeals, a definite decision was finally reached last week.

Superintendent Phil Riley said the district's attorney Nancy Hungerford had informed him of the Oregon Supreme Court's refusal to consider the matter again, although he has received nothing official yet from the court.

The district's attorney is now in the process of negotiating with Kari's lawyer Mark Toledo over back pay and reinstatement to a 509-J teaching position, Riley indicated.

He said the district will have to pay Kari the salary she would have earned, minus whatever she has earned at other jobs since leaving her 509-J position.

He noted she had done some substitute teaching in this area and is now teaching in Chiloquin.

"If she had been working here her salary should have been in excess of $200,000, including benefits," Riley said.

Contacted Oct. 9, in Chiloquin, Kari said she wants to return to her home in Madras, but isn't sure when decisions will be finalized by the lawyers.

She said for the past three years she has taught reading at the junior and senior highs in Chiloquin and this year taught kindergarten.

As for the Oregon Supreme Court's decision, Kari commented, "I'm really pleased that it's finally over."

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