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50 years ago - 17-year-old businessman takes ownership of the Franko Service Station


August 3, 1922

Bernard Ramsey, who recently graduated from the Law School of the Willamette University, will open this week a law office in the First National Bank building. He will be associated with G.W. Sammons.

Mr. Ramsey has earned, during his time in college, an enviable reputation as a student as well as that of being an orator. For the past three years, he has figured prominently in the state oratorical contests and last year was adjudged the best college orator in the state.

Mr. G. W. Sammons, his associate, has been with the Business Adjustment Company of Salem for the past three years and is also a graduate of the Law School of Willamette University. Mr. Sammons is a specialist on collections and the new law firm will make a specialty of this feature.


August 3, 1972

Donald Kraus, 17-year-old Madras businessman, has taken over the ownership of the Franko Service Station south of Madras with the aid of his brother, Francis, a Miller Ford Salesman. Francis cosigned for his brother and is involved only on paper.

Donald Kraus worked for a year and a half through the work experience program at the Madras High School for the previous owner, Ray Powell. Powell put the station up for sale, so to secure his job, Kraus bought the business.

Kraus, who does all the hiring of help and financing, cites Romona Hatfield of the U.S. National Bank, "Mrs. Hatfield gave me a lot of help securing financing and explained business procedures. Kraus plans to finish high school but has made no definite plans concerning the future. Kraus works a split shift himself leaving only one shift to pay wages on. Kraus stated, "This first week has given me a substantial living."


August 6, 1997

A powerful rainstorm last week caused flooding on streets around Madras and at some businesses.

At Les Schwab Tire Center, the back room of the main building flooded. The alignment center, located just to the south of the main building, also had many inches of water.

Erickson's Sentry Market also had some flooding, particularly in the warehouse area in back of the store, said the assistant manager.

The rain last Tuesday evening, July 29, fell with great intensity. At some locations around town an inch and a half fell within the time span of just a couple hours; other locations, for instance at the airport, recorded just shy of one inch of rain.

Tenth and Eleventh streets, Cowden Street near the hospital, Grizzly Road near C, and Second Street south of J, among other roadways, saw some significant flooding.

Dennis Bushlach, who lives on Cowden, said that his residence was not damaged by the water, but that the landscaping was affected.

"We get water from all the areas that are paved above us," Bushlach mentioned.

City officials have visited the Cowden Street area during storms to get an idea of how bad the runoff problem is.

"We'd like to see something done about it because there's going to be more development," Bushlach said.

Other problem areas were the Culver Highway, and a cul-de-sac in the Juniper Crest subdivision. Willow Creek saw no flooding.

Some of the unimproved, gravel roads around Madras were also damaged.

"It was a high-intensity storm." He said, adding that it was perhaps the most intense — in terms of the rate of rainfall — that he has seen in his ten years of public works.

The storm hit just a few hours after the new trees along Fifth Street were planted.

The rain last Tuesday fell at a rate that was above the design-flow for the storm drainage in town, said Jerry Breazeale, public works director.

The trees ended up lying on the ground due to all the water. They had to be replanted, but were not damaged, Breazeale said.

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