75 years ago
Dec. 11, 1942
Monument Boy Says “Marine Corps Best Service Branch In World”
Ted Jones of Monument has just received a letter from Ed Fink saying he had received his wings, Nov. 9, and was promoted to private first class. His letter, in part, says:
“As you know I went to school five weeks here to become a qualified parachutist and being in the Marine Corps, it is the best branch of the best branch of service in the world.
“Oh! Yes, I cannot forget to tell you that I am one of eight men to be sent soon to Lakehurst, NJ to go to school for 14 more weeks. Upon graduating from this school I will be a qualified rigger. The duties of a rigger are to maintain parachutes and pack them for pilots. In this case, I will be an instructor and expect to go about December 20.
“I jump my own packed parachute as a licensed rigger does.
“Nothing much to write about here as we are very busy.”
50 years ago
Dec. 14, 1967
Panthers Overcome Long Creek In Hoop Struggle
After losing a halftime lead, the Panthers staged a successful comeback rally in the final stanza to nip the visiting Long Creek Mountaineers, 66-60, in a thrilling Tri-County opener Friday.
It was a must win for both clubs who are rated as the favorites for winning the league title.
Mike Phillips put the Panthers out to an 18-9 first quarter lead with an 11-point production. Long Creek changed from a zone to a man-to-man defense in the second period to cut the Prairie City margin to five points at halftime, 36-31.
Mike Hueckman sparked a Long Creek rally and the Mountaineers took over the lead in the third quarter. The Mountaineers ran into trouble with the officials and Allen and Mike Weissenfluh went to the bench in the final quarter.
Prairie City came on strong to regain the lead for keeps with about two minutes left in the contest.
Hueckman led all scorers for the evening with 27 points. Allen Weissenfluh added 12 and Mike Weissenfluh contributed 11 counters.
The Panthers received a well balanced scoring attack with four players hitting for double figures.
Phillips paced the Panthers with 16 points. Pat Voigt added 15, Gary Wright 11 and Robert Shoun 10.
A jump shot from the right corner by Phillips ignited the Panthers in the opening seconds of the game. A basket by Charles Workman and a charity shot by Wright gave the Panthers a 5-0 lead before Hueckman found the range for the Mountaineers.
Phillips kept the Panthers in the lead by adding nine more points, but the hot-shooting forward picked up three fouls.
Coach Gary Kuykendall changed his defensive tactics and the game tightened up. Hueckman, Mike Weissenfluh and Allen Weissenfluh scored to pace the Mountaineers in the second period.
The Panthers received firing support from Wright, Shoun and Voigt to hold a 36-31 halftime advantage.
Long Creek grabbed a one-point lead, 43-42, with 2:50 left in the third quarter on a basket by Allen Weissenfluh. Hueckman padded the lead to three points with a jumper.
Phillips fouled out moments later. Long Creek added four points to hold a 49-44 third period advantage.
Allen Weissenfluh went to the bench with his fifth personal with 6:03 remaining.
Mike Weissenfluh joined him with 3:02 left.
Prairie City applied the pressure to the Mountaineers and crept within one point, 58-57. Bill Moore canned a fielder for Long Creek to boost the slim lead.
The Panthers broke loose for nine straight points in the final seconds of the game to capture the win.
25 years ago
Dec. 10, 1992
Turkeys, Turkeys Everywhere
The Dayville School Annual Turkey Shoot held last Sunday brought in over $600 gross income from sharp shooters attempting to try their luck at winning a holiday turkey. After the expense of the turkey is paid, the rest of the proceeds from the benefit will go towards the Dayville School Playground Equipment Fund.
This is the beginning of a year-long campaign to help raise money for the purchase of more playground equipment for the elementary school to add to what was bought with last year’s fundraising monies. Here are the results of the turkey shoot as follows:
Egg Shoot Winners (A Shot for the Pot): John Fisher; Joyce Jordan; Women’s Rifle Shoot (100 Yards): Valli Hettinga; Rifle Shoot w/scopes (100 Yards): Tied, Sonny Field and Lee Schrier in the bulls-eye; Bud Goodwin; Open-Sight .22 Caliber Rifles (50 Yards): Darrel Carey; Al Burmeister; Rifles w/scopes (100 Yards): Larry Haywood; Joyce Jordan; Open-Sight .22 Caliber Rifle (50 Yards): John Mascall; David Dorshner; Off-Hand Rifle w/scopes (100 Yards): Hal Gilliam; Jenny Armistead; Pistol Shoot (25 Yards): Bill Thomas; Rifles w/scope (100 Yards): Bud Goodwin; Bill Wynne; Kid’s .22 Caliber Rifle Shoot (25 Yards): Tiffany Waterbury; Rifle w/scope (100 Yards): Gary Miller; Jack Fisher.
10 years ago
Dec. 12, 2007
Heroism in the Snow Leads to Honors
Five Troop 898 Boy Scouts and one of their leaders recently received National Heroism awards for quick action taken to save another Boy Scout leader last winter during a snow camp.
Hunter Powell, 14; Dylan Brandsma, 14; Seth Barrietua, 14; Joseph Wunz, 12; Trent Sohr, 12; and assistant scoutmaster Barb Miller-Sohr received their awards at a court of honor held at the United Methodist Church on Oct. 21. The awards were presented by Eastern Oregon executive director Tanna Bales and district director Andrea Watson, both of Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
During the camp last winter, assistant scoutmaster Eric Wunz was helping the boys dig a snow cave in a field near the Dixie Mountain rope tow, east of Prairie City. An emergency arose when the cave collapsed, covering the leader in a life-threatening amount of snow.
Eric Wunz was in one of three caves the group had been working on, shoveling snow out, while Powell shoveled the snow away from the cave. Powell said that he turned away for a moment, moving the snow when he heard an “uhnf” sound, the sound of snow falling onto Wunz. Miller-Sohr had been setting up a tent.
Joseph, the son of Eric Wunz, recalls hearing Powell and Miller-Sohr yelling for help. He and Brandsma, Barrietua and Trent Sohr were working on another snow cave close by.
“I went to see what was going on, and saw the snow cave had collapsed on my dad,” he said.
Powell remembered how the texture of snow hindered the rescue.
“The snow wasn’t very good; it was like sugar,” he said. “When we were trying to dig him out it kept falling back into the hole we were trying to dig him out of.”
Meanwhile, Miller-Sohr instructed Barrietua to get the help of nearby snowmobilers. Barrietua had to go about 200 yards in 3-foot deep snow to reach them.
“I was sinking all the way to my waist,” he said.
The extra help wasn’t needed after all. It seemed to take a lot longer, said Powell, but Eric Wunz was saved after about three minutes of being trapped under the snow.
Dylan’s mother, Megan Brandsma, appreciates the training the boys receive through the scouting program.
“You encourage your children to participate in programs such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H, hoping that someday the lessons learned and values instilled will pay off. This experience is proof of the value of those programs. We should all be proud of these young men for their actions.”