McKenzie River Reflections

Orlando MurrayBy Finn JD John

Early in November 1906, 21-year-old Orlando Murray went to pay a call on a 22-year-old acquaintance named Lincoln C. Whitney. The main subject of their conversation was to be Murray’s 16-year-old sister, Mary. Secondary topics for the two men’s tete-a-tete included wedding bells and a baby shower – not necessarily in that order – and, last but not least, a .38-caliber revolver.
The conversation did not go well.
Whitney had met Mary when she’d traveled from her Portland home to Hubbard, where Whitney lived, to work in the hop fields for a week. Whitney had, Orlando Murray said (and, later, testified), sweet-talked the cute young out-of-towner into bed with fair promises of marriage, then disappeared as thoroughly as he could. Meanwhile, several weeks after their brief liaison, Mary suddenly found herself in a very awkward position.

Excerpts from the September 3, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports


Aug. 19: 3:01 pm: Accident – 42000 block, Holden Creek Lane. Report of a red Town & Country mini van “teetering on an embankment, being held up by a tree.” Unknown how high the embankment is. A female is trapped. Medics are en route. 15:12: OSP & Fire are on the scene.

Parade tractorIt will be “Fair Day” on September 12th.  The Walterville Grange plans to be “Shake Waddle and Roll” for this year’s annual Walterville Community Fair.   The Walterville Waddle 5K run/walk will start off the day at 8 a.m.  Fair entries of canning, baking, sewing, arts/crafts, produce, flowers, or other items should be brought to the hall by 9 a.m.  Judging of entries starts at 9:30 a.m.  
Flag raising by local Scouts will be at 10 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m. with a tractor show and shine. Kids games will begin after the parade.

Our high school volleyball and football teams have been hard at work the last two weeks in preparation for the start of the season. Both teams competed in jamborees last week and showed signs of what should be a great season for both squads.
I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming home contests.
Neil Barrett
McKenzie High School
Athletic Director

Silver Creek LandingThe Lane County Parks draft master plan has been released for public comment. Over the next several months, the county’s staff will be gathering written comments and conducting public open houses in preparation for formal hearings with the Parks Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, and ultimately the Board of County Commissioners. Included in the review are a half dozen parks – from Armitage to the Jennie B. Harris Wayside, as well as a dozen boat landings.
One of the largest is the 32-acre Hendricks Bridge Park between Cedar Flat and Walterville. Planned changes include the replacement and realignment of the existing boat ramp and expanding the parking lot.



Excerpts from the August 27, 2015 Sheriff’s Reports

Aug. 13: 1:33 am: Suspicious Vehicle – 87000 block, Dowdy Lane. Involved is a late 90’s dark colored hatchback with no plate lights. Complainant passed the vehicle that followed him to his house & sat outside for 5 minutes, then left.

Grain fleetBy Finn J.D. John

The merciless waters of the Columbia River Bar are not known for easily giving up their prey once they’ve trapped a ship on their sandy shoals. But over the years, it has happened now and again, and the stories of these survivors are always interesting.

The Queen of the Pacific

There was no hint of irony in mind when the passenger liner Queen of the Pacific was launched in Philadelphia in 1882. The Pacific Coast Steamship Company of San Francisco had spared no expense. Competition on the San Francisco-Portland line was at its peak, and the Queen’s owners intended to have the very finest steamer on the route.

Goose ProjectA document outlining plans for the Goose Project has been released by the Willamette National Forest. The draft record of decision and final environmental impact statement affects 17,932 acres along Highways 126 and 242, near the community of McKenzie Bridge.
District Ranger Terry Baker noted the Goose project was designed to provide a sustainable supply of timber products, reduce hazardous fuels, and “Actively manage stands to improve stand conditions, diversity, density, and structure.”






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