McKenzie River Reflections

Train robberyBy Finn J.D. John

It was early summer, 1914, and an Oregon & Washington Railway Navigation Co. passenger train was just passing over the summit of the Blue Mountains, between LaGrande and Pendleton.
The crewmen were running the train slow, checking the brakes for the long downhill run ahead. Meanwhile, three men at the back of the train were checking their guns.
A train robbery was about to go down — one of the very last Old West-style train robberies ever. And before it was over with, it would turn into one of the very last Old West-style six-shooter gunfights, too.

 

RattlesnakeSnakes are among the most misunderstood of animals. Myths abound: Most snakes are poisonous, snakes can jump two feet, snakes will not cross a rope, snakes only strike when coiled and snakes travel in pairs.

Excerpts  from 2005 Sheriff’s Reports

 

Sept 11: 2620: Suspicious Subject - 89000 block, Old Mohawk Rd., Marcola Rd. 2 male subjects came to residence and asked 18 year old female if they could live with her. One subject had long black hair the other had long blonde hair They later returned and refused to leave.

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