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4 The Sun, Wednesday, January 4, 1989 ,,i Sun correspondent featured I Sun correspondent FIoy Blair in her favorite chair. II I II ~1 III ii un By John Thomas He stapled the ticket to the last load of logs and turned to talk to the yarder engineer, his father. They were having a problem with the yarder. A bearing was failing and needed immediate attention. His dad said he'd nurse it through the rest of the day. He called around on the radio and located parts but it meant a fast drive to Eugene and back to be able to work tomorrow. He told his older brother, the chaser, to run the loader and deck logs while he was gone. He called over the hill to the old guy on the rigging to come up and chase the rest of the day. That left two young guys in the brush, one with five years experience, the other green, working at his first job in the woods. Tonight they would get home late. Two hundred miles of parts-chasing and a long monkey-wrenching session lay ahead in order to be running in the morning. That is what he was paid to do. Run the job, load the logs and keep it all together. The experienced kid down in the brush was having family troubles. His wife had given birth three months before and, with a baby and home to care for, she had embarked on one of life's long, hard journeys. His adjustment wasn't going too well either, but he loved her, missed her and wished she hadn't moved home with her folks. So far away. About the only time he saw her and the baby was payday when she drove the 80 miles to get the money she needed to keep her and the baby going. Today is payday. They are logging the last skyline road of this unit, and it will be good to get it finished. It is steep, brushy and the logs are big and coming hard. The old guy is glad to get off that steep ground for the afternoon, and he is keeping the saw and the chatter going in alternate bursts. He wants to retire someday, but is still 54 years of nervous energy. His work caught up, he wished the logs were coming faster so he could limb and brand them. Time flies when they are coming good. The rest of the day could drag at this rate. Down in the brush, the kids are choking a big old short-log with a rootwad attached. It probably was too hinky for the cutter to buck, and he left it, hoping the rigging could pull the whole mess to the landing where the chaser could take care of it. The two young guys got the choker set and moved quickly to the clear, whistling the rigging ahead. the lines come tight, but the turn doesn't move and, before the lines break, the experienced kid blows for stop. Cussing cutters, windfalls and the day in general, he blows for slack and tries it again. Lines sing, close to breaking, but the log stays put. He blows one whistle to stop the rigging and, in a display of youthful By Doris McKellip Floy Blair, veteran Sun corres- pondent doesn't consider herself a writer, in spite of the fact she's been doing social columns "off and on" since 1927. "I'm still an amateur," Floy said recently. "It's my friends that want to keep up the column. They say that way they know a little about what's going on with their friends." Floy started with the Dallas Ite- mizer-Observer as a social corres- pondent in 1927, keeping it up until about 1935. She said that she quit because she "got so busy raising kids that I didn't have time to keep up with what other people were doing." She'd added a column in the Sheri- dan Sun by that time, which she turned over to her husband's aunt, Edith Blair. When the aunt left Sheridan for Portland in 1942, she asked Floy to take over the column again. And that's just what FIoy did. "Dean Holmes was editor back then," FIoy said. "He taught us all, with helpful hints, in writing our columns." "One thing that was (and is) a real 'no-no' is telling when anyone is go- ing to be away from home," Floy continued. "Columns aren't meant to be engraved invitations to burg- lars. We tell about trips and visits when they're over." Floy pointed out that her columns are only possible because of a net- work of friends who give her infor- mation. She said that as long as the information flows in to her and her el impatience and speed, he gets the" saw kept close for this occasion. He tells the green kid to get clear. He drops below the lines to spot above the log, pulls the starter cord and bores into the rootwad. The log breaks free from the rootwad and tight lines react to their release. The green kid goes berserk, blowing whistles he knows will do nothing but announce his terror. He stamps his feet and kicks in frustration, throwing his hardhat as far as he can. He screams, yells and, crying, starts running up the hill where the curious faces are looking down on him. And then they know. Below him lies what is left of enough experience to be a lead man, a father; but not enough experience to keep from inadvertently killing himself. The Accident Prevention in- vestigators looked several days to find the young witness who kept running when he reached the landing. It was late in the evening of the accident when the Oregon State Police finally found the young woman with the baby who couldn't find the husband and father with the paycheck. The rest of the crew were shaken by a day they knew would come if they didn't keep their minds on their work. And it will happen again, somewhere else, on another hillside, in a different way. --From the Sweet Home Era friends want the column to continue, she's one 82-year-old who has no in- tention of completely retiring. Not from writing "Sun Spots" anyway. Floy, whose column has been missing from The Sun's pages for the last few editions, suffered a heart attack. It's slowed her down for the moment, but not stopped her. Nor has it put a dent in her eager curiosi- ty about the world (both past and present) around her. Floy has more than a vested inter- est in the history of Yamhill County. She has documentation that goes back a long, long way. Her late hus- band's grandfather, Thomas Rainey Blair, settled in the West Valley in 1843, the same year Yamhill County was established. "Dan and I both go way back," Floy said. "I can trace my family (the Oviatts) back 1S generations. All the way from 1620 to the present." The Oviatts migrated from France to England at the time of the Norman conquest, then moved on to Ameri- ca. They arrived on the shores of the New World March 27, 1624. (This historian par excellance even has a perfectly preserved honorable dis- charge of one ancestor from the Army in 1865.) "I was up in the cemetery not too long ago," Floy said. "I got to look- ing around. Seven generations of my family were represented there." No, Floy doesn't expect to join them soon. She's got a lot more co: lumns to write. And she fully intends to write them. Clinic holds open house The week of Dec. 19-23 was open house at Sheridan Family Chiro- practic Clinic. Wassail and goodies were served, and many beautiful handmade wreaths were given in drawings. Following is a list of wreath winners. Sandra Schaefer, McMinn- ville; Judy Mather, McMinnville; Vicky Kisor, Independence; Tammie Boyer, Willamina; Gini Moreland, Sheridan; Stevie Wefer, Willamina; Heather Rose, Sheridan; Lynn Bailey, McMinnville; Claudine Eden, Sheridan; Nancy Oakes, Sheridan; Mary Mendenhall, Sheridan; Rita Schrock, Sheridan and Irma Bode, Willamina. to olir nnua, use ...from 2 to 6 p.m. January 20, 1989 We will be serving free refresh m ents and there will be special flnan cial broth tt res availab . Come and meet our staff: Gratis B. Robertson, certified public accountant Betty Stevens, licensed tax consultant JoAnn Ashcrofl, office Connie Rumley, licensed tax preparerRcenie Kilgore, office Gratia B. Robertson, Certified Public Accountant 104 West Main, Sheridan, Oregon 973 78 (503)843.2992 "Serving you is our only business." Complete Printin Service THE SUN 249 S. Bridge St. Sheridan 843-2312 F F 0 0 R Sitting and One 8xlO R Special sJO Y 0 U R S W E E T I E McMinnville Photo Last sitting date: Jan. 23 V A L E N T I N E' S D Studio 236 E. Third 472-4202 O ry wre im One Year Certificate Trina Lynn Turpin, 15, died during surgery following a fiery two-car col- lision near Junction City at 7:50 p.m. Dec. 28. Witnesses told police the car in which Turpin was riding was travel- er Ann Furlow, 1S, is in critical con- dition with multiple injuries. Dead at the scene were Kimbefly Ann Keller, 16, and April Ann Mag- nuson, 18, both of Junction City. Turpin died during surgery. der investigation according to the Lane County Sheriff's Office. Alco- hol is beleived to have contributed to the wreck, a deputy said. Results of blood alcohol tests on blood samples should be available from the Oregon ($100 Minimum Deposit) ling at a high rate of speed, ran a Cause of the accident remains un- State Police sometime this week. Rate i stop sign and broad-sided a luxury r" ...... "" ...................... ] ~, car driven by John Norman Riley, 65, | SHERIDAN CITIZEN OF THE YEAR . of Cheshire. Riley died at the scene. ! (Nominatlonfrom) ! 6 Month Certificate I u The Wiilamina High School stu- [ Name_ I dent was one of five teen-agers rid- ing in a compact car driven by Dale | | Robert Williams, 16, of Junction Ci- | Address I ty. The crash threw the teen-agers | | from the compact car before it burst | City Phone I into flames. | | Dale RobertWilliams, 16, of June- I On a seperate sheet of paper, in a minimum of fifty I Rate Annual Yil tion City and driver of the compact I words, describe why you feel the above person should I car, suffered a fractured leg. Jennif- | be selected as the Sheridan citizen of the year for 1987. I "the best plan for your savings depends on your own goals and your own resources. First I Nominations should be mailed to West Valley Chamber I Federal has a wide range of plans designed to yield high returns on savings investrnents of any I. of Commerce, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. Only ! size, held for various lengths of time. Our savings counselors will help you choose a plan with Local couple I nominations postmarked no later than January 6, 1989, : your own best interests in mind. ' will be considered, j All First Federal Savings plans deliver DAILY COMPOUNDED INTEREST. And all, of course, t.o wed I ......................... ==-_ p...... i.................. I1 are insured by the FSLIC up Is $100,000. ! WlLLAMINA CITIZEN OF THE YEAR ! ................... ........................................................................... ,n August ; (Nomination form) ; / I I I be selected as Willamina citizen of the year for 1987. i I Nominations should be mailed to West Valley Chamber I I I of Commerce, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378. OnlyI I nominations postmarked no later than January 6, 1989, I I will be considered. I ~l~lll ~mD aim ~ll0 Ule mll mll mid ulm inm ulm mid al~ i111 mm mill mlB n ~ i i i ~n ~ i i ~ ~ ~ J Clint and Donna Donaldson of I Name Newberg announced the engage- ment of their daughter, Theresa I Address Hunt of Sheridan to Dan Evans of Sheridan, son of Cecilia Huguenin, I City_ __ Phone of Marysville, Wash. and Dan Evans | Ona seperate sheet of paper, in a minimum of fifty of Fortuna, Cal. I words, describe why you feel the above person should Annual Yield ($500 Minimum Deposit) 5 Convenient Full-Service Locations In Yamhlll County Aulomalic "feller Machine Hetwoek Newberg Carlton 538-9449 852-705 t McMInnvllle Amity Sheridan 118 Third St. 472-6171 835-1033 843-3811 The bride-elect attended Newberg High and works for Lavel Draperies. The groom-elect is a senior at Sheri- dan High and installs sprinklers. The couple plan to wed August, 1989 in Sheridan. OF McMINNVILLE I I I I I | Members, SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATION