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Polk County museum moves closer to reality

The likelihood of a Polk County museum moved one step closer last week with committee adoption of the county budget which included an appropriation of $1,475 to the historical society. The funds are earmarked for architectural design work and for the completion and publishing of a historical site survey in the county.

The work towards creating a county museum began in 1971 when a committee was formed to attempt to get people throughout the county interested in the concept.

Looking for a site to locate the museum, the group met with the regional parks agency, which had purchased land for a park site near the Rickreall fairgrounds. The agency agreed to reserve space within Nesmith Park for the museum.

Buchanan tells of associate

EA “Buck” Buchanan, Dallas merchant, announced this week that beginning in mid-July, Bill Cassel, formerly with the Credit Bureau of Dallas, will be associated with the Ben Franklin Store.

Cassel, 22, is married to the former Karyn Buchanan, and the couple has one child, Brady, age 18 months.

Bill has been in a management trainee position with the Credit Bureau for the past four months. Prior to that he worked for the past two years in the Portland area.

He served in the US Army for two years, including a Vietnam tour of duty.

Ronald Nairn, Dallas, advanced to supervisor of the Unemployment Insurance Benefits section of the State Employment Division this month. It took over the position of Floyd Baxter, W. Salem, who retired after 32 years of service with the Employment Division.

Nairn started work for the Employment Division in the claims department of the Salem office on Nov. 9, 1962. In 1965 He moved to the Adjustment Unit, Benefits section as a claims examiner. He was later promoted to Unemployment Insurance Technician in Sept. 1967. On Sept. 1, 1970, he was again promoted to Program Executive, planning Unemployment Insurance programs and was instrumental in inaugurating the Heuristics Training Program for the Employment Division.

He is a native of Dallas and a graduate of Dallas High School.

Ludtke joining fete of Alaska flying pioneer

Walt Ludtke of Falls City has accepted an invitation to attend an upcoming 50th anniversary celebration honoring Shel Simmons, pioneer Alaskan aviator.

The event, to be held in July at the Seattle Hyatt House, will bring together ex-employees associated with Simmons during his active years of developing air transport in Southeastern Alaska.

“One of the true pioneers, Simmons began his Alaska Air Transport Company in Juneau, with a World War I Jenny on pontoons,” Ludtke said in an announcement of the celebration.

When Ludtke joined the company 10 years later, the roster of aircraft had climbed to four and the company had changed names to Alaska Coastal Airlines. Today through mergers and acquisitions, the original company is part of Alaska Airlines.

Ludtke joined the company in 1942, following graduation from an aviation training school, helping rebuild a recently crashed plane. Ludtke said his first airplane ride was on the trail of flight of the rebuilt plane over Mendenhall Glacier with Simmons as the pilot.

Retired teachers choose officers

Shirley Braden was installed president of Cynthianne Unit, Oregon Retired Educators Association, at ceremonies Friday at Greenway Park recreation hall in Dallas.

Serving as leaders this year with Braden will be Helen Sundsten, first vice president; Margaret Kelley, second vice president; Susie Kittams, secretary; and Doris Foster treasurer.

Raft of rivalry may surface in river race

Cross-county rivalry may reach a peak July 4 when teams from the Dallas and Monmouth-Independence Chambers of Commerce vie in a raft race as part of the MI Winter Olympics celebration.

Dallas chamber Manager Dan Allen this week announced acceptance of a challenge from the officers and directors of the Monmouth-Independence Chamber to compete in the Buena Vista to Independence race down the Willamette River.

The Dallas group’s Forman raft crew will be captained by Chamber President Cliff Russell, according to Allen, and has offered to provide “wine from Dallas’ Ellendale Vineyards to the Monmouth-Independence chamber crew…if they win.”

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