Club News: Roseburg Button Club explores the story of vulcanization and rubber buttons at Aug. 1 meetingJuly 29, 2014 —
Club discusses rubber buttons
The Roseburg Button Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday in Conference Room A at the Community Cancer Center, 2880 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.Learn more »
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PETERSON — Kelsey and Lee Peterson, Roseburg, July 11, a son, Carl Mitchell Peterson, 9 pounds 9 ouncesLearn more »
VFW promotes driving safely
Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary from Post 2468 invite motorists to take a coffee break at the Cabin Creek Rest Area near northbound Milepost 142 on Interstate 5.Learn more »
Katheryn Elizabeth Leon and Jared Karl Barnett were joined in matrimony June 21 at the Stritzke Ranch in Roseburg. Todd Barnett of Wellspring Bible Fellowship officiated the ceremony, which was followed by a reception.Learn more »
Miranda Lozano and Peter Hanson were married June 28, attended by close family and friends.Learn more »
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG
DOOLEY — Danielle and Matthew Dooley, Roseburg July 10, a daughter, Madelyn Elizabeth Dooley, 6 pounds 2 ouncesLearn more »
Club News: Rogue-Umpqua Base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. inaugurates Base, elects member officers July 25July 21, 2014 —
Submarine vets to meet locally
The Rogue-Umpqua Base of the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated will meet at noon Friday in the Huckleberry Room at the Seven Feathers Casino Hotel, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville.Learn more »
Club News: Umpqua Valley Quilters’ Guild hosts potluck and ‘Junk in the Trunk’ sale July 26 at River ForksJuly 21, 2014 —
UVQG unites for potluck
Umpqua Valley Quilters’ Guild day and evening members will gather for a potluck picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Discovery Gardens near the entrance to River Forks Park, 3047 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg.Learn more »
Altrusa supports Heifer Project
Altrusa International of Roseburg raised $600 for the Heifer Project in Cambodia, where one in three people live in poverty and 40 percent of the children are chronically malnourished. The Heifer Project reaches out to families in eight of Cambodia’s poorest districts to break this cycle.Learn more »
VFW Post 2468 hosts potluck
Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 2468 will host a potluck at 6 p.m. Friday at the VFW Hall, 1127 N.E. Walnut St., Roseburg.Learn more »
Kudos: Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation and Whipple Foundation Fund thanked for donations to youth educationJuly 21, 2014 —
Grants support youth programs
Throughout the year, Applegate Heritage House Arts and Education provides educational opportunities for our youth with in-school programs and after-school programs.Learn more »
Supporting our local food bank
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation recently awarded a generous $7,000 donation to the South Douglas Food Bank, located in Riddle, to serve all of southern Douglas County’s communities. The food bank operates solely on donations with a cadre of caring volunteers, so this donation will allow us to purchase essential food for distribution to families in need. According to Director Jackie Villano, “We just could not function without these funds. We so much appreciate the long-term support of the tribal organization and donors in our communities to keep our shelves stocked with food.”Learn more »
Mosteller has 96th birthday
Earl Mosteller celebrated his 96th birthday by indulging in his favorite ice cream cake treat.Learn more »
DHS class of 1971 reunites
Douglas High School class of 1971 alums and their spouses are invited to Dick Heard’s ranch for an “in-between reunions” summer barbecue at 6 p.m. Saturday at 578 Rogers Road, Wilbur.Learn more »
Blessed at their
60th anniversaryLearn more »
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following marriage licenses June 19 to July 7, 2014.
Nathan William Olson, 21, and Elizabeth Jolene Watts, 20, both of Roseburg, June 19Learn more »
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ESTRADA — Talysha and Aaron Estrada, Roseburg, July 3, a son, Drayke O’Ryan Estrada, 7 pounds 15 ouncesLearn more »
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following marriage licenses June 11 to June 18, 2014.
William Henry Johnson, 78, and Barbara June Thompson, 65, both of Winston, June 11Learn more »
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following marriage licenses June 2 to June 11, 2014.
Dwight Johnathan Lee Proctor, 24, and Hailee Dezerae Gardner, 23, both of Sutherlin, June 2Learn more »
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG
WILMARTH — Ginger Most and Allen Wilmarth, Yoncalla, June 25, a son, Owen James Wilmarth, 6 pounds 13 ouncesLearn more »
Santos- Van Kirk
Bethany Santos and Joshua Van Kirk were married recently at Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Washington. Cousin of the groom’s mother, Christie Lagergren Brown of the United Methodist Church, officiated the ceremony, which was followed by a reception.Learn more »
Our community backs learning
The American Legion Auxiliary Baird-Heaton Post 152 of Oakland thanks all the individuals who purchased tickets for the American Flag afghan raffle.Learn more »
I purchased the 1919 Model TT Ford/American LaFrance chemical and hose fire engine in 2009 from Bob Taylor, the retired Healdsburg, California, fire chief. He had purchased the fire engine from the city and reassembled the vehicle.
While the fire engine had all of the parts necessary to restore the chemical tank system, much of the other fire equipment on the vehicle had disappeared over the years.Learn more »
It all started in 1958, when my parents decided to acquire a 3-acre piece of land near Bakersfield, California. The site was suitable for summer campouts.
The next two summers were spent camping and building a cabin on the property with my parents and uncle. Eventually a borrowed utility trailer was returned and my uncle bought a new 1960 Chevrolet half-ton pickup to haul the building materials to the site.Learn more »
Phil Rich of Riddle first saw the 1958 Chevrolet pickup as it sat in the front yard of a Tri City residence. The owner was ready to let it go for $1,200.
While it wasn’t an eyesore, the white and turquoise Chevy wasn’t eye candy, either. Still, its expansive rear window attracted Rich’s attention.Learn more »
Free shuttle bus rides will be available for two of Graffiti Weekend’s most popular activities.
Guests attending Saturday’s Stray Angels-River Forks Show-N-Shine at River Forks Park and Umpqua Flatheads Roseburg Graffiti Night Cruise in downtown Roseburg will be able to leave their own vehicles in larger parking lots and travel to those sites by bus.Learn more »
33rd Graffiti Weekend schedule of events
WEDNESDAYLearn more »
Graffiti2014: Roseburg’s Geoffrey Stark celebrates ’64 Corvette’s 50th birthdayJuly 8, 2014 —
Saturday won’t be the first time the goldwood yellow, 325-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette has taken a spin in the Graffiti Weekend cruise. It will, however, be the convertible’s maiden Graffiti trip as a 50-year-old.
Like Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, the G.I. Joe action figure and the film version of “Goldfinger,” this particular Sting Ray entered the world in 1964. The car has pretty much remained in Roseburg for all five decades, according to its third owner, retired dentist and Roseburg resident Geoffrey Stark.
Even more remarkable, the Corvette is a number-matching car with original parts, still wearing the paint it featured when it was driven off the lot of Hansen Motor Co. in Roseburg, Stark said.
“What I was told and what I would love to confirm is that it originally was white, and when Hansen got it, that was not a popular color,” he said. “The goldwood yellow was actually a ’65 color, so they had it painted thinking it would be easier to sell.”
Stark has a copy of the invoice showing that original owner Joe Brady traded his 1957 Chevy for the new Corvette, earning a credit of $1,580. Brady paid the balance of $3,537.10 on June 7, 1964.
Stark said he has heard that Brady was a Roseburg Forest Products foreman and is still alive, though he hasn’t been able to track him down.
“I’d love to ask him some questions about the car, such as whether it really was white originally,” Stark said.
The uncertainty hasn’t kept Stark from having a blast with the car with the C2 body style he’s admired since he was a junior driving a 1949 Plymouth back and forth to Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.
Acquiring the car was a thrill, but even better was the opportunity to get under the hood and do some of the restoration himself — under the watchful eye of a professional mechanic.
“This has been a whole new hobby for me. I missed out on the cars because I was always studying when I was a kid, and later working,” Stark said.
Now Stark shares the pleasure of the Corvette with his wife, Carol Stark, and their dog, Yogi, a 13-year-old bichon frise.
The Indiana native bought the car eight years ago, not long after telling friend Steve Stringer of Roseburg he’d always had a soft spot for the Corvette model manufactured from 1963 to ’67. Stringer got in touch shortly to say he’d found the perfect car for Stark.
“I said, ‘Wait! We were just talking. I’m not ready,’” Stark recalls. But one look at the Corvette, and he knew he had to have it.
The car’s second owner was David Hord, who died in June 2006 at the age of 54. Hord’s News-Review obituary stated that one of the highlights of his life was taking the convertible to Graffiti Weekend.
Stark said Hord bought the car from Brady around 1971. Hord kept the car under shelter and took care of it as best he could, but wasn’t able to invest in costly maintenance. Stark started by getting the brakes repaired by Gene O’Brien at Gene’s Brake & Alignment in Roseburg. From there, he said he was fortunate to get the tutelage of longtime friend and dental patient Marty Shellberg, owner of WSK Machine in Green. Mechanic Patrick Hilburn also did much of the labor on the machine work.
“Marty was kind enough and patient enough to help me work with him on the restoration,” said Stark, who still owned his dental practice at the time. “My day off was Wednesday, so it would sit there all the rest of the week waiting for me.”
Shellberg said the work was made easier by the fact that the car was “what a lot of people call ‘survivors.’ It was a good car to start with and he got all the original pieces with the car.
“A lot of people would love to have it. It handles beautifully, is a good driving car, and (Stark) spent the money and did it right.”
In addition to rebuilding the engine, Stark had the gauges, clock and radio cleaned and repaired, got a new rear axle, did work on the steering and suspension and replaced the springs, muffler and tailpipe. The seats are the original black leather.
Stark replaced the wheels and rims to ensure a smoother and safer ride. Otherwise, he wanted the car to retain its vintage character.
“What I really wanted was to get it to drive the way it would have driven in ’64,” he said.
Of course, not everything is as it was 50 years ago. Stark acknowledged he doesn’t peel out with the car as he might have done at age 17.
“I don’t want to wreck it — or wreck me,” he said.
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Graffiti2014: Winston Summer Nite Cruise continues to growJuly 8, 2014 —
WINSTON — The Winston Summer Nite Cruise is continuing to grow.
The cruise that emphasizes muscle cars, but is open to all cars, pickups and motorcycles, has increased from 175 registered entrants to 225 to 300 over the past three years.
Organizer Clay Caldwell is hopeful and optimistic the number will continue to grow during Saturday’s 27th annual gathering in downtown Winston.
The cruise is slated for 5 to 10 p.m. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. in the Grandway Shopping Center parking lot. The entry fee is $1 per vehicle, but an investment of $5 will also get each car a dash plaque. T-shirts at $15 each will also be available at registration.
“Last year was one of our best cruises,” Caldwell said. “The traffic was calmer. Only two tickets were written to people being out of line with their cars. In previous years more had been written.
“People were real courteous of each other, everything went smooth and even the police department commented favorably on it,” he added.
Caldwell explained that there had been concerns expressed in the past about traffic control on the Winston cruise course, but that more volunteers along the 4-mile course are helping to monitor traffic control.
“I just hope everybody comes out and has a really good time,” said Caldwell, president of the Winston-Dillard Area Festival Association. “I’m expecting a lot of fun.”
While the cruise does attract mainly classic cars, the event is open to all vehicles, including trucks and four-wheel-drives. That’s different than Roseburg’s Saturday night cruise, which is restricted to cars and pickups dated 1975 or earlier.
“There’s no limitations on cars, the variety of cars, but most of them are older,” Caldwell said. “Winston gets more of the muscle cars, the ones from the ’60s and ’70s. There is an emphasis on muscle cars. People in Winston love muscle.”
From the Grandway parking lot, the cruise route proceeds west on Highway 42, right on Abraham Street to Lookingglass Road, right to Old Highway 99 and then back to the center of town.
Music is scheduled at three locations along the cruise route: Velvet Whiskey will play at Civic Wayside Park from 6 to 8 p.m., Winston Drive In will host a live band and a resident on Abraham Avenue will host a front yard barbecue and band.
Vendors, mainly offering food, will be set up in Civic Park.
“We’ve had a great deal of support from sponsors and some people who are not members of the association have stepped up and wanted to help,” Caldwell said. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm and support.”
More information on the cruise can be obtained by calling Caldwell at 541-530-7862.
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Graffiti2014: 1931 Model A Roadster Demo has long history of cruises, parades and picnicsJuly 8, 2014 —
This is no doubt that the oldest demonstrator in existence is a 1931 Model A Roadster.
In 1931, schoolteacher Ruby Coryell had a 1928 Chevrolet that burned up in a Myrtle Creek garage. She needed a car, and Ford had a 1931 Model A that was being used as a demo. They let her have the Ford to drive until her insurance came in on the Chevy. Five weeks passed, and one day they told her the money was in — $210. She said she would put it on the Ford and keep it.
She drove the Ford until 1949, when she kept the license and insurance on it, but parked it in the garage.
Ruby taught my mother in the 12th grade in Lake-view in 1917.
I was trying to buy the car for years, but Ruby said no. She said if she sold her car she would be afoot.
I finally said: “I’ll buy your car, but leave it in your garage and you won’t be afoot. You’ll have the car, the money and you won’t be afoot.”
That was the nail hit on the head. I bought it Sept. 27, 1964. She had it 33 years and I’ve had it for 50 years. It is 83.
Some time passed and one day I asked Ruby if I could take it down and get it painted. She said yes.
So I cranked over the battery a few times and bingo. It started.
After the paint job, Ruby rode with us many times to parades and picnics.
Finally the day came when all of her distant relatives were coming to move her out of her home. She was over 90 then. She wrote me a letter (I still have it) that told me to come and get my car from her place. I did.
I have the original title that states she paid $29 a month. The car was paid off in Portland in 1933.
All of this info is on the title, typed on the second of August 1931. The info was added before the title was sent to her.
So I drove the Ford for 30 years in parades and tours. But after three decades of special events, I got tired of washing, cleaning and polishing the car and put it in storage on myson’s property in Canyonville.
It’s a standard roadster, but with a 2-inch taller windshield. There’s a spare tire on the back, but no rumble seat and no cowl lights.
Choppers would love to get it into their chop shop. As long as I’m alive, that will never happen.
Fred Young, 87, of Oakland was a charter member of the Cascade Historical Motor Club that was established in Roseburg in 1960. Young drove the 1931 Model A Roadster in the first several Graffiti Weekend cruises on Harvard Avenue in Roseburg.