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Diphtheria outbreak, Nixon gets the nod, at last a name, new Record staff

 

November 8, 2018

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President Richard Nixon and wife Thelma Catherine "Pat" Nixon enjoy a ticker tape parade.

100 years ago

The Odessa Record

November 8, 1918

Teachers to Have Full Salary. School teachers who are ready and willing to continue teaching shall receive pay for the period they are relieved of school work by reason of the influenza quarantine, unless otherwise specified in the contract, Assistant Attorney General Fairbrook ruled today in answer to a query from Prosecuting Attorney Baily, of Mason county.

Fairbrook holds that the teacher's contract governs but in case the contract does not cover the point specifically, teachers who are relieved of duty, either by order of the Board of Instructors closing the school or by order of the State Board of Health shall be paid in full just as if they were teaching.

Diphtheria breaks out. This Mr. Mrs. William Easton took diphtheria and Mrs. Smolkowiski, of Odessa, Mrs. Eason's mother, came down to nurse them. She and others took the serum treatment and no serious results followed. No others took the disease. Two of the Eason children had the influenza and two others escaped entirely. They are all up now and ready to go out as soon as the quarantine is lifted. Mr. W. Armstrong and L. A. Dunning, who were exposed, were released after a few days.

Mrs. Eason states that they have no idea how the disease started. Harrington Citizen.

Americans at Chateau – Thierry target for the first time in major operation. The fifth German offensive of 1918, after a month of costly delay, was finally launched on the evening of 'France's national holiday, launched last Sunday night, by more than 40, of the best divisions the German high command could muster, on a 50 mile front that stretched from Chateau-Thierry up around the stubborn citadel of Rheims and eastward into Champagne.

The next morning at dawn the German infantry began its dogged advance. The setting of the same sun that looked down on the advance saw the Allied forces pushing the Germans back through the slight reaches of territory that they had gained in the impetus of their first rush.

The great drive was broken the day it began. By the end of the first 48 hours of fighting, the offensive bore many of the earmarks of an historic check. By that time, the greatest depth of the hostile advance was no more than five miles, and that was narrow indentation in the unbroken Allied front.

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75 years ago

The Odessa Record

November 11, 1943

Back to normalcy. Industry's eagerness to get back to peacetime operation is seen in the deluge of mail received by the chemical division of WPB. Theme of every letter is: Unlace the straight jacket and give us a chance to expand.

This pressure hits the chemical division more than any other because of the tight control which that division has exercised over the industry, and also because of the tremendous future of plastics and other developments in the chemical filed.

Controls are so tight that no materials may be bought or sold without clearance with WPB, and in the course of getting clearance, the applicant must state a lot of intimate facts about his business, including buying price, selling price, profit and inventories.

The real meaning of the complaint is that the industry is not worried about paper work so much as it is worried about limitation on profits. Under government control, prices are held down by the fact that sales are limited to war needs, but when this restriction is removed, the demand for chemical materials will be terrific and profits will go through the ceiling.

Losses Are Only Material. There are times in every life when a person seems to suffer a great loss. It may be the death of a loved one, the departure of a friend, the loss of a home. Each seems a great loss until we analyze it, then we can see that it was no loss.

Each season seems to bring its losses. Today we are deprived of the flowers of the spring and summer season. But, are we? No, we have their memories and about as we have the new coloring of the autumn. It is not a loss but a fulfillment.

We mourn the loss of a loved one? There, one would say, is a definite loss. In the deeper sense of the word it is no loss. It is no loss; it is merely a climax of the life we were privileged to lead together.

Memories prevent such from becoming losses. Even as we remember the flowers of summer, so the joys of life among loved ones remain in memory long after separation.

The loss of a home represents a material loss. It is something that has to be replaced, at a cost. Material losses can occur.

Losses then are only material things. There can be no losses among the spiritual things. As long as memory can continue to cherish, there is no loss.

Postmaster warns of mail delays. Delivery of the annual flood of Christmas gifts and cards on time, always a serious problem, will be more than a problem this year, it will be an impossibility, unless Christmas mailings are made largely in November, Postmaster General Frank C. I Walker warned today.

Transportation facilities are burdened to the limit with war materials and personnel and the postal service has sent more than 31,000 experienced employees into the army and navy, Mr. Walker said. The only solution to the Christmas problem is, "Mail in November."

Mark your parcels, "Do Not Open Until Christmas." This is the only way to avoid disappointment on Christmas day not only for many civilians, but also for millions of the armed forces who are still in this country.

Odessa quiet for Armistice Day. Odessa will be a quiet town for the Armistice day observance today, with 1 only the American Legion banquet scheduled.

The Odessa high school football team is appearing at Ritzville, where a flag dedication and football game will make the afternoon and a dance complete the evening.

Stores are closing to honor the occasion and residents will devote their time to hunting, resting or attending the Ritzville game. Those going to the game are urged to buy their tickets before leaving here, so the local school can receive credit.

Members of the American Legion and the Auxiliary will gather at the legion hall tonight for the annual dinner, with all local discharged veterans from the present war as guests.

Paul Fiess becomes Army Lieutenant. Aviation Cadet Paul E. Fiess, Marlin was a member of a class recently graduated from the advanced flying school at Yuma, Arizona and has been commissioned a second lieutenant and flight officer and has been given the coveted silver wings, symbolical of the aeronautical rating of pilot.

Before entering the advanced school at Yuma, he had completed his primary and basic training at Mesa Del Ray, King City, Calif. and Chico Army Flying school, Chico, Calif.

Prior to being called for aviation' cadet training, Lt. Fiess served in the enlisted ranks at Minter field, Baker-field, Calif. He attended Marlin high school, where he received six letters in sports and was elected captain of the basketball team.

Lt. Fiess is one of three brothers in the armed services. One brother, Emanuel, was reported missing in September, and the other, Rudolph, is with a medical detachment in over-seas duty.

Poor 'PA" Watson. Toughest job White House Secretary Maj. Gen. Edwin ("Pa") Watson of the White House secretariat has to tackle each day is keeping the President's appointment schedule on time.

Frequently FDR will sit talking to an old friend for 15 or 20 minutes over the allotted time and that snarls the White House schedule for the rest of the day.

This is hard on the general's nervous system, especially when big wigs from the war or navy departments are waiting to discuss military matters. On such occasions Watson is not above barging in and breaking up the conference.

The other day when the President's old friend, Governor Bob Kerr of Oklahoma, was overstaying his time-through no fault of his own Watson walked in and began to parade nervously about the room.

"Well, here's the undertaker, Mr. President," grinned Kerr, catching the hint. "If one of your callers gets so he doesn't move, 'Pa' will move him.''

Roosevelt laughingly motioned Watson to a chair.

"Sit down and talk to us for awhile, General," he said. We're having a very interesting conversation."

With a sigh, Watson took a chair.

50 years ago

The Odessa Record

November 7, 1968

Plan Holiday Bazaar for December 7th. The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, meeting October 23rd with 14 members present, discussed the annual Holiday Bazaar which will be held on the first Saturday in December, the 7th, in the grade school multi-purpose room. There will be baked food, fancy work, gifts and a white elephant department from which to choose. Committees will be named by Pres. Freda Braun before the next meeting.

It was mentioned that members should package all food. Each member is asked to bring a coffee cake for serving at lunch. Anyone interested in donating articles for sale is welcomed to do so again this year. In former years many people in the community have given articles to help in the Bazaar sales.

A number of new books have arrived which sell for $1.00 each. They include a cook book of ground beef recipes which is reported to be quite intriguing and a school record book for children from kindergarten through grade 12. The latter would make a nice Christmas gift for school children, it is indicated.

The books may be secured from any Auxiliary member or the president.

Warning given on dumping of garbage. The Lincoln County Commissioners, Health department and Sheriff's office have been receiving complaints in regard to the dumping of trash and garbage along public roads and on private property, Comm. Fred Stehr reports. In addition to the above, other complaints have referred to dead animals left above the ground to decay.

Both of the conditions are in violation of State and County regulations. Penalties for offenders are involved. A little investigation by the Sheriff or Health Office usually discloses the offender, Stehr said.

The law is not the important facet of such dumping. Stehr emphasized, but the fact that rats and flies thrive as the result of such acts is important. Rats and flies are a source of human and animal disease. This type of dump-cannot be tolerated.

Nixon gets the nod. At noon Wednesday predictions were Nixon-Agnew were taking the Popular and Electoral College vote for President of the United States. Warren Magnuson was reelected in the state as a Senator in Congress; however, in this area Jack Metcalf was within 20 votes. Tom Foley was declared the winner as Congressman of District 5, getting the nod in this area also.

Dan Evans has been reelected Governor of the State of Washington, however some of the other state contests were still in question. Elmer Huntley was reelected Senator from Legislative District 9 and Otto Amen had no opposition for State Representative in the Legislature.

Incumbent Bud Olsen of Davenport was headed for reelection in the county as Commissioner. Fred Stehr had no opposition.

Incumbent Richard Ennis retains his seat as Superior Court Judge although opposed by the write-in candidacy of William A. Zellmer, Prosecuting Attorney. Zellmer carried all four local precincts.

The pill that's hard to swallow is the fact that taxpayers apparently had defeated not only the proposition for funds for a Kindergarten and school bus repair shop, but also the general operation and maintenance levy-Proposition 1.

A 60 percent majority is required to validate this election. North Odessa voters marked ballots to a tie: 94-94. West Odessa voters approved 111 to 80, but a vote of 114 yes would be required to validate this precinct.

East Odessa voters barely squeaked by giving 131 yes to 99 no, however, again 128 were required. At Lamona the levy was approved 38 to 21 with 35 needed for the 60 percent.

When boy meets car. About the only thing standing between a youngster and a car is one small word. That word is "no." It's the parents who must say it and say it often, especially during the school year. An Allstate study covering 30 high schools and 20,000 students, explains why: 1. The more evenings a week the car is used the lower a Youngster's grades fall. 2. Good students who go over-board on cars suffer the sharpest drop in grades. 3. If pleasure driving is permitted during the school week grades are certain to tumble.

These days scholastic failure can ruin a youngster's future by closing the door to career opportunities that require a certain level of formal education. So failing to say "no" to your child may condemn him to a second-rate future.

If you allow a teenager to wriggle free of parental "interference" by buying his own car you'll almost certainly be guaranteeing a drop in scholarship. It's often the poorest students who own their own cars, and the longer they own them the less chance they have of improving their grades. Whatever the scholastic ability of a youngster, ownership of a car tends to drop him down one grade. An A student becomes a "B student and so forth. And when he has a job the drop is quicker and farther, frequently to the failing level. Most teenage boys who hold jobs do so to earn money for car upkeep. They work even longer hours than do other job-holding youngsters, thus consuming any left-over time they ordinarily might have for study.

Being too lenient with your children's driving can also condemn them to visits to police stations, hospitals, or worse. The Allstate study showed that 34 percent of the senior boys polled had been involved in accidents. If this figure seems high, consider the fact that teenage drivers-both boys and girls-are considered to have about a 90 percent chance of a crackup over a three-year period. Youngsters do have an amazing ability to react quickly in situations of danger. But this ability is easily canceled out by lack of judgment.

On the other hand, young drivers who have completed a high school driver education course can be very good motorists indeed. A survey made in Lansing, Michigan, proves this point. Michigan safety experts compared the 1960 accident records of 5295 high school-trained drivers with the records of 50,915 older drivers. The young drivers were discovered to have had 20 percent fewer accident than did the older motorists.

Much more can be done to help teenage drivers. Educators, police, judges, social workers and concerned mothers and fathers would all agree that the following suggestions can be of great value to young people: 1. Assert your authority right from the start and be consistent. Work out a plan with your youngster. 2. Restrict social use of the car to weekends, allowing for those exceptions that may crop up. 3. Withhold full car privileges from a 16-year-old for at least a year. 4. Generally speaking, don't allow a teenager to have his own car until after he graduates from high school. 5. Don't let your son hold a job just to pay for extended use of the car. 6. See that your child completes a driver education course. 7. Don't relax control after a youngster completes a driving course or even when he graduates. 8. And most important, be a good driver yourself. The example you set can be the best lesson of all for your child.

25 years ago

The Odessa Record

November 4, 1993

At last a name after 52 years. Odessa has a habit of not calling its streets by their proper of names. Since the town was established, First Avenue has rarely been referred to by that name. "Main Street" seems to be good enough for most.

During the recent debate about the Alder Street arterial, few people were comfortable with that name. "The street out of town to the south" or "the street at the side of the Old Town Hall" meant more to them.

For 52 years, ever since its dedication on September 20, 1941. Odessa's play field has been just that, "the play field." Or sometimes it was "the football field." Actually, the Odessa school facility was named at the time of the dedication, Finney Field.

The name was in honor of George W. Finney, the "father of Odessa." He was the first settler and platted the town in 1899. He built much of downtown Odessa. He was a benefactor of many community causes.

Among these was his donation of the land to the Odessa school district for the building of a new play field. This was almost forgotten as succeeding generations grew up here.

Earlier this year, at the behest of Pat Gies, who urged that the Finney family be remembered, the Odessa School Board took up the matter of sign-age for the play field to help people familiarize them-selves with its proper name. The board ordered signs made and posted on each side of the field, which encompasses an eight-block area.

Late last month the signs went up. They are in orange and black, Odessa's school colors. One is on the chain-link fence at the foot of Fifth Avenue, that's "the street that runs past Harvey Delzer's". The other is on the fence at the northwest corner of the field, "across from the Odessa Historisches Museum" or in correct parlance, the corner of Fourth Avenue and Elm Street.

County group organizes, By SUSAN DUNCAN WSU Area Extension Agent. With domestic violence crimes on the increase in Lincoln County, a group of concerned county authorities gathered recently to organize the Lincoln County Domestic Violence Coalition.

The group will strive "to ensure that the appropriate identification and treatment resources are available locally for domestic violence offenders and victims and then an adequate, consistent prevention, referral and monitoring system is in place."

Attending the organizational meeting were Karen Berhardi, Family Resource Center; Dan Berry, Sheriff; Will Berry, DSHS; Ron Shepherd and Lynn Guhlke, of the prosecuting attorney's office; Bernice Gutknecht, private counselor; Vicky Harris, Juvenile Court; Jim Lippold and Vic Paulson, Counseling Center; Diane Martin, Health Department; Jan Wiggins and Jim Preston, Drug and Alcohol Center; Stan Reider, of the Sheriff's Department and Susan Duncan, WSU Cooperative Extension.

They decided that more people should be involved such as volunteer representatives of the public and representatives from local schools.

Several activities are seen as needed if the newly organized group is to complete its mission. I volunteered to coordinate the program until it is operating successfully. Accurate data, information from model working programs and information from treatment providers would be helpful for developing resources.

The Domestic Violence Coalition hopes to see relevant inter agency working agreements, community awareness of all services available and improved coordination of information between all concerned audiences, including those for victims and offenders.

Members of the coalition felt that prevention programs and identification of children for help should be utilized in schools. Multifaceted service program must be available to high risk kids and their families. Scheduled, organized and planned anger management, codependency, parenting and professional education classes must be available. Victim support and advocates, as well as a safe house should be developed. They felt it was important to encourage third party witnesses so criminal cases can proceed once initiated.

The law says Lincoln County must adopt and implement policy and procedures of a treatment plan as described in WAC388-60-140 for domestic violence offenders. It was felt that an assessment for alcohol/chemical dependency of all domestic violence offenders and a victim awareness group and or panel would be beneficial.

The group felt that provisions for transportation to essential programs, counseling and medical appointments must be made.

The coalition hopes to ensure a consistent, standardized enforcement and referral process. A program where law enforcement and the judicial system are supportive of the treatment is essential, there should be someone to make sure court ordered conditions are met.

Many of the programs discussed at the meeting are already in place, at least to some degree, but many are not. Refinement of the coalition's plans is due to be completed on November 8,1993.

Three appointed to staff of the Record. Appointment of a new reporter, bookkeeper and a proofreader were announced by The Odessa Record.

Joyce McClanahan has joined the staff as a reporter. She will produce the Odessa Scene page, which appears weekly, and will produce other feature stories for the newspaper, including the popular "At Home With. . ." and "Where Are They Now?" columns.

McClanahan and her husband David moved to Odessa from Olympia as retirees earlier this year. David is a retired federal employee, and Joyce held several office positions, some with government agencies.

Linda Burghard has been named bookkeeper in The Record's business office. She has had wide experience in this field. She is also in the accounting department of the office of the Odessa Town Clerk. Burghard will coordinate the accounting procedures at The Record, which have recently been computerized.

Mary Kern is announced as a new staff member. As the proof-reader, she will go over The Record's copy each week with a sharp eye to correct typographical and grammatical errors.

She is well qualified for this duty. She has been reading proof on a part-time basis at the newspaper for several months. In the past, she taught in the Odessa and Wilson Creek schools. She also is a Realtor licensed to practice in Indiana, where she resided for several years.

Mary is a native of Odessa and a member of the pioneer Geissler family. She is chairman of the board of commissioners of Lincoln Hospital District #1.

 

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