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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 16, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Aug. 16, 1919


Portland, Ore., Aug. 16. — More than two score of forest fires were burning today in the McKenzie river country and Douglas county, in Oregon and in Clark county, Washington, according to reports received today at forest service headquarters here.

Shortage of fire fighters still was handicapping the fight against the flames in the Eugene region where six of the nearly 40 fires were reported uncontrolled. Most of the blazes, however, were not considered dangerous.

Reports from Douglas county stated that a fire a half mile northeast of Canyonville threatened some farm houses near the town and that all available fighters had been sent to combat the flames. A heavy smoke pall hung over the country.

Fires were reported from almost all sections of Clark county, Washington. The blaze which broke out briskly late yesterday, near Washougal, for a time threatened large quantities of standing grain on the Kern brothers ranch but finally was checked with little damage to grain and was under control today. Unless a wind makes it dangerous it will be out within a few days, it was predicted.

A forest fire near Burton, Wash., burned 100 cords of wood and 100 acre of timber late yesterday and endangered the home of H. C. Paulson for a time. It was reported burning in a different direction today, unchecked.


Salem, Ore., Aug. 16. — Residents of Riddle, Douglas county, are said here to be preparing to file suit to restrain the state highway commission and contractors from proceeding with the construction of the road known as the Canyonville cutoff. This highway is a deviation from the main north and south trunk road thru the state and eliminates the town of Riddle.

A Roseburg attorney was here today in connection with the matter.

The residents of Riddle are said to be indignant as a result of the action of the highway commission, and a mass meeting was held there a few weeks ago to offer formal protest, and a committee was appointed to present the grievances to the Douglas county court. Some time later another delegation from Riddle appeared before the state highway commission but without favorable results.

The first step in the legal proceedings, it is believed, will be a petition asking the court to issue an order restraining the contractors from proceeding with the work.

Under the ruling of the commission the new road will connect with the present Pacific highway a short distance south of Myrtle Creek, eliminating Riddle as far as benefits of tourist travel are concerned.

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