100 years ago

Dec. 5, 1918 — Land eliminated from Deschutes Forest

On November 27 the president signed a proclamation eliminating approximately 46,062 acres from the Deschutes national forest, Oregon. The main area affected comprises a tract about 7 miles square, situated near the present southwest corner of the forest. This tract is practically a solid body of privately owned land having become alienated as the result of consolidation of forest lands through the means of land exchange between the government and certain private land owners. Of all the lands excluded nearly 90 per cent of the total area is privately owned, only about 4,600 acres of government lands being affected. These areas were shown to have little value for national forest purposes, while at the same time containing agricultural possibilities.

75 years ago

Dec. 9, 1943 — Capt. Rex Barber Awarded Navy Cross For Spectacular Heroism in Battle

Capt. Rex T. Barber, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Barber of Culver, has been awarded the navy cross, which ranks second only to the congressional medal of honor, the navy department announced Monday. The award was made for extraordinary heroism.

Capt. Barber, a P-38 fighter pilot of the army air forces, already has been decorated by army air forces for spectacular heroism in the Solomons. While attached to a marine fighter command last April 18, the Culver pilot, then a first lieutenant, attacked two Japanese bombers and six fighters over the Solomons. He destroyed one bomber at such close range that explosion fragments lodged in the wings of his plane and also shot down an escorting fighter.

50 years ago

Dec. 11, 1968 — Brown fifth-graders cut video tape of Macbeth

The 29 members of Sheri Koehler’s fifth grade class at Brown School made a study of Elizabethan English before attempting the production of a special adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a video taped TV show. Lines in the play are all in Elizabethan English as originally written by Shakespeare.

The class also designed and produced the set and costumes and, under Mrs. Koehler’s direction, came up with a video tape they were proud to show their parents on closed-circuit TV Monday night.

25 years ago

Dec. 8, 1993 — Man pleads 1st Amendment in seat belt case

The First Amendment is not a protection against defying the state’s mandatory seat belt law.

District Court Judge Greg Hendrix last week denied a Redmond man’s motion to dismiss a charge for failure to use a seat belt based on religious grounds.

Ward A. Lowe was found guilty of the charge despite entering a motion to dismiss based on religious grounds.

“Any punishment dealt me in this case would constitute a violation of one of the most sacred rights granted to me by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution...,” Lowe’s motion read.

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, and Lowe said his decision not to wear a seat belt is based on his belief in God.

“God decides who will check out when,” Lowe said Friday. “I don’t believe a seat belt will change his mind at all.”

Lowe’s motion pointed out that driving an automobile without using a seat belt does not endanger other’s rights.

“...And" class="auto" target="_blank">Newstext">“...And in view of my certain knowledge and faith in my God to preserve my life and limb or destroy the same as He wills, and my unequivocal lack of faith in a nylon strap to alter God’s will, I claim protection from prosecution on this charge,” the motion read.

In his supporting arguments, Low said the state’s mandatory seat belt law “clearly exceeds the state’s authority to regulate the individual’s liberty where the rights of another may be impinged.”

Lowe said he was saddened by the judge’s denial of his motion.