This Week in Coos County History: June 24-27 | Local News

Bandit robs a Coquille cafe and flees

Holds Jack Guyton, Marshal Parrott and Restaurant Manager Foster

Ate a meal before he shot the house

Coolly collected $19 from the till and about $3 each from the reporter and the cop

Good description given of an unknown young man who pulled off a daring heist at 11.30pm last night

COQUILLE — Very poor judgment was exercised by a robber last night when he chose a press man and a night policeman as victims. The stranger robbed the Foster Bros. restaurant. in Coquille around 11:30 p.m. Sunday evening. He received $19 from the cashier of the restaurant but was satisfied with a contribution of $2.50 from the journalist and two or three dollars in cash handed over by the policeman. He did not attempt to search anyone and only took what was produced and escaped.

The thief was probably between 23 and 24 years old, nearly six feet tall, and apparently of heavy build. He had black hair, a flowery complexion, and looked good. He was neatly dressed, wearing a gray suit, a dark colored jacket and a black slouch hat.

The whole procedure was rather unusual as the guy made no attempt to hide. William Foster and his wife were on duty at the restaurant at the time. The stranger came in and ordered a sandwich and a coffee and sat down between the two customers and stayed for quite a while. Night trooper Parrott and Jack Guyton of the Coos Bay Times had lingered outside their cafe discussing with Mr Foster the excessive price of bacon and the high cost of living.

The stranger eventually got off the stool and walked over to the cash register, apparently to pay. Instead he pulled out a .38 automatic and pointed it at Mr. Foster told him to put the money back in the ledger. This was not noticed by the other two customers who were still talking. The guy came back and told Guyton to give him what he had and pointed the gun. The action was so unexpected that an argument was attempted, but the thief seemed unwilling to discuss the details of the case and, with a gunshot, suggested there was no time lost. Mr Guyton explained that a very bad victim had been selected, but the thief said he wanted what was available.

Need more fire gear here

Chief Davis asks Council to arrange a service

Last night Fire Chief JW Davis asked Marshfield City Council to consider ordering additional equipment for the fire department. He said he was talking about it now because the recent fire had shown it was necessary.

Among the needs he suggested were:

Arrangement of the quarters of the town hall so that at least six men can sleep there and be available to respond immediately to calls for fire.

Hood and ladder equipment and extra hose.

Horse cart, gas masks or smoke helmets and a tower.

Mr. Davis said he did not think it appropriate to incur the expense of $4,000 to mount the old fire truck on a motorized device. However, Mr. Davis believed that the council could provide for some of the other needs in the new budget or even consider issuing some of the bonds that voters approved in a special election.

Curry County famous dance

Main amusement of the people of this locality

Events typically last most of the night and are popular with customers

GOLD BEACH – When it comes to dancing, Curry County has the world beat. The dance must be from Curry County. Baseball may be the great American game, but in Curry, dancing surely takes its place. Marshfield’s fire hall is not compared to the dances of Curry County. Attendance numbers may be higher in cities, but regardless of numerical qualifications, patrons of dances in this section are surely having fun.

In the cities, there are ordinances requiring that ballrooms close at noon. No nonsense in Curry County. At midnight here, the dances are just beginning, and 3 a.m. is not considered late. Four o’clock as the break time is not unusual and in rural districts daylight usually extinguishes coal lighting before the music stops.

Everyone is having a good time. The youngsters never seem to get tired of dancing and the music goes on as long as someone wants to stay and the boys go home and change their clothes to do their milking or go about their business without a blink of an eye.

Some towns have very good orchestras, but in the countryside the fiddlers of old come into play and surely some of those old timers can play the fiddle. They may not have modern jazz, but for old school dance music they are right there.

The Coquille masons lay the first stone

Drills held at the county seat today

Many from Marshfield, Bandon and Myrtle Point are present at the ceremony

A large number of masons traveled to Coquille from Coos Bay today to watch drills in the laying of the cornerstone for the new building which is being erected by Chadwick Lodge No. 68, AF & AM of Coquille. In addition to members of the Blue Lodge, the Templars of Marshfield were present in uniform. Many more from Bandon and Myrtle Point attended.

The radio school to start

A school to teach radio and telegraphy will be founded by LL Thomas, who arranges a large room for this purpose above his store. A broadcast radio has been ordered. The school will be run by Marshfield alumnus Mason Mears, who has extensive experience.

Mr. Mears started as an operator on the steamer Redondo in 1911. He was on the flagship of the Pacific Postal Line between San Francisco and Panama. He was on a ship heading to the South Seas Islands and also on the Geo. W. Elder and a number of other ships on the coast and eastward, and on a ship running to France during the submarine warfare.

Broadbent maiden chosen 1972 Coos Fair Queen

MYRTLE POINT – Rosemary Edwards, a pretty and poised 18-year-old from Broadbent was crowned the 1972 Coos County Fair Queen on Saturday night as part of the 16th annual Coos County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse Shodeo and Queen’s Coronation Ball.

Two 16-year-old Bay Area girls were selected earlier by the judges for the 1972 Fair Queen Court and received the 1972 Coos County Fair Princesses titles.

Pledging to “make the Coos County Fair as well known as it should be”, Queen Rosemary accepted her scepter from the 1971 Fair Queen, Queen Robin Laird.

Sandy Easley, Coos Bay, and Cheryl Seiwald, North Bend, were nominated to reign with Queen Rosemary at the 57th Annual Coos County Fair.

A bridge artist writes a national comic

Mary Worth takes shape and breathes life into her in a secluded valley near Bridge, where sketches are drawn for the daily and weekly comic strip of the same name.

Mary Worth is the central character of the strip, a matron who steps into the murky waters of other people’s lives and helps solve many confusing agendas.

Ken Ernst, who is building a new home on Big Creek Road, is the artist bringing it to life under writer Allen Saunders, who lives almost across the continent.

CB-NB Athletics Fall Season Opener

LEWISTON, Ida. – If the season opener between Lewiston and Coos Bay-North Bend is any indication of what awaits North West League fans this season, prepare for the unexpected. Almost anything can happen. That’s exactly what happened Thursday night in Lewiston as the Broncos handed CB-NB an 11-5 loss in the league opener for both clubs.

A Northwest League record was tied as CB-NB’s John Brownlee uncorked six wild pitches in 2 ½ innings to tie a record set by William Vandever of Medford in 1968 when he pitched against Eugene.

Two other action items – back-to-back home runs by Lewiston in the first inning and a triple play by CB-NB in ​​the eighth – kept the 949 fans on the edge of their chairs during the Wils and Wooley contest.

Looney finishes sixth in national decathlon

Marshfield’s Ben Looney couldn’t move up the standings on Wednesday, finishing sixth in the national junior decathlon in Berkeley, Calif.

Looney’s two-day total for the event was 6,326 points, a personal best of over 200 points, but well below his goal of 6,700 points.

Looney, 17, was among the youngest competitors, who could be as young as 19 and included several students.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Hunter Fales, Looney’s trainer with the Pre Track Club.

“Several coaches commented on his focus and the way he handled the competition for his first competition at this type of level. Certainly it is a national level competition and he handled it very, very well.

Looney was third in the 1,500 with a time of 4:38.83, fifth in the high hurdles (16.57) and pole vault (12-9 ½) and sixth in the javelin (146-9).

These stories were found in the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum Newspaper Repository stored at Marshfield High School.

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