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50 years ago – A 17-year-old businessman takes possession of the Franko gas station


August 3, 1922

Bernard Ramsey, a recent graduate of Willamette University Law School, will open a law office this week in the First National Bank building. He will be associated with GW Sammons.

Mr. Ramsey acquired an enviable reputation as a student as well as a public speaker during his college studies. For the past three years, he has featured prominently in state oratory competitions and last year he was voted the state’s top college speaker.

Mr. GW Sammons, his partner, has worked for the Business Adjustment Company of Salem for three years and is also a graduate of Willamette University School of Law. Mr. Sammons is a specialist in collection and the new law firm will make a specialty of it.


August 3, 1972

Donald Kraus, a 17-year-old Madras businessman, took over ownership of the Franko gas station in south Madras with the help of his brother, Francis, a Miller Ford salesman. Francis has co-signed for his brother and only intervenes on paper.

Donald Kraus worked for a year and a half in the work experience program at Madras High School for former owner Ray Powell. Powell put the station up for sale, so to secure his job, Kraus bought the business.

Kraus, who handles all of the aid and financing recruitment, quotes Romona Hatfield of the US National Bank: “Ms. Kraus plans to finish high school but has made no specific plans regarding the future. Kraus works a split shift himself, leaving only one shift to pay wages. Kraus said : “This first week allowed me to earn my living.”


August 6, 1997

A powerful rainstorm last week caused flooding in streets around Madras and in some businesses.

At the Schwab Tire Center, the back shop in the main building was flooded. The alignment center, located just south of the main building, also had several inches of water.

Erickson’s Sentry Market also experienced flooding, particularly in the warehouse area at the back of the store, the assistant manager said.

The rain last Tuesday evening, July 29, fell with great intensity. In some places in the city, an inch and a half fell in just a few hours; other places, such as the airport, recorded just under an inch of rain.

Tenth and Eleventh Streets, Cowden Street near the hospital, Grizzly Road near C, and Second Street south of J, among other roads, experienced significant flooding.

Dennis Bushlach, who lives in Cowden, said his residence was not damaged by the water, but the landscaping was affected.

“We get water from all the areas that are paved above us,” Bushlach said.

City officials visited the Cowden Street area during the storms to get a sense of the extent of the runoff problem.

“We would like to see something done about that because there will be more development,” Bushlach said.

Other problem areas were the Culver Freeway and a cul-de-sac in the Juniper Crest Subdivision. Willow Creek did not experience flooding.

Some of the unimproved gravel roads around Madras were also damaged.

“It was a high intensity storm.” He said, adding that it was perhaps the most intense – in terms of rainfall rate – he had seen in his ten years of public works.

The storm hit just hours after the new trees were planted along Fifth Street.

Rain last Tuesday fell at a rate above the design flow for the city’s storm drain, said Jerry Breazeale, director of public works.

The trees ended up lying on the ground because of all the water. They had to be replanted, but were not damaged, Breazeale said.

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