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Klamath history photo — Laird's Landing

100 years ago

L. S. Robbins, who has recently arrived from Portland, is to have charge of the new Klamath Falls Athletic Club, which is now being fitted up in the room beneath the K. K. K. Store at the corner of Fifth and Main streets.

Robbins has been associated with the Juvenile Court with Judge Ben Lindsey and has had other work with young boys which has fitted him for this particular work. One pool table has already been secured and is being set up in the new quarters, where there will be all sorts of games and athletic apparatus for the boys who have time to spare for these things. It is expected that the rooms will be opened in a few days.

— Evening Herald, Feb. 12, 1919

50 years ago

Music from the courts of Spain and the Low countries, madrigals of the Italian Renaissance, lusty songs and dances of 15th century Germany will be a few of the highlights during the New York Pro Musica concert scheduled Thursday at 8 p.m. at Mills School Auditorium.

This will be the third concert of the season, sponsored by the Community Concert Association.

Pro Musica was founded in 1953 by the late Noah Greenberg, who remained its musical director until his death in 1966. Since that time the ensemble has performed some 200 concerts under the direction of Dr. John White.

Pro Musica was formed with the purpose of proving that early music could become a vital force in modern times

— Herald and News, Feb. 12, 1969

25 years ago

The shortest distance between two points is not always a straight line — as Klamath Falls International Airport learned Thursday night when a Russian airplane bound for Peru went through customs here.

The Yak-40 jet looks much like an American Boeing 727 airliner, but is distinguished by an unfamiliar alphabet and the mark of a hammer and sickle with wings.

Seven Russians on board, flight crew members and technicians, joined two Peruvians representing Expreso Aereo, a commuter flight company based in Lima, Peru. They were also accompanied by a U S. Army lieutenant.

Some of the passengers wore American-style jeans, most had big fur hats. They planned to fly out of Klamath Falls at about 11 a.m. today after the jet, which also carried many spare parts, was de-iced and refueled.

The jet left Siberia — where the temperature was 45 degrees below zero Celsius — and stopped at Anchorage, Alaska, and in Canada before coming to Klamath Falls. The plane was headed on to Mexicali, Mexico, from here.

Martin Perochena, general manager of Expreso Aereo, said this will be his father’s company’s first Russian airplane. He said the company uses five planes, mostly American-made.

U.S. Customs Inspector Don Mantlo said they chose Klamath Falls because it fit their flight plan well. “Their mileage is worked out carefully,” he said.

— Herald and News, Feb. 11, 1994

History note: Two weeks later, on Feb. 25, 1994, the Expreso Aereo Yakovlev Yak-40, just recently delivered to the airline, struck Mount Carpish six minutes after leaving Tingo Maria for Lima, killing all 26 passengers and five crew members.

10 years ago

Klamath Union High School students often wore the Great Depression on their backs.

“Some of the clothes we wore to school were patches on patches,” said Bob Elliott, a 1932 KU graduate. “No one ever referred to that.”

Elliott, now 96, remembers a difficult time. Banks closed. People were hungry. His family, along with other members of the community, provided assistance wherever they could.

The Depression hit the Basin in early 1930, following the collapse of numerous East Coast financial institutions. Elliott remembers listening to a few reports on the radio, especially about the later plans of President Roosevelt.

Despite New Deal programs instituted by the Roosevelt administration, the Oregon Bank closed, taking many customers’ money with it. Another bank at Fifth and Main closed, too.

A barter system started between farmers, businessmen and the unemployed. Elliott’s father, the district attorney, traded with several farmers. The family usually had excess, which his father gave away to struggling residents.

Elliott also remembers the soup lines in town. Seeing men in the lines, however, made him concerned over the welfare of the women and children out of work and at home.

To combat poverty, residents would get together at Thanksgiving and Christmas to deliver baskets to the needy.

Jobs were cut throughout town. Luckily, the timber business and the Ewauna Box Factory had plenty, Elliott said. The factory cut timber into boxes that were assembled by customers.

In high school, Elliott spent his summers working the night shift 40 hours a week at 42 cents an hour.

Elliott said economic conditions started to improve in 1936. They really improved in 1939 with the onset of war in Europe. Elliott took a job with timber giant Weyerhaeuser.

— Herald and News, Feb. 11, 2009