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A JAPANESE BOMB KILLED SIX IN OREGON

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The monument dedicated to the victims of the balloon bomb.
    

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In Lakeview, Oregon on this day in 1945, Mrs. Elsie Mitchell and five
neighborhood children are killed while attempting to drag a Japanese
balloon (similar to the one shown above) out of the woods.

Unbeknownst to Mitchell and the children, the balloon was armed, and
it exploded soon after they began tampering with it. They were the first
and only known American civilians to be killed in the continental United
States during
World War II. The U.S. government eventually gave $5,000
in compensation to Mitchell’s husband, and $3,000 each to the families
of Edward Engen, Sherman Shoemaker, Jay Gifford, and Richard and
Ethel Patzke, the five slain children.

The explosive balloon found at Lakeview was a product of one of only
a handful of Japanese attacks against the continental United States,
which were conducted early in the war by the Japanese.

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OREGON POLITICAL FIGURE HAS DIED AT 85

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Norma Jean Paulus (Petersen) (March 13, 1933 – February 28, 2019)

(Portland, Ore.) – Former Oregon Secretary of State Norma Paulus has
died.   

Close friend Kerry Tymchuk confirmed her death to local news media
Thursday afternoon.

Paulus’ death comes a day after the state’s current Secretary of State
Dennis Richardson
died of brain cancer.

In addition to serving as secretary of state, Paulus was an Oregon
representative from 1970 to 1976 and Superintendent of Public
Instruction. She was appointed to that position by former Gov. Neil
Goldschmidt in 1990 and was elected to it in 1994.

A member of the Republican Party, she was the first woman to be
elected to statewide office. She was elected secretary of state in 1976
and re-elected in 1980. She ran for governor in 1986 but lost.

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CANCER TAKES DENNIS RICHARDSON AT 69

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Dennis Michael Richardson (July 30, 1949 – February 26, 2019)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has passed away
after a battle with cancer.

Oregon state officials say Richardson died at around 9 p.m. Tuesday at his
home surrounded by family and friends.

Richardson announced in June 2018 that he was receiving treatment for
brain cancer. He said he was diagnosed in May.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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On this day in 1952, Richard Nixon gave his "Checkers Speech". At
the time he was a candidate for
U.S. vice-president.

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The expedition of Meriwether Lewis (Left) and William Clark
(Right)
ended their trek to the Pacific Northwest on this day
in 1806.

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A replica of Fort Clatsop in the National Memorial at the mouth of the
Columbia River in Oregon.

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is 69 years old today.

Known simply as The Boss, rock legend Bruce Springsteen struck
fame in 1975 with his critically acclaimed album Born to Run and
again in 1984 with his rock anthem "Born in the U.S.A." He won his
20th career Grammy Award in 2009 when his song "Working on a
Dream" took Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

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IT’S PARADE DAY IN THE ROSE CITY!


Rose Festival Parade, NW corner of 10th & Madison, 1908.


Cadets marching in Portland’s Rose Festival parade, 1911.

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Portland, Oregon Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade in 1954.

(Oregon Historical Society)

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