Strong Celebrates 103rd Birthday
Longtime Rogue River resident Marvin Strong celebrated his 103rd birthday on Monday. Strong’s daughter, Sharon Weight, and a number of family and friends spent most of the weekend with him, celebrating the occasion. Weight and her husband drove up from the Half Moon Bay, Calif. home to be with her father. "We come up every four or five weeks to see Dad," she said. "It's not a bad drive, and he always enjoys our visits." According to Weight, her father was born in Minneapolis and like a large number of Minnesotans, had Swedish and some English ancestry. Strong and his eight siblings grew up in Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. It was there in Colorado he met her mother, Arline Goertz."When they were married, he was 19, and she was 16," Weight said. "When the Second World War broke out, Dad was in the army. The 101st Airborne. He used to say that he had been up in a plane but never down in a plane.” (Subscribe for full story)
Rescued Horses Update
The pack of nearly 60 horses taking refuge in the pasture at the corner of East Evans Creek and Minthorne Road north of Rogue River should be able to return to their home, the R Ranch in Hornbrook, at the end of August.
Debbie Smith, an area horse owner who arranged the convoy of trucks and horse trailers to bring most of the R Ranch's horses north, said she had been in contact with friends at the Northern California resort ranch who told her they would be ready to send trucks back to pick them up. The horses were rescued from the hills on the R Ranch during the Klamathon fire last month. They are in pasture currently owned by Yury and Konstantin Khandros; the farm locals remember being owned by the late Diane Kewish. Several of the horses injured in the fire, mostly with cuts and chipped hooves, were immediately brought to (Subscribe for full story)