Tuesday, April 30, 2019


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 ... Vintage N-R from 1966 and 1968



It’s a trip down Memory Lane, when looking at ‘Vintage News-Register” photos from the McMinnville News-Register newspapers. There must be a zillion photos at the Vintage N-R website. Not only can you look at the photos, but you can buy hard copy prints, too. Of course, N-R coverage includes Linfield in general and Linfield sports. 

The particular photos here are some from 1966 and 1968

For more info:


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See Linfield related photos link immediately below

 ... Vintage N-R from 1966 and 1968



It’s a trip down Memory Lane, when looking at ‘Vintage News-Register” photos from the McMinnville News-Register newspapers. There must be a zillion photos at the Vintage N-R website. Not only can you look at the photos, but you can buy hard copy prints, too. Of course, N-R coverage includes Linfield in general and Linfield sports. 

The particular photos here are some from 1966 and 1968

For more info:


Instagram @VintageNewsReg

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Photo of exterior of Rocket Cafe in McMinnville. It appeared in 1974 Linfield Oak Leaves yearbook. It was probably taken by Reid Blackburn, Linfield Class of 1974, in about 1973-1974.

Thanks to Eric Fricke for providing the photo. His firm, Print Northwest at 1142 SE Baker in McMinnville, where the Rocket was located.

According to the Print NW website, Eric is the firm's owner, who graduated from Linfield College in 1980 with a BA in Music Education. “After teaching Band and Choir at the high school level for four years, he (made) a transition into the business world. His experience teaching and working as an account executive for a large printer in the Portland area gave him the knowledge he’s brought to Print Northwest. Started from scratch as a one-man shop in 1988, Print Northwest’s goals of impeccable customer service and quality printing have continued to attract both repeat business and new clients."

More info about the Rocket:

Getting to know Naomi Pitcock, Linfield’s ‘First Lady’ (Linfield Review 4/22/2019)

Getting to know Linfield’s ‘First Lady’
By Alexandra Feller, Features Editor
April 22, 2019
First lady Naomi Pitcock has joined the Linfield community in many ways. Pitcock, President Miles Davis’ wife, teaches nursing classes full time, as well as volunteering at her daughter’s school, and shows support by attending events at Linfield with her family
Pitcock and Davis finished the 2017-’18 academic year at Shenandoah and arrived at Linfield in July. While Davis started work as President of the college, Pitcock and her daughter were able to explore the area.
“The Linfield community was amazing, everyone who had a kid would bring them by during the summer so that Elizabeth would have someone to play with,” Pitcock said.
Pitcock said they have been enjoying the house, and love the easy access to “the best parts of college life.”
Linfield students know they will likely see the Davis family at extracurricular functions. While she struggled in choosing, Pitcock says some of her favorite have been the Not Your Forte acapella group performances and various sports competitions.
She enjoys being able to attend Linfield events with Davis and her daughter as a family.
One of Naomi Pitcocks favorite hobbies is gardning. Here she is brifly clearing flowers that have fallen into her daughters fairy garden made by Carol Gallagher, official groundskeeper. Pitcock’s backyard is decorated with bird feeders that attract humming birds she and president Davis enjoy watching in their free time
Michelle Obama is Pitcock’s hero because “She is such a strong person in her own right, but still such a compliment to her husband.”
Following this model, Pitcock has an extremely developed professional resume and is teaching Nursing 101 at Linfield, which is an introductory nursing class for freshmen and sophomores.
In this class, students can explore nursing history, as well as different career paths and areas that may interest them as nursing students.
Teaching this course has worked out well because it has allowed her to stay based in McMinnville, and offers students more class options in their first and second years at Linfield.
Although she’s a teacher, Pitcock’s biggest fear is public speaking: “My first class [as a teacher] I was so nervous because nursing classes are typically three hours long,” she said. Through practice,  this became more natural and now she said she knows exactly how to fill a three hour block.
Pitcock originally worked as a nurse for 15 years. She has now been teaching for 8.
She maintains a passion for learning and educating. She attended old Dominion University for her bachelors of science management. After graduating she was hired at the University of Virginia in their Neuro Trauma Unit. 
 “My favorite part of college was meeting so many people from all over the world and getting to know what experiences had shaped them,” Pitcock said.
Working in the trauma unit was a steep learning curve for Pitcock, but she enjoyed working with that patient population. The trauma unit specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries as well as tumors in these same areas.
Since UVA is an academic teaching hospital, it advocated for Pitcock to go back to school and achieve her masters degree.
She received her masters degree in community and public health nursing at UVA while working in its trauma unit.
In her free time, Naomi Pitcock also coaches her daughter’s track team. After seeking advice from coach Gary Killbourn, she decided the best activities to practive with the kids would be “sharks and minnows.”
This is when Pitcock discovered her passion for teaching. UVA hosts year four nurses who are finishing their practicum. Practicum is in the last semester for a nursing student and it requires them to work in a practicing hospital with a professional nurse.
 “I got to have some of UVAs fourth-year year students come and work with me,” Pitcock said. “I enjoyed going to work so much more when I could share it with a student nurse. So at that point I kinda just decided that maybe teaching would be something that I was interested in.”
With her passion for learning, Pitcock decided to pursue her doctorate at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Her dissertation addresses the difficulties in finding breastfeeding resources.
 “While I was in graduate school, I had [my daughter] Elizabeth. I had such a difficult time finding breastfeeding resources. I thought this is ridiculous that a graduate level nurse can’t find breastfeeding resources.”
Winchester has a higher Hispanic population than the rest of the state, and Pitcock was concerned that this population specifically was not receiving the help and education they needed. So, as a part of her doctoral research she developed a program that provided free classes and helped during accessible hours of the day regarding prenatal and postnatal care.

After graduating with her doctorate, Pitcock was hired at Shenandoah University as a full-time professor.

Fans in McMinnville Figure Linfield to Be Oregon's Best Football Team (in 1962)

Fans in McMinnville Figure Linfield to Be Oregon's Best Football Team

By DICK LEUTZINGER of The (Eugene, Oregon) Register-Guard

Thursday, Nov. 22, 1962

As important as this weekend's little affair between Oregon and Oregon State may be to some people, it's strictly second-rate stuff as far as the folks in a little community about 40 miles southwest of Portland are concerned.

In the small, out-of-the-way community of McMinnville, the 7,600 citizens have their own team, Linfield College, to root for. To them, Oregon and Oregon State are bush league, as exciting as a chess match, as significant as the rainfall in Siberia.

While most people agree the winner of the Webfoot-Beaver scuffle is undisputedly the state's most successful football team, the population of McMinnville would be inclined to argue even if both teams could win.

Linfield, they say, is champion. The Wildcats would get chopped up in minutes against either of the Eugene or Corvallis outfits, yet there's still no denying it: Linfield is, and has been for most of the past seven years, Oregon's winningest team.

Not a Loss

Paul Durham, who's been coaching at the 1,000-student McMinnville school for as long as most people there can remember, had a team this year that didn't lose to anybody. Last year it lost only to Pittsburgh State in the Camellia Bowl.

In fact, since 1955, the Wildcats have lost only nine games while winning 51. They've won 21 regular season games row, 14 straight at home and 12 in league play. They are the only team in Northwest Conference (NWC) history ever to have put two undefeated seasons back to back.

Naturally, Linfield plays schools of comparable size. Yet considering the similar restrictions on recruiting facing all NWC schools, Durham's success has been amazing.

Each school in the conference is allowed to give through grants-in-aid, an amount not exceeding 30 times one student's tuition. It must be spread out so no student-athlete receives more than three-fourths of his fees through scholarship.

In other words, since a year's tuition at Linfield is $800, the grants-in-aid may total $24,000 but no one athlete may receive more than $600 in aid.

Durham figures any athlete looking for as much financial aid as he can get will shy away from Northwest Conference schools anyway and splits the grant-in-aid allotment tip even further, giving the full three-fourths only to outstanding two-sport athletes.

Not Just Football

The 30 - times - tuition allowance, incidentally, does not cover just the football team, but is all the league allows for the four major sports combined football, basketball, baseball and track.

Durham's success, besides teaching sound football, obviously must lie somewhere other than being able to hire his talent. It does.

Time he's just completed his 15th season as Linfield's head coach and the school's excellent curriculum in physical education have provided Durham with a network of self-appointed recruiters the likes of which couldn't be hired for any kind of money.

When this season began, 174 Linfield graduates were coaching, mostly in small high schools in Oregon and Washington. In recent year, many of them, have sent their best players to Linfield.

Testimonial of this is the fact that on this year's 58-man football squad, only nine players arc from out of the Northwest.

The players themselves, after taking a quick liking to Durham and the school, often talk their friends into enrolling, too.

Such a case brought Durham one of his fullbacks a year ago. The fullback. Bob Ferguson who went to South Eugene, decided on Linfield because its all-conference guard and Bob's friend, Fred vonAppen, played on the same team as Ferguson at South and told him about Linfield.

Played Key Roles

Both played key roles in the Wildcats' second straight undefeated season which ended just last week with a 13-0 win over arch-rival Pacific, a team the Wildcats have been playing since 1896.

VonAppen, who weighed less than 180 pounds when he was an all-district tackle at South in 1959, now weighs about 215 and is expected to be on the all-NWC team for the second straight year when it is announced soon.

Fred wanted to play football in college, knew he probably wouldn't have much chance at a large school "They wouldn't give me the time of day, he says of Oregon laughingly so he enrolled at Linfield.

Durham, who was starting vonAppen in a few games by the end of his freshman year, thinks highly of him. ". . . . he's big, strong, agile, determined, dedicated, anything you want," he smiles.

His only problem, Durham says, is a result of having grown too fast. "I think he took on weight a little too fast and it hurt his agility a little. I think he'll improve some more next year, and if we have another good year, he'll be a candidate for Little All-American.

”If he keeps his weight down around 215 (he weighed 223 before the season), he'll catch up in agility."

Reacting to defensive changes in the best part of Fred's game, according to Durham and open-field blocking the only weak part. "If he corrects that, he can be one of the best guards that ever played in our league.

"He's as determined and dedicated to the game of football as anybody I've ever had," Durham says.

Coach Durham, who doubles as Linfield athletic director and sports editor of the town newspaper, doesn't rate Ferguson so highly, but Bob hasn't been around as long as vonAppen.

A sophomore scholastically now, Ferguson still has three years of eligibility since he missed his freshman season because of an injury. He suffered a dislocated shoulder during pre-season practice before he ever attended a class his freshman year.

Bob, a 195-pound power runner not quite as fast or as tricky as first-string fullback Dennis Vitale, nonetheless saw considerable action this past season.

Vitale was used mainly on fast fields, but since the Wildcats played several games in the rain, Ferguson got in enough times to carry the ball 46 times for a 5.4-yard average.

"He's a real strong runner," Durham says. "He punishes the defense . . . runs right over it. We were lucky to have him with this weather."

After Linfield had played Chico State during the Columbus Day storm, the Chico players said Ferguson had hit them harder than anyone they'd seen all season.

"He has a tremendous explosive charge," Durham says, thinking ahead to next year when he may also use him as a defensive end. "Nobody's going to push him around out there he doesn't like it."

He was probably thinking nobody's going to push Linfield around next year cither. After all, only seven players will be lost by graduation and this season was just supposed to be a building year.

Photo cutline: BOB FERGUSON “...A Real Strong Runner"

Photo cutline: FRED VONAPPEN “…He's Big, Strong, Agile …”
Thanks to Bob Ferguson, this article from the Nov. 22, 1962, issue of the Eugene, Ore., Register-Guard daily newspaper. It’s about infield football players Bob and Fred vonAppen, both Linfield Class of 1965 both also grads of South Eugene High School. Both are members of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame, too. Plenty of quotes in the article from Coach Paul Durham (Linfield Class of 1936).
An original clipping of the article was given to Bob “by an old South Eugene High classmate. Her mom had just passed on and she was going through her mother’s stuff and found the article. While she was attending Stephens College her mom saved all articles from the newspaper about her daughter’s South Eugene High classmates. I had never seen the article,” Bob said. “It is a nice ‘blast from the past.’ ”

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Coach Ken Holmes and Linfield Swim Team 1962

“Dodging with Durham” sports column by Paul Durham, N-R Sports editor

Oct. 17, 1962, McMinnville News-Register

LINFIELD SWIM COACH KEN HOLMES (he has earned his doctor of philosophy degree from University of Oregon in history and will be Dr. Holmes soon) recent wrong a memo for members of his tank team and among other things said that “I have learned about new men on our team and losses to other district teams and am convinced that we can have a championship club this year … The peak of our pre-Christmas period will be the invitational on Dec. 3 … You will notice that there are women’s events listed, too. The women’s team from the college will be practicing at least two days each week with us. Any help you can give them in improving their strokes and turns, etc., will be appreciated…”

Ad and Joan Rutschman mentioned in Paul Durham 1962 'Dodging with Durham' sports columns

Paul Durham’s “Dodging with Durham” sports column McMinnville News-Register

June 17, 1962 N-R:

HILLBORO COACH AD RUTSCHMAN drove to Eugene early Monday morning for the football clinic, whistled back home Tuesday afternoon to handle his Legion baseball team and see how the city recreation program was going (he is the city’s recreation supervisor) and then returned to Eugene Friday for workouts of the Metro All-Star game. Bob Feller All-Star baseball team which plays the State team Saturday and Sunday.

Rutschman says that North Eugene high school coach Mel Krause does a great job organizing the All-Star game. Bob Feller will speak at a banquet; the boys will be dined (not wined); presented jackets; and treated like VIP’s all the way. It’s an unforgettable experience.

April 18, 1962 N-R:

MENTION OF THE ANNUAL Linfield Varsity-Alumni football game reminds of what Joan Rutschman told us after the 1960 game when hubby Ad played (Hillsboro high had a game the same night as the alumni game last fall so Ad couldn’t come over for the big battle here.)

Said Joan: “Ad felt pretty good after the game that Saturday night and we went to the new Dillin Hall to eat with players and their wives. In fact he didn’t feel badly when we got home and went to bed that night.

“But the next time he got up was Monday morning!”
Of course, reasons for Ad’s stiffness was that he played most of the game when the Alumni were on offense … And he show a lot of that old time

Linfield at Chico 1962 football memories

Dodging with Durham sports column by Paul Durham, N-R Sports editor,

Oct. 17, 1962, McMinnville News-Register

IT’S DOUBTFUL THAT ANY Linfield athletic team ever took a trip to play a game which would compare with the one to Chico over the weekend. The weather had been bad in Chico all week prior to the contest and athletic director Mackey Martin called the local campus (Linfield) Friday morning at 8, one hour after the Wildcat gridders had boarded a bus for the 500-mile jaunt into California, to call the game off.

Martin then contacted the state police to head off the Linfield team, but for some reason the state police never stopped the bus.

By the time the big blow hit the Willamette valley the Linfield crew was well into northern California and missed everything except the heavy rains. Highways were covered with water in places and traffic was held up at times or went through on a one-way basis.

Saturday morning Martin tentatively called off the game to protect fans, player and field, since the rain was still coming down in sheets. Then at 12:30 in the afternoon he definitely declared the game off and the Wildcat players packed up their gear to return home. By 12:45 they were all in the bus, the motor was warmed up and the gang was all ready to pull out when George Maderos drove up to the motel where the Linfielders stayed and said to athletic director Martin: “I think we ought to play.”

Linfield coaches agreed to follow through on whatever decision was made on the game by the Chico State pole and Maderos prevailed.

So the Wildcats from McMinnville rolled out of the bus, unpacked their suitcases again, and headed up town for lunch. It was too late to get both a lunch and a pre-game meal, so the two were combined into a sort of pre-game brunch, whatever that is.

Actually the game was a bit on the different side, since the players soon became completely covered with a sort of slimy mud that the white-shirted Linfielders looked completely black as did the red-shirted Chico players. Luckily the players knew which side of the scrimmage they were supposed to stay on.

On top of the muddy conditions of the field, a strong wind swept from one end of the playing layout to the other and had quite an effect on play. Linfield punter Pat Thurston had two boots with the wind which went 55 and 50 yards but didn’t do quite as well when the kicked into the breeze on two other occasion, eight and 10.

But the members of the two teams got to play a game, had a lot of fun, and that’s what athletics on the amateur plane are all about, they tell us.


Chico, Cats in 6-6 Tie (edited)

By Hal Cowan, N-R Sports Writer, Oct. 17, 1962, McMinnville News-Register

CHICO, California – Linfield still remains undefeated this week, but the Wildcats have been tied.

At a result of Saturday’s “mud bowl” at Chico, Calif., Linfield now owns a 3-0-1 record for the season, thanks to a 6-6 tie with the Chico State Wildcats on a field that resembled anything but a football field.

Five days of solid rain in the Northern California city had made Chico’s College Field a mired mess of mud. Veteran newspaper reports in the area called Saturday’s game conditions absolutely the worst the area had ever observed. Within three minutes after the opening kickoff players from both clubs were beyond recognition.

The only difference between the two teams from the stands (viewed by around 200 hearty souls) and the press box was a red stripe on the Linfield helmets. Both teams were white helmets.

The game was played in gale-type winds and heavy rain.


--Kamryn Apling, softball catcher, April 19, 2019, Gametime from Linfield Sports Info by Liam Pickhardt, Linfield Class of 2020

--Olivia McDaniel, national pole vault track & field champ, April 11, 2019, Portland Tribune by Steve Brandon

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


(Posted at YouTube by Ron Fulham. Published on Oct 7, 2012)

Excellent video running just over three minutes of Super 8 film posted at YouTube of aftermath of Oct. 12,  1962, Columbus Day storm in McMinnville, including on Linfield campus. 
(The Old Oak survived the Columbus Day storm, but crashed to its death without wind on Jan. 8, 2008.)

Video runs 3:14. Look for:

+ Linfield campus with 15 miles per hour speed limit sign - :54

+ Melrose - 1:03

+ Pioneer and Old Oak - 1:07

+ President’s House (in the distance) - 1:08

+ Old Oak and Pioneer - 1:18

+ Pop's Shop and nearby residences (and Delta Psi Delta house?)  - 1:21


In the "typhoon" article above, "CSU" is the Christian Student Union.


The Columbus Day Storm happened Friday, Oct. 12, 1962. Coverage of the storm in McMinnville included what was broadcast on KMCM-AM radio station and in print in the McMinnville News-Register.

On Linfield campus coverage included news release from the Linfield News Bureau, the Linfield Review student newspaper and the Oak Leaves student yearbook.

Linfield Review issued a newspaper on the day of the storm, but it was produced prior to the story. Thus, the newspaper's Friday, Oct. 19, 1962, issue had its most immediate coverage.

Oak Leaves had minimal coverage in its 1963 edition (covering the 1962-1963 academic year) and the 1964 edition (covering the 1963-1964 academic year).

Thanks to Rich Schmidt of Linfield Archives for scanning the Review coverage posted here from its Oct. 19, 2019, edition. 
Also see at YouTube, Super 8 film from Oct. 13, 1962, which shows storm damage in McMinnville, at Linfield and elsewhere:

Text with Oak Leaves photos included:

1963 Oak Leaves -- This total "Wildcat Spirit" was vividly exemplified in the camps reactions to the Columbus Day Storm of 1962. Wind storm damage as seen by President Dillin. King Ko-Ed Doug Brown.

1964 Oak Leaves -- Old Oak Still Grows Strong After Storm. 


Storm Blitz Raised Toll of Accidents (edited)

Lumber from a Haney truck dumped on the curbing in front of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house on Baker street Thursday afternoon when the trailer binder snapped. Partially covering a parked car owned by Stan Hart, 327 College Way, the lumber forced the vehicle into a power pole crushing the left rear fender and door. Another parked vehicle belonging to Alan Hay was also damaged by the fallen lumber.

Windstorm Rips Across Farmland (edited)

Photo cutline: LOGGER’S HOLIDAY –Thursday on Baker Street, McMinnville, a truckload of lumber toppled onto two parked cars. The binder apparently snapped, releasing the trailer from the cab, and depositing the woody debris in front of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, and partially squashing one of the vehicles.

Source for both: Oct. 14, 1962, McMinnville News-Register

(Presumably, the fraternity house in photo is that of Delta Psi Delta.)

Headline for two pages of photos: The Big Wind … Blow By Blow

Photo cutline: COLLEGE AVENUE – The massive roots of this tree took up several slabs of concrete side walk on its way down. The fraternity house in the background, located near Linfield college, was slightly damaged. (N-R Photo 1575A)

Source: Oct. 17, 1962, McMinnville News-Register


Headline for editorial: We’re Proud (edited)

Human beings have no greater opportunity to display strength of character, the determination and resolve with which they build their day-to-day society, than during those hours in which they face, either as individuals or as a community, massive adversity.  For our money the people of Oregon came through with flying colors during and after the impact of Friday’s tremendous storm.

Source: Oct. 17, 1962, McMinnville News-Register

‘Civil Disaster:’ Claims Adjusters Flow In; Star Assessing Damage (edited)

Oregon and Yamhill County have been designated as “catastrophic areas” by the insurance industry and more than 200 claims adjusters are being flown into the state by the General Adjustment Bureau to assess and settle claims for insured homeowners, according to officers of the Oregon Association of Insurance Agents.