Authorities have suspended the search for a Brownsville woman who’s been missing since Monday morning, when her truck apparently slid off an icy Highway 20 and rolled down an embankment into the frigid Willamette River just south of the HP Inc. campus in Corvallis.
It’s not everyday you hear that a life-size plastic cow is stolen, or that there is a reward for it’s return.
So if you haven’t heard Aretha is missing, she is a life-size cow owned by Lochmead Dairy. Here is Rick Dancer with the story. Oh, by the way. The reward is a years worth of ice cream.
Let’s make the people who stole Aretha into mugshots.
Here is a link to the “Finding Aretha” Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/findingaretha
An unknown person or persons has stolen one of Lochmead Dairy’s cows…and the family would like her back.
The theft happened last year at the annual Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival which is held in Brownsville, Oregon each year. The festival attracts thousands of visitors from all over, coming to see and hear some of todays top country music performers. Lochmead Dairy historically has a booth at the festival selling their delicious ice cream.
Representing the Lochmead brand was Aretha; a black and white 100 pound fiberglass life-size cow. There are two other life size Lochmead Dairy cows; one is identical to Aretha, the other sits atop one of the Dari Mart store signs.
The theft happened on Sunday August 18th, 2013; the last night of the popular annual country music weekend. The property that holds the festival each year is located approximately 4 miles west of Brownsville on highway 228, about halfway between Sweet Home and I-5. The venue typically sees upwards of 13,000 people at the weekend long event including camping on the property. That many people and vehicles in a small country two lane town of about 1700 equates to a lot of activity.
The first attempt to steal her was foiled when two men where seen carrying her across the field through the crowd. A few shouts towards the men carrying her to “drop the cow” was enough to convince the men to do so and they hi-tailed it out of there; leaving Aretha behind. She was returned to the booth and covered with a tarp for the night.
Later that evening as people were winding down from the weekend, packing up their belongings into their vehicles and heading home, a man in a full size pickup arrived at the front gate. The man in the truck spoke with security, convincing the security guard that he was with Lochmead and was there to move Aretha to another location. The security guard allowed him access with his truck. The suspect then loaded Aretha into the truck and left the area. It has been nearly 9 months since she was stolen. That night was the last time she was seen. To date there have been no leads as to her whereabouts. With the case having gone cold, the Lochmead and the Gibsons are reaching out to the public for help in finding Aretha.
The Lochmead story goes back 73 years to 1941 when Howard and Gladys Gibson purchased 100 cows and 120 acres just 4 miles north of Junction City; and so began their legacy. The Gibson’s wanted to be able to bottle and sell their milk directly to families located in their community, so Jock Gibson studied for a year in Boise and Seattle and learned how to bottle milk and make ice cream. The Gibson’s opened their Lochmead bottling company in 1965. Needing a place to sell their milk from, they opened their first 5 stores in connection with the bottling company, the result is the now familiar Dari Mart chain.
Lochmead has evolved over the years. The Lochmead Farms have grown to 3000 acres and 600 Holstein cows; which are all born and raised on the farm. 6000 gallons of milk are produced each day at Lochmead Farms and deliveries are made to the bottling plant in Junction City twice a day.
While the Lochmead Dairy “icon” cows are pretty famous, there have been other famous statues stolen as well. Some right here in Eugene.
Industrial Finishes & Systems of Eugene had a 3 foot tall metal eagle with a 5 foot wing span stolen from in front of their building two years ago. The company offered a $10,000.00 reward to the person who was able to help find the person who stole the statue. The Eagle has never been recovered.
A Bob’s Big Boy statue was stolen from outside of a chain restaurant in Bakersfield California and held for a $1,000 ransom. The restaurants surveillance video shows the thieves unbolting the statue, masking their identities with their shirts pulled over their heads. The two teenage boys were eventually recognized from the video and arrested. One of the boys was arrested for extortion. He had contacted the restaurant manager and promised he would tell them where they would find the statue if they paid him $1,000 dollars as a reward. One of the suspects mother was even involved offering to return the statue, but later reneged on her offer. The statue was returned but it is unknown exactly how it arrived back at the restaurant.
There seems to be a run on statue thievery in Salt Lake City, Utah. 10 life-size bronze statues of children were stolen from an outdoor Sandy Art Gallery. The latest bronze sculpture stolen was a male quail and his chick. The sculpture is named “Skating To Fly” and depicts the quail and his chick on a skate. In total, the value of these eleven statues is at approximately $70,000.00. The very sad thing about this is that the authorities believe the statues will be sold for scrap metal and would net only about 99 cents per pound.
Another very famous stolen statue was one of the only two Lorax’s in the world and was stolen from the estate of the late Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. The Lorax was created by Seuss’ stepdaughter Lark Dimond-Cates. Cates created the statue for Seuss’ memorial. Her mother; Dr. Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel loved it so much, she ask her daughter to make another. The statue sat in the yard where she could see it every day. Waking one morning, she realized it was not there. Typically security camera’s would have caught the thieves in action but the night the Lorax was stolen, the security cameras were down due to maintenance. The statue is only 2 feet tall but weighs an impressive 300 pounds. It was not an easy task to take it off premises. Luckily the Lorax was found after a tip led the authorities to a desert where it was buried.
Aretha isn’t even the only fiberglass cow that has gone missing. On the other side of the world, Annabelle, a life size fiberglass cow was stolen from outside a veterinary clinic in Melbourne, Australia on Christmas Eve 2012. She had stood guard over the clinic for 10 years and had quite an impact on the locals. They had come accustomed to using Annabelle as a landmark in the area.
All of the above scenarios are not just cases of statues gone missing, but life interrupted. These objects are art work, pieces of peoples lives and they are missed.
The Gibson’s have not given up hope that Aretha will once again be reunited with her Lochmead family. If you have any information about Aretha or her whereabouts; a tip you would like to share, know of her abduction or have information that could help locate Aretha and get her back to her family please let us know. We have created a website with contact information here at: Finding Aretha. You can leave a tip by calling or send a text or call the hotline number at 541-991-8790 or send an email to [email protected]
The Gibson’s want Aretha back home where she belongs and the family is offering a no questions asked reward for her safe return. We would also like to see Aretha back where she belongs and we will even arrange to come and pick her up if you have her, or know where she is.
On behalf of the Gibson family and Lochmead Dairy, we would like to extend our thanks in advance for your help to get Aretha home.
Does anyone out there have a bedpan?! An old one, but one that hasn’t spent the last 70 years out in a barn. If you can loan it to the CMB Players, please call 541-466-3325. There, got that out of the way…
For two magic days, May 3rd & 4th, this Saturday and Sunday, Brownsville will float back into an optimistic, occasionally zany period of American history. Ladies increased their height by several inches with the hats they wore, and the streets could be plagued by “gentlemen” selling sure-fire, money-making stock certificates.
In lieu of a proper ladies’ dressmakers or a gentlemen’s haberdashery, we have the Linn County Historical Museum to outfit the discriminating citizen; from skirts and shirtwaists to gloves and derbies – and the traffic is increasing, as busy volunteers realize they have only until Wednesday evening’s dress rehearsal to “get it together”, to use a phrase not to be heard in that context for another 70 years.
Klondike Kate will be in town, flouncing and flirtatious, as will Florence Kelly, an avid Suffragist, ready to call down those in power who refuse to grant women the right to vote. The new motion picture industry has sent a film-maker to the town to search for actors with Talent… watch for this group on Spaulding Avenue.
As the event has been time-traveling Brownsville in early May for some 26 years now, it has grown popular, and tickets for the carriage rides through town to the Moyer House are scarce as… oh, yeah – hen’s teeth. If you see this edition on Wednesday and want to see the mayhem in said Moyer House, get to the Museum for tickets! Mr. Moyer has grown old now, and special medical treatments – the very latest – are being employed to restore his health. The kitchen is in a shambles, “Grandfather” and a cluster of hopeful heirs are in the north parlor, and an interesting weight-loss scheme is being considered by ladies mourning their lost youth.
We really are serious about the bedpan.
Wine Down Eugene April 9-15
I can’t sit down to write this week’s Wine Down Eugene without mentioning the weather we’ve been having the past few days. Words cannot describe my excitement for the rosy, sun-kissed cheeks I’m sporting – I look, and feel, totally alive! Indeed, I am a sunshine lovin’, wine drinkin’ gal, that is a fact.
There’s something else that has me all excited: local artisans’ creativity. First off, my friend and co-worker here at Eugene Daily News, Sandy Harris – talented writer, photographer and glove designer – came to visit me from Brownsville, bringing in tow with her two of the most fabulous locally made, hand-crafted wine racks I have ever seen.
A couple days prior to Sandy coming to my house, she had sent me some photos of these fabulous wine racks, but until I saw them in person, I had no idea how totally awesome they actually were.
Designed and built wholly by Sandy’s landlord, Gary Compton (who happens to live across the street from her in Brownsville), these wine racks are like nothing I’ve ever seen. Solidly engineered with precision from reclaimed barn wood, there’s no chemical treatment whatsoever and every crevice and grain of the wood, undoubtedly, has a story to tell. The galvanized piping used to display bottles of wine, stemware and bar ware are all reclaimed materials, and the finished product is most certainly “rustic meets refined.”
Gary designs and constructs other rustically refined stuff; such as, benches, tables and kitchen islands, but these wine rack displays are over-the-top awesome. Every detail had to be meticulously thought out and measured. From where the neck of the bottle lies down behind the curve of a pipe, to where the bottom of the bottle hits a connection from one pipe to another – the bottle is held, perfectly, in place. And I was super happy to discover that the piping used for the wine glass rack held my beloved Zalto Burgundy and Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glasses entirely flawlessly – each larger than the average wine glass.
Gary sells his products through etsy.com, under the name HammerHeadCreations, and looking through his timeless pieces of ingenuity is well worth a visit to his etsy page.
Once Sandy and I photographed the wine racks so I could write about their awesomeness here on Wine Down Eugene, we pulled the cork on the bottle of Winter’s Hill 2012 Pinot Noir we had used for the photos – what a stellar wine to enjoy on the patio during a sunny and gorgeous spring afternoon. Dark cherries and blackberries highlighted by subtle earth and fall spices flowed along the palate with seamless precision, reminding me of the engineering of the wine racks I had just fallen head over heels for. Beautiful acidity rounded out the fruit creating a really nicely balanced wine with a long, palate pleasing finish ending with notes of toasty vanilla – perfect to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Meanwhile, Sandy pulled out her creative fingerless gloves she herself designs and sews. Last fall, Sandy gave me a pair of her unique elbow’s length fingerless gloves, and as a wine writer, I have used them numerous times while barrel tasting in winery cellars around the globe. Wine writer’s take note: these gloves are perfect when on media tours. Because they’re fingerless, I’m able to take notes on my iPhone, shoot photos of the wines being tasted, and hold onto my glass without fear of it slipping out of my hand – all while keeping my hands nice and toasty while down in the temperature controlled, often chilly cellars that we, as wine wrtiers, visit so very often. A fashion accessory that’s certainly not just stylish, but incredibly useful in so many ways.
Like Gary, Sandy also uses etsy to sell her handcrafted gloves. Because she designs and creates a whole lot more than just gloves, her etsy shop is a must see, check out Xtremities.
Oregon State Police officers have released additional details about Monday evening's two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 228, which injured two people and closed the highway for about 90 minutes.
According to OSP, the accident occurred at about 6:54 p.m. on Highway 228 near milepost 8, about a mile east of Brownsville.
OSP said a 2006 Honda Accord four-door vehicle driven by Rhonda K. Horner, 60, from Halsey, was westbound on Highway 228 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle driven by 46-year-old William Brady from Crawfordsville.
Brady was using safety restraints and transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Horner was extricated by firefighters and transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries, the State Police said. Her vehicle's airbags deployed. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Rural Fire District, Halsey Shedd Fire Protection District, Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District, and ODOT.
Trooper Casey Hunter is the lead investigator. No citations have been issued at this time.
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