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By Pat Edwards
Chronicle Colunmist 

Celebrating a century of local knowledge


January 30, 2020


Charles "Chuck" Booher recently turned 100 years old. He and his wife, Dorothy, ran the Curtin Store for decades. Dorothy's brother was Harry Holt, who along with Bertha, created Holt International in Creswell. Charles recalled seeing a circus wagon overturn in the 1940s.

COTTAGE GROVE - On Saturday, local man Charles "Chuck" Booher, now of Yoncalla, celebrated his 100th birthday with a party at the Cottage Grove Community Center.

I had the pleasure of meeting him while researching books on the history of U.S. Highway 99. My interview with Chuck was rich in stories of the early days of U.S. Highway 99 before the I-5 freeway was built.

His maternal grandparents, Charley and Alice Turpin, had settled in the area in 1915. Chuck provided me with wonderful historical information on not only Curtin, but Anlauf and Comstock.

He also had strong connections to his p...

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