1937/TALL/TALES/GAZETTE/HATHAWAY/JONES/TALL/TALES/FESTIVAL/BAGNELL/OREGON/ON-LINE/UNDERGROUND/NEWS/PUBLICATION/ELLENSVILLE/1937

ARCHIVED STORY 01-29-00
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE STAFF AT TALL TALES GAZETTE


Historical Reports from the Gazette Archives 01.29.00

'Welcome To Our Town' reads the plain brown sign at the end of main street. This town is like so many others that welcome visitors with open arms.

Not like the State of Jefferson that once had a sign stating 'Enjoy Your Visit, Then Go Home'. At least that is the rumor, no one this reporter knows of ever saw such a sign. No photos of such a sign have ever been discovered.

A commonly heard opinion voiced at many of the local Inns and diners, 'The people here are so helpful and friendly.' The visitors came about formulating this opinion most likely after stopping at the local service station, staying here overnight or enjoying a home cooked meal.

The visitors have left, few ever stay behind for a long period of time. Cult leaders have settled here only to leave after a few years. Major employers do keep the help busy. Their comings and goings are barely noticed by the locals. But once in awhile someone stays and tries to stir up the town into trying something new.

 

It doesn't last for long. The new citizen sees that the old ways are the only way to survive this little town. They soon find that they must duck for cover or retreat completely.

This town is not for the weak hearted or those who can't go along to get along. Once they have gone underground with their radical ideas of change, their attempts are not mentioned again, except by those who still want change but are too afraid to speak out.

These people are the shadow citizens of our town, the town we call Bagnell.

The city fathers have come upon a revolutionary idea, Truth In Advertising, they have commissioned a study to see the feasibility of changing the sign at the entrance of town.

The new sign will read,


'Welcome To Our Town,
Don't Poke The Bears'.

 








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