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Well-known Cove orchardist Clifford Towle was killed in a farm equipment-related accident at his residence Thursday.

According to investigating officer Roger Washbond of the Union County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened sometime between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Towle, 73, had gone out to his garage-shop and apparently was in the process of replacing a blade on a small mower which is pulled behind a tractor to keep weeds down around the cherry trees.

"He had jacked up the mower and put 4-by-4s under the wheels to raise it up so he could change the mower," Washbond said.

"Both wheels must have moved and come off the blocks and the wheels fell onto his head and back. He had been there for some time when his wife came out about 11:30 to tell him she was going to run some errands."

Ardith Towle called 911 and the Cove Quick Responder unit came, as did an ambulance from La Grande, but it was too late. District Attorney Martin Birnbaum said the EMTs reported that it appeared Towle had been dead for some time.

Towle was honored as orchardist of the year for 1987 at the Union County Farmers/Merchants annual banquet.

He was said to be a pillar of the Cove Methodist Church.


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