Top honors

The annual Timber Cruisers Car Club’s Annual Grande Ronde-A-View Car Show had 140 entrants, the oldest of which were manufactured in 1929, from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The show was presented by the Timber Cruisers Car Club and sponsored by Baxter Auto Parts, M.J. Goss Motors, La Grande Gold & Silver, The Market Place, and Les Schwab Tire Center. Here is a list of winners:

Best in Show: Red/Copper 1937 Ford Roadster, Wally and Judy Belt, Salem.

Participants’ Choice: Maroon 1932 Ford 5 window coupe, John McCall, Hermiston.

Pre-1930: Maroon 1929 Ford Model A, Milo and Anita Schleifer, Enterprise.

1930-1939: Red 1938 Ford Two-door Sedan, Fred and Janet Evenston, Hillsboro.

1940-49: Blue 1940 Chevy Convertible, Kent Dutson, Elgin.

1950-1954: Black 1950 Chevrolet Styleline Business Coupe, Tim and Jewel McLain, Shedd.

1955-1959

Grand Prize: Mulberry Metal Flake 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, Ron Anderson, Umatilla.

First Place: Red 1958 Chevrolet Sedan, Bob McDonald, Meridian, Idaho.

1960-64

Grand Prize: Red 1964 Ford Fairlane 500, Dave Barr, Middleton, Idaho.

First Place: Navy Blue 1960 Cadillac Coupe d Ville, Rat Rod Richardson, Pasco, Washington.

Baxter Auto Parts: Blue 1966 Dodge Coronet, Ken Meeker, Union.

MJ Goss Motors: Red 1957 Chevrolet pickup, Bruce Ginther, Pasco, Washington.

La Grande Gold and Silver: Black and Silver 1967 Chevy II Nova, Gary Gole, Baker City.

The Market Place: Daytona Blue 1931 Ford pickup, Kathleen McCall, Hermiston.

Les Schwab Tire Center: Red and Tan 1949 Ford F-1 pickup, Forest Gibson, Pasco, Washington.

Union County Tourism: Blue 1954 Chevrolet pickup, Bill and Barbara French, Eugene.

Timber Cruiser Car Club’s Choice: Red 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air, Monte Hughes, Newberg.

Best GM: Blue and White 1956 Chevrolet 211, John McClay, Portland.

Best FoMoCo: Zinc Yellow 1955 Ford F-100, Jim Hampton, Hermiston.

1965-69

Grand Prize: Plum Crazy Purple 1968 Dodge Dart GTS, Dean Carney, Milton Freewater.

First Place: Blue 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, Allen and Nancy Anderson, Ione.

1970-1979: Mist Green 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, Larry Wainwright, Deer Park, Washington.

1980-Newer

Grand Prize: Blue 2019 Tesla Model 3, Todd McIntosh and Amy Betts, La Grande.

First Place: Crystal Red 2015 Corvette Z06, Darrel and Betty Winkleman, Sherwood.

1949 and Older Truck: Silver 1941 Ford pickup, John McNair, Cove.

1950-54 Truck: Green 1956 Ford F-100, Bill and Teresa Henke, Wallowa.

1960-Newer Truck

Grand Prize: Blue 1984 Chevrolet C-10, Troy Heaton from Pasco, Washington.

First Prize: Blue 1966 Chevrolet C-10, Joe Hampton, La Grande.

Two Seater: Black 1946 Dodge half-ton pickup, Old Iron Garage Co., Baker City.

Street Rod: Dark Green 1949 Ford Custom, Larry Livesay, Caldwell, Idaho.

4x4 Vehicle: Copperhead Orange 1981 Jeep CJ7, Donny Walker, Island City.

Orphan: Bright Teal over White Diamond Pearl 1936 Nash Lafayette, Glen Wainwright, Deer Park, Washington.

Work In Progress: White 1960 Mercury Park Lane, Willy Young, Island City.

Foreign Car: Silver 2008 Subaru WRX, Jonathan Heierle, Cove.

Super Senior: Blue 1936 Ford Tudor, Dick and Nita Sadler, Bend.

Motorcycle: 2004 Big Dog Chopper/Trike, Mike and Lori Strong, Kennewick, Washington.

Best Host Car: Copper 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, Margarette Craig, Summerville.

Best Paint: Blue 1974 Pontiac Trans-Am, Scott Rivard, La Grande.

Best Interior: Blue 1964 Ford Galaxie Convertible, Dave Fleming, Nampa, Idaho.

Law Enforcement: Maroon 1970 Corvette, Keith Davis, Lopez Island, Washington.

Fire Department: Burgundy and White 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 HT Sports Coupe, Don and Lorna Uptegrove, Oregon City.

Former La Grande-area Oregon State Police officers E.E. “Tony”’ Teuscher and Dock Baker had no difficulty quickly kicking into high gear when pursuing lawbreakers six decades ago.

Kicking their footwear off after an eight-hour shift? That was another matter.

OSP’s dress code in the 1950s required troopers to wear boots that came up three-quarters of their ankles. The laced boots grew increasingly uncomfortable for troopers as their shifts wore on and their ankles swelled, often to the point that it was almost impossible to get them off without help, said Teuscher, 91, who served in Union County from 1952 to 1965 and now lives in Woodburn.

“Those boots were very uncomfortable,” said Teuscher, who was in La Grande Saturday to attend the Timber Cruisers Grande Ronde-A-View Car Show held in conjunction with the city’s Crazy Days celebration.

Teuscher was at the show to see the display of the car he drove in his early years as a patrolman in Union County — a 1950 Chevrolet Styleline Business Coupe that was used by the OSP in La Grande from 1950 to 1953. Before Teuscher, the car was first driven by OSP Corp. Casey Casciato.

Teuscher was at the car display with Baker, 94, a retired OSP officer who lives in La Grande. Baker began his career in La Grande and worked here for 30 years before retiring. Teuscher and Baker were with Tim McLain, a retired OSP officer who restored the 1950 Chevy and brought it to La Grande from his home in Shedd near Corvallis.

The vehicle McLain restored is sparse looking today and was considered anything but extravagant in the 1950s.

“It was the cheapest car Chevrolet made at the time,” said McLain, who retired in 2010 after serving as an OSP officer and administrator.

The car was last used as a patrol vehicle in Union County in 1953 and had remained in La Grande the next 57 years until McLain brought it to his home in Western Oregon.

Today, the vehicle is almost exactly as it was in the early 1950s. Its interior features include a two-way radio that allowed officers to receive and return messages from their dispatch center.

Teuscher said it replaced a one-way radio, which allowed officers to receive calls from their dispatch center but not return them.

The patrol car now has one feature that would have earned Teuscher a scolding from their supervisor in the 1950s — a rearview mirror mounted outside the windshield. Officers were then were not supposed to drive patrol vehicles with rearview mirrors.

“They were too fancy, in the eyes of Teuscher’s supervisor,’’ said McLain, a good friend of Teuscher’s and Baker’s.

Teuscher, not deterred, bought his own portable outdoor rearview mirror. He put it on at the start of his shift and took it off when he was done. Teuscher said his supervisor never caught him using the mirror on the patrol car.

“I would have gotten in big trouble,” he said.

Today, the 1950 Chevy has a permanent rearview mirror, one McLain installed to make it easier to back it off trailers used to transport the classic car.

With or without a mirror, the car remains difficult to drive in bad weather for it has only rear-wheel drive. McLain said OSP police cars did not get four-wheel-drive vehicles until many years after the 1950s.

Teuscher relied on chains to help him get around on icy and snow-covered roads while on duty. This meant during the winter he was often constantly taking chains on and off his tires since some roads had clear stretches not suitable for vehicles with chains.

“I sometimes had to put chains on seven times a day,” he said.

The patrol car was never a speed demon on local highways, at least by today’s standards.

“It could go 70 miles per hour downhill,” Teuscher said.

When Teuscher and Baker were working on patrol in the 1950s and ’60s, the local OSP office, Baker said, was located in a state building at Adams Avenue and Willow Street, where Safeway is today. The La Grande OSP office was moved to Island Avenue on the eastern edge of La Grande and then to 3004 Blue Mountain Drive about four years ago.

Teuscher left La Grande in 1965 to begin working as an administrator of polygraph tests for the OSP, which he did until he retired in 1982. He was initially just one of three OSP polygraph testers in the state.

He administered about 500 polygraph tests and said he was fooled just once. It was by a college student who said he had not committed a crime, passed the polygraph test but later admitted to it. Teuscher said the student fooled him because of a procedural error he made.

Baker’s OSP career also had diversity. He worked as a fish and game enforcement officer for OSP during a portion of his tenure. Once he caught someone illegally gaffing for salmon on Catherine Creek at night. Baker said the individual had people on both sides of him on the lookout for police, but they did not see Baker because he was hiding in a nearby barn.

“He worked harder on wildlife cases than I sometimes did on homicide cases,” McLain joked in self-depreciating fashion.

OSP patrol officers worked six days a week and received just a week of vacation a year in the 1950s and much of the 1960s. Still, Teuscher never complained.

“I loved it. It was a good job. I liked putting the bad guys away,” he said with a grin.

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