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Two Die While Attempting Emergency Landing On Road

Two people died Saturday when their small plane crashed into Elk Creek as they tried to make an emergency landing on a tree-lined highway south of this small timber town.

Bruce and Bonnie Tifft left the Cottage Grove Airport about 7:30 a.m. Their flight plan indicated they were headed south to Mohave, Calif.

Engine problems apparently forced the couple to try to land on the Tiller-Trail Highway, but the plane hit some tree limbs and crashed into the creek about 9 a.m., said Deputy Herman Foster of the Douglas County sheriff’s office.

Divers from the sheriff’s office recovered the bodies of the couple from the wreckage, which caused a small fuel spill in the creek. It was contained by U.S. Forest Service employees.

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.