LA GRANDE:  Reminiscing the old times

LA GRANDE: Reminiscing the old times

In 1950, Dock Baker became a member of the Oregon State Police’s La Grande Patrol Office. He was just 25-years-old at the time. Fast Forward to last week, Dock, now 93, stopped by the La Grande Patrol office to reminisce with staff about his 30-year career with OSP all serving out of La Grande until his retirement in 1980.
Dock was living in Virginia with his parents until 1935 when he moved out to Oregon. Dock joined the Army for WWII and fought from Australia to Japan until getting out in 1946. He was living in Bend, Oregon with his sister when he decided to join the Oregon State Police after being inspired by his uncle, who was in law enforcement.
During Dock’s visit, former Superintendent Tim McClain also came by with his fully restored 1950 Patrol Car. This was the same type of patrol car that was used by Dock when he was working. Tim started restoration on this car in 2011 and is still working on it.
A little history lesson about OSP and this car. This 1950 Chevrolet Styleline Business Coupe was used by the Oregon State Police from 1950-1953. This specific car was driven by Corporal Casey Casiato and later assigned to Officer Tony Tuescher. Officers worked six days a week and got one week vacation a year. The top speed of this 1950 Coupe was 72 mph. This style patrol car was replaced by a 1953 Ford Flathead V8. The door decal on this car was used in the 1930s, 1940s and up to 1952 when it was replaced with the Oregon State Police door decal that was used into the 1990s. One winter day, Officer Tony Tuescher put on and took off the tire (skids) chains 7 times in order to respond to calls outside of the city of La Grande.
Thank you, Dock and Tim, for sharing your stories, a little history of our Department and how the Oregon State Police remains close to your hearts.
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