Back in Time
100 years ago
May 16, 1918
The lake that is being formed by the construction of the Ochoco dam is filling rapidly since the rains of the past few days, and has already practically reached the outlet. When the conduit is reached, the water will be 32 feet deep at its greatest depth.
The registration books show that there is a total of 1,487 voters in Crook County with 102 more Republicans than Democrats. Of the 20 precincts, two, West Prineville and Bear Creek, have more women registered than men.
Prineville raised its $2,500 Red Cross quota on Monday of this week instead of waiting until the drive opens next Monday. War drives have become so common that the people get in the habit of giving, and each is easier than the one before.
75 years ago
May 13, 1943
"Junior of Prineville," an Army jeep from the Redmond air base, was christened in colorful ceremonies at the corner of Third and Main streets here this afternoon. A gaily decorated bottle of "champagne" — it was a soft drink — was broken over the "bow" of the jeep by Lural Mason, selected by the junior class of Crook County High School for that honor. She took two swings to complete the job, but the christening was pronounced satisfactory by the large group witnessing the ceremony.
Many communities in the Pacific Northwest will face a shortage of fuel wood during the coming winter unless action is started at once to increase their supplies, Supervisor H.C. Hulett of the Ochoco National Forest warned this week people who plan to place orders with wood dealers should do so at once to allow the dealer to keep his men and equipment employed to the best advantage.
50 years ago
May 16, 1968
Inside St. Joseph's Church, the holy incantations of the Rev. Terrance David Stillman's ordination as a Roman Catholic priest held everyone in spellbinding quiet. It was May 11, and on that day Father Stillman became the first priest ever ordained in Prineville in the history of St. Joseph's Church.
The Central Oregon Community College 1968-69 operating budget will be resubmitted to district voters on May 28, the day of the Oregon primary election. The decision to resubmit the budget, which was defeated on May 6 (it passed in every county except Deschutes) followed a polling of regular board members and budget board members.
Streamflow approaching record-low amounts is forecast for Deschutes and Crook counties' water users for 1968 summer season, and water supplies will be extremely short. Reservoired water supplies will provide only fair amounts of water for the Arnold, Central Oregon and Lone Pine irrigation districts and the Tumalo project. The Swalley canal will have adequate water by direct diversion.
25 years ago
May 13, 1993
A decision on the validity of a Crook County anti-gay rights measure scheduled for the June 29 ballot appears headed for the Crook County Circuit Court. Measure 7-1 will appear on the June 29 mail-in ballot unless the county is told to take it off the ballot by the circuit court. A challenge to the measure's validity is expected to come from a coalition of local citizens calling themselves "Crook County Neighbors for Human Dignity."
A large-scale search for a missing Crook County man ended late Thursday morning when a helicopter crew sighted the body of Kevin Joseph Jumper on the southeast slope of Grizzly Mountain. Though disappointed with the outcome of last week's search for Jumper, Crook County Sheriff Rodd Clark was impressed with the effort. "For Crook County, this is the largest search operation we've done in the seven years since I've been here," Clark said. "The effort was really tremendous."
A generous land donation by a Prineville man means more parking for the Crook County Fairgrounds. Bob Kennedy Sr., who owned approximately 1,800 acres south and east of the fairgrounds, officially turned over a 7-acre chunk of grassland to the fairgrounds just before the start of the year. The land is valued at around $160,000 and will be turned into a parking area for fairgrounds users.