Back in Time
100 years ago
February 15, 1917
The new Case tractor, which was recently purchased from the Inland Auto Company of this city by Geo. Dixon, was run off the bridge across the old channel of the Crooked River here yesterday, by John Hay. The machine was being driven to the ranch when one of the plows caught on a plank in the bridge, pointing the nose of the tractor over the side. The gang plows, which were being trailed behind the machine, went over the head of the driver. The machine pulled itself out on its own power after being righted and is none the worse for the fall. The driver only sustained a cut on his scalp.
G.W. Russell returned the first of the week from Salem, where he has been since the opening days of the Legislature, working for a bill that provides for an appropriation of $4,000 for the Oregon Inter-State Fair at Prineville. The amount of that is secured from the state will be used for the payment of livestock premiums, and is just as meritorious as any appropriation that was ever made for the state fair proper.
75 years ago
February 12, 1942
Appointment of Dr. Elon L. Wood as city health officer in Prineville was announced Wednesday by Mayor J.H. Rosenberg. The appointment was made at a time when many cases of mumps are being reported in this county, and Dr. Wood immediately issued a statement urging parents to cooperate with health officers in combatting this disease, so prevalent this winter among children in this part of Oregon.
All men in Crook County between the ages of 20 and 45 will register Monday, February 6, for military service, according to the Crook County Selective Service Board. Monday's registration will just be for the purpose of getting the men's names, ages, places of occupation and address and will not include a physical examination or a long questionnaire, the selective service board announced.
Mrs. Robert Gallagher is holding classes at her home for children who are physically unable to attend public school. The school district plans to spend as much on these children as the average cost for elementary education, school officials report.
50 years ago
February 16, 1967
Lawrence Mayfield, owner of Ochoco Hardware, assistant fire chief and a volunteer fireman of long standing, was selected "Fireman of the Year" for 1966 by the Prineville department Monday. He will compete against similar outstanding firemen from other communities for the title of Central Oregon Fireman of the Year.
The annual meeting of the Crook County Stockgrowers Association has been set for Saturday at the Paulina Grange Hall, president Gale Merwin, Post, announced with a full afternoon on the agenda. Topping the business agenda will be a discussion of special ASCS range improvement practices, including sagebrush spraying, range seeding, deferred grazing and protective fencing.
25 years ago
February 13, 1992
Hundreds of cribbage players will be shooting to "peg out" this weekend as the 12th Annual State Cribbage Championship comes to town. Between 275 and 300 players are expected at the three-day event, which brings in avid cribbage players from all over the Western United States.
Alice Austin has filed to run for Crook County Judge. If elected, the 53-year-old Austin would become the first woman to serve as the county's top administrator. She joins a field of two other candidates: Republican Fred Rodgers and Democrat Dick Brown.
A decision on a preliminary plan approval for the controversial Stagecoach Ranch planned unit development has been continued until March 11. Last spring the commission gave conceptual approval to the project, following a round of heated hearings, which included opponents submitting a Florida Judge's findings connecting the president of the development company with a reputed land swindler.