Back in Time
100 years ago
December 6, 1917
An ordinance that will have for its purpose the elimination of every man from the city who has no visible means of employment, with a view of lessening the illegal sale of liquor and other benefits that would result, was decided upon at a meeting of the council Tuesday. The demand for labor of all classes, the councilmen asserted, and much of the illegal traffic in liquor, would be eliminated if this kind of an ordinance were in force.
Champ Smith, who was taken into custody about 9:30 Monday evening by Sheriff Knox and Deputy Sheriff Rowell on a charge of selling whiskey, entered a plea of guilty Tuesday and was fined $75 and costs by Judge Bowman. The rooms occupied by Smith in the Morris building were entered by the officers, who were armed with a search warrant for the occasion. The officers thought Smith was in the room because of the fact that one or more men had been seen to go to the room and return, as the officers thought, with a bottle. The door was open and the liquor was found without any difficulty.
P.M. Ruthfield, who owns the old Circle ranch about nine miles north of Prineville, informs the Journal that he has several hundred sacks of apples, which had blown from the trees in his orchard, and which he wishes to sell at $1 per sack. Of the amount received from the apples, 25 percent he will give to the Red Cross, through the local organization.
75 years ago
December 3, 1942
Burley Simpson, 38-year-old timber faller, was bound over to the Crook County Grand Jury last Friday to face charges of murder in the first degree. He is charged with the murder of George Sundquist, 36, Prineville lumber worker. After the hearing, he was returned to the county jail, where he had been held since Nov. 15, when he was found by city officers hiding in a barn. Mr. Sundquist died in the hospital here three days after the stabbing. A post-mortem examination showed a dozen wounds in his body, made by a knife with a three-inch blade.
Monday at 9 p.m., lights will go out in Prineville. The fire siren will blow, air raid wardens will go to their posts, auxiliary police and firemen will prepare for emergency calls, the ambulance and motor corps units will be ready for action and the civilian defense control center will go into action. All traffic will stop. Street lights will go out and residences and business establishments are to be darkened, either by turning out lights or drawing blackout curtains. In short, Prineville will have a practice blackout.
50 years ago
December 7, 1967
Prineville is once again the home of a national contest winner. In a recent nationwide Wishing Well contest by the Montgomery Ward organization a local resident, Larry N. Knapman won a 1968 American Motors Javelin, a beautiful sports type automobile, one of the newest to be introduced to the motoring public. The Javelin was brought from the showrooms of M&S motors in Madras.
Forty-one head of cattle, worth some $7,500, have been saved for two Prineville cattlemen because Department of Agriculture brand inspectors refused to clear them for sale at the Portland Livestock Auction Market. Inspectors based their hold order on the fact the animals were branded and there was no bill of sale for them. They soon learned from one of the former owners, who telephoned, that the animals had been sold but the checks given for them were worthless. A warrant is out for the arrest of the "purchaser."
25 years ago
December 3, 1992
A quick groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the new Central Oregon Title Company office. The 3,000 square foot office to be constructed by Blackhawk Builders of Prineville is going up on the corner of East First and North Court streets, across from the federal building.
Powell Butte rancher Lynn Lundquist was re-elected as president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association. Lundquist was re-elected at the Cattlemen's annual convention held in Portland. John Lillicrop, of Mitchell, was elected to serve as a district vice president of the association, which has 2,400 members. Lundquist also serves as chairman of the Crook County Planning Commission.