Back in Time
100 years ago
January 24, 1918
Sheriff E.B. Knox has taken occasion this week to announce that he will not be a candidate for re-election to the office. Mr. Knox will have served two terms as sheriff when he returns to his cattle ranch at Post next year, and his record has been one of efficiency and economy.
F.A. Rowell is a candidate for sheriff. Although his name has been mentioned for the position a number of times, his formal announcement was not issued until today, at the same time the statement was issued by Sheriff Knox stating that he would not be a candidate.
All employees of the county have been placed under the workmen's compensation act by County Judge Wallace. The absence of his protection last year cost the county more than $1,500 because of an accident which occurred at the rock crusher, and the above amount is sufficient to care for all expense to the county from this source for a number of years.
75 years ago
January 21, 1943
A firearms school, using a course of instruction developed by the National Rifle Association and approved by the war department, has been started in Prineville, the first session of the class being held Sunday. The Ochoco Rifle and Pistol Club is cooperating with the local Oregon State Guard company in conducting the course. Due to limited capacity of range facilities and lack of military type rifles, only a small number of students can be enrolled at one time.
The Prineville volunteer fire department lost the use of the big siren at the corner of Third and Main streets Monday morning when the motor burned out. An alarm was turned in from the office at Pine Products mill while the temperature was hovering near the zero mark and the electric motor, which operates the siren, sent up clouds of smoke as the siren gave out a feeble wail. The temperature had been down to minus 6 degrees that morning.
Burley Simpson, 38, held in the Crook County Jail since Nov. 15 in connection with the death of George Sundquist, 36 year old Prineville lumber worker, will enter a plea Friday afternoon in circuit court on a charge of murder in the second degree. Circuit Judge R.S. Hamilton made a trip to Prineville from Bend Tuesday afternoon to hear Simpson's plea, but Simpson decided he wishes to consult an attorney before entering a plea.
50 years ago
January 25, 1968
Crook County and Central Oregon in general will soon have a historical society. The group fell into place at the Monday meeting of the Prineville Centennial Committee. The central state community has many pioneer associations but this will be the first historical society as such for this area.
The Prineville City Council met in special session last Friday with the architectural firm of Wilmsen, Endicott and Unthank, to finalize the plans for construction of the new railway depot. The new facility will be located across North Main from the present location in the area now occupied by a huge billboard.
Several Prineville and Crook County citizens met Monday night at the Junior High School to discuss the new school building proposals. About 35 people attended to hear a presentation by the architects explain the plans and projected costs. Among the plans are drawings for a new 16 room elementary school building to be built to ease the growth of lower grade students.
25 years ago
January 21, 1993
The Crook County Courthouse is again having structural problems. Snow and ice accumulations near the top of the building — between a 45-degree roof overhang and a horizontal outer extension — have caused water to seep through the walls of the courthouse, damaging third floor ceilings. According to County Commissioner Ted Comini, the trapped ice has led to water seeping through the basalt rocks "like a spring."
Some have already done it. Some don't want to do it. Others just plain won't get on that roof and shovel off the snow. If your home is built to regulations upheld by the Crook County Building Department, you may not have to worry about a roof collapse due to snow. You might hope, however, that the ice build-up is limited. Crook County standards mandate structures have roofs capable to sustaining 25 pounds per cubic foot. According to Building Inspector Allan Coxey, freshly fallen snow weighs between six to eight pounds per cubic foot. However, ice weighs 46 pounds per cubic foot. It would take four feet of snow to push the roof-load limit, but just over six inches of solid ice before a roof would be in danger of collapsing.
In 1959, Les Schwab moved his office and tire retreading operation from his tire store in east Prineville to a site west of the city, into a 1,024 square-foot carpenter's shop. Later this year, when the most recent round of building projects are completed, Les Schwab Tire Centers' distribution plant and main office will contain 1.2 million square feet of building and warehouse space, sprawled over 60 areas.