Back in Time
100 years ago
March 7, 1918
Fire was discovered about 4 a.m. in a small building at the rear of the Prineville Drug Company store. Before water could be secured and the flames extinguished, the rear rooms of the drug store were in flames, and considerable loss to the fixtures and stock resulted.
Tom Parker and R.A. Davis were arrested at Redmond, Tuesday by deputy sheriff Ray Putnam, charged with larceny at Camp Fuller, which is on the Ochoco Project. The men are being held in the county bastille, and will be given a hearing in the justice court today.
A party of Prineville men assisted Powell Butte citizens Tuesday in a good roads day. The roadway was cleared through the Brobst homestead, all rock and trees being removed preparatory to grading the road. The task of pulling trees was completed yesterday, and a small amount of work will place this entire three miles of road in good condition.
75 years ago
March 4, 1943
Crook County has received an allotment of farm machinery for the year, it was announced this week by E.L. Woods, county agent. The farm machinery rationing board met Tuesday in the office of E.L. Woods to allocate the machinery to the farms in Crook county.
The production unit of the Crook County chapter of the American Red Cross has received cash donations of $122.50 to fill ditty bags for men in the service, it was announced this week. The cost of the materials for each bag is a dollar. Each bag holds a soap box and a bar of soap, a writing tablet, envelopes, a pencil, a deck of playing cards, a shoe polish cloth, razor blades, shoe laces and a sewing kit or "housewife." The "housewife" contains a spool of white thread, a card of tan thread and darning cotton, needles, safety pins and buttons.
50 years ago
March 7, 1968
Dollar volume for building permits for the month of February was up sharply from previous months, according to a report received at the Central Oregonian. The total volume of $53,000 included a permit for $32,700 for the City of Prineville Railway to construct a new depot. Seven permits were issued for alterations or new construction.
A federal grant of $1,275, to be used for the purchase of instructional equipment, has been approved for Central Oregon Community College, it was learned today. The money will be used to equip new student foreign language booths with amplifiers and headsets.
All granddaughters of Crook County pioneers, between the ages of 18 and 25, are invited to attend a meeting March 13, at 8 p.m. at the city hall. Purpose of the meeting is to form a group who will serve as the 'court' for the King and Queen of the Prineville Centennial, when election of the reigning couple is held later this spring.
25 years ago
March 4, 1993
The Crook County Sheriff's Office is looking to expand its search and rescue team. Undersheriff Clyde McLain said the sheriff's office would like to expand the team, make it more organized, and also put the members through training courses. Volunteers willing to provide search and rescue equipment — snowmobiles, aircraft, boats, four-wheel drives, etc. — are especially urged to apply.
A 50-year-old Prineville man threatening suicide had Prineville police officers scurrying Monday evening. The man threatened to kill himself and any police officers who might approach his trailer during a near two-hour standoff. He eventually turned himself in and police took him to the Crook County Jail, where he was kept for detoxification then released Tuesday morning.