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Jefferson County experiences a siege of cold, snowy weather in 1943, with country roads all blocked.

PIONEER ILLUSTRATION - The Madras Pioneer looks back through archives from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week.100 YEARS AGO

January 31, 1918

Through a misunderstanding on the part of many, this article is written hoping it will enlighten those who are laboring under false impressions.

First. The local Red Cross organization wishes it emphatically understood that the Madras Branch of the Bend Chapter is the only Red Cross in Madras, and as such the only one that is entitled to solicit funds or material for the Red Cross, and any other order, organization or individual collecting under the name of the Red Cross is subject to a call at any time from the Madras Branch to turn over everything collected under the name of the Red Cross, whether it be funds or material.

Second. The following are officers of the local Red Cross Branch: L.H. Irving, president; W.E. Johnson, vice president; Miss Mary Harrison, secretary; McKinley Kane, treasurer; Mrs. Clark is chairman of the Military Relief Committee, and as chairman, Mrs. Clark does all of the work. Mrs. U'Ren is chairman of the Civilian Relief Committee. It is her duty to look after and assist the sick or wounded sailors and soldiers and their families, as well as to order aid to any case of distress within the jurisdiction of the local branch of the Red Cross.

Third. Anyone doubting the authenticity of any information heretofore published by the Red Cross Branch in our local paper, might have further proof of same by visiting headquarters any day the local chapter is in session.

Fourth and last. The local Red Cross Branch meets each Thursday afternoon and evening for work in their headquarters in the old city hall, at the sign of the Red Cross.

75 YEARS AGO

February 4, 1943

Last weekend marked the worst siege of winter Jefferson County has experienced this year.

The thermometer dropped to 11 below and strong winds piled the snow in deep drifts on the main thoroughfares. Every country road leading to Madras was blocked.

Roads that were mail routes were broken first, all except Grizzly, where one county snow plow is stalled. It has been reported that a truck from Grizzly is stalled on the other side of this drift.

Kenneth Blackwell and John Lee started to Grizzly Sunday night with a county snow plow. They encountered a huge drift on Moore's flat and were unable to continue. Neither could they retract as the road had been blocked with drifting snow. They worked and shoveled all night. They started back afoot and near Madras met Floyd Evick, who was trying to get through. He turned around and the three arrived in Madras Monday evening.

It is planned to send the county bulldozer out as soon as it gets back from Grandview, where roads to stranded stock have been cleaned.

Friday afternoon, Kenneth Blackwell and Charles Mahoney started to Ashwood to clear the road with a county snow plow. They helped Henry Thornton home by clearing his road. Blackwell stayed at the Thornton's to visit his wife, who is teaching at Pony Butte School, and Mahoney started back to Madras. He got as far as the Jim Clarke place, when he ran in the ditch and got stuck in a snow drift. He worked all night and most of Saturday shoveling. He had to detach the plow before he finally succeeded in getting back on the road. He decided to go back to Ashwood, where he arrived by 7 p.m.

In the meantime, Blackwell became alarmed when Mahoney did not meet him at the top of the Ashwood grade as they had planned.

He called Madras and Judge Power got one of the experienced men from one of the construction companies and started up to Ashwood with the bulldozer at 2 p.m. Considerable alarm was felt as Mahoney hadn't returned to Madras or Ashwood.

The judge and Charles Marler experienced considerable difficulty in getting through deep drifts on the Clarke hill but finally made it by making several passes back and forth until they got through the drifts. They arrived at Ashwood at 10 p.m. All four arrived back at Madras Sunday evening, none the worse for their experiences.

Plows were sent out that evening to Grizzly and Round Butte where Pat Angland had a band of sheep marooned north of them where he couldn't move them or get feed to them until the road was broken.

Dennis O'Halloran was marooned with his sheep on top of the Cove grade. The county patrol went out Monday to clear the road so he could move his sheep or get hay in.

January precipitation was 2.18 inches, the wettest January recorded for 20 years. The coldest recording was 19 below zero in the early part of January.

Precipitation reached a total of 7.30 inches for the last three months, making a record unequaled in any previous period of like time.

50 YEARS AGO

February 1, 1968

A class of candidates for initiation at a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks, plus two social events, will mark the beginning on Feb. 16, of the second century of Elkdom, A.P. (Bud) Miller, exalted ruler of Madras Lodge No. 2017, said Tuesday.

Falling on the actual centennial date, Friday, Feb. 16, will be a crab feed at the lodge, and a steak dinner is planned for the following evening.

The initiation of the centennial class will be deferred until Thursday, Feb. 29, because this is the date regularly designated for induction, the exalted ruler said, but he noted that this class of initiates will be officially designated the centennial class.

25 YEARS AGO

January 29, 1993

A farewell to Mayor Steve Dillon was the first order of business at the Jan. 18, meeting of the Culver City Council.

Dillon thanked the council and the citizens of Culver for their cooperation during his term and he was presented with a plaque in token of their gratitude for a job well done.

After this, Joanne Heare, Mel Minor and Vernon Jones were sworn in as council members. Heare was nominated and unanimously elected mayor.

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