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The Madras Pioneer looks back through our archives from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

PIONEER LOGO - Looking back over Madras Pioneer archives from 25 to 100 years ago.100 YEARS AGO

March 14, 1918

The Madras branch of the Bend Chapter of the Red Cross is turning out a splendid amount of work. The third shipment was made Tuesday to Bend and consisted of the following:

Fifty-four pairs of socks, 27 sweaters, four mufflers, right pair wristlets, 10 feather pillows, 127 fracture pillows, 30 fracture pads, 4 pounds clean rags, 5 pounds linen lint, 372 wash rags, eight dish rags, 32 pillow slips, 55 towels, 70 tea towels, 28 handkerchiefs, 28 tray cloths, 86 napkins, seven hospital bed skirts, 19 pairs of pajamas, 11 hot water bottle covers, gun wipes, and artillery rags.

75 YEARS AGO

March 11, 1943

The makings for a good old Western thriller were assembled in Federal Judge Claude McColloch's court in Portland a week ago today.

There were Indians with all their trappings. There were white men. There were deputy marshals armed with six-guns. There was a 10-gallon hat or two.

Even the framework of a good plot was there. Two Warm Springs Indians, ages 38 and 30, were in court accused of cattle thievery. They call it rustling, in the pulp paper magazines.

However, at the last minute, the men decided they wouldn't stand trial and changed their pleas to guilty instead.

Judge McColloch suspended probation for a period of three years. This means the Great White Father will have to keep an eye on them for that period.

50 YEARS AGO

March 14, 1968

Pictorial Protest is this cartoon and lettering on the big Madras Air Service aircraft. It represents the complaint of Ace Demers, proprietor, that the United States Forest Service is discriminating against him. He has had no success in obtaining contracts for firefighting missions, even though he has submitted bids lower than the scale being used on current contracts with other aircraft operators. Here Demers poses with some of his grandchildren beneath the lettering that seems to say, "Flying? I ain't getting none."

25 YEARS AGO

March 11, 1993

"We're trying to find things to re-link kids back to the system. We're constantly looking for ideas to turn things around."

That was the comment from 509-J Superintendent Phil Riley, after noting state statistics released March 1, showing Madras High School had the highest dropout rate in the state.

The MHS dropout rate was 18 percent in 1990-91, and rose to 20.7 percent last year. That means out of 707 high school students, 146 dropped out — or one-fifth of the students.

Riley said the district tracks dropout students and of the 100 who left MHS in 1990-91, over 40 were back in some kind of educational setting, such as studying for a GED.

He said a lot of people would like to blame the problem on one ethnic group or another, but actually it was quite widespread among all racial groups at the school.

Riley attributes the dropout problem to one main thing — a long history of absenteeism.

"The causes appear to be the same. Those who have dropped out have missed a vast amount of school. It could be due to pregnancy or other things. But by the time they do get to school, they feel they are too late to succeed," Riley said.

Skipping school isn't just a teenage problem, Riley pointed out. Students with attendance problems in MHS also had similar absences in grade school.

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