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A dairy owner stages a rebellion in 1943 and prices local milk at 14 cents per quart.

PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back over the past 100 years.100 YEARS AGO

April 25, 2018

Power to produce fear is a poor weapon. The teacher who uses it to teach is not doing his best work.

Snakes are feared by reason of their sting. So are lions and tigers for reason of their power to produce harm.

Fear is the weapon of an enemy. We do not fear our friends, nor can we fear anything that we love.

Evil is just absence of good: for it cannot exist where good is. And evil chooses fear for its weapon. Neither evil nor fear should exist in the schoolroom, says an exchange.

Good is always stronger than evil; love is always stronger than fear. Why should teachers employ evil methods and inspire fear in the hearts of children when springs of love are bubbling up on every side?

There are smiles, and kind words, and kind thoughts, and deeds of kindness and — but the list is too great to complete. These inspire love, and as weapons are much more efficient than is fear.

And then there is faith! When good loses its trust in its ability to overcome, fear disarms and evil conquers.

An animal will not attack a man who has absolutely no fear of it. That is the secret of the lion tamer's power. Evil cannot defeat a man who is strong in good, and therefore he has no cause to fear evil.

75 YEARS AGO

April 22, 1943

Openly giving OPA officials the cold shoulder, the city of Madras recently staged a "Milk Rebellion," and as a result, residents of this city are now being delivered milk by the only state-inspected dairy in the county.

After trying in vain for many weeks to get OPA offices in Portland to grant relief from ceiling prices on milk, Emil Henske, owner of Jefferson County's lone dairy, started the rebellion when he curtailed deliveries of milk in Madras on Saturday, April 10.

At a meeting held Wednesday of last week, at which the City Council, ration board, defense council and merchants were represented, it was learned that a official from the district OPA office in Portland would visit this city Friday.

Upon failure of the official to show up late Saturday afternoon, and receiving no word out of the OPA office, it was decided that time for the needed action had arrived and a special meeting was called.

With endorsement of all the organizations involved, a resolution was passed Saturday, asking Mr. Henske to resume the delivery of milk at prices he thought would be fair to all concerned. A signed copy of the resolution was also sent to OPA offices in Portland.

Setting the prices at 14 cents a quart retail and 12 cents a quart wholesale, delivery of milk was resumed in Madras Monday.

A routine investigation of milk prices and feed costs was held by an OPA official here on Tuesday, and it was found that the Henske dairy had been operating at a loss of approximately $267 per month.

50 YEARS AGO

April 25, 1968

Aboard the "Sam Johnson Special," as the eight-car, two-diesel-unit train moved down the Deschutes gorge Saturday, were 582 Boy Scouts and Cubs, who joined in a Scott Carpenter award ceremony in Nena.

For the Central Oregon Scouts, it was a great day, with only the weatherman failing to cooperate: Flurries of snow drifted over gorge cliffs, occasional showers of rain reached to river level, and a cold wind whipped the area. But there was also occasional bursts of brilliant sunshine.

Many anglers lined the stream, and waved to the Scouts as the train moved toward Nena, 88 miles north of Bend, starting point of the excursion. Most of the Scouts boarded the train at Bend, but groups also joined the outing at Redmond, Culver, Metolius and Madras.

In recognition of outstanding recruitment by Scouts, the Scott Carpenter awards were presented by Rep. Sam Johnson to some 300 boys. Assisting in the presentation were Dr. Fred Boyle, Central Oregon College president, who is Fremont district chairman elect, a position now held by Johnson. Also taking part in the ceremony was Del Hale, Bend, Modoc Council chairman.

Rep. Johnson and his staff made the award presentations at the edge of a small meadow that crowded to river edge. The ceremony was brief, for the wind was cold. But despite the chill, many of the boys joined in picnic lunches beside the railroad track.

The awards presented the boys for the recruitment work were especially prepared by Navy Commander Scott Carpenter, former astronaut now engaged in oceanic research work.

25 YEARS AGO

April 22, 1993

The first phase of the Madras Wastewater Treatment Facility improvement project is nearly complete.

Crews last week worked to place an impervious blanket on the floor of the 25-acre storage lagoon. After the blanket is in place, it will be covered with a one-foot layer of dirt, then rip-rap will be placed on the edge of the lagoon to protect the separating dikes from wave damage.

By the end of the month or early May, the lagoon will be ready for water, according to Jerry Breazeale, the city's Public Works Department head.

The winter storage lagoon project is part of the $4.1 million improvement plan at the facility northwest of Madras. The second phase of the project, the filtration system, should be finished this summer, Breazeale said.

The second phase includes a chemical holding building, clarifying processing tank, a chlorine treatment tank, and a sludge pit, all along the northwest edge of the existing lagoons.

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