The first train to leave Portland for Prineville happened 100 years ago in May 1918

 - May 23, 1968: PJHS STUDENTS get in the spirit of the Centennial at a special Centennial Day last Wednesday. The majority of the students dressed in appropriate attire for the occasion. (Central Oregonian Photo)

100 years ago

May 23, 1918

On June 16, Prineville will witness the inauguration of its free mail delivery service. This advice was received by Postmaster J.W. Boone on Tuesday, and as a result, applications will be received for the carrier positions at the local postoffice between now and the above date. The positions will pay $55 per month each, and either male or female carriers will be used.

Lewis Long, who was arrested in Bend, Monday, as a draft evader, claims that he was rejected for the army and was on his way to Prineville where he says his parents live. He is wanted at Modesto, Calif., and is being held in jail awaiting instructions from the authorities there. He made the journey from the California town on foot.

The first train to leave Portland for Prineville will start in a few days, and will consist of twelve outfit cars, an engine, diner, sleeper and a tank car. It will be under the supervision of the foreman who is to have charge of the construction operations of the Prineville railroad, P.L. Gogerty, and will run over the O.W.R. & N. track under arrangement that has just been made for that service.

75 years ago

May 20, 1943

Home gardeners, as well as truck crop growers who gambled on growing weather early this year have lost in a sense because satisfactory growing weather for many garden crops has been on an extended vacation. We are just now arriving at the time of the year when we can expect the vegetable crops to grow when they are planted.

Sunday's search for the body of Nicholas Timothy Zelich, three and a half year old boy believed drowned in Ochoco creek March 31, proved futile and officers have just about given up hope of ever finding the body. City Marshal Ernest McKenzie organized the searching parties Sunday morning with the aid of state and county officers. The creek, swollen by flood waters at the time the little boy was first reported missing, has returned to the normal channel and a careful search was made.

Motorists who exceed the 35-mile wartime speed, the maximum allowed under OPA mileage rationing regulations, will be "clocked" by the Oregon State Police in a program to prevent tire abuse worked out in cooperation with the district OPA. "This enforcement program is extremely important to rubber conservation," district director Richard G. Montgomery declared, "for speeding constitutes a serious abuse of tires."

50 years ago

May 23, 1968

Al Learman, manager of the Centennial, requests that anyone having old horseshoes that they are in no particular need of, please take them to Duckett's Welding Shop on Lamonta Road. Your horseshoe donation will be utilized by the Centennial village in the form of bookends, paper weights, etc. for this summer's celebrations.

All sides of Oregon's welfare programs will be aired at a "Town Hall Meeting" tonight in Prineville. Local people will have a chance to share their views face-to-face with welfare's decision-makers, the members of the State Public Welfare Commission, and top-level State welfare staff, in a free and open discussion.

25 years ago

May 20, 1993

A hearing to determine the legal fate of Measure 7-1 could take place as early as next week, as the Crook County Circuit Court docket clerk is trying to schedule a Monday morning hearing. The hearing was prompted by a series of writs and appeals filed by Prineville residents Sandra and Bert Lowry Wednesday. The Lowrys, plaintiffs in the legal action along with crook County Neighbors for Human Dignity, are attempting to get the measure off the June 29 mail-in ballot. Five other writs and petitions have been filed with the circuit court as well, all asking for the measure to be taken off the ballot.

Building activity is continuing to increase in Prineville and Crook County. April saw the city of Prineville issue building permits totaling $325,097, while the county issued permits totaling $1,086,885

Crook County voters overwhelmingly rejected a one-year county levy request and narrowly defeated a one-year library funding request in the May 18 mail-in election. The failure of the two levy requests prompted a work session attended by more than a dozen county officials and employees Wednesday morning, taking the place of the usual county court meeting. The result is a decision to present the same request to voters on the June 29 ballot.

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