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Central Oregon area residents treated to a solar eclipse 100 years ago in June

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 - May 27, 1993: Geoff Goodman's swimming skills proved valuable in a daring rescue.

100 years ago

May 30, 1918

One week from Saturday, June 8, the most wonderful eclipse of the sun will take place, that will be visible from this part of the earth for 99 years, or until the year 2017. The shadow will be seen first in America at about the mouth of the Columbia River, at 3:55 p.m. and will reach this part of the state in about 6 minutes, or near 4 o'clock. It travels at the rate of thirty miles per minute on this coast, and leaves this continent at the southern coast of Florida, traveling there at the rate of 100 miles per minute.

Tuesday morning forty men arrived at Prineville Junction in charge of P.L. Gogerty who will have charge of the work on the tracklaying for the Prineville railroad. They were put at work at once, and before evening all the steel that was on hand was spiked to ties on the sidetracks, and ties were spaced on the right of way for a considerable distance ready for rails which arrived during the night Tuesday for the following day's use.

Judge Livett, of the railway director's office, today notified Representative Sinnott that the government cannot at this time sanction the extension of the railroad to Burns, inasmuch as it does not appear such construction is justified as a war necessity. General shortage of labor and material in the primary cause for turning down this request.

75 years ago

May 27, 1943

Opportunity for trained horsemen now is offered by the United States Coast Guard, Machinist Melvin L. Matson, District Personnel Procurement Officer, said this week. openings are available for men who have had experience with horses and their care to engage in mounted beach-patrol activities along the Pacific Coast.

The 10 ton fishing boat built in Prineville by Elmer Back and christened the "Ochoco" was loaded on a huge logging truck Wednesday and started this morning for The Dalles, en route to the Pacific ocean. The boat will be placed in the Columbia river at The Dalles and will voyage down the Columbia to the mouth of the river and then down the coast to Newport, which will be its home port. The task of loading the boat on the truck took from 10 o'clock in the morning until 8:30 at night, and attracted a large audience. The truck, loaded with the boat, proved impossible to move from the loading area, so another big truck was hooked on to complete the "launching."

50 years ago

May 30, 1968

Leroy Aeschliman was the jubilant winner of "operation Porkchop" contest of guessing the pig's weight at Les Schwab Tire Center. His guess was 247 pounds 1 ounce, within 1 ounce of the correct weight of 247 pounds, 2 ounces.

Bob Bonnes, chairman of the Prineville Merchants Committee, would like to urge merchants to wear Centennial costumes this Friday and Saturday and all of next week. radio station KRCO will award $10 to the store with the best overall costumes. A prize of $5 will go to the 2nd place store, and $5 to the best dressed individual employee.

25 years ago

May 27, 1993

Geoff Goodman paced back and forth next to Ochoco Creek at the irrigation weir – the dam – on the Creekside opposite the public tennis courts. Three boys, about fourth through sixth-grade age, had just gone over the waterfall in a two-person raft. The oar was broken and the raft flipped. One of the boys made his way to the bank opposite Goodman, but two were stuck. Goodman had just finished tennis practice when he saw the boys – none wearing a life jacket – rafting in the creek. "I was pacing back and forth – they were all just panicking." The youngest boy was stuck in a boil and he couldn't touch bottom. Goodman jumped in, made his way to the boy and grabbed him. The current carried all three nearly to the bridge pillars at Juniper Street, where they were all able to climb out of the creek. Goodman doesn't think of himself as a hero but he knew a bad plan when he saw it: three in a two-person raft, no life jackets, creek at flood stage – and of course, going over a waterfall.

Citing a mistake of "considerable magnitude," Crook county Circuit Judge George W. Neilson removed Measure 7-1 from the June 29 ballot Monday. The measure was designed to prohibit minority status for homosexuals and to stop the county from expending funds to promote or express approval for homosexuality. The court action finishes a brief legal fight waged by a coalition of Crook County residents calling themselves Crook County Neighbors for Human Dignity.

The possibility of a June 29 vote on the county levy which failed last Tuesday has been discarded. The county is looking at coming back with a levy request in a special election in August or on the regularly scheduled election in September. The Crook County Library's levy request will go back to voters on the June ballot after losing by only 39 votes on May 18.

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