Back in Time
100 years ago
July 25, 1918
The construction train for the Prineville Railroad reached the city limits yesterday and the steel is being laid to the depot site today. The crew expects to finish the track laying not later than three o'clock. The McKay bridge near the city has been finished and is ready for immediate use. It will take several days to ballast the track and other details before the road will be ready for operation. The coaches are ready for delivery and will be sent out at once. The date of the "Railroad Day" will be announced next week.
The construction work on the Ochoco Canyon road started today under the supervision of Forest Supervisor V.V. Harpham and T.M. Davis, government representative from the Good Roads office in Portland. This includes 9l.7 miles of road and is a part of the McKenzie Pass, Eugene and Mitchell State Highway.
A fire discovered last Thursday in the timber on Green mountain was quickly extinguished by Forest Supervisor Harpham and a crew of men gathered from the sawmills and the farms in that vicinity. Workmen from the Prineville Railway also assisted. It was a warm afternoon and a strong wind was blowing and the fire had a good start, but the prompt response and the quick and efficient work of the men soon had the fire under control.
75 years ago
July 22, 1943
More than a dozen New Hampshire Red chickens belonging to Mrs. Sarah Dobbs were stolen Saturday night from her chicken house back of the union hall on Elm Street. Five chicken heads were found where they had been wrung off, but a count of the chickens remaining showed more than a dozen missing. The big fryers were valued at more than $1.50 each.
The Dinette restaurant on Main street, which operated for several years, closed Saturday night for an indefinite period. William Hicks, manager of the restaurant, said he has been unable to get enough rationed foods to meet the demands of the trade. At such a time as the necessary foods can be obtained, the Dinette will be reopened, he announced.
The first circus of the season, and probably the last one until after the end of the war, will exhibit in Prineville Saturday, July 31, with the big top set up at the Crook County fairgrounds. Dailey Bros. three-ring circus is the attraction, and arrangements for the use of the fairgrounds were made through the Prineville cavalry unit of the Oregon State guard, which has the fairgrounds under lease.
50 years ago
July 25, 1968
Mike Miksche, of the Countryman Real Estate Office in Prineville, has been appointed by Gov. Tom McCall to serve on the State Marine Board. The Marine Board cooperates with state and federal agencies to promote uniformity of laws relating to boating and advises law officers in the enforcement of such laws. It also issues certificates of number and titles to about 75,000 undocumented vessels.
Scotty's Thriftway Market was reported broken into sometime Wednesday night, July 17, according to Prineville City police. A person or persons unknown forced entry into the market, taking an undetermined amount of merchandise and money.
25 years ago
July 22, 1993
A pressing need for affordable housing in Prineville is bringing together Prineville community leaders to help provide a multi-family housing unit capable of serving up to 50 local families. Paul Capell, manager of Pacific Power and a member of the city council, said projects being discussed include a campus-like setting of four-plexes or eight-plexes.
The summer of no summer is nearing the end of July, and don't expect Crook County farmers to remember 1993 as the year of the great crop. No one is predicting a county-wide famine, but it certainly hasn't been a farmer's feast, either. Crook County extension agent Mylen Bohle indicated a pleasant May that featured warm nights had the summer shaping up as an excellent one for the area's agricultural markets. But cool, soggy weather in June and July has set everyone back. "This year we get all this water and no heat units to grow anything," Bohle said.