Back in Time
100 years ago
August 1, 1918
Prineville is justly proud of Henry C. Smith, who has just recently been advanced to the rank of major. Major Smith has been in the service about 11 years and has seen service in China and the Philippines. He was also called to the Mexican border at the time of the recent trouble there. He is only 32 years old, but has advanced to his present high rank by steady perseverance.
Last Sunday afternoon about 75 cars were parked at the lake above the Ochoco dam, while most of the occupants were enjoying a swim. The water is quite warm and shallow near the edge, but reaches a depth of about 30 feet near the center. Several rafts have been constructed and anchored near the center and tents are provided near the edge of the water for dressing rooms.
An important meeting will be held at the courthouse Saturday, August 3, at which time prominent speakers from Camp Lewis will be present to discuss the importance of a Council of Defense and assist in organizing one in Crook county. Major Hibbard, Captain R.H. Russell and Executive Secretary John K. Kolock are making a tour of Eastern Oregon in the interest of the Council of Defense and the registrants. Special music will be provided for the meeting.
75 years ago
July 29, 1943
Plans for a recreation center for the U.S. Army fliers now receiving training at the Prineville airport were announced this week. The fliers, enrolled in the Portland Flying Service school, are housed in barracks in the city park alongside the courthouse, but the barracks cannot be used for study hall and recreation rooms. The recreation center is a project of the Crook County chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Red Cross is receiving the help of the Prineville Lions Club in furnishing the quarters to be provided.
The work of numbering houses in the Melrose Acres and Laughlin additions near Prineville has been undertaken by air raid wardens in that area, it was announced by G. S. Vergeer, chief air raid warden, this week. A map showing the correct numbers in relation to Prineville's street numbering system was prepared some time ago with the aid of Kenneth Carlson, at that time Crook County Assessor.
Residents of Prineville and vicinity are responding generously to the call of Crook County farmers for help in the hay fields, it was reported this week by Norris Shook, of the U.S. employment office here. Many men are working evenings and Sundays to help get the hay in, Mr. Shook said, and the result has been that almost every farmer who needed hay hands has been supplied with a few during the past week or two.
50 years ago
August 1, 1968
Frances Juris, City Recorder-Treasurer, is resigning effective Oct. 15. She will be retiring from her key position within the city's government after 17½ years of public service. With the announcement of her retirement, Juris stated plans to continue residing within the Prineville area while continuing to work on her burgeoning writing career.
The City of Prineville Railway has begun their long anticipated move to the new location across North Main from the old railway depot. The new building was completed recently at a cost of $32,975.55. Plans were developed by the architectural firm of Wilmsen, Endicott and Unthank. The City of Prineville Railway is the only municipally owned and operated railway in the nation.
25 years ago
July 29, 1993
Seven-year-old Travis Wilber was hunting for one of his little brother's toys when he opened his garage door and peered inside Friday morning. What he found instead was billowing smoke, and one thought flashed into his head: "Always tell a grownup if anything's on fire," Travis Wilber said. He quickly closed the door and ran to tell his parents, Brian and Melissa Wilber. The Wilbers then notified the Prineville Fire Department, which extinguished the fire, saving the garage.
Two Prineville brothers charged with burglary and criminal mischief in a July 8 vandalism spree at Missionary Baptist Church, faced similar charges last week after vandalizing St. Joseph Catholic Church. The two brothers, ages 10 and 9, and another 10-year-old boy, were charged with first-degree arson and criminal mischief. The three caused an estimated $300 in damages to the church on the afternoon of July 16.
Pioneers will ride high in Crook County throughout the week of Aug. 1-7 through a variety of events designed to entertain, inform and educate the public with information and stories of the Oregon Trail and Crook County's role in the settlement of Oregon. Festivities will begin at the annual Pioneer Picnic with the coronation of the 1993 Crook County Pioneer Queen, Maxine Brummer.