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The Stevens hospital was badly damaged by fire, which broke out from an overheated flue 75 years ago

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - August 12, 1993: Rachel Griffiths prepares "Tuffy" for a performance at the 1993 Crook County Fair 4-H Horse Show held Saturday morning at the Indoor Arena. The 4-H Horse Show is traditionally held before the start of the fair.

100 years ago

August 15, 1918

One of the largest, if not the largest, land and livestock transfers that has ever been transacted in Crook County occurred yesterday when J.N. Williamson disposed of most of his holdings to E.L. Ashby, Wm. Ledford and T.H. Lafollette. The deal included the Riverside property of about 22,000 acres stocked with sheep, horses and cattle, and all the range lands tributary to it.

A reception was held at the Powell Butte Community Hall Tuesday evening for all the men in that section who are in Class I. Miss Fennimore and Charles Charlton Jr. sang solos and Dr. Gervin, C.F. Smith and Mrs. Belknap of Prineville, gave short talks. Those present from Prineville were: Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Smith, Mrs. H.P. Belknap and Dr. J.H. Gervin. Refreshments were served at the close of the evening.

Carey Cabe, who has charge of a logging crew at one of the Bend mills, and Miss Julia Dobson, a teacher of Roberts, were married in Prineville by Rev. Fertig at the Methodist parsonage, Monday morning. Mr. Cabe and Miss Dobson and her brother, Harry Dobson, came to Prineville Sunday, but could not get a license until Monday, and as Mr. Cabe had to be back to work on Monday morning, they waited and were married and returned immediately to Bend.

75 years ago

August 12, 1943

Generous response to the call for furniture for use in the recreation and study rooms being prepared for men in the Portland Flying Service school here was reported today by the Lions Club committee in charge of the project. With the help of the women's activities committee of the Civilian Defense Organization, the offers of furniture are being listed.

The Stevens hospital at the foot of West First Street was badly damaged by fire which broke out Monday noon, apparently from an overheated flue. Three patients in the hospital were hastily transferred to the nearby Prineville General Hospital and all of the furniture in the building was saved.

With Rev. Thomas McTeigue as their first pastor, members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Prineville for the first time have their own church and their own parish. For the past two years the Prineville church has been operated as a mission under the Redmond parish and prior to that as a mission under Bend.

50 years ago

August 15, 1968

William Handford, son of Katharine Bixby, Prineville, left Portland Friday night, August 9, by air, for his new assignment with the U.S. Department of State as a staff associate in Montevideo, Uruguay, in South America. Hanford, 28, is a graduate of CCHS in 1958; a veteran of three years' service with the U.S. Army; and a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, 1966, in the field of economics. His assignment with the state department will be for two years.

Frances Juris' new book titled "Rails to the Ochoco Country" is ready, according to her publisher, Golden West Books, and will arrive in Prineville sometime towards the end of the week, hopefully by Friday. Juris plans to have a booth at the County Fair for the book, with proceeds at that time to go to the Centennial committee.

The Centennial Pageant, "Thunder in the Ochocos," staged Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, August 9, 10, 11, finished off in grand style, with real thunder and lightning furnishings the night time backdrop for the final Sunday evening performance. All this made the pageant's title rather apropos for the event.

25 years ago

August 12, 1993

Riding the theme "A Country Journey," the 89th edition of the Crook County Fair opens Wednesday night for its five-day run at the Crook County Fairgrounds. Oregon Trail fans can enjoy a special exhibit at the fair in honor of the Oregon Pioneers and the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial Celebration. The theme for this year's fair is related to the pioneer spirit and can be found throughout the fairgrounds.

The Department of Land Conservation and Development on Friday filed a notice of intent to appeal the Crook County Court's approval of Stagecoach Ranch in Powell Butte. DLCD regional representative Brent Lake indicated that the agency is not satisfied with the county's handling of a remand to Crook County from the Land Use Board of Appeals. The latest appeal is one of many setbacks for property developer Robert Heindl, president of Western Ranch Properties Inc. Heindl has attempted for three years to gain approval from the county to build a 120-home cluster development on the 1,200-acre parcel of property.

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