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Revenues from the 1993 Crook County Fair were the highest in the fair's history

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO
 - August 19, 1993: Covered wagons shared the trail with Model-Ts. This illustration and others by Don Gray were featured in Rick Steber's "Oregon Trail – Last of the Pioneers."

100 years ago

August 22, 1918

The War and Navy Departments have greatly simplified the problem for the young men who wish to know how best they can serve their country, by cutting off enlistments. The danger of the depletion of the source of trained men has been removed to a great extent, by the government taking men only as they need them. The War Department suggests to young men of college age to "Go to college, work hard, and wait to be called when they are needed." This is not for the purpose of keeping young men out of the war as long as possible, but rather to keep them out until they are of an age and training to give better service and a higher grade of efficiency.

P.B. Johnson of Millican is promoting a plan for the irrigation of about 30,000 acres of land in the Millican valley country some of which comes to within twenty miles of this place, and will endeavor to form an irrigation district for that purpose. In order to get the water to the valley it will be necessary to tunnel one and one-half miles through the mountains, using East Lake as the supply. This valley is one of the most fertile valleys in Eastern Oregon, but on account of the lack of water, has been practically barren. Cost of the ditching will be approximately $1,500,000.

The Ochoco Canyon Road is becoming a reality. Engineer T.M. Davis, who has been surveying different sections of the road during the past few weeks, has been assembling tools, camp equipment, etc. and all will soon be in readiness to handle a crew of men and teams. The section to be built first is that portion between the Henry Koch ranch and the Ochoco Ranger Station.

75 years ago

August 19, 1943

Marking progress in the development of the Episcopal churches of Prineville, Redmond, Madras and Cross Keys, William John Smith, newly appointed missionary for the territory, arrived in Prineville this week from Seattle. Mr. Smith will conduct the services for St. Andrew's Church here Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., to be held at the Masonic Hall instead of at McCarty's Studio as originally planned, and regular Sunday services and other activities of the church will have been inaugurated for the first time in Prineville's history.

Taxes will be lower in Crook County this year, according to final figures announced this week by County Assessor E.E. Goodrich. While it had been predicted in June that the tax on property in Prineville would come down to 34.4 mills this year, compared to 43.0 mills last year, it was not until Mr. Goodrich received official figures on public utilities assessments from the state tax commission and on the state's contribution to school funds that it was possible to make the estimates exact.

50 years ago

August 22, 1968

Two young soldiers who were being held in Crook County jail this week on charges of being absent without leave, were handed over to military authorities from the Presidio, at San Francisco, California, Monday at 2:20 p.m. the two were dressed in civilian clothes at the time of their arrest for trespassing in a gravel pit north of Prineville.

Tuesday afternoon, August 20, Crook County Sheriff Tex King was involved in a two car collision on a one lane county road during a driving rainstorm. King stated he was approaching the crest of a hill and had moved as far right as the narrow road would allow when a 1955 Chevy crested the hill directly in front of him. The approaching car struck the front of the sheriff's vehicle. Both cars were extensively damaged but there were no injuries.

25 years ago

August 19, 1993

The last of the American pioneers were children when their families made the journey west by covered wagon, as late as the 1920s. Prineville author Rick Steber's latest book, "Oregon Trail – Last of the Pioneers," is an oral history fraught with the fragile but lasting magic of childhood memories. The 16 accounts, arranged chronologically, tell of pilgrimages made between the years 1889 and 1921.

Preliminary results of a Department of Environmental Quality groundwater nitrate testing program show Prineville-area wells have among the highest contamination rates in Oregon. High nitrate levels in well water pose the greatest danger to infants and pregnant and nursing mothers, possibly leading to a poor oxygen supply in infants. The results of the test will be used by the DEQ for its next round of well-water sampling to track other contaminants.

Revenues from the 1993 Crook County Fair were the highest in the fair's history, but an attendance count is still being tabulated by a Salem security firm. According to Crook County Fairgrounds Manager Gary Timmerman, gate revenue from the five-day fair was $17,073.50. Assisted by higher admission prices, the revenue easily tops the 1991 gate revenue.

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