A community sing featuring patriotic songs was held in Prineville 100 years ago

 - August 26, 1993: Prineville resident Fred Graf sands a hand-built cedar canoe in his garage.

100 years ago

August 29, 1918

By special arrangement with the people of this city, there will be a mass meeting at the First M.E. Church here, next Sunday night, at which time there will be a war lecture by Mr. Wm. S. Dixon of Chicago, Illinois, on the subject of "Hitting the Hun." There will be a community chorus to furnish the music, and some local talent music also of a special nature. Mr. Dixon will also sing one of the newest war songs, which has been published only a few weeks, and is titled "The Blue Star In The Window."

A community sing was held on the streets Tuesday evening at which time all the patriotic songs of the nation were sung. This was a nationwide movement, every city, village, and hamlet responding to the call of the president. Just as the grand old Liberty Bell in Philadelphia ceased ringing at 6 p.m., all patriotic citizens joined in singing the "Star Spangled Banner," followed by other patriotic songs.

75 years ago

August 26, 1943

Potato growers of Crook and Deschutes counties will meet at Powell Butte next Monday night to discuss with Afton Zundel, Extension farm labor specialist at Oregon State College, the procedure necessary to secure Mexican labor for the potato harvest. If sufficient need and interest are shown, it may be possible to secure Mexican labor for the harvest this season, County Agent E.L. Woods indicated in announcing the meeting.

A proposed contract under which the City of Prineville would extend fire protection to a rural zone surrounding the city was discussed at a committee meeting held Monday night in the county court room. General agreement on the terms of a five-year contract was reached by representatives of the city council, the county court, and residents of the area to be served.

The Women's Ambulance Corps had a special meeting Wednesday evening to hear Yeoman Dorothy England, of the WAVES, speak. Miss England spoke briefly on the need of the WAVES for more members and the important place they are filling in this emergency. The corps is planning a potluck dinner to be given next Monday for the members and guests.

50 years ago

August 29, 1968

The big Centennial fashion show "Styles Through the Ages" will be running two nights, Friday and Saturday, August 30, 31 at the CCHS gym. Showtime is set for 8:30 p.m. The evolution of today's styles will be depicted from the time of the caveman on to today. Background music will be supplied by Allen Durkee and Carol Wright.

The Oregon Log Truckers Association was honored at its recent convention here by the State Compensation Department for its outstanding highway safety record. Chares B. Gill, Jr., general manager of the state Compensation Department, presented association President Robert M. Rush of Prineville with a Letter of Commendation from Gov. Tom McCall, complementing the Oregon Log Truckers Association for improving the public image of the log hauler on the highway by promotion safe driving and better log hauling methods.

25 years ago

August 26, 1993

Start to finish, it takes four months for Fred Graf to turn four two-by-sixes into a canoe – a half-day alone just to rip them into strips resembling giant fettucine noodles. There's the mold to be constructed. There's nailing, beveling and gluing before sanding the whole thing down until it's smooth as a car fender. Then the Fiberglass and filling work begins. Graf, the Eastern Oregon Area Director for the Oregon Department of Forestry, has long enjoyed woodcraft. He more recently expanded into building canoes. His first project took best of show in the 1991 Crook County Fair.

If you haven't driven down Loper Avenue past Pioneer Memorial Hospital for a while: No, you're not imaging things. A whole lot of building has been going on. The largest phase of Pioneer's construction and renovation project is up and standing. Construction manager Chris Boskind says the project is right on target: going smoothly, on schedule and within budget.

Costs to the City of Prineville for projects related to acquiring two historic Bend railroad depots did not sit well with Prineville City Council member Hugh Dragich at Tuesday night's meeting. Dragich took issue with the city's financial liabilities after City Planning Director Dick Brown asked for council authorization to seek a state grant for a city project called "Phase II of the Historic Railroad Depot Project." The grant would help defray the estimated $506,075 in costs associated with six related railroad projects in and around Prineville. The projects would only be undertaken if Prineville obtains the two Bend depots. The council authorized the city on a 4-1 vote to pursue the application for the funds.

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