Historic Shay Locomotive heads to Prineville from West Virginia 25 years ago

 - September 16, 1993: Tom Fitzpatrick (seated) and Steve Cross relax in the shadow of a Sherpa cargo plane after a morning workout at the Prineville/Crook County Airport Monday. Smokejumpers are fighting boredom instead of fires so far this summer.

100 years ago

September 19, 1918

The drive for Crook County's quota for the Furth Liberty Loan is on today. The amount to be raised is $166,400 and already many subscriptions have been made to assist in rolling up this amount, and to get Oregon over the top first again in this drive as it has been in each of the three former drives.

The Liberty Loan party from state headquarters will arrive this evening in time for the 8 o'clock meeting. They are touring the state in the big "Yellow demon" car which has twice before made the circuit in the interests of liberty, and which has become identified with the very thought of crushing the Hun.

Monday next the people of Prineville vote on the matter of issuing $85,000 in bonds for the city of Prineville railroad. This sum will be sufficient to complete the track to a point where service can be established, and some equipment secured for the operation of regular trains. Some freight is now coming in over the line in full cars.

75 years ago

September 16, 1943

Leaving the keys in your car is still a good way to get rid of the car, in spite of gasoline and tire rationing, City Marshal Ernest McKenzie reported this week. Three cars have been stolen in Prineville during the past three weeks and each time the thief found the key in the lock and the car ready to go.

Fire which started when grease blazed on the stove in the Maid-Rite shop damaged the Pine building here Wednesday morning, forcing the closure of the Pine theatre and the offices of Asa W. Battles, Lake M. Bechtell and the Farm Security Administration. The blaze worked its way into the walls between the restaurant and the theatre lobby and the Prineville fire department faced a difficult, dangerous job.

Fire which started near a place at the Pine Products corporation plant about 5 o'clock last Friday afternoon swept through the planer shed in a few minutes, destroying the shed and all of the machinery in it. Loss was estimated at about $70,000 by Ward Rhoden, manager of the plant.

50 years ago

September 19, 1968

Students at Mitchell High School will hear the story of nuclear energy and its peaceful uses October 4 during an assembly program being brought to Mitchell by the University of Oregon physics department. "This Atomic World" will be presented by Richard Thompson, visiting instructor in physics at Oregon. Students will be actively involved in the demonstrations.

Crook County voters defeated the second run of the $1,850,000 school bond issue to the tune of 844 "No" votes, to 727 "Yes" in a heavy turnout of voters. With 3,980 registered voters for the county, 1,571 showed at the county poles Monday, September 16.

Approximately 250 managers of irrigation projects, plus board of director members, government and state administrators from Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, British Columbia and Oregon attended an all-day tour of Crooked River irrigation projects here in Crook County. Included in the five-bus tour were visits to sprinkler systems, special piping projects, and a close first-hand examination of various methods being used here for irrigation purposes.

25 years ago

September 16, 1993

The Oregon State Police are working to identify the human remains found in a burned-out van in a remote section of Crook County last week. The cause of the fire which started inside the van is still under investigation. Miller said a 5-gallon propane tank was hooked up to an older cookstove burner in the van. Other information relating to evidence discovered at the van by police is not being released.

A historic steam train engine appears headed for Prineville as the City of Prineville Railway and the Oregon Historical Society are ready to sign a 10-year lease. The 1923 Shay Locomotive is in West Virginia but will be shipped to Prineville at the Oregon Historical Society's expense once the lease is signed. The engine, which once hauled lumber in Oregon's Blue Mountains, will be used mainly as a tourist attraction.

The Prineville Senior Center is due for some sprucing up, after the Prineville City Council unanimously approved a contingent award bid to PCDI Inc. at Tuesday night's meeting. The city received a federal grant through the state's economic development program for $75,000 for improvements but the lone bid received by the city was for nearly double that amount. So, the bid is contingent upon the city's ability to work out details on a contract between PCDI and the state.

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