Back in Time
100 years ago
October 17, 1918
Dorothy Simpson of Prineville was one of the 10 first winners in the state in the recent essay contest for school children. The subject was "My Liberty Bond and I." 150,000 children in the state participated in the contest and the 10 first winners will receive gold medals. Dorothy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simpson.
R.M. Powell was arrested and placed in the county jail today at about 10:30 by Sheriff Knox, on a warrant charging him with arson. The dwelling on the place formerly owned by Mr. Powell and recently transferred to Mrs. S. A. Prose was destroyed by fire sometime during the night.
75 years ago
A 14-year-old boy who became lost Sunday afternoon while on a deer hunting trip in the Ochoco forest was found Monday by a party of soldiers on a hunting trip in the Big Summit country, Forest Service officials here reported. The boy, Vernon Parker, spent Sunday night near Cram Creek and was found by the soldiers about 9 o'clock Monday morning, heading for Summit Prairie.
With the potato harvest getting into operation in this part of Central Oregon, Crook County High School students are going into the harvest fields in increasing numbers. The first squad of potato pickers went out from the school Oct. 6. A week later, seven squads of 10 to 16 boys and girls checked out for work in the potato fields.
Crook County's rural fire fighting organization proved its mettle this week in battling a stubborn hay fire at the Phil Reinhardt ranch in the Long Pine district. Eighty tons of chopped hay in a barn on the Reinhardt ranch ignited by spontaneous combustion early Monday and the fire crews stayed on the job all day and all night to save the barn.
50 years ago
October 17, 1968
Telephone service was disrupted for about nine hours Sunday, Oct. 13, when a hunter's bullet clipped a copper wire about 23 miles east of Prineville. The wire, located in Blue Mountain Telephone Company territory, carried seven circuits between Paulina and Bend, according to Pacific Northwest Bell Manager Gerry Wiley.
An emergency call is going out from the local Oregon State Employment Office for workers in the potato fields. Desperately needed are combine workers and hand pickers. A few other helpers in the sheds, and experienced in running tractors, are also needed. Please help this crop if you possibly can.
25 years ago
October 14, 1993
Crook County has bought a one-acre piece of property inside the Crook County Fairgrounds from Jerry and Julius Spangler for $44,000, ending a lawsuit and countersuit between the county and two Prineville brothers. On the property, located in the middle of the fairgrounds, is a house, shed and other personal property. It is bisected by a 10-foot easement already owned by the county. The acquisition of the Spangler property is the second recent purchase by the county of property located inside or near the fairgrounds.
South Main Street residents voiced strong opposition to forming a Local Improvement District and paying a possible $2,000 hookup fee at Tuesday night's Prineville City Council meeting. About 10 residents showed up at a public hearing to argue against forming a LID and to help defray costs of the $237,000 sewer line down Main Street to the Crook County Fairgrounds. About $103,000 of the line was not covered in the original state grant. No decision was made at the meeting, as the hearing was continued.
The Harney County Fairgrounds in Burns will be the site of the Northwest Mustang-A-Fair Oct. 14-18. The excess animals were recently gathered from the Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management Areas southeast of Burns and are up for adoption under the BLM's Adopt-A-Horse program, which permits members of the public to adopt wild horses. Kiger mustangs are thought to be one of the most pure Spanish mustangs on the range today.