Back in Time
100 years ago
November 14, 1918
Professor D.C. Davis was shot and almost instantly killed at the Houston Lake about five miles west of this city Tuesday afternoon when his shotgun was accidentally discharged. Professor Davis and E.E. Evans, principal of the Crook County High School, were returning from a visit to the ranch of the latter, near Redmond, and stopped at the lakes to hunt ducks, each having a shotgun. From a boat in the water, Professor Davis fired at ducks overhead, rocking the boat. Mr. Evans attempted to assist Mr. Davis and discovered his companion had been wounded. On the recovery of the gun belonging to Davis, it was discovered that it was an automatic and therefore had been reloaded and cocked after he had shot at the ducks. He was overbalanced by the shot and fell into the water, clutching the gun to his breast whereupon it discharged, entering Davis' body just above his heart.
Although there are about fifty cases on Influenza here, the situation seems to be improving. Only three or four cases have been reported the last two days and most of the patients are doing nicely.
75 years ago
November 11, 1943
Regular class work will be resumed at Crook County High School next Monday, after nearly six weeks of interruption due to the potato harvest, it was announced Monday by R.H. McAtee, county school superintendent. Grade school children were called back to school this week and all high school students will be expected to report for classes Monday, November 15.
A call for knitters to aid in producing sweaters, helmets, sacks, stump socks and knee bands, as well as watch caps and mittens for men in the Navy, was issued today from Red Cross headquarters.
An expression of appreciation for the cooperation shown service men on maneuvers in Central Oregon was received by City Marshal Ernest McKenzie from Major General A.M. Patch, commanding general in the IV corps maneuvers.
50 years ago
November 14, 1968
More than 3,000 mental patients in Oregon hospitals will be remembered with a gift on Christmas morning according to plans announced by Bea DeFosse, chairman of Operation Santa Claus for Prineville. This activity is conducted annually by the Mental Health Association of Oregon through its county chapters and the Prineville Jaycees.
The Oregon Cattlemen's Association held its yearly convention in Ontario, Nov. 6-9 and one of the move controversial topics was the question of whether or not to move the headquarters of the OCA to Portland or to keep it in Prineville. The vote taken on this subject was better than 2 to 1 for Prineville as the host city.
Operation Sweet Tooth deadline for the Prineville area will be Sunday, Dec. 1. Operation Sweet Tooth is a community project in which boxes are filled with items for combat servicemen. Each box contains approximately $50 worth of goods and postage for each box is $15. A total of at least $600 must be raised for postage alone so donations are in desperate need.
25 years ago
November 11, 1993
He's become Prineville's Most Wanted. He's the fast gun — or perhaps fast guns — who has been shooting out windows all over town with his pellet guns. Local police estimate this person or group has caused more than $10,000 damage. One local business has put up $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. The rash of vandalism started about three weeks ago. He follows no set pattern, according to police, although he usually strikes between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. once or twice a week.
State Police Sgt. Bruce Stecher could end up the Lone Ranger. And areas like Mitchell could end up with little or no police protection. The Legislature has only approved funding for one patrol officer in the Prineville district. The local office still has three patrol officers but as they transfer or retire, they cannot be replaced. The district extends to the Deschutes and Jefferson county lines and some areas without local police departments will be left largely unprotected as staff dwindles.
Voters approved the high school bond measure Tuesday 54 percent to 46 percent with 63 percent of registered voters turning out for the election. The new high school will enable the middle school to use the existing high school, and the middle school will become a new elementary school.