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1943: New firehall completed, three fire trucks housed in West Fourth Street quarters

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO
 - Nov. 18, 1993: The Salem Witch Trials came to life as Crook County High School students put on the play "The Crucible." The cast tenses as they discuss the alleged pact the slave Tituba made with the devil. They are, standing from left to right: Nicole Potter (Abigail Williams), Keri Kessel (Mercy Lewis), Elizabeth Smile (Rebecca Nurse), Joe Davis (Rev. Samuel Parris), Tara Coats (Mrs. Ann Putnam) and Justin Hagon (Thomas Putnam). Seated are: Jennifer Hopfer (Betty Parris), Brandon Adams (Rev. John Hale) and Tierra Nelson (Tituba).

100 years ago

November 21, 1918

The $85,000 bond issue, voted on some time ago for the completion of the City of Prineville Railroad, was sold today at 11:30 to Keeler Bros. of Denver at 90 plus accrued interest, which means about 91 points for the issue, as the bonds were dated October 1. The sale of this block of bonds means that passenger and freight service will be established on the railroad connecting this city with the Oregon Trunk at a very early date. A locomotive is being brought in for the city today from Spokane to operate freight trains and will be in service the first of the week.

The School Board decided at a meeting held Monday night to open the schools here Monday, Dec. 2, providing flu conditions continue to improve as they have been doing the past few days. It is thought that it will be perfectly safe to lift the ban by that time. There will be no Christmas holidays, however, school will not be held on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. The schools will have been closed here for five weeks up to Dec. 2.

With the permission of the health officers, the Lyric Theater will open its doors Sunday, after an enforced vacation of three weeks. The theater has been renovated during the vacation. It has been calcimined, painted and thoroughly cleaned. The opening bill is Charles Ray in "The Son of His Father" and a two-reel Mack Sennett comedy, "Are Waitresses Safe?"

75 years ago

November 18, 1943

Miss Lucy Davidson, Crook County health nurse, announced this week that a hand wringer has been purchased through the polio funds raised at the President's ball and by similar means to be used for the Kenny packs used in the treatment of poliomyelitis. This is to be loaned to anyone in Crook County who does not have a wringer and needs to apply the Kenny packs for treatment of polio. It is available through the Crook County Health Department at the courthouse.

Prineville's new firehall was completed last weekend, and all three fire trucks are now housed in quarters on West Fourth Street formerly used by the post office. One of the trucks rolled out of the new firehall in response to the first alarm Saturday afternoon, when a pile of chopped hay on the Aschbacher ranch east of Prineville caught fire.

The carnival and old-time dance sponsored by the Ladies A.F. of L. auxiliary at the union hall Nov. 13 was well attended and those who were there reported having a good time. Proceeds of the affair will be used to furnish and equip the kitchen at the hall.

50 years ago

November 21, 1968

Three lambs to be raised as 4-H projects have been mutilated in the last two weeks in the Bailey Addition in east Prineville. The mysterious animal, presumed to be a dog, has left prints at least 4-6 inches in diameter.

Prineville Fire Department was called Monday to the Job Stahancyk ranch on Lamonta Road Monday where an electrical fire was reported in his potato warehouse. From all appearances an 8x8 post completely burned in two, indicated that it had smoldered all night, causing damages to several tons of potatoes due to smoke and fire.

Any organization or individual wanting to help the Fire Department dress dolls for Christmas packages should call the dispatcher at 447-4168 for the number of dolls desired. The Fire Department will deliver dolls to be clothed and will pick them up when they are well attired.

25 years ago

November 18, 1993

Prineville police arrested two individuals last night and this morning and charged them with crimes related to the recent rash of BB gun shootings. The two men were taken into custody and each has been charged with one count of criminal mischief in the first degree and one count of criminal mischief in the second degree. Police state that more charges will follow as it is estimated that both men are responsible for at least 30 to 60 or more cases of criminal mischief in Prineville since mid-October.

A prototype decorated train box car for the City of Prineville's Christmas Express has been completed by community volunteers. The Christmas Express box cars will be lit at 7 p.m. near O'Neil Grade about 20 miles west of Prineville. The train is expected to arrive at Ochoco Creek Park from Terrebonne at 8:30 p.m. Santa Claus will ride the Christmas Express on a flat car and will depart the train at the park.

Irrigators were told by Bureau of Reclamation officials last night that Ochoco Dam's "performance continues to degrade," and the dam must be repaired next August to avoid a "crisis." "It's not up to debate," said Jim Mumford, chief of the bureau's Safety of Dams Branch. "If the dam isn't repaired next fall, we're taking a greater risk of a dam break during the flood season."

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