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Prineville students prepare for Christmas pageant and cantata 75 years ago in 1943

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO
 - Dec. 16, 1993: Bureau of Reclamation workers are drilling into the core of the Ochoco Dam to obtain samples that will reveal soil "properties." Ochoco Reservoir will be drained "dry" in the coming months so that construction on the dam can begin in June.

100 years ago

December 19, 1918

Owners of automobiles who have not provided themselves with the 1919 licenses will find themselves unable to use their cars on January 1. Every owner who does so use his car without the 1919 license tag will be liable to arrest and fine in the justice's courts. A great many automobile users have not as yet applied to the secretary of state for new licenses.

The parents desiring to see their little ones on the stage are invited to the Christian church Monday evening at 7:30. A little Christmas program will be given by the Junior Endeavor.

75 years ago

December 16, 1943

Prineville grade school's annual Christmas pageant will be presented Tuesday evening, December 21 at 8 o'clock. The public is invited to attend the pageant, which will be given in the grade school auditorium.

The annual Christmas cantata will be presented by students of Crook County High School next Wednesday evening in the high school auditorium under direction of Miss Sophie Messenger. This year, due to interruptions in the school schedule, the glee clubs had only three weeks in which to prepare for the cantata, instead of the usual nine weeks, but good progress has been made and an excellent cantata is in prospect.

Mail congestion during the holiday season may cause serious delays in sending out 1944 motor vehicle registration stickers, Secretary of State Bob Farrell declared today as he urged Oregon automobile owners to send their applications for next year's registration to the motor vehicle division at Salem at once.

50 years ago

December 19, 1968

The County Superintendent of Schools makes an urgent request for information on the following: Children of county residents who were 4 years old by October 25, 1968. Children of county residents who were not yet 20 by October 25, 1968 whether these children are married, in the service or in college, living in Crook County or living elsewhere. This information is needed for a complete county school census, which is the basis for state appropriations to the county schools.

Les Fridley was appointed to the County Planning Commission to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Bob Dickman. Commission members are appointed for 4-year terms and are often reappointed when their term expires.

Friday afternoon, December 20, marks the beginning of the annual Christmas vacation for students and teachers (and parents???) of the Crook County schools. This year's Wednesday holidays have increased the vacation time to two weeks. School does not resume again until January 6, 1969.

25 years ago

December 16, 1993

John W. Keys, Bureau of Reclamation regional director, came into town Tuesday from Boise a "wanted man" for bringing a letter directing the immediate drain of Ochoco Reservoir. The letter was addressed to Hugh Moore, manager of the Ochoco Irrigation District, and directed him "to being an emergency evacuation of Ochoco Reservoir for the purpose of draining the reservoir to minimum pool to maintain public safety for downstream residents.

By the time he left Prineville Wednesday evening, after addressing perhaps a hundred or more perturbed residents in two separate meetings, Keys – although just as unpopular among many Prineville residents – may also have become an unsung Prineville hero. Keys and the bureau may have saved lives and property by ordering the reservoir to be immediately drained. The dam, according to the bureau, is unsafe with the reservoir at its present elevation of about 3,086 feet.

"It is the opinion of our technical experts that a failure of the dam could develop without adequate warning to evacuate Prineville," Keys' letter read, regarding the order to begin draining the reservoir. "Such a condition would result in catastrophic loss of life and property destruction."

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