In 1993, six Prineville residents were rescued after a Christmas Eve trip into the woods

 - Dec. 20, 1993: Torching weapons — Crook County Deputy Sheriff Sam Clemans torches an illegal sawed-off shotgun Monday. The weapon, forfeited to the sheriff's office, was one of about 20 weapons ordered destroyed by the county court over the last several years.

100 years ago

January 2, 1919

The trial of Wm. Gibson, who is charged with bootlegging, will be held tomorrow in Judge Bowman's court.

Cupid lost much of his popularity during 1918 in Crook County for some reason, and only 23 licenses were issued for marriage in this county during the year. No reason is given for the lack of interest in this well known and popular American institution.

The holiday season just closed was one of many pleasant surprises to local merchants. Every one who prepared in any way to meet the demand for Christmas goods was well pleased with the large volume of business done, a business that was better than for years and showed the change in the public since the war was closed.

75 years ago

December 30, 1943

The people of Prineville demonstrated what western hospitality really is in their Christmas entertainment of cadets enrolled in the Portland Flying Service war training program here, Lieut. L. O. Sherman, commanding officer declared today. Christmas dinner invitations were received by every cadet in the group — in fact more invitations were received than could be accepted.

Gerald Harris, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Harris of Prineville, was wounded in the back by a .22 caliber rifle bullet fired by a young hunting companion Monday afternoon. The bullet lodged near the spine, but his condition was reported good at the Prineville General Hospital Tuesday.

A Christmas Eve fire which flared up shortly before 5 o'clock the afternoon of December 24 badly damaged the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Whiteman, 331 East First Street. No one was at home when the fire was discovered, although it had been only a few minutes since three members of the family had left the house.

50 years ago

January 1, 1969

A few years ago, the quail that make their home around the Crook County Nursing Home, found that the feed was very scarce. And the people at the nursing home asked for donations to help feed the starving quail. Again, this year the nursing home residents are asking the people of Prineville for donations to help feed the starving quail. All donations can be left at the Central Oregonian, or at the Crook County Nursing Home.

New at the Central Oregonian office is a 36 by 66 aerial photo of the Prineville area. The scale for this picture is one inch for 400 feet of land, yet the picture is so clear that cars can be picked out on the city streets. It is fun to locate one's own home. This picture which was a Christmas present from the staff of the Central Oregonian, is available for people to view.

25 years ago

December 30, 1993

Six Prineville residents, including two children, were rescued by the Crook County Sheriff's Office Christmas Eve after a trip to the woods to play in the snow became an eight-hour ordeal. Richard Ridenour and Melinda Endicott took Echo Endicott and Amanda Estes into the Ochoco National Forest Friday afternoon. At about 3 p.m., their vehicle became stuck on Road 22 near Walton Lake. At about 7 p.m. their vehicle ran out of fuel, terminating their only source of heat. After receiving a call from concerned friends around 8 p.m., deputy sheriffs and others began their search. They were found at 11 p.m. and returned home unharmed.

The Oregon Department of State Lands announced Tuesday that it will provide a $29,000 grant to Prineville to help plan and protect local wetlands. Prineville received the highest grant of the seven program recipients. The grant will be used to locate, identify and inventory significant wetland areas within the City's jurisdiction.

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