Serious influenza outbreak causes schools to close across the country 100 years ago

 - Jan. 6, 1944: Mayor May Barney buys first War Bond for the 4th bond drive from Lural Mason, high school bond chairman. Dennis Michel, grade school bond chairman, is making out first ticket to Bond Concert to be given Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Pine Theatre. Jean Nel, Ramona Ramsey and Mary Louise Powell hold Minute Man Flag recently presented to Crook County High School by the U.S. Treasury Department for 90 percent bond and stamp participation. In the back row are Dallas W. Norton, R.H. McAtee, Dave Staley, and Mrs. Marguerite Boyce, all members of the bond committee.

100 years ago

January 9, 1919

Being arrested on a second charge of bootlegging, while in the city on trial for his first offense, is the experience of Wm. Gibson, who was in Prineville Friday and Saturday of last week consulting with the sheriff's office about these charges. Gibson was arrested some time ago at his ranch where two barrels of bottled goods were found on his wagon, and his trial was set for Friday. Thursday evening he was arrested in this city, five bottles of liquor being found in his possession.

Machinery was put in motion by the city council at the monthly meeting held Tuesday to open the south end of Main Street to connect with the proposed Crooked River Highway which is now being surveyed by the state, and which will be built by the state with state and county funds.

Reports are coming in from various parts of the country that the influenza situation is serious in a great many places, and schools are closed in some of the country districts.

75 years ago

January 6, 1944

The indoor rifle range in the county building at the north end of Court Street was closed by the county court this afternoon until differences between groups using the building are ironed out. County Judge Asa W. Battles, in announcing the action, said the county court is willing to allow the building to be used for a rifle range, but with rival claimants for the right to use the building the court decided to deprive all the privilege until a schedule can be worked out.

Mrs. Lulu Johnson of Prineville has received notice that her son, Private Fred Johnson, won the Purple Heart medal in action with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific. Private Johnson at present is in a Marine hospital, where his condition is reported good, Mrs. Johnson said.

Sale of J.E. Stewart & Company department store, one of Prineville's oldest business establishments, to Arthur M. Erickson was announced this week by J.E. Stewart, the transfer was effective at the first of the month.

50 years ago

January 9, 1969

An investigation is going on at the courthouse for an old antique clock that was taken from the main hall several months ago. Hazel Powell, county clerk, states, "I doubt if anyone will be able to find it. It was probably taken to a large jeweler in Portland or Salem." The clock has hung in the main corridor of the courthouse for as long as most people can remember.

Pioneer Memorial Hospital reports that almost all patients admitted within the last 10 days have been flu cases. An extremely large amount of flu has been going around the Prineville area.

A six-foot, 10-year-old fir tree was cut in the Juniper Haven Cemetery for use as a Christmas tree recently. Russell Stanton, cemetery custodian, has offered a $50 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit. Stunts like this are a disgrace to Prineville.

25 years ago

January 6, 1994

Crook County voters may be asked to decide on a bond for a new library in Prineville in November, and they will see a three-year operating levy on the March ballot. Both items were discussed at last Wednesday's Crook County Court meeting, with the levy obtaining unanimous approval from the court. The exact amount of the March levy will be determined later in the month.

The Crook County Court sent a letter yesterday to Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts requesting her to support declaring Crook County a disaster area as a result of lost agricultural production due to the draining of Ochoco Reservoir. Such a declaration would open up opportunities for federal funding to cover crop losses and provide access to state agency expertise. Approximately 12,000 acres of production cropland will be idled as a result of the Bureau of Reclamation's Safety of Dams Project on Ochoco Dam.

Forest Service offices in Prineville will be co-locating and consolidating some functions to reduce staffing levels and rent expenses, the Ochoco National Forest announced yesterday. Forest Supervisor Tom Schmidt stated that the consolidation will eliminate several jobs while accomplishing all necessary work through increased efficiency.

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