Back in Time
100 years ago
February 20, 1919
Four thousand yards of material were washed into the Ochoco dam last week, which is the best run reported for many weeks. The thirty-day period previous showed at total of only about 6,000 yards. Work is speeding up as the new contractor is getting more men and equipment on the job and show a much greater result as better material becomes available in the next few weeks. The dam is being rushed as rapidly as possible, in anticipation of the run off that is sure to come in the next few weeks, and as large an amount of storage water as is possible will be held at that time.
Harry Farnsworth returned Saturday from several months service with the American army in Siberia. He was stationed near Vladivostok most of the time. Harry has had some interesting experiences but is very glad to be home again. He says the Russian people as a class are ignorant but learn quickly and are very anxious for an education. They like the American soldiers but have a distinct aversion for the Chinese and Japanese, whom they fear are trying to take their land away from them. The most difficult problem for the soldier is the Russian money.
75 years ago
February 17, 1944
Fourteen members of the Oregon Women's Ambulance corps have enrolled in a nurse's aide training class here to prepare for volunteer work at the Prineville General hospital. The class is being conducted by Mrs. Amos Jones, registered nurse, and the first session was held Monday evening. Later the group will receive instruction at the hospital.
When the Kaiser Company, Inc. launched a 16,800 ton tanker at Swan Island yards Wednesday noon, the ship was christened "Ochoco" in honor of the Ochoco national forest and a delegation from Prineville had a part in the launching ceremonies and a luncheon program which followed. Mayor May F. Barney was one of the speakers at the launching ceremony, telling of the Indian origin of the name which means "willows."
50 years ago
February 20, 1969
The Central Oregon Chamber of Commerce met at Madras and elected Charles Chase of Madras as president for the coming year and Bud Wilson, Prineville, was elected vice-president. Of special importance to a large group from Prineville who attended this meeting was the outlining of methods by which HUD would finance a comprehensive survey for both city and county. This survey is one of the requisites for any type of financial assistance to a city or county. Another item which was of interest was the fact that either EDA or HUD could or would finance up to 80 percent of the cost of improved sewer and water facilities for an area. Prineville and Crook County qualify for this grant.
A fire early Monday morning at a service station on the Madras highway caused an estimated $4,000 damage to the building and contents. The station was owned by the Comstock Oil company, Redmond, and was operated by Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Oliver. Firemen fought the blaze for about an hour. The Olivers, asleep in quarters at the rear of the station, were awakened by neighbors and escaped without injury.
Gala birthday festivities will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion in Prineville, March 15, according to Galen Stephens, Commander of Crook County Post 29. The American Legion was founded March 15-17, 1919, at a meeting in Paris, France, attended by representatives of the various outfits of the American Expeditionary Force of World War I.
25 years ago
February 17, 1994
Kitty Sharp says she was born on a horse. While the claim might be a slight exaggeration, it's not completely off the mark. Sharp competed in her first rodeo when she was 3, trained her first horse at 9 and represented her first county fair and rodeo when she was 17. So she's certainly spent a majority of her life riding. She was recently named Miss Rodeo Oregon.
About 75 citizens and School Construction Advisory Committee members met last night at the high school to gather ideas on the construction of Crook County's new high school and renovation projects at present schools throughout the county. Residents approved $20 million in bonds to pay for the construction and renovation projects, which are categorized into three sections; constructing the new high school; renovating the present high school as a middle school; and renovating county grade schools.