Kathy Lidstrom, of Prineville, honored at 1969 Oregon State University Ag Banquet

 - March 17, 1994: First Assembly of God Royal Ranger Pioneer Commander Rob Rouark signals that the race is ready to begin as Pinewood Derby race car designer Jon Jordon watches the start. More than 75 youths participated in the annual event Saturday.

100 years ago

March 20, 1919

Most people who have not taken the trouble to look into the matter have the wrong idea as to the cost of freight and parcel post. Every month there are large quantities of merchandise ordered from catalogue houses at Portland and other points that could be bought from our local business houses at a saving. It is human nature for one to look at the catalogue price rather than at the landed cost.

The annual meeting of the Central Oregon Wool Growers' Association was held at Bend on Monday, March 17, and was attended by more than 50 sheep men, wool buyers and representatives of financial and other institutions interested in the industry. The outstanding feature of the meeting was the general spirit of optimism regarding the feature of the sheep and wool industry voiced by all interests present.

The Prineville Flour Mills will handle field seeds of all kinds in the future, according to an announcement made by J.W. Carlson, manager of the concern, today.

75 years ago

March 16, 1944

Increased postal rates will go into effect March 25 under the new tax law which recently became operative without the approval of President Roosevelt. The local rate of first class mail will be increased from two to three cents per ounce, the domestic air mail rate will be raised from six to eight cents an ounce, parcel post packages will require at least one cent more postage and insured and C.O.D. fees will be doubled.

Joe Mason, wounded March 7 by Sidney James Elms, was released from the Prineville General hospital Tuesday and was back on the job at his insurance office today. The bullet which struck Mr. Mason in the abdomen was deflected by a pencil, ranging through the muscles and coming to rest against a bone without penetrating the abdominal cavity.

The farm home occupied by the Raymond Smith family was totally destroyed by fire Sunday evening. The fire broke out during a period of high wind, and little was saved from the house. The house destroyed Sunday was on the old Warren Yancey place on Mill creek, near Cabin ranger station.

50 years ago

March 20, 1969

A rash of fires Saturday afternoon brought the Prineville Fire Department running on four different occasions between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Firemen were called to the Lawrence Bannon residence on Lamonta Road to extinguish a flue fire. Then were recalled when the fire reignited itself. There was extensive damage to the attic and roof of the home. Later that afternoon, firemen extinguished a brush fire at E. Seventh and Hudspeth Road, then at 10:50 p.m. were called to Crook County High school where a buddy had been set afire and overturned near the entrance to the high school.

Kathy A. Lidstrom of Prineville was honored at this year's Oregon State University Ag Banquet. She was among more than 100 winners of scholarships and special awards. The Ag Banquet is held each winter term to recognize top students in the School of Agriculture.

The more than 50 singers in the Eastern Oregon College choir will perform six concerts during their tour from Monday, March 24, through Wednesday, March 26. Dr. Richard Barbour, the director said. Among the travelers from the LaGrande campus will be Bernadette Baehr and Jerry Bannon, both of Prineville.

25 years ago

March 17, 1994

A part of downtown Prineville was shut down Friday night as members of Prineville's SWAT team were called upon to enter McCarthy's Ochoco True Value Hardware and Gifts in search of one or more burglars who stole three handguns from the store at 227 East Third St. "We didn't know or not whether someone was in the building," Police Chief Jim Soules said. "We always call out the SWAT team on high-risk incidents involving entering a building where weapons are involved."

An 18-year-old Mill City man remains at large after fleeing a two-car accident involving a stolen Mazda RX7 he is said to have been driving at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour on Juniper Canyon Road Monday morning. According to witnesses at the scene, the Mazda was traveling at a high rate of speed down Juniper Canyon and passed at least two northbound vehicles prior to the accident.

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