Back in Time
100 years ago
May 1, 1919
Great interest is being shown by the voters of Crook County in the amendment to the Constitution, referred by the Legislature to a vote of the people on June 3, known on the ballot at 30. It is the measure authorizing the state to guarantee interest for five years on bonds of Drainage and Irrigation districts.
Victor Shawe, a former resident of Prineville, is the author of the story "The Way of the Range," which is published in the Saturday Evening Post of May 3. The scenes of the story are laid in Prineville and the Ochoco Valley and the descriptions are very interesting.
While it is yet too early in the month for the management to have their statement of business done during April ready to publish, it is evident that the traffic over Prineville's railroad during that month was much greater than they had hoped. Passengers are becoming more numerous every day, and fewer tickets are bought for Redmond than when the road first opened for business, because of the fact that the traveling public is becoming aware of the fact that the road is in operation. The percentage of passengers to Prineville is about 40 % greater than those leaving.
75 years ago
April 27, 1944
Audiometer tests, conducted by Miss Rebecca Overstreet and Miss Bette Workman, of the state board of health, are in progress this week at the Prineville Grade School, and at Lone Pine, O'Neil and Powell Butte schools.
A hearing on a proposal to extend the Prineville zoning ordinance to include the area recently annexed to the city on the eastern boundary will be held Tuesday night when the city council holds its regular meeting in the courthouse.
Marjorie Jones, freshman at Crook County High School, is displaying a bright blue crystal ball this week which she has developed in the laboratory at the high school from copper sulphate crystals weighting three or four grams in February. The "ball" has grown to exactly 2,566.6 grams, or approximately five and one-half pounds, Miss Jones reported to the Central Oregonian Wednesday when she brought her exhibit to the office. The solution of copper sulphate in which the ball developed was heated at regular intervals and more copper sulphate crystals were added, the student said. She has arranged to display the ball this weekend in the Erickson Department Store window. Not eligible for regular chemistry classes as a freshman, Miss Jones was permitted to work in the lab during the noon hours.
50 years ago
May 1, 1969
Mrs. Harry L. Griffin, of Prineville, won a gallon bottle full of S&H Green Stamps at the Redmond Home and Sports Show held the weekend of April 25-27. Mrs. Griffin's entry revealed 5,317. Actual count was 5,322. She states, "My friends laughed at me for guessing so high. My husband's estimate was 3,000 stamps lower than mine."
Crook County High School's business department took top honors in all categories entered at the Eastern Oregon Future Business Leaders of America contest held Saturday, April 26, at Hermiston High School. Participants from Crook County High School were unable to compete in the 10 Key Adding Machine contests because the local school has none of these machines at the present time.
25 years ago
April 28, 1994
Erickson's Department Store, a Prineville shopping spot for more than 88 years, will close its door forever after completing a going-out-of-business sale which begins Thursday. Erickson's has been operated by the Romine family for the past 47 years. Owners Gary and Ramona Romine said retirement is the reasoning behind the liquidation of all merchandise and fixtures in the store.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has taken emergency action to remove catch limits and size restrictions on trout and warm water fish in Ochoco Reservoir from April 30 to May 8, according to the department in a press release issued this morning. The action is intended to allow fishermen to maximize their catch of fish that would otherwise be lost when the Bureau of Reclamation pumps out the remaining water in Ochoco Reservoir.