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Consulting engineer on the Ochoco Dam project is pleased with progress 100 years ago

PHOTO COURTESY OF BOWMAN MUSEUM
 - MAY 12, 1994: The center one-third of Ochoco Dam is quickly being taken away as a construction crew – presently a destruction crew – continues digging away at the earth-filled dam. Pipes, shown at the left beneath the tower, carry water being pumped from the reservoir. Stockpiling areas are being formed near the base of the dam's west side, where material from the dam will be stored until used to help rebuild the dam after it is repaired.

100 years ago

May 15, 1919

A.J. Wiley of Boise, Idaho, spent Tuesday at the Ochoco Dam on which project he is consulting engineer. He is greatly pleased with the progress that is being made and says the quality of the dam and the fact that it shows no signs of leakage, even when filled to its present capacity, is quite remarkable.

New pumps, which are being installed at the dam on the Ochoco Project, will be ready to start operations within the week, perhaps by about May 17. These will increase the capacity of the plant, which is being used to construct the dam, to about 4 million gallons daily, and will increase the yardage handled from about 1,000 yards daily to 1,500 yards or near that amount.

A plan is being worked out by Postmaster J.W. Boone, G.M. Cornett and others interested in the development of Prineville for the extension of the RFD line through the Lone Pine country. This would make a line about 50 miles in length, and it would serve more than 50 additional families, the present route supplying mail to more than 100 at the present time.

75 years ago

May 11, 1944

An interested and interesting visitor in Prineville during the stockmen's convention last weekend was James M. Blakely, Crook County's first elected sheriff, who held office for two years after the general election of 1884. While here, Mr. Blakely had a chat with R.H. Booton, who holds his job 67 years later. He returned to Baker Sunday.

The first forest fire of 1944 flared up in the far southeastern part of the Ochoco National Forest last week, apparently a "sleeper" fire that resulted from a lightning storm late in April. The fire came so early in the season in such a remote part of the forest that the only fire guard in that area finally had to send word to the Prineville office by mail to get help. A rancher spotted smoke Wednesday, May 3, and tried to get word to forest officials. The message was relayed from ranch to ranch and finally reached the ranger station.

Ear, nose and throat examinations were given at the Prineville Grade School Tuesday, May 9, by Dr. Elon Wood to children found to be hard of hearing during the audiometer tests. This check-up by a physician is given to ascertain the possible cause of the hearing difficulty. It is found many times to be necessary to have a tonsillectomy or just removal of wax to improve the condition. Some cases are not amenable.

50 years ago

May 15, 1969

A bomb scare occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Prineville Junior High School, when Royce Chadwick, principal, received a phone call at 1:38 p.m. and was informed by a young sounding voice, "There is a bomb in the building." Chadwick immediately evacuated the school. Local and state police were called in and the building thoroughly checked but no bomb was discovered.

Mayor Stanton Irvine announced at Wednesday's city council meeting that he was resigning his post as Prineville's mayor because he has received a call to serve the Springfield First Conservative Baptist Church congregation as pastor. Nominations for new mayor are being taken by councilman Dr. Riley L. Allen. Names of persons other than council members are also being accepted.

25 years ago

May 12, 1994

A Prineville man was arrested last night after threatening to blow up a car near Ochoco Park with a bomb. Officers from the Prineville Police Department and the Crook County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call and observed the suspect riding a bicycle through the park. He was apprehended after a brief chase. The Prineville Police Department requested assistance from the Oregon State Police and about 11 p.m. the device was disarmed.

Prineville residents may not get to witness the annual Fourth of July fireworks display this year unless businesses or individuals soon begin making donations to the Fireworks Fund. The Elks Lodge, which has chaired the event in years past, declined to take on the event this year, as did other community organizations. So, the task of raising the funds has now fallen into the hands of the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, which is seeking both money and volunteers to help raise money.

US WEST customers may get tollfree calling from Prineville to Mitchell and Paulina if the Public Utility Commission approves an Extended Area Service calling for Prineville May 23 after a public meeting. Although long distance tolls may be dropped, the proposed rate structure for phone calls will be billed on a measured basis with discounts for calls made evenings and weekends.

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