Back in Time
100 years ago
May 29, 1919
The Prineville Chautauqua Association met at the Club Hall on Tuesday evening and organized for the present season. There are over 60 public spirited members of the association this year, all of whom voluntarily signed up last year guaranteeing to support a Chautauqua for this season.
The State Highway Commission is making every effort to speed up the road work in Crook County. H.D. Ingle, District Engineer, and C.W. Woodruff, Locating Engineer, report the work progressing very satisfactorily. The surveys were completed some time ago on the portion of the highway from Prineville to the Shorty Davis place on Crooked River, and surveying on the west end from Prineville to Redmond will be finished in about 10 days. The estimates will be completed, and bids let in about 30 days.
Last Friday, while petting a colt in the yard, a stray bullet from beyond some willow brush a short distance away struck Fred Ward, an employee of Loyd Powel's, in the arm, tearing a hole through the flesh that put him out of commission for over a week. The hunter vanished without a word and would no doubt have done the same if the accident had been more serious. We read of such occurrences every day. People are constantly being warned against the careless use of firearms and still without avail. It seems that careless in such things should be considered more of a crime than it is at present.
75 years ago
May 25, 1944
Plans for immediate construction of a 60x100 foot warehouse building at the corner of East Sixth and Main streets were announced today by officials of the Prineville Machine and Supply company. Necessary approval of government agencies has been secured for the project, and a construction contract will be awarded on June 1.
Emphasizing the public health need of early diagnosis of tuberculosis, the Crook County Public Health Association sponsored a window display the past week in the show windows of the Western Auto Supply company store. Miss Lucy Davison, county public health nurse, arranged the window display in cooperation with Grover C. Barron, store manager.
Plans for a two-day rodeo and race meet program at the Prineville fairgrounds on June 10 and 11 were announced today by Orville Yancey, Robert Lister and Merle Davis. Rodeo and race events will be presented each day, with a total of $1,100 in prizes offered to contestants.
50 years ago
May 29, 1969
Bob Sell was unanimously elected to fill the vacancy of the office of mayor, created by the resignation of the Rev. Stanton Irvine, at the Prineville City Council meeting held Wednesday at the City Hall. Sell was previously serving as president of the council.
Claude Hudspeth's horse "Rockeys Crest" came in first in a feature race Saturday evening at Portland Meadows to win a $7,500 purse. John Hudspeth's horse, "Praise J," who won the Santa Anita Handicap recently, came in fourth in the Portland Meadows race. Friday evening, approximately $1,000 worth of jewelry and $600 in cash was stolen from the motel room where the Claude Hudspeths were staying.
25 years ago
May 26, 1994
Tourism to Crook County increased from $8.264 million in 1991 to $9.435 million in 1992, a 14.2 percent jump, according to figures released last week by the Oregon Tourism Division. Tourism to Crook County provided more than 150 jobs and resulted in $46,000 in local tax receipts and $406,000 in state tax receipts.
Crook County's unemployment rate fell from 10.5 percent in March to 8.3 percent in April, according to the Oregon Department of Human Resources Employment Division in a press release issued May 20.
The "Shay" locomotive arrived in Prineville last night from West Virginia, where it has spent the last 24 years. Today, it's parked at the railroad tracks north of Lamonta Road, being prepped for its official ribbon-cutting ceremony and public debut in July. The 70-year-old, oil-fueled, steam-powered locomotive hauled logs throughout Northeastern Oregon for 40 years. Although owned by the Oregon Historical Society, it had spent several years in West Virginia and has been returned to the state for runs on the City of Prineville Railway line.