Back in Time
100 years ago
June 5, 1919
Soon after July 1, if not on that date, actual construction will start on the Prineville-Shorty Davis road, which will be up Crooked River valley from this city to the Davis ranch, connecting with the stage roads south to Post, Paulina, Burns, Roberts, Barnes, Held, Fife, Suplee and other points. The location of the Powell Butte road, which is the highway that will connect with the Eugene trans-state highway, is progressing rapidly, and plans and estimates will be ready for the commission very shortly after the Crooked River road is submitted.
Harold M. Charlton, a well known and popular young man of this county and a graduate of Crook County High, has been appointed to a deputyship in the Internal Revenue Collector's office at Portland. Harold has served nearly two years in the Army, being one of the first to volunteer from this county.
75 years ago
June 1, 1944
Work camps for thousands of farm workers who will assist in the harvest of Oregon's food crops this year are already operating or will be established in 22 Oregon communities, Clyde Walker, assistant state farm labor supervisor in the Oregon State College Extension service, has announced.
General rains over the Ochoco National Forest this week averted a serious fire threat which developed after a severe thunderstorm swept over the forest Sunday. Only one fire, on the ridge between Marks Creek and Ochoco Creek, developed after the storm, although seven other lightning strikes had been spotted in the forest.
An army truck from Camp Abbot will be in Prineville the first of next week to make a final collection of tin cans in the salvage campaign, it was announced today by Ray Moore, chairman of the Crook County salvage committee. Those who have tin cans to turn in are asked to bring them to the collection center at Second and Main streets no later than Saturday.
50 years ago
June 5, 1969
Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Prineville, will be one of four Central Oregon hospitals to participate in a project to improve care of patients with heart disease, cancer and stroke under a $26,367 grant to St. Charles Hospital, Bend. The award, granted through the Oregon Regional Medical Program, is for the first year of a three-year program.
A Central Oregon Marine has been awarded the Bronze Star in recognition of his efforts during a bunker fire late in 1968. Cpl. David L. Houk received the medal in ceremonies May 29 at Camp Pendleton, California. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Houk of Bend, formerly of Prineville.
Seven Crook County residents have successfully completed the Medical Self-Help Training taught in Prineville. Ken Long and Joyce Herold, Crook County Home Economics Agent, who conducted the course, state students who completed the course all indicated that they learned a great deal and felt the course was worthwhile. Persons receiving diplomas for the course include: Mae Harris, Olivia Kramer, Shirley Martin, Doris Elmblade, Mark Elmblade, Effie Stumph and Ann Williams.
25 years ago
June 2, 1994
Central Oregon farmers are looking at replacing much of their peppermint acreage with sugar beets in the coming years. Sugar beets have never been grown commercially in Crook County, according to Jim McPhetridge, a Prineville area farmer, who said "we've been able to grow good potatoes, so we should be able to grow good sugar beets."
The community may just have a fireworks display on the Fourth of July after all, according to Beth Jay, Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce tourism coordinator. Since the call for $3,500 in contributions to fund the event was issued in mid-May, the community has responded by donating more than $1,600. Another $1,000 is needed by June 15 to purchase the fireworks and fund the event, which has a total estimated price tag of $4,000.