Back in Time
100 years ago
June 26, 1919
Last Monday night about 12 miles south of Prineville, Deputy Sheriffs Howell and Putnam surprised and arrested two men coming into Prineville with two cases of whiskey in a car. They were brought in and then Sheriff Combs and Deputy Howell took the back track and about 30 miles out south, in the junipers, an additional cache of four cases was unearthed and brought into town Tuesday morning. The sheriff and deputies are to be congratulated on the success with which they have conducted their campaign against whiskey runners.
The motor car making its trip to Prineville Saturday morning, was derailed about five miles east of Prineville Junction, when a calf was struck while crossing the track. The speed of the car was checked at this point, where it did not overturn, although the front trucks on the car were several feet off the rails. No one was injured, and a section crew called from this end of the road soon had the car ready to complete its trip with a good load of passengers and express.
75 years ago
The annual fire training school for the Ochoco National Forest staff opened Wednesday morning at the Ochoco forest training camp on Canyon creek. The training camp is on the site of the former Mill Creek CCC camp, turned over to the Forest Service a year or so ago.
Rainfall of the past two weeks has "made" hay crops in this part of Oregon, has reduced fire hazard in the forest almost to the vanishing point for the time being, and has brought smiles of contentment to ranchers and stock growers. Nearly two inches of rainfall has been measured at the Prineville weather station during the past week, according to Mrs. Hattie W. Goodknight, weather observer.
Construction of the Prineville Machine and Supply Company's new warehouse building at the corner of Sixth and Main was started this week. The general contract for construction was awarded to Alvin Hanson, Prineville contractor. An old building, once the home of the Prineville Dry Cleaners and Laundry and more recently used as a church, was removed from the site of the new building.
50 years ago
June 26, 1969
The Businessmen's Wild Cow Milking Contest will be returned to the Crooked River Roundup this year as a main attraction when the white-collar cowboys start caressing those hard milking cows from the high desert.
The Board of Directors of the Rockhound Pow Wow has approved the installation of lights and about 28 outlets at the Rodeo grounds for the tailgaters and for visiting campers who require electric current for certain medical treatments. Already a number of campers and tailgaters have arrived at the grounds and better than 500 are in the motels, trailer camps, state and forest parks and camps.
Fire which started in the cold deck logs at the Prineville Stud Company on Lamonta Road Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. destroyed a million board feet of timber was fanned by high winds into a raging inferno and after over two hours of fighting the blaze, brave firefighters brought it under complete control shortly after 10:00 p.m., with help of the rain. The company is owned by Jack Rhoden and John Crawford.
25 years ago
June 23, 1994
Crook County's unemployment rate fell from 8.2 percent in April to 6.6 percent in May, according to the state Employment Department. Local employment gains were led by manufacturing and government. The brightest spot in the employment picture is in the lumber and wood products industries.
Superstar singer/songwriter Willie Nelson and his band won't be performing this summer at the Crook County Fairgrounds, as was reported June 9 in the Central Oregonian. The venue for the concert has recently been confirmed as the Sisters Rodeo grounds, where Nelson will appear July 14 at 7 p.m.