1919: Explosion sparks meat market fire
100 years ago
August 21, 1919
A Crook county Post of the American Legion became an actuality Monday when veterans of the World War, representing every section of the county, met around a banquet table at the Hotel Prineville to lay preliminary plans for becoming members of the greatest organization of ex-service men ever conceived.
Last Friday at noon, the fire department was called out to extinguish a blaze in Horigan's Meat Market on Main Street. The fire started by the explosion of some grease in the rear of the shop, where an employee was rendering lard and, as the building was of wood and dry as powder, it burned so rapidly that the entire roof was aflame before the alarm could be turned in. Owing to the good work on the part of the volunteer fire department in handling the water, and the quick work on the part of others in removing the stock and equipment from the shop, and also from the other buildings adjoining, considerable loss was prevented.
Fines collected in this county from people who lead guilty or were convicted on violation of the liquor laws during the past six months total about $1,500, according to a statement issued by District Attorney Wirtz this week to the Secretary of State. The record of Sheriff Combs is a good one, and he and his deputies, Rowell and Putnam, are to be commended for their efforts.
75 years ago
August 17, 1944
A large group of boys and girls from Crook County enjoyed the seventh annual 4-H club summer camp at Suttle Lake this week, forming part of a group of about 130 Central Oregon 4-H club members at the three-day camp. The 1944 camp proved one of the most enjoyable, leaders reported on their return to Prineville.
Crook County's ninth annual 4-H club fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, with exhibits of livestock near the courthouse and home economics exhibits on display in the Prineville Grade School auditorium. Boys and girls enrolled in 4-H clubs in all parts of Crook County will take part, displaying the results of their year's work and taking part in contests and demonstrations. This is the only county fair planned here this year.
First prize in the adult division of Prineville's Victory Garden contest was won by Wilmot Roberts, whose prize-winning garden is on East Seventh Street, it was announced today from the office of E.L. Woods, Crook County agricultural agent. Gardens entered in the contest were scored last week by Mr. Woods and County Agent Kenneth Sawyer of Jefferson county.
50 years ago
August 21, 1969
Today, August 21, ambitious 4-H members will be working hard for first place ribbons and an opportunity to go to the state fair, in the 4-H Demonstration Contest. The turnout of observers watching these demonstrators is usually good as the public is invited to attend.
This week Crook County will host to exhibitors, visitors and participants in Central Oregon's biggest fair, the Crook County Fair. The fair is open to competition from Crook, Jefferson, Deschutes and Wheeler counties and the best of all four counties compete to determine the winners.
Those interested in hunting safely may sign up now for the Hunter's Safety course being offered by the Prineville City Police Department. The two-hour course meetings, to be held once a week for three weeks, will begin August 26 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall.
25 years ago
August 18, 1994
After more than a year of patrolling streets on bicycles, the Prineville Police Department is calling the effort a success, according to Officer Frank Huereque, who was instrumental in starting the department's bicycle unit. Officers on bicycles have played decisive roles in solving several of the community's most publicized criminal investigations. But just as significant, the bicycle patrols have played a bigger role as a public relations tool of the police department, Huereque said.
The Northwest Miniature Horse Club will host its first horse show east of the Cascades this weekend at the Crook County Fairgrounds. About 100 or more miniature horses are expected to attend the show from California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and British Columbia, Canada. The show, which recognizes only registered miniature horses measuring 34 inches or less at the withers, begins Friday night and continues at 8 a.m. each morning through Sunday.
AUGUST 18, 1994: Frank Huereque on one of the police department's recent bicycle patrols.
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