100 years ago
September 4, 1919
Retail and Mail order stores will be opened Sept. 25 by the War Department to sell direct to the consumer, both over the counter and by mail, commodities held as Army surplus. Huge quantities of socks, underwear, shirts, raincoats, blankets, tobacco, gloves, soap and other articles will be sold at stores.
The procession of automobiles, pack horses, and other vehicles to the mountains the last of the week conveying deer hunters was not without result for several of the nimrods brought home the venison. The deer seem to be plentiful this season and in extra good condition.
State Engineer Cupper was in the city Saturday and Monday on a trip of inspection of the Ochoco Project dam. Engineer Cupper was greatly pleased with the progress that is being made at the dam, and after investigating every part of the work, expressed himself as favoring the certification of the bond issue which was recently voted on by the district, although official action in the matter has as yet not been taken.
75 years ago
August 31, 1944
Vandals smeared red and black paint in the form of the Nazi swastika on the Syd D. Pierce home Tuesday night. City Marshal Ernest McKenzie reported today, and also painted a red swastika on the back of the Pierce car, parked outside. Mr. Pierce said he heard no disturbance during the night and did not know of the vandalism until the next morning.
Notice of revision of fire insurance rates in the rural areas near Prineville as a result of rural fire protection zones has been received by local insurance agents from the Oregon Insurance Rating Bureau at Portland. The new rates are now in effect. Extension of Prineville's fire protection service, as far as practicable, into the rural areas near Prineville was authorized by the City Council some time ago after a contract between the city and the Crook County Court had been arranged. Property owners in the protected zones pay a small additional tax for the fire protection.
Extra caution with fire in the woods during the Labor Day holiday weekend was urged today by Ochoco National Forest officials in view of the extreme fire hazard. Unusually low humidity during the past few days of high temperatures has dried out the forest to the extreme danger point.
50 years ago
September 4, 1969
Ruth McKenzie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. McKenzie, will be among 46 students completing the training in medical technology at the University of Oregon Medical School Friday, sept. 5. This is the largest medical technology class ever graduated from the Medical School.
Prineville District Ranger George Boyesen reports that the Post Bridge across Crooked River is now posted for only 5-ton traffic. He cautions that water action has resulted in the weakening of one of the bridge footings. Work will be done this fall to again make the bridge safe for heavy traffic.
Saturday morning the boys and their fathers of Troop 36 departed for a father-son campout on the banks of the Crooked River. The afternoon was spent swimming, fishing, advancement and games of scout skills. A raft and a rope bridge was also built. The fathers joined in on the activities of the day. A few ended up getting unexpectedly wet.
25 years ago
September 1, 1994
The Snow Mountain Ranger District reported that a lightning storm Saturday night set 10 fires, including a 150-acre blaze at Potato Flat that was 75 percent contained as of 6 p.m. last night. The Prineville Interagency Dispatch expects the Potato Flat fire to be contained by 6 p.m. tomorrow.
The Crook County Parks and Recreation District's Board of Directors chose to postpone making a decision on a proposed System Development Charge after a public meeting last night drew more than 60 opponents and proponents of the plan. The meeting was the second public meeting held regarding the proposal, which would create funds used to update existing parks and create new parks in the community.
AUGUST 31, 1944 – REUNION IN HAWAII: These two Prineville men, Donald S. Yancey, machinist mate third class in the Seabees, and Ensign Robert O. Yancey, Navy Air Corps, hadn't seen each other for quite a while when this picture was taken in Hawaii. They followed far different courses of training in the Navy, but both happened to be stationed in the Hawaiian Islands and a meeting was arranged. Since this picture was taken, Ensign Yancey has been rescued after a parachute landing at sea when his plane went out of control. He is reportedly recovering from injuries suffered in the incident, according to word received by the parents of the two boys, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Yancey.
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