1944: Sawmill worker escapes death
100 years ago
September 25, 1919
Preparations are being made for larger crowds than ever before at the Inter-State fair grounds. An additional block of bleachers 100 feet in length is being erected at the grandstand and accommodations for those who wish to go inside the arena are being made. Because of the heavy automobile traffic to and from the grounds, plans are being worked out for the handling of cars in such a way as to provide for the safety of all attending the fair.
There will be football every forenoon during the fair on Davidson Field. Two of the games will be between John Day High School and CCHS while the other two will be John Day and Paulina. The teams are all good this year and promise some very hard-fought battles each day.
A second planting of 50,000 trout was to be made yesterday in the Ochoco dam reservoir. The trout consisted of rainbows and Eastern brook trout in about equal numbers and were supplied on requisition through state fish hatcheries. The shipment came from Bend by motor truck.
75 years ago
September 21, 1944
Purchase of two wheelchairs for the free use by residents of this community when needed is planned by the Prineville Lions Club. Action to authorize a committee to purchase the chairs was taken by the Lions at their meeting Tuesday night. The chairs cost about $40 each.
Maurice Nance, setter at the Alexander-Yawkey Lumber company sawmill here, had a miraculous escape from death or grave injury Tuesday morning when the piston rod of the lumber carriage broke, hurling the carriage through the wall of the mill. The piston rod went hurtling out one end of the sawmill and the carriage, with the setter still aboard, out the other. The huge carriage, 36 feet long and weighing about 25 tons, crashed through the planks at the end of the sawmill, plunging into the air about 16 feet above the ground. It turned over as it fell, throwing Mr. Nance clear as it landed upside down in the soft dirt. Mr. Nance bit his tongue badly as the crash came and he was bruised and battered by his fall but suffered no serious injury.
50 years ago
September 25, 1969
Dennis A. Smith, new president of Central Oregonian Publishers, Inc., announced yesterday the purchase of the corporation assets from Mr. and Mrs. Dave Boyd and Norman Donnelly of Prineville. Smith also announced that the paper was being converted to the offset method of production. The offset process has outmoded most of the equipment of the hot metal method of newspaper printing heretofore used by the Central Oregonian. Conversion to offset allows the greatest flexibility in composition of the paper.
Mrs. Clinton P. McDonald, 698 E Sixth St., reported that on Thursday, Sept. 18, at about 7 p.m., a hunting sling was taken from her son Kevin, 5, as he played in the yard. The sling had been in the family for over 17 years. Mrs. McDonald asks that the boys please return the slingshot, as it holds sentimental value to the family.
The Crook County School Board denied a request at its meeting Monday that the high school provide school buses to transport students to athletic events outside Central Oregon. A delegation of students led by Crook County High School student body President Dave La Roque made the request of the board.
25 years ago
September 22, 1994
Crook County's unemployment rate fell from 6.2 percent in July to 5.8 percent in August, the lowest unemployment rate attained since 1991, according to Mike Mahan, Central Oregon economist with the Oregon State Employment Department. The drop in Crook County's unemployment rate mirrors declines found in most neighboring Central Oregon counties, which also are seeing the lowest unemployment rate since 1991 or earlier.
A tribute to the Prineville Hotshots and other firefighters will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Crook County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena, according to the Ochoco National Forest. The service will honor the Prineville Hotshots and other firefighters who fought and perished at the South Canyon fire in Glenwood Springs, Colorado July 6. The tribute is open to the public and al Forest Service employees nationwide.
Increasing numbers of people are using Pioneer Memorial Hospital's outpatient services, according to hospital officials, and volumes for both inpatient and outpatient services are up from last year.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1969: Mrs. Doris Boyd is pictured handing the keys to the Central Oregonian to the new president of Central Oregonian Publishers, Inc., Dennis A. Smith, on his assumption of operation of the newspaper. Pictured left to right, are Mrs. Dennis (Kathleen) Smith, Dennis, Norman Donnelly, Doris and Dave Boyd. In the background is a linotype which has been replaced by new cold type equipment.
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