1969: Motel, eatery planned on Ochoco Inn site
100 years ago
October 2, 1919
After considerable discussion with those in charge of the airplane service of the Inter-State Fair and the observation of maps at the local Forestry office, it was decided that the airplane should come from John Day to Dayville, where it should take on gas; thence to Big Summit Prairie for more gas and on to Prineville. Following the schedule, the machine landed safely in the Connel field at Big Summit Prairie about noon Tuesday. Sept. 30. On account of the heavy fog hanging over Lookout Mountain, it was considered unwise to come on into Prineville until better weather conditions obtained. Considering the fact that the country was entirely new to the pilot of the machine, and also the fact that he was guided entirely by natural landmarks to reach his objective, it is rather remarkable that a landing was made without mishap. It is understood that the machine will come to Prineville just as soon as the weather will permit.
Many of Prineville's braver motorists journeyed to Mitchell during the fair at our sister city, regardless of the very unfavorable weather of the last two days of that event, and enjoyed the trip, too. Road construction makes speed impossible on some parts of the road and other places are rough and bumpy but throughout the roadbed is fine and the trip can be easily made without damage to the car or its occupants.
75 years ago
September 28, 1944
Two men were seriously injured at 10:30 this morning in the accidental crash of a BT 13 training plane 30 miles east of the Redmond Army air field. The plane was on a routine training mission. The injured men have been flown to the air base hospital at Walla Walls, Wash. Their names are being withheld.
New street lights of 2,500 lumens were installed Wednesday throughout the residential districts of Prineville, giving illumination about two and a half times that of the old 1,000 lumen lights which were replaced.
G.S. Vergeer, president of the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, announced today that a new tire and re-capping plant is being installed in the former Jones-Cleaners building on West. Fourth street. The plant is owned and will be operated by Fred Morehouse who came recently to Prineville from Corvallis.
50 years ago
October 2, 1969
Two private parties, working together, have proposed to build a $500,000 motel-restaurant complex on the site of the old Ochoco Inn, Evan Chappell, secretary-treasurer of Prineville Economic Promotions, said Tuesday. The proposal was submitted to PEP at their last meeting two weeks ago. It calls for a 60-unit motel, restaurant, and possibly a bar.
Approximately 20,000 hunters are expected to invade Crook County this weekend for the buck deer season which begins Saturday, according to Cecil Sly, Secretary-Treasurer of the Isiac Walton League. He indicated that the hunters started coming into the county last Monday.
Boy Scout Troop 28 toppled all competition in booth displays and demonstrations at the Fremont District Boy Scout Exposition held at Redmond Fairgrounds last Saturday afternoon. The troop received the First Award ribbon and the first place permanent trophy award for their efforts in camp culinary arts.
25 years ago
September 29, 1994
Prineville Presbyterian Church invites the public to the dedication of its new building on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Judy Kolwicz will speak, and the Redmond Men's Quartet will perform. A lunch and open house follow at noon and will last until 3 p.m. The historic cornerstone from the original building, reading "First Presbyterian Church" and "1904" on one side will have "1994" added to another and will be displayed near the front door of the new church.
A fire and loud explosion in a sawdust collection bin at Clear Pine Moulding caused up to $20,000 in damage Friday night, according to the Prineville Fire Department. The explosion occurred during the swing shift and was reported at 10:15 p.m. No injuries were reported
Ochoco Lumber Company and nine other independent Northwest sawmills will receive logs from Russia's far east under a joint venture with the Khabarovsk region, according to the announcement made yesterday afternoon by the Global Forestry Management Group. Under the joint venture, named Sov-Gaven Les, the American companies and Russian territory are equal partners in the venture to supply logs to Northwestern sawmills while providing an economic boost to the Khabarovsk region.
SEPTEMBER 29, 1994: Carla Bridges of Powell Butte goes around a barrel Saturday morning during the finals of the Oregon Barrel Racing Association at Crook County Fairgrounds. Her first-place finish in Saturday's $500 novice division go-around gave her the top average for the two-day competition. Another Crook County competitor, Lisa McLean of Paulina, won the $1,500 notice division.
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