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1995: Oregon is adding a new 541 area code for much of the state in the month of November

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - November 5, 1970: A group of interested voters and some candidates gathered Tuesday night in the offices of the Central Oregonian which served as an ''election central'' for Crook County. Rev. Bill Greenfield was busy posting the results on the chart as they were called in to Mrs. Beverly Thomas, C-O office manager. Interested onlookers included County Assessor Curt Saunders and Bill Hollowell, who was edged out of the sheriff's race by a slim 56 votes.

95 years ago

November 5, 1925

The city of Prineville will ask the voters at a special election to be called in the near future, to authorize the levying of a tax of the 20 mills for the railroad to pay for its new locomotive and to take up old debts of the corporation. Without this action on the part of the taxpayers the city owned railroad will find it difficult to continue operations.

One hundred and forty-five fires, 11 of which were man caused, destroyed product of the Ochoco National forest over an area of approximately 719 acres, during the hazardous season just past, according to the final report just issued from headquarters here. The report reveals 134 fires that were caused by occasional electrical storms. Four hundred thirty-six acres burned inside the boundary line while 283 acres were destroyed outside of the boundary.

75 years ago

November 1, 1945

A proposal that the Prineville Crook county chamber of commerce investigate the possibilities of installing an ornamental lighting system in the business district was approved at this week's meeting of the chamber of commerce and Secretary E.E. Goodrich was asked to secure estimates of the probable cost from officials of the Pacific Power and Light company. Members of the chamber agreed that the time has come to give serious consideration to such a project.

Carloadings of the City of Prineville Railway showed a sharp drop in October, compared with the peak period last summer, Manager C. C. McGlenn of the railway reported at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Lumber shipments dropped 210 carloads from the high of last August, partly as a result of the Alexander-Yawkey Lumber company sawmill fire and partly due to the current lumber strike, Mr. McGlenn said.

50 years ago

November 5, 1970

A fire Saturday afternoon caused more than $10, 000 damage to Halsey's Glass. Three trucks and a full complement of volunteer fire fighters answered the 2:28 p.m. alarm. The fire was well underway when firemen arrived on the scene. Smoke could be seen across town. Archie Halsey, owner of the business, said that he had closed the shop shortly after noon and had gone home. Everything apparently was in good order at that time. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Crook County Grand Jury, in a report filed last week with Circuit Court Judge J.R. Campbell, called for a general repair of the 61 year old courthouse. The report indicated that the building and grounds have suffered from a general lack of attention. Painting, plaster repair and cleaning are needed. The windows have not been washed for "three or four years," the report charges.

25 years ago

November 2, 1995

There is a new number coming into your life… On November 5, Oregon will add the new 541 area code. On Sunday, only people living in the northwest corner of the state will continue to use the 503 area code, the rest of the state's phone numbers will be prefaced with the new code, 541.


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