1925: Ku Klux Klan parade held in Prineville
95 years ago
November 19, 1925
John Tuel, alleged ex-convict from the Oregon penitentiary and said to be under indictment in Klamath Falls on a burglary charge and in Prineville charged with breaking into the "Occidental," Matt Nolan's pool hall in the Benton building, augmented his notorious career Sunday when at about 1 p.m., he succeeded in breaking a bar, which had been welded carefully following a previous break in one of the windows in his jail quarters. The break was discovered several hours later by Jake Hilliard, janitor, who quickly notified Sheriff S.W. Yancey. Tuel was last seen that day when he breakfasted at 9 a.m. that morning with food brought to him by R.L. Jordan, deputy sheriff.
With 53 white-robed figures in line led by a white-robed horse and the American flag and the fiery cross heading the procession, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan staged a street parade in Prineville Saturday night but owing to the rain did not hold the outdoor ceremony announced. It must be admitted that the disguise of the Klansman is effective. Frequently, we heard spectators identify one or another of the marchers only to look over on the next corner and see the individual named standing on the street, also a spectator.
75 years ago
November 22, 1945
At a meeting of the Crook County Republican Central Committee, held Thursday night in the office of W.B. Morse, state legislators from this district, vacancies on the committee were filled and plans for the 1946 election campaign were discussed. J.S. Oakes, chairman of the Crook County group presided at the meeting. Mrs. May F. Barney is chairman of the women's division of the county committee, which includes women representatives from all but one of the 17 Crook County precincts. The lone vacancy is in the Fife district.
50 years ago
November 19, 1970A rash of breaking and entering incidents continue to keep Prineville city police busy. Six more cases were reported during the past week. This brings to 10 the number of reported B&E cases during the past two weeks. The most current incidents began Nov. 11, when a Prineville patrolman discovered that someone had entered a rear door at Ochoco Feed and Farm Supply on West 10th Street shortly after midnight. The culprit apparently had just entered the building and was able to escape before the police could search the building. There was nothing missing.
The Prineville Special Police are presenting a special vaudeville show this Friday in an effort to raise funds for their organization. The program will present Ray and Mary Grant and "Tacki" the clown in a fun-filled performance for all of the family. The Grants add variety and color to the performance with their unusual presentation of the Animalettes – the animal marionettes three to four feet in height. They have played to international audiences and were a special hit in Tokyo.
25 years ago
November 16, 1995
Crook County School Board members voted 3-2 to approve a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program for the new high school at the Nov. 13 school board meeting. Chair Janet Roberts and Vice Chair Beverly Woodward were the two dissenting votes. Roberts said she is OK with the JROTC program itself. "The school district can't really afford it," Roberts gave for her decision against approval. She went on to explain that earlier in the year, the school district had to cut 12 upper-division classes like advanced calculus because of a budget crunch. "We shouldn't add anything new if we're cutting other classes," Roberts said.
A major addition is being added to Prineville's local newspaper. With the addition of two press units, the twice-weekly newspaper will be able to print full color more frequently and publish more than two sections when necessary. Central Oregonian publisher Jim Smith was on hand earlier this week when the press units arrived and supervised the unloading. The new units are expected to be completely installed over the coming weekend.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.