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A Salem hunter finds a human skull on Congleton Ranch near Paulina 50 years ago

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - October 7, 1971:  A Salem hunter got more than he expected Saturday. Instead of deer, he found a human skull laying on top of the ground on the Congleton Ranch, ten miles northeast of Paulina. State Troopers investigated the scene but could find no other remains. There is no indication of how old the skull is, but it apparently had been in the area for a great length of time. It will be sent to Salem for analysis.95 years ago

October 7, 1926

For several hours threatening the fossilized area on the M. E. Brink place, a short distance southeast of Prineville, where at one age there were trees 12 to 15 feet in diameter and the three toed horse roamed the plains of Central Oregon, five million years ago, a brush and weed fire which up to late Tuesday morning burned over 75 acres of pasture, was partially extinguished late Monday night by local men and neighbors, who rushed to the scene. The fire burned within one half mile of the fossilized beds, according to Charles Upton, whose ranch is located in that vicinity.

The fire had evidently started Monday afternoon from a campfire left by sheepherders on the Fred W. Noble ranch. Because of the extremely dry conditions now prevailing, the fire spread on to the hills nearby, and that night burning juniper trees could be distinctly seen from the downtown business district. The fire was still burning to Tuesday noon, although there was no further danger of it spreading.

All efforts were used to prevent the fire from burning the house and outbuildings on the D. R. Putman ranch. Mr. and Mrs. Putman and their children are now making their home in Los Angeles, California, and the ranch was vacant.

Officials of the local forest service office with Glenn Hendrickson, game warden for this district, and a group from town battled with the fire until a late hour Monday night. Neighbors in that direction also helped to fight the low fire.

75 years ago

October 10, 1946

The post chapel and equipment at Camp Abbot have been purchased by the Prineville Lutheran church and the material will be used in erecting a church on lots adjacent to the Prineville grade school, Rev. Burnis M. Rogness, pastor, announced Tuesday, following official notification that his bid was low. The chapel, which during world war days served the thousands of soldiers stationed at Camp Abbot, was purchased on a bid of $1,500.

According to present plans, the building will be torn down, under contract, and moved to Prineville. The church that will be erected from the materials will be a replica of the present chapel. Included in the purchase were a steam boiler, pews, altar, pulpit and lectern. The purchase was made through the federal land bank in Spokane, acting for the war surplus administration. Removal of the building must be started within 60 days of passage of title. The Camp Abbot post chapel was dedicated on June 20, 1943.

50 years ago

October 7, 1971 Two people escaped injury and one received outpatient treatment at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville following this wreck near Mitchell Sept. 30. Roy Kirkwood, 81, Amity, received a head wound as a result of the crash. He was a passenger, along with his wife, Florence, 75, in the pickup truck driven by Edwin L. Garrett, 63, Forest Grove. The wreck took place about 2 p.m., eight miles west of Mitchell when the pickup truck and the Bronco, being towed behind it, caught their tires on the edge of the pavement causing

Garrett to lose control of the vehicles. The trucks went across the highway and hit the embankment, flipping the pickup around, striking the passenger side before stopping on the highway. The Bronco broke loose and rolled over, coming to rest on its side in the middle of the highway. No other vehicles were involved. The pickup was driven away; the Bronco was towed to Mitchell. No citations were issued by State troopers who investigated the accident.

25 years ago

October 3, 1996

"Zero."

That was the answer to the question of the impact of a new $23.5 million fairgrounds in Deschutes County on Crook County's proposed multipurpose convention and equestrian facility.

Voters in Deschutes County recently approved the selling of bonds to fund construction of a new facility.

"We're talking about two different types of facilities," fairgrounds manager Gary Timmerman said recently. "Their present fairgrounds does not have adequate parking, there is no room for the bigger events and the condition of all-weather facility is too depressing. They need and deserve a new fairgrounds."

The demands of the market for them to have an indoor arena similar to Crook County's, Timmerman said, is there. But the proposed convention center is even going to take away business from the local fairgrounds area.

There will be impacts, however. One concern often mentioned when the proposed convention center is discussed, is traffic. How, the question goes, will enough people be able to get into town to make it pay?

"We will never have an event," City Planner Dick Brown said, "that will bring as many vehicles into town as last many weekend's hunting traffic brought. We had something like 20,000 vehicles going through town. We'd be glad to have something at the center that would draw that amount of traffic."

Timmerman pointed out that while all the planning of a center is going on, the state is part of it. "We're dealing with the state, but they won't do anything until they actually see there is a problem," he explained.

And the planning is continuing. The list of firms interested in designing the center has been cut to three.

Although the project would be constructed with private or federal funds, certain procedures would still have to follow guidelines for construction of public facilities. One of these was to open the project to all interested parties.

To fulfill the requirements, the county asked architectural firms interested in designing the center to respond to a formal RFQ, a request for qualifications. About a dozen qualified companies responded and the Contract Board of Review shortened the list of design architects to just three.


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