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1926: Report finds that prospects for finding oil in the fossil beds of Central Oregon are not encouraging

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - October 24, 1996:  Linda McGinnis, selected by a round of applause as Queen Ugly Truck, leads the Joe Nelson Memorial Ugly Truck Parade with Boone Elliott, dressed as The Great Pumpkin.

95 years ago

October 21, 1926

The Smithsonian Institution, Quotes Bulletin Issued by Oregon Bureau of Mines.

The prospects for finding oil in the fossil beds of Central Oregon are not encouraging, according to a bulletin written by Dr. J. P. Buwalda and published by the Oregon Bureau of Mines and Geology in 1920 and there has been nothing to change that conclusion in the findings of the geologists of the Smithsonian Institution who have spent much time in vicinity since that time, said R. W. Chaney, a member of the party headed by Dr. John C. Merriam which visited here last summer and who with Mrs. Chaney, spent the week end in the county to make some additional studies.

None of the rocks here are of the type usually present where large or even commercial amounts of oil have been found and the surface indications do not point very strongly to a paying oil field. No man may say what is under the surface until a well is put down and if anyone is willing to put down a well at his own expense, the effort should be welcomed, says Dr. Chaney, but the prospects savor too much of wildcat speculation to encourage anyone to put money into the effort who cannot afford to gamble on a long chance.

Oil comes from marine deposits as a general rule when found in commercial quantities and the only marine deposits in Central Oregon are the seashells in the Suplee district. No extensive coal deposits have been found in Central Oregon.

75 years ago

October 24, 1946

E. W. Rich, lumber truck driver from Wasco, Oregon, encountered such unusual hospitality last weekend in Prineville that he stopped at the Central Oregonian office to tell about it before driving his truck back to Wasco. Rich had arrived Friday after a load of lumber and had vainly searched for a place to sleep when he happened to meet O. D. McGinnis, 437 West Fourth street, in a restaurant Friday evening, and talked to the Prineville man rather casually about his plight.

The upshot of the conservation, Mr. Rich reported, was that Mr. McGinnis took him to his home, showed him to a room and invited him to sleep there, explaining that he and Mrs. McGinnis were to be away from home that night, but the visitor was welcome.

"Then he said good night and left," Mr. Rich added, and I couldn't even find him in the morning to tell him how much I appreciated his hospitality. Maybe you will do it for me.

50 years ago

October 21, 1971 The 61-year-old Bowman building will be dedicated as the A. R. Bowman Memorial Museum during ceremonies next week. The dedication is scheduled for 11 a.m., Oct. 30,

The building was deeded to Crook County last month for use as a museum by Mrs. A. R. (Alta) Bowman and her daughters, Jean Gustafson and Elaine Broten.

The building was built in 1910 by the Crook County Bank, using the same stone as was used in the construction of the courthouse. The bank closed its doors in 1923 and the building was sold to the Bank of Prineville which survived only 11 years.

In 1935 Judge A. R. Bowman bought the property for his business, Central Oregon Title and Loan Company. Although Bowman sold the title company in the late 1940s, he maintained his insurance business until a short time before his death last year.

The museum will be maintained by the county and the Crook County Historical Society. It is anticipated that it will be open to the public six months of the year -- twice as long as the Pioneer Museum is now open.

Seven members of the Museum Board will oversee the operation of the new museum. The seven are: Millard Elkins, Judge Ervin Grimes, Mel Crawford, Ivan Chappell, Mrs. Alma Lippman, Mrs. Alta Bowman and Charles Hutchinson.

25 years ago

October 24, 1996

Spillway under construction almost disappear in the distance.

Project Superintendent Tom Hooper said modification of the spillway is slated to be completed early next year.

Working two shifts, 30 employees of the contractor are busy building the stilling basin.

"A stilling basin is just that," Hooper explained. "When water flows down the spillway, baffles slows the velocity of the water before it reaches Ochoco Creek."

The project began last July shortly after the rebuilding of the dam was completed.


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