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1972: Boy seriously injured in explosion while playing with homemade cannon and gun powder

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - July 24, 1997:  A giant loader smoothly lifts a load of logs from a truck at Prineville's Ochoco Lumber Company. Loads from various timber sales are brought to the mill yard in an almost never-ending stream. In recent years, however, many loads have come from salvage sales and the size of the logs have been small, suitable only for the small-log mill.

110 years ago

July 25, 1912

A severe hailstorm struck in the Dry Creek country Sunday afternoon, doing considerable damage to crops. It likewise visited Combs Flat, inflicting some damage there. The hail were as large as marbles and made stock hustle under cover. Edgar Bundy says the storm lasted fully 15 minutes.

75 years ago

July 31, 1947

Nine members of the Prineville Lions Club invaded San Francisco by air Wednesday, wearing the gaudiest cowboy outfits available here and bearing placards announcing the Crooked River Roundup on Aug. 22, 23 and 24. The trip was hastily organized after word came back from the Bay City that the Prineville Lions Club had been awarded first place in the Lions International attendance contest for clubs in its division during the year just closed.

Fred Noble, secretary of the Prineville club, had been sent off last weekend to San Francisco as the Prineville club's representative at the international convention being held in San Francisco this week, and members of the Prineville club, thought they had the situation pretty well under control until the news of the attendance award to the local group came in Tuesday. Reinforcements for Secretary Noble were hastily recruited. With the aid of Frank Stratton, manager of the Prineville airport, extra planes were secured to ferry the crew to San Francisco.

50 years ago

July 24, 1972 John Wampler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wampler of Powell Butte, suffered painful injuries Friday, July 14, when he and some friends were playing with a homemade cannon and black gun powder, and the device blew up in his face.

The boy was rushed to St. Charles Hospital in Bend where he was a patient until Wednesday. It is not known just how badly damaged his eyes are, but it was feared at first that he would completely lose the sight in at least one eye.

25 years ago

July 22, 1997

The Crook County Fair and the Crooked River Roundup may merge next year for the first time in about 47 years.

The two events divorced around 1951 and have been operating separately ever since. But the boards of directors for each event have been considering renewing the vows.

"Let's put it this way, we're engaged to be married," said David Franke, fair board member. "I think we can be good for each other."

Franke said the boards, at this time, plan to merge the events around this time next year, except pari-mutuel racing will be held the week prior.

"We feel like it's going to be best for the community, so the towns people can do everything in one week, and it won't be so hard on their pocketbooks," Franke said.

Not only will fairgoers and roundup fans be offered a two-for-one kind of venture, the event tills should prosper, too, Franke said.

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