Back in Time
100 years ago
January 31, 1918
Fifteen students were granted diplomas from the public schools and will enter high school at the beginning of the second semester. Cecil Bowlin received the highest grade.
The new Oregon Grill-Diner will be open for business tomorrow, in the building formerly occupied by the Journal, first door south of the Ochoco bridge. The building has been thoroughly equipped with modern appliances for the Grill, and its present owner Mother Thompson, will be well prepared to care for all her former customers and new ones as well.
War came to Prineville merchants yesterday in more concrete form than ever before when the order from food commissioner Ayer was received limiting the sale of wheat flour and wheat products. The regulations are strict, limiting the sales of wheat to 75 percent of the amount of substitute sold at the same time to the same person. One sack at a time is the limit that may be sold to any one excepting those living at a distance, and to them the limit is raised to two sacks. At the same time the purchaser must buy at least 17 pounds of substitute.
75 years ago
January 28, 1943
The Portland Flying service moved 18 airplanes to Prineville Sunday and started its training program Monday. Seven one student fliers are now in training here, and a class of 110 is expected soon. For the present, the fliers and personnel of the flying service are being housed in temporary quarters. Within the next few weeks barracks and a mess hall will be constructed between Second and Third streets, next to the courthouse.
The Prineville Boy Scout troop, reorganized during the past few months, was formally instituted at impressive ceremonies held Tuesday evening in the Prineville grade school auditorium. Robert LaMott, Scout executive in this district, presented the charter of the troop to the Lions club, sponsoring organization.
Burley Simpson entered the Oregon state penitentiary at Salem Tuesday, starting a life term for the murder of George Sundquist, Prineville logger. Simpson was taken to the penitentiary by Sheriff R.H. Booton, who made the trip by automobile. Last Friday afternoon Simpson entered a plea of guilty before Circuit Judge R.S. Hamilton on charges of murder in the second degree.
50 years ago
February 1, 1968
The Crook County school board met Monday, January 29 with the school teachers consultation committee and reached agreement on a wage boost. Still to be decided were increases in pay for principals, special teachers and other employees of the district. The new base for first year teachers with a bachelor's degree is $6,000 with $240 increments for each year of experience.
The Prineville city council met Wednesday noon at the regular session to discuss with the interested participants, the proposed new zone and planning ordinance. The group also heard an ordinance establishing the Fairview Sanitary Sewer Assessment District read as a matter of record.
The most celebrated beauty show ever staged in Prineville will be the Miss Centennial pageant to be held in March. The program will be widely publicized as one of the major events of the Centennial season. Larrie Mason, who heads the program for the sponsoring Jaycees, stresses that any unmarried Prineville girl between the ages of 18 and 28 who is interested should apply.
25 years ago
January 28, 1993
Another sewer problem has surfaced in Prineville. But this time it's not the city's problem – it's the Crook County Parks and Recreation District's. Parks and recreation is constructing the 80-unit recreation vehicle park at the fairgrounds. The project entails extending the sewer line from First and Main streets to Lynn Boulevard. Initially, the extension was expected to cost $147,000. However, unforeseen requirements, plus a line size change has pushed the extension estimates to as high as $247,000.
The Crook County Court Wednesday formalized school board zone changes it unofficially OK'ed earlier in the month. The board unanimously approved a new area breakdown of the district's five zones. Each zone will have one representative on the school board.