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Newly formed historical society meets to discuss how to acquire more members 50 years ago

 - APRIL 24, 1969 – Introducing "Willie," a healthy, frisky Mini-Mule born Tuesday morning at the Bill Tomerlin's "Little Mule Ranch" on Ochoco Highway. This picture was taken shortly after birth. Willy is outstandingly marked and already seems to sense his importance. He is the first of several Mini-Mules expected to be born in the next month. (Dave Boyd photo)

100 years ago

April 24, 1919

A.D. Weiser is here with his large collection of war trophies, which he is showing in the interest of the Victory Loan. On Wednesday, he showed them at Roberts, today is showing them in the Powell Butte section and Friday they will be shown all afternoon near the public square on Main Street. School will be dismissed in order that the students may all have an opportunity to see these relics.

More highway activity is taking place this year in the country immediately surrounding Prineville than has ever occurred since Native Americans made their trails through the high rye grass and willows across the valleys of the Ochoco and Crooked rivers. There will be more money expended in this county during 1919 than has ever before been invested in road improvement.

Flood water on the Ochoco Project is rapidly decreasing and all the run of Ochoco is being stored in the mammoth reservoir at this time. The stream that is wasting in McKay is very small and all who are in a position to do so should use water on their lands, for the supply will be entirely exhausted in the next few weeks.

75 years ago

April 20, 1944

A slight increase in the number of Republican party members registered in Crook County, and a slight decrease in the number of Democrats, was revealed today when County Clerk Nora F. Stearns released official registration figures. Registration books closed Tuesday evening with 1,372 Republicans and 1,770 Democrats registered, compared with 1,368 Republicans and 1,790 Democrats at the time of the November 1942 election.

Miss Lucy Davison, Crook County health nurse, announced that the TB patch testing program started early in the year has been completed in the schools. The patch test has the advantage of being painless and less liable to excite the child, thus giving rise to a larger percentage of tests. No active disease was found.

50 years ago

April 24, 1969

The new historical society formed last Feb. 4 held its third organizational meeting Monday at the BLM office with a small attendance. There was a general discussion held for the purpose of acquiring new members, which are desperately needed. Anyone wishing to join the organization or wanting more information, is asked to contact Gale Ontko, Millard Elkins or Mary Wilson.

The 4-H Motto "Learning By Doing" will be put to practice by 15 Crook County 4-H'ers as they take part in the annual 4-H Camp Counselor Training session at Pringle Falls this weekend.

Housewives who pay someone $50 or more for household services during any three-month calendar quarter must report these payments and pay the Social Security Taxes.

25 years ago

April 21, 1994

A $6.9 million construction contract for modifications for the reconstruction of Ochoco Dam has been awarded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to Stimpel-Wiebelhaus Associates of Redding, Calif. Company representatives began arriving at the site this weekend. Machinery to reconstruct the dam began arriving Thursday afternoon, and ground was broken at the site yesterday.

The Crook County unemployment rate fell from 11.5 percent in February to 10.4 percent in March, according to the Department of Human Resources' Employment Division office in Redmond. The outlook is for a steady decline in unemployment levels through the summer, but the steadily tightening noose of timber supply and its impact on the already diminished number of regional sawmills could negatively impact unemployment rates by year-end, according to the department.

The Department of Human Resources' Employment Division projects in-migration to Crook County will accelerate this year based on studies conducted by the Portland State University's Center for Population research and Census. Almost 12 percent of the migrants who came to Crook County were of retirement age.

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