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Crook County voters will decide on formation of a recreation district in 1969

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - OCTOBER 6, 1994: The Shay locomotive will begin pulling the Crooked River Brunch Train Oct. 23, followed by another run Nov. 6, according to the City of Prineville Railway. The locomotive recently made test runs and is ready for service. Future trips with the locomotive are being planned. The Sunday Brunch Train departs at 11 a.m. near Redmond and travels 28 miles to Prineville. the round trip takes two and a half hours.

100 years ago

October 9, 1919

For the first time in the history of the city, many of the leading citizens of Prineville were actually "up in the air" during the past week. the Ace Aircraft Corporation plan, ably piloted by Lieutenant Roth, did a rushing business from the velvet green field of M.R. Biggs at Willowdale Meadows, which provided the most perfect field he has found this year, during the days of the Oregon Inter-State Fair. Over Sunday and Monday. Lt. Roth did no passenger carrying in the afternoons on fair days, but he did do exhibition flights for the edification of the thousands attending the fair.

Prineville people have a great treat in store for them this coming winter in the Lyceum Course, which will be presented here. There will be five numbers, the first one coming on Nov. 24, when Hetty Jane Dunnaway will give the impersonation of "Daddy Long Legs." This is a very popular number and is equally enjoyed by the old as well as the young.

Today the march of progress is obliterating one of the landmarks that has been much of the activities of Prineville in past decades. Workmen are starting to wreck the old Masonic Hall at the corner of Third and West B streets. The first telephone central was located in this building and other historic things have transpired there, to say nothing of the activities of the lodges on the second floor.

75 years ago

October 5, 1944

Capt. George M. Koons and Lt. George E. Kelsch, pilots from Redmond Army Air Field, who were injured in a crash Sept. 28, are doing nicely, it is reported by the commanding officer of the field.

Miss Gilma Ellen Endicott of Prineville was commissioned Ensign, USNR, Sept. 26, having completed training at the Naval reserve midshipman's school (WR), Northampton, Mass., and has been assigned to the Naval air technical training center, Corpus Christi, Texas.

A program to be followed when V-day in Europe arrives was adopted by the merchants committee of the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce at a meeting held Monday. Recognizing the fact there will be some sort of celebration when Germany surrenders, Prineville merchants worked out plans to meet varying situations that may arise.

50 years ago

October 9, 1969

County residents may be called to the polls in the near future to vote on the formation of a countywide Recreation District and to elect five officers to serve on the district's board of directors. The election will be held as a result of several months study and planning by a committee appointed last January by the then-Mayor Stan Irvine.

Crook County Judge Ervin Grimes said Tuesday that plans are going ahead to create a new county dump by the airport. He said the two present dumps near the Ochoco Reservoir and at Powell Butte will definitely be closed in the near future.

25 years ago

October 6, 1994

Two 16-year-olds and three 18-year-olds from Prineville allegedly drove to Eureka, California Aug. 27 and stole six pounds of marijuana from an illegal outdoor growing operation then drove back to Prineville the next day and began distributing the drug, according to documents provided to the Central Oregonian in early September. All three 18-year-olds are charged with one count each of criminal conspiracy, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Dale Hammond, like dozens of other semi-truck drivers who have been delivering sand and gravel to Ochoco Dam since early August, puts up with a lot of abuse on the road. People can be real inconsiderate," he said of other drivers — those with smaller vehicles — as he drove along Third Street on his way to the dam the other day. Likewise, many locals would find Hammond's observation ironic, for they think the same of the Ochoco Dam truck drivers. About a dozen trucks have been making about 140 round trips through downtown Prineville nearly every day since the reconstruction of the dam began Aug. 3. By early November, perhaps within the first week, the last of the trucks will pass through Prineville. "Be careful out there," Hammond warned. "have patience. It won't be much longer and we'll be done."


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