1944: Scarlet fever hits Crook County
100 years ago
October 16, 1919
Bids for the construction of the Crooked River-Redmond Highway are to be opened on Nov. 4, at which time the contract may be let. It is inferred, however, that the commission may not let the contract until after the result of the bond election is known, on Nov. 7.
M.O. Bennett, engineer of the State Highway Commission, was in Prineville this week, and stated that he knows the conditions in this county, and that our road program is the best in the state for the needs of the territory to be served. He is also of the opinion that the projects will all be approved by the State Highway Commission and receive their cooperation.
75 years ago
October 12, 1944
The City of Prineville Railway is negotiating for the purchase of another locomotive in an effort to eliminate costly tie-ups such as those which have interrupted traffic over the city-owned railroad during the past few weeks, it was announced at Tuesday night's meeting of the city council by J.E. Stewart, chairman of the railway commission. Mr. Stewart said the tie-ups were caused by carelessness on the part of employees, which put the locomotives out of commission. He did not go into detail as to the actions that put the locomotives out of commission except to state that the water had been allowed to drop below the crown sheets.
One case of scarlet fever has been reported to health authorities in Crook county and there may be more "hidden cases," potential saboteurs of the community, it was reported today by County Nurse Lucy Davison. The health department urges observance of the regulations.
50 years ago
October 16, 1969
The Don and Elizabeth Cole residence of Paulina was the site of a mass collision on Wednesday, Oct. 8 that caused extensive damage to six vehicles, two trailers, and injured the driver of a jeep and his wife. At 1:12, a 1968 Jeep pulling a 15-foot trailer was headed west on Highway 380. The driver began to execute a left turn into the town of Paulina. At the same time a Mack logging truck was proceeding west on the same route and attempted to pass the Jeep at the intersection. The truck side-swiped the jeep and trailer, causing extensive damage. The jeep swerved off the road into a truck parked in front of the Cole home, damaging the driver's side. The truck then hit a parked 1961 blue Ford pickup. A trailer belonging to visiting friends of the Coles was knocked off its blocks and damaged. The truck then struck a green Chevrolet pickup and it, in turn, rammed into a parked Chevrolet Belair. The driver of the truck was unhurt.
A $1 million mill being built near Hwy. 26 west of Prineville is scheduled to begin production this Friday, according to Don Colahan, mill superintendent and manager. The first log was cut last Saturday. The mill, which is owned by Matt and Steve Musulin of Portland, will produce ties and forms from pine and fir.
Pacific Power and Light Company will start construction this month on a $690,000 transmission line project linking the firm's electrical systems at Bend and Prineville. Construction of the major transmission circuit is the largest budgeted item scheduled for PP&L's Central Oregon district this year.
25 years ago
October 13, 1994
A door-to-door household survey will be conducted in the Crestview and Melrose areas of Prineville today and concluding Saturday. The interview, conducted by employees of the Portland State University Center for Population Research and Census, should take no more than a minute to complete, and will include questions about the number of residents of each household and the annual income of household members in 1993.
More than 250 fourth and fifth grade Crooked River Elementary students jumped rope for two and a half hours this morning to raise funds for school equipment. About $5,000 is expected to be raised from pledges the students obtained. The classroom raised $1,000.
After more than two years of study, the city of Prineville received its long-awaited transportation system plan report from consultants Monday. The final report was devised after public hearings, City Planning Department and City Council consideration, and state review. The final report – a guide for the management of existing transportation facilities and the design and implementation of future facilities – is nearly an inch thick. It provides recommendations on how the city of Prineville can improve traffic-related conditions during the next 20 years.
OCTOBER 16, 1969: CUTTING OF THE FIRST LOG – Don Colahan, superintendent and manager for the new mill being built here, watches intently as the mill's first log is cut. The mill is scheduled to begin production this Friday. It will produce ties and forms. Approximately 35 local men are presently employed by the mill. The mill is owned by Matt and Steve Musulin of Portland.
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