1920: Completion of Ochoco Dam nears
100 years ago
Feb. 5, 1920
Before the warm days of summer arrive, the Ochoco Dam, which is being built by the earth fill method and is located a few miles east of this city, will be completed, well filled with water, the sheer boards removed, and the even slopes on the downstream side will be green with grass and vegetation, while the east or upstream side will be the shoreline for one of the largest artificial lakes in the west. The affairs of the district are being shaped up for the completion of construction, and at a meeting of the board of directors on Tuesday of this week, the final bond issue, which is to provide funds for the completion of the works, was ordered submitted to a vote of the landowners and the date set for March 6.
A dining car is carried every morning on the train carrying passengers from this part of the state into Portland. Anyone leaving Prineville on the evening train may eat breakfast before arriving in Portland at 8:25.
One of the most interesting things in connection with the laying of the cornerstone for the new Masonic Building was the presence at the ceremony of Mrs. M.H Bell, a charter member of Carnation Lodge, O.E.S. of Prineville, and B.F. Nichols, one of the twelve members to whom the charter of Prineville Masonic Lodge was issued on Nov. 8, 1878.
75 years ago
Feb. 1, 1945
Five babies – five boys! That's the score at the Prineville General Hospital this week, and the five young men are lying in a row in the nursery today, unaware they had set some sort of a local record. The series started Jan. 25, with the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Stahancyck. On Jan. 28, Mr. and Mrs. Loy Cole became the parents of a son. On Jan. 29, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Brown were the parents of a son. Jan. 30 brought a son to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Winkle, and on Jan. 31 a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mears.
A call for the people of Crook County to join forces with the rest of Oregon and the nation in aiding those Russians who have been stripped of all their possessions, including clothing, was issued by a local committee headed by R.H. McAtee, county school superintendent. The Crook County campaign to "share your clothes with the Russians" was organized at a meeting held in the Ochoco Inn Tuesday evening with representatives of various groups attending, including veterans organizations, the Lions Club Auxiliary, the Legion Auxiliary and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
50 years ago
Feb. 5, 1970
James O. Smith, 28, has formally taken over the duties of publisher and editor of the Prineville Central-Oregonian, according to an announcement this week by Dennis Smith (no relation), president of the company. The new publisher moved to Prineville from Chariton, Iowa, where he has served as managing editor of an award-winning twin-weekly newspaper for the past two and one-half years.
Snowmobile races will be the highlight of the second annual Snowmobile Jamboree to be held Saturday and Sunday at Big Summit Prairie. The races are expected to attract some of the top snowmobile drivers on the West Coast. A large entry list, including many local enthusiasts, is expected in the competition for approximately 80 trophies which will be awarded.
A Crook County Future Farmer parliamentary team has placed first in the district contest held Monday in Culver. Teams from Malin and Bend placed second and third respectively. The local team, which picked up championship honors, was composed of Neal Perry, Mike Bolt, Ronnie Grant, Ron Storey, Jim Milks and Mark Howard.
25 years ago
Feb. 2, 1995
Bighorn sheep are making a comeback in Central Oregon, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Confederated Tribes of The Warm Springs and private landowners. The sheep are being rounded up in Eastern Oregon and redistributed in Central Oregon along the John Day and Deschutes rivers. Plans to reintroduce bighorn sheep have been underway since 1989 through a cooperative effort between the three agencies and the landowners.
One of Prineville's most popular places will soon be closed from sundown to sunrise, according to the State Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the Ochoco State Wayside Park, otherwise known as the viewpoint. Bill Crawford, Prineville Reservoir park manager, said earlier this week that a date has not been set for installing the new gate and closing the park at night as details are still being worked out.
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