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1912: Prineville precipitation shatters previous records by a more than three-fold margin

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - May 30, 1912:  Crook County High School
110 years ago

May 23, 1912

According to statistics gathered by the Prineville weatherman, Jack Summers, more rain has fallen this month than for the same period in the past seven years. And perhaps for a much longer time but there are no authenticated records to prove it. Since 1905, the precipitation for May has been as follows:

1905. .98

1906. 1.23

1907 .81

1908. .99

1909 .42

1910 1.93

1911 .20

1912 up to May 29 2.00

The moisture record for Prineville since the first of January beats anything heretofore recorded by a large margin. Nearly 8 inches of rain has fallen. The government records are as follows:

January 1912 2,36

February 1.17

March .73

April 1.63

of May, up to 29 2.00

Total. 7.89

75 years ago

May 29, 1947

Two fire alarms Monday - neither of them the result of a real fire - brought out such a conglomeration of motorists trying to out-race the firetrucks that Chief of Police T. E. Fitzgerald and Fire Chief Ted Adamson decided to issue another fair warning that motorists who chase firetrucks and violate the Oregon traffic code will have to face the penalties.

The penalties, by the way, include fines of not less than $10 nor more than $100 for each of offense, jail terms of not less than two days nor more than 30 days for each offense - or both!

Monday's firetruck chasing was just another in a long series of such incidents in Prineville, and the problem of finding a means of controlling fire chasers is an old one here. The fire siren blew about supper time Monday, when someone turned in an alarm after seeing the flare of some stump burning operations just west of town. By the time the firemen could get their trucks out of the firehall and head for the scene of the blaze, motorists were ganged up on the highway west from Prineville in such profusion that no traffic officer could thread his way through without danger.

50 years ago

May 29, 1972 Fireworks buttons are now on sale by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce. The buttons are being sold for $1 each to raise funds for a Fourth of July fireworks display here in Prineville. For the first time in several years, the fireworks will be launched from the viewpoint above the city for all to see. Members of the Prineville Volunteer Fire Department will be in charge of setting off the fireworks and policing any small blazes that might be started. Chamber Secretary Dee Zimmerlee has a large number of the buttons on sale at the Chamber office and they are also on sale by members of the Chamber and the Chamber board.

25 years ago

May 27, 1997

County sheriff's deputies received help from other county employees in capturing a local burglar last week.

Apparently, three young Prineville residents were not aware someone was watching when they left a house in the Jasper Knolls area. That person, a neighbor, knew the three did not belong to the family that owned the house. And he knew the house had been burgled before. A member of the Crook County Road Department, the neighbor made a note of the kind of car and license number of the getaway vehicle.

A short time later, while returning to town in a big green county dump truck, the county employee spotted the car in the Juniper Canyon area. Undersheriff Clyde McLain said the county worker called his boss, Road Master Norm Thompson, and the sheriff's office was notified.

The county dump truck followed the vehicle into town but lost it in traffic. Relying on help from county road crews is not a new thing, the undersheriff said.

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