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It had been planned to move the mill for the start of 1948 operations and site was leased in preparation

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - November 16, 1972:  'Bart' Bartholomei of the Prineville Fire Department uses a fire extinguisher to demonstrate how to put out a wastebasket fire for Forest Service employees at the federal building here. The demonstration was held behind the building after the employees were evacuated in a fire drill exercise held as a National Fire Prevention Week observance. The drill and demonstration were arranged by Obe Bendix, at right, maintenance supervisor at the federal building.

110 years ago

November 14, 1912

All public clocks in the German empire will hereafter be synchronized by means of wireless telegraphy. A master clock in a new station now being constructed at the town of Fulda will actuate the radio transmitter every minute. The tower over the station will be 300 feet high. A census recently taken of the public clocks in London shows the importance of such a project, because a total variation was found of 21 minutes, from slow to fast. Only 3% of the timepieces gave the correct Greenwich time.

75 years ago

November 12, 1947

The Endicott and Ammons sawmill at the head of Dairy Creek, southeast of Prineville, was destroyed by fire the morning of Nov. 5, with a loss estimated at from $25,000 to $30, 000, only partly covered by insurance. A flare-back from a diesel engine, which supplied power for the mill, ignited oil in the pit under the big motor, and within a few minutes, the mill was a mass of flames. About a million feet of sawed lumber in the yard was saved, but the mill and equipment were destroyed.

William Endicott, who was in Prineville today for a brief stopover in his hunt for mill machinery, reported that plans for rebuilding the mill at a new location about 11 miles down Dairy Creek are well under way. It had been planned to move the mill for the start of 1948 operations, Mr. Endicott said, and the site had been leased in preparation for a move at the end of this season's operations. The plant had started sawing last May, using a circular saw rig powered by a diesel unit.

50 years ago

November 9, 1972

A large racehorse barn owned by John Hudspeth of Prineville was completely destroyed in a fire early Tuesday morning.

The barn was empty, and no horses were lost. It was reported the building had not been used since last spring.

Prineville firemen were called to the scene, about three miles north of Prineville on McKay Road, at 12:30 a.m. by an unidentified caller. Occupants of a nearby house on the property were not aware of the fire until awakened by the arrival of firetrucks.

The building was completely engulfed in flames when firemen arrived and there was no chance to save it. Fire Chief Ted Adamson said the cause of the blaze was not determined.

25 years ago

November 11, 1997

According to a Wheeler County sheriff's report, an accidental gunshot wound sent a Bend area woman to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Wheeler County Sheriff Craig Ward reported that the 18-year-old woman and her boyfriend were returning from Heppner when the accident occurred. According to the sheriff's report, the two stopped between Spray and Mitchell "to conduct personal business."

Apparently, they left their vehicle and walked down into a gully next to the road. A holstered handgun the man was carrying reportedly fell from his belt and discharged when it hit the ground. The bullet grazed his thigh before striking the woman in the buttocks.

She was transported to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville by her companion where she was treated and released.

Sheriff Ward recovered a loaded single-action .22 caliber revolver at the scene. Physical evidence tends to support the couple's statements, Ward noted, although the incident remains under investigation.

The Crook County Sheriff's Office is cooperating with that investigation.


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