Locals abandon pleasure drives and adjust to rationing of food, supplies in 1943, after 14 months of war.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - Looking Back at this week in 1918, 1943, 1968 and 1993.100 YEARS AGO

February 21, 1918

Local people are looking forward with great anticipation to the coming Home Guard entertainment of March 4. At the drill period last Monday, short talks were made by Prof. Hyslon, of Oregon Agricultural College, and Rev. Gallaher, of this city.

The need of the local Red Cross was brought up and the Guard decided to stage a big spectacle in their favor. Sgt. Ober will have charge of the feed, which will be a leading feature of the entertainment. He announces that the entire eats will be strictly along food conservation lines, consisting principally of hot corn bread, hot baked potatoes, etc. Arrangements are underway to secure some whale meat, and to those who have never tasted this delicacy, a real treat is in store.

The program is in the hands of Quartermaster Pearce and Otto Strasser. It is not complete by any means yet, but to date, known parts of it consist of a big military court martial, a breach of promise suit, music and songs by Mr. and Mrs. Art Shugert, Bart Peterson and Mrs. Frank O'Connor. The breach of promise suit promises to develop into a very interesting affair, as is the habit of such law suits, and especially so as one of the most prominent and best liked young men of the county is being sued by one of Madras' most prominent young ladies.

Prominent lawyers of the county have been secured by both sides and a general airing of one of Jefferson County's leading romances will be made public. No admission will be charged. The idea of the show is to furnish a good evening's entertainment. But whatever proceeds are taken in will be turned over to the Red Cross.


February 18, 1943

Now is a time for achieving the things for which we pray. This year, there is a prayer in every heart for victory in 1943. Fourteen months of war for these United States has seen a switch from peace to total war.

American industry has converted its full facilities to war production, taking from us many luxuries that we regarded as everyday necessities.

Planes, ships, and armaments have replaced automobiles and other leading peace-time products. Our farmers are stepping up production to feed our soldiers and our allies, while you and I adjust ourselves to rationed sugar, coffee, meat and shoes.

Our boys have left their homes throughout the land to train in camps — many faring even farther to Australia, Ireland, or somewhere in the "Pacific." Our young women, too, are donning military uniforms to back up their brothers in the service or working in the defense plants.

Waste is synonymous with sabotage, and young and old salvage rubber, scrap, fats — and dimes for war bonds and stamps.

Our highway transportation system has been completely changed. Remember back in pre-Pearl harbor days when a several hundred-mile drive, with speed limited only by demands of safety, was a commonplace occurrence. Our farmers and their wives made numerous trips to town and town people made long drives to the country. A motor car seemed an almost indispensable adjunct to the round of visiting and entertainment that made life enjoyable.

In the year 1940, we knew no hardships and in 1941, we had not yet begun to feel the shock of another world war. It took all of 1942 to make us realize the picture was changing, but in 1943, we see a definite change. Pleasure driving is out for the duration and no new models of cars until the war is won.

Our long drives to see country cousins and to shop 100 miles away from home now must be abandoned so that war workers may be able to drive to defense projects and factories.

Two years ago, super 80-mile highways were in demand and today, 35 miles per hour is the official speed limit. Road building resources are devoted to the construction and improvements of military roads, roads to war plants and camps, and important highways for use of troops. At the present time, principal traffic on the highways is now made up of trucks carrying soldiers and supplies or transporting vital materials to production centers.

When the war is over, we will build better and safer roads and millions of Americans will once more drive for pleasure and profit, extending a few hundred mile-drive to a few thousand as we will speed north to Alaska and south to our sister republics.


February 22, 1968

Dedication of the prayer chapel at the Mountain View Hospital is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, according to plans announced by the Jefferson County Ministerial Association.

The dedication service will take place at 2:30 p.m. There will be an open house at the chapel, which was finished and furnished under the sponsorship of the ministerial group, from 3-5 p.m.

The prayer chapel project, designed by Pastor Moylan, was carried out with volunteer labor, using numerous contributions from firms, organizations, and individuals in the form of money, goods, and services.


February 18, 1993

As a part of a nationwide shutdown of Sears Catalogue stores, the Madras store, owned by Coleen Ferguson, who has operated the local store since 1984, said that she would work at "closing the store up right."

With a total of 26 years with Sears, she explained that this was the only job she ever had.

Ferguson said that they could still take catalogue orders until May 21, but would advise customers to make such orders with the 800 catalogue number to be shipped directly to their own homes. These orders could be charged to Visa, Master Card, Discover or Sears cards, and an address would be provided on telephone orders for cash payments, as well.

For her own operation, she said that she would be allowed to order display merchandise for her floor until May 15, and prior to that time would have much of the spring and summer merchandise including lawn mowers, etc., on her floor.

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