The Madras Pioneer looks back through our archives from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

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March 7, 1918

A bill calculated to increase the productive agricultural area of the West is now on its way to an early consideration by the Congress of the United States.

In April 1917, a measure providing for the reclamation of arid and swamp land was introduced into the Senate and after the reconvention of Congress in December last, Sen. Charles L. McNary, of Oregon, asked for a hearing of this bill by the Senate Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation of Arid Lands, of which, he is a member.

On Feb. 14, the Senate Committee, after a thorough consideration of the substance of the measure, instructed the chairman to report the bill favorably to the Senate where, Sen. McNary said, it would in his opinion receive prompt and favorable consideration.

This legislation in brief provides that when the district shall have voted and issued bonds bearing interest at a rate to be fixed by the secretary of the Interior, not to exceed 4 percent per annum, to cover the cost of construction and the legality and validity of such bond issue shall have been confirmed by the courts.

The secretary of the Interior is authorized, provided he determines that the project is practicable and advisable, to enter into a contract with the district for construction of the necessary works, etc. The secretary is then empowered to accept the district bonds and deposit the same with the secretary of the Treasury, who shall issue certificates of indebtedness of the United States in an amount equal to the value of the district bonds and bearing interest at the same rate.

The secretary of the Interior is directed to dispose of the certificates of indebtedness from time to time as the funds may be required for construction purposes.


March 4, 1943

When completed, the Madras Air Army Base will be a monument to its commanding officer, Major Joseph P. Arnold, it was pointed out in a statement to the Madras Pioneer today.

When the history of this post is recorded, it will feature the capable, grayish major as one of its leading characters: he brought to Madras a wealth of experience both as a civilian and as a soldier.

As a government engineering inspector, he supervised the construction of most of Lowry Field, located in Denver, Colorado. As an officer in the Army Air Force, he served at Lowry Field as armament machine gun supervisor, statistical officer, assistant general inspector, training inspector and special services inspector.

Fresh from a year at Penn State College, near his home in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, the major went into the Army during the last war. He served with the old signal branch of the Air Corps and then went overseas as a crack officer in the 91st Field Artillery, where he compiled a fine record.

After the war, he worked with the government's engineer and forest services before going to Denver. While at Denver, he secured both his B.S. and M.S. in Statistics at Denver University School of Commerce. He followed his training as a statistician with the city's chamber of commerce.

The threatened outbreak of the present war established an acute need for men like Major Arnold. First, it was as a civilian that he returned to the Army — and Lowry Field. Later, his brilliant record as an engineer qualified him for a major's commission, which he received in April 1942. He is the author of several administrative texts used by the Air Forces officers' candidate and cadet schools.

The major is married and has a son, 18. Pressing matters of war have stripped him of hobbies, but he still enjoys a little reading for diversion.

He was transferred to Madras on Jan. 12, 1943.


March 7, 1968

Rex Barber, Culver, principal stockholder of a corporation designated Rex Barber and Associates, announced Monday the purchase of Deschutes Valley Potato Co., Metolius, and all its properties from Dillon (Hap) Moore. Price was not discussed.

Property involved in the transaction includes 500 acres of farmland, a dwelling, and other properties. Transfer of 300 acres of leased land was also included. Barber said that 320 acres of land in his ownership will figure in the operation of the potato handling business, making a total of some 1,200 acres.

Monroe has been engaged as general manager of the new ownership, Barber said.

Operation of Barber and Read Insurance will continue unchanged, with Barber exercising overall management, he said. Ed Richardson will be the agent and manager in the insurance firm's Culver office, and Ellis Skidmore will have a similar role in the Madras office of the firm.

The Deschutes Valley Potato Co. has been in operation in Metolius since the early 1950s.


March 4, 1993

Featuring a head cook with 40 years' experience in Cantonese cooking, Madras' newest Chinese restaurant, "Ding Ho" (which means "The Best") is set to open March 4.

Co-owners, Harris Gee of Prineville and Glen Strutz of Madras, have been busy remodeling the former Burger Haven into a family-oriented restaurant able to seat 60 customers. The business will offer beer, wine, and cocktails to diners.

The two said the drive-in awning will be removed to allow for more parking, and Gee is sure the restaurant will expand into a larger facility in the future.

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