100 YEARS AGO
March 21, 1918
After three years of warfare, the total number of airplanes able to take the air at any one time on either side of the Western front has not been over 2,500. Each plane in the air requires a force of 46 men, and one training plane for every pilot who eventually reaches the front, with an extra engine for each plane.
The life of the plane is not more than two months and the engine must be overhauled after each 75 hours. Now that American battle planes are going overseas, the great problem is to secure the thousands of skilled mechanics, enginemen, motor repair men, wood and metal workers needed to keep the planes in perfect condition. This engineering and mechanical force at the airdromes, the flying fields, and repair depots, both here and behind the lines in France, is a vital industrial link in the chain to air supremacy.
75 YEARS AGO
March 18, 1943
William Pinkley Myers, first district attorney of Jefferson County, died March 9, at the Veteran's Hospital in Portland.
Mr. Myers, known to old-timers here as Pinto, was a moving character in the drama enacted when county records and equipment were brought to Madras from Culver. Myers, an able attorney, represented plaintiff in the injunction suit brought before Judge Duffy, who ruled on the merits of the case, sustaining the will of the voters in moving the county seat to Madras.
Mr. Myers was born in New Philadelphia, Illinois, March 9, 1870. He came to Central Oregon about 1905 and settled in Tumalo, then called Laidlaw, where he spent four years. He lived in Prineville and Portland for a few years, returning to this section about 1914, settling in Culver, where, for a time, he published a weekly paper, the "Culver Tribune."
He served as first district attorney of the newly created county of Jefferson by appointment. After his term expired in 1917 he moved to Bend where he lived for six years, and then moved to Klamath Falls, which has since been his home.
Mr. Myer was a Spanish War veteran.
50 YEARS AGO
March 21, 1968
Public use of the Madras high school gymnasium facilities for recreation in the evenings now has a companion schedule at the school library, Bob Allord, athletic director, announced Tuesday.
The high school library, like the gymnasium, will be open to the public each Monday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to use the library facilities, but only holders of student body cards may check books out.
Allord said that participation in the recreation activities in the gymnasium had been averaging 150 persons. The public use of the gymnasium is jointly funded by the school district, the city of Madras, and Jefferson County. Allord said that it is hoped to budget recreational activities for 23 weeks next year, beginning about Nov. 1, 1968, and carrying through April 1969 with both the senior and junior high school gymnasiums opened for use.
25 YEARS AGO
March 18, 1993
Wasco Chief Nelson Wallulatum addressed a large crowd at the tribal dedication for the Museum at Warm Springs held March 13. Sen. Mark Hatfield gave the keynote address at the dedication. The ribbon cutting had representatives from all three tribes participating. Speakers included Miss Warm Springs, Merle Anne Kirk, former Gov. Vic Atiyeh and tribal CEO Ken Smith. The museum dedication also included remarks by Gov. Barbara Roberts. There were various tribal dance performances.