Passersby see cattle milling around truck, stop and end up saving rancher's life in 1968.

PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back through the past 100 years.100 YEARS AGO

March 28, 1918

Shipbuilding on the Pacific Coast is proceeding upon a scale which seems vast measured by any other standard than that of the critically vital need for many ships to transport troops, food and war materials.

Vessels under contract in Seattle represent four times the cost of those constructed the previous year. Total steel and wooden ships to be built in San Francisco by July 1, 1918, 300, tonnage 2,000,000, cost, $300,000,000. It is estimated that U.S. warships costing over $200,000,000 are also under construction at Pacific Coast yards. Now is the time to consider measures which will perpetuate shipbuilding after the war.


March 25, 1943

Howard W. Turner, one of the directors of the Jefferson Water Conservancy District, attended a meeting in Portland, March 2, with Clyde Spencer, Percy Cupper and Judge Stademaier for the purpose of preparing contracts for sale of water now being stored in the Wickiup reservoir.

The water stored in the partly completed reservoir for the first time will be sold to Arnold, Tumalo and Lone Pine Districts. The contracts were sent to Washington, D.C., for verification.

It is expected that 10,000 acre feet of water will be in storage by April 1. Plans made last fall were to store 20,000 acre feet of water for use by farmers in the Central Oregon irrigation districts.

The Wickiup reservoir site is being cleared at the rate of 200 acres per year by 136 conscientious objectors who are camped there.


March 28, 1968

In an age when too few people take the time to get involved in the problems of others, it is refreshing to find those who will extract themselves from their thoughts and destinations to help out when help is needed.

William E. Wood, a rancher on Ford Lane south of Madras was feeding his cattle from the bed of his pickup two weeks ago when he was felled by a stroke. Passersby, R.H. Kerr from Lakeview, Oregon, heading for Seattle, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kentner from Tygh Valley, destination unknown, were traveling on the main highway some quarter-mile from where Wood lay when they noticed a gate open, the cattle milling around the truck … and no one around.

They detoured from their travels, went to the Wood home where Mrs. Wood was ironing and inquired about the whereabouts of the person feeding the cattle. When it was discovered that Wood had been stricken, the Kentners and Kerr took charge of the Wood household, called the son and daughter (Fred Degner and Mrs. Russell Summers of Madras), called the ambulance, rendered first aid for Wood and took care of both Wood and his wife until the ambulance arrived.

When Wood would attempt to recognize persons around him, Mrs. Kentner would say, "We're just friends passing by, just helping; you don't know us, but we're your friends."

Kerr and the Kentner's also unplugged the small appliances in the Wood home, closed all doors and windows and accompanied Mrs. Wood to Mountain View Hospital where her husband was taken by the Madras ambulance.

Mr. and Mrs. Wood and their families expressed thanks to the persons who helped them, and would accept no renumeration for their aid. Fred Degner, the son of Mrs. Wood, stated to the Pioneer that "It's all too rare that people will stop to inquire or help, I really don't think that Bill would be alive today if it weren't for Mr. Kerr and the Kentners. They were wonderful."


March 25, 1993

City streets, county roads and even some portions of area highways are showing the signs of pavement failure due in part to the severe winter that Central Oregon experienced over the past several months.

Madras streets, it seems, have added problems caused by the moisture and freezing because few of the local streets have adequate base material. This base material, normally a foot or so of sub base and base of crushed rock, is lacking.

So, the already weakened pavement layers have nothing below them to support traffic. This is particularly damaging when buses and heavy trucks use the local streets during times when the layers beneath the pavement are literally mush.

Comparing the situation to "driving on a waterbed," City Public Works Director Jerry Brezeale explained that the local streets were still breaking up and would continue to do so until the area below the pavement dries out.

Describing the different types of pavement damages that have occurred, he said that there are areas damaged by the freeze and thaw cycles involving moisture which seeped into cracks in the surface, but he added that heavy weight also has caused pavement failures. The most common form experienced on Madras streets, however, is being caused by moisture saturating the area of dirt under the chip seal surface. This causes the "base" material to simply turn to mud, he noted.

Brezeale explained that the age of the surfaces is a problem for the city, as well.

Adding to the problems faced by Madras is the fact that the maintenance and repair budget for the year has largely been spent on the summer paving program and on unexpected snow removal work.

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