100 YEARS AGO
April 4, 1918
Last Sunday was a big day for Jefferson County. It was a patriotic day through and through. The two things which made it a big day for Jefferson County was the Big Patriotic Parade staged by the people of the county and the dedication of the county service flag by the Epworth League of Madras.
The parade was the result of efforts to determine the standing of our people in regard to the war. It was thought that the time was near when we should know whether the Kaiser had any followers in our midst or no.
Efforts have been made to find out if there were any who were not wholly back of Uncle Sam in our war with the Kaiser. The parade was thought to be a good plan to find this out. The committee in charge planned to have every man, woman, and child in the parade, and to make it mandatory that all should march.
The parade had been advertised over the county and a large number of people from Gateway, Hay Creek, and especially Culver and Metolius, were in attendance. Mr. Stanton was the Officer of the Day and it was his duty to see that all joined in the parade.
The parade started from the Athletic Hall at about 3 in the afternoon. Arriving at the courthouse, the Americans stood at attention, the flag was unfurled to the breeze and a special choir sang "The Red, White, and Blue."
Immediately after, the guard opened ranks and the remainder of the parade marched between the files and saluted "Old Glory." Then, grouping together the crowd listened to a short address by the Rev. B.C. Gallagher, of the Methodist Church.
The occasion was one that would put pride into the hearts of any true American, and the words of the address as they poured from the heart showed a keen appreciation of the situation. The plea was made to the loyal Americans and everyone present was glad to have the sentiments of the day so healthfully expressed. It was truly a wonderful address. The crowd then disbanded, all feeling that they had shown by their actions that we were for America and not the Kaiser.
75 YEARS AGO
April 1, 1943
Raising higher than it has been known to, the Deschutes River hit a mark of 9 feet, 2 inches, at the pumping station at Opal Springs, washing out a footbridge and the head gates to the flume, necessitating the shutting off of the pump last Sunday evening.
Damage to the flume was averted when the debris piled up in front of the flume, causing the swirling torrent to divert to one side, leaving the flume and channel safe.
According to word received from B.O. Larkin, stationed at the pumping headquarters for the past 17 years, the pump should be in operation again tonight or early in the morning.
Culver and Metolius have been low on water since yesterday, according to reports. The Madras supply is low, but there is no need of anticipating the city being without water, as arrangements are being made at the present time to haul water, if the pump is not started by tomorrow morning.
Reports circulating in Prineville Tuesday indicated that the city was out of water on that date, but that report is entirely unfounded.
No report has been received from Agency Plains as to how the water situation is in that district,.
50 YEARS AGO
April 4, 1968
A northbound mixed train which left Madras at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday was derailed at Gateway at 5:45 a.m. Seven cars were reported involved in the derailment. No one was injured. No information was available as to the cause.
25 YEARS AGO
April 1, 1993
A revolving loan application for Coast to Coast to build a retail hardware distribution center in Madras was approved by a vote of the Jefferson County Court at their March 17 meeting.
The request, submitted by Gary Hackman, of Madras, asked for a loan of $80,000 to be repaid at 8 percent interest. The distribution center would create jobs for three to four employees.