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Locals must cut consumption of wheat for 1918 allied war effort, in order to supply forces.

PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back over 100 years of files.100 YEARS AGO

May 16, 1918

It is necessary to send the allies, before another crop is harvested, 75,000,000 bushels of wheat or stop the fight, reports the government.

We have on hand now 175,000,000 bushels and, under ordinary circumstances, would consume 200,000,000. Therefore, in order to supply the needs of our forces and those of the allies engaged in the European struggle, it will be necessary for us to cut our consumption 50 percent below normal for the next four months. This is not difficult to do, if everybody patriotically engaged in the proper conservation. And that it will be done goes without saying.

If there are any who will not voluntarily conserve to the point necessary, it is incumbent on the government to compel compliance. Indeed, it is the duty of everyone to appoint himself a special committee of one to see that his neighbor complies, and to report every case of noncompliance.

This is no time to quibble about incurring the ill will of your noncomplying neighbor. It is a time for exercising patriotic courage. Which is best, to live under the ill will of your neighbor or the domination of Prussianism?

We must and will win this struggle. To lose it would be to lose everything, our sovereignty, independence and self-respect. It would mean "galley slavery" to the world. It would mean that something like a billion people would have to truckle to a few thousand Prussian autocrats. The world will never submit. Death would be far preferable to the free democratic people of the earth.

75 YEARS ago

May 13, 1943

The Warm Springs Lumber Co. has sold its excess power to the Pacific Power and Light Co., according to H. Carlon, in charge of the power line construction from Warm Springs.

Mr. Carlon and crew of eight have been working on the line for more than two weeks. An office has been set up in the Snook Building. A.J. Hixen is bookkeeper, and the crew is stopping at the Madras Hotel.

M.D. Chapman, of Seattle, is here supervising installation work of the turbines at the mill, each of 600 horsepower.

A deal whereby the Pacific Power and Light Co. will use the surplus power was closed some time ago and it has been reported that the Madras Army Air Base and residents of Agency Plains will have the benefit of this arrangement.

It has been estimated that enough electricity will be generated to take care of the entire needs of this community.

50 YEARS AGO

May 16, 1968

The White Buffalo diamond men took two games from the Wahtonka Eagles in Bend Saturday to guarantee themselves the subdistrict crown. This Saturday, May 18, the Buffs will meet the batters from Vale in the District 7A-2 diamond championship game.

The Buff nine captured a 2 out of 3 playoff games with Wahtonka in Bend Saturday. The Buffs took the first two games of the playoff. Madras played another one of their finer games in the playoff.

The first game was low scoring for both teams, but Madras went ahead of the Wahtonka team and finished the game with a 3-2 victory. The three Madras scores came in separate innings. Scoring for Madras in the second inning was Joe Stensgar, with Ron Phifer bringing him in. In the fourth inning, Dick Ashby was brought in on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Waldrip.

In the fifth inning, Phifer was brought in on a sacrifice by Doug Utter.

Buff pitcher Joe Stensgar went the distance for Madras. Stensgar pitched hard all the way, fanning four and walking two. He allowed only four hits and two runs and was tagged with the win.

With the first win in their pocket, Madras went to field to win the second game 12-7.

25 YEAR AGO

May 13, 1993

The city of Madras is considering a gas tax to help pay for road improvement projects. The issue was raised for discussion during a joint city-county meeting Tuesday, May 4.

The council's public works committee is studying options and issues surrounding a gas tax, and it is expected to have "something solid to bring to the council in two weeks," Mayor Floyd Courtain said at the May 11 council meeting.

According to City Administrator Jo Anne Sutherland, a citywide gasoline tax of 1 cent per gallon would provide $40,000 a year, based on 1991 figures, when 4 million gallons were sold. Taxes received would be dedicated to road improvement and maintenance projects.

Presently, the city does not have any more funds earmarked for roadwork this fiscal year. Jerry Brezeale, public works manager, said there are numerous city streets that were damaged over the winter, but he said improvements cannot be made until the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

"We won't do anything until July," said Brezeale during the city-county meeting, regarding the roadwork.

Sutherland said numerous cities and some counties have gas taxes to fund roadwork and other improvements, and the taxes range between 1 and 3 cents.

A citywide gas tax would have to be approved by voters. While some at the May 4 meeting questioned whether voters would support it, Mayor Courtain contended they would.

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