Oregon Military Police arrive to protect Jefferson County during harvest in 1918.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back through the past 100 years of Jefferson County history.100 YEARS AGO

July 25, 1918

Members of the Oregon Military Police arrived in Madras the first of the week and will be on duty in Jefferson County until after harvest.

The OMP are an organization built upon the lines of the famous Canadian mounted police, when they start after anyone they don't stop until they get them. But their main object here is to protect the farmers from annoyances or prowlers who may have hunnish designs on our crops. Also, if the police find any tangible evidence of hoarding food stuffs that are prohibited by the government, they have authority to arrest, as they work directly under the governor of the state.

The boys who have enlisted in the OMP are doing a patriotic duty, and are sacrificing much, for many of them are capable of earning three times the salary they receive. They get $3 per day and have to furnish their own board and room. In many cases they spend more than that for their expenses. If the farmers of the county will please take this into consideration and help the police whenever possible with a meal while on duty in their neighborhood at meal times, they will be conferring a favor, not only on the boys, but upon yourselves as well, for the boys are going to do their best to protect your interests.

Understand the police do not make this request; they will ask for nothing, but will always pay their way. This is only a tip from the Pioneer which we hope the farmers will accept in the same spirit it is given, to the end that the work of the police may be more pleasant, and will show them that they are appreciated.

Two members of the OMP are now stationed in Jefferson County, W.W. Starr and C.D. Chandler, the latter a brother of Editor Chandler of the Culver Tribune. Sergeant H. F. Temple was here Tuesday looking over the field and has asked for two or three more men for this county.


July 29, 1943

A former Oregon 4-H club boy was killed in an air attack on Kiska Harbor and his name has been given to a warship recently launched. The ship is a destroyer escort vessel built in Houston, Texas.

Lloyd Jones Mills was a 4-H club member who lived near Cove and was active in club work in the early thirties. After eight years of club work he was awarded a Carl Raymond Gray scholarship and later graduated from Whitman College.

He joined the Air Force soon after war broke out and was killed while participating in an attack on Japanese vessels at Kiska. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously.

"Lloyd was a top boy and one of our finest," is the simple tribute paid by H.C. Seymour, state club leader in the Extension Service.


August 1, 1968

Clancy Namenuk, counselor and athletic director at Culver High School, has announced a CHS plan to circulate the 1968 yearbook to Culver youths enlisted in the armed services.

Namenuk is requesting that parents and friends of boys in the service who feel their sons or friends would want to look at a 1968 yearbook send their youth's name to him.

"The plan," Namenuk said, "is to get as many names as possible and then send a yearbook to one person in a specific area, enclose the names of other Culver youths in the area and have them rotate the book. This will also give the boys a chance to contact other Culver boys in their areas."

"The offer is for the boys who have attended Culver High School in the past three years," Namenuk said, "We are not interested in selling the books, just circulating them so that they boys will get some idea of what has been happening at CHS over the past year."

The books are expected to be returned to CHS after they have been circulated through one group and will then be sent on to other groups.


July 29, 1993

Search and rescue teams from Jefferson County, Wasco County, the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and the U.S. Forest Service were called out Saturday to search the Metolius River area for a missing kayaker.

The Portland man, an experienced river rafter, but one who was new to kayaking, was last seen by three other members of his party five-an-a-half miles downstream from Bridge 99 (Lower Bridge Campground) when his kayak became tangled in a fallen tree.

His companions last saw him standing on the log, attempting to free his kayak. He was wearing a wet suit, helmet and swift water life vest.

His friends pulled ashore to wait, but a few minutes later saw his empty kayak floating by, upside down.

Becoming concerned, two of the party floated on to Lake Billy Chinook to get their car and drove to Camp Sherman to call 911 for help. The rest of the friends searched the banks in the area he was last seen.

Search crews began efforts Saturday, but so far no trace has been found. A watch is being maintained where the Metolius River empties into Lake Billy Chinook and the man is being considered a possible drowning victim.

The Portland man is an animator with Will Vinton Studios and was the most experienced surfer and rafter of the party.

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