Government awards contract for more than $1 million to paving runways and taxiways at airport.

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

September 26, 1918

A trainload of war trophies will arrive in Madras next Friday over the Oregon Trunk. The train is scheduled to arrive at 1:35 and leave at 2:05. It will be in charge of Frank E. Smith and a guard of eight soldiers. There are also electricians, mechanicians, and three Portland speakers, Walter Evans, William A. Carter, and George W. Caldwell.

One of the most attractive features of the display will be a large German field gun, taken by a squad of Yankees in the late encounter at Chateau Thierry. There will be trench mortars, howitzers, filed guns and Zeppelin shells. Likewise, one of the famous French 75s.

There will also be a display of small war booty, such as helmets, gas masks, breast plates, side arms, revolvers, uniforms, German proclamations to the Belgians, together with bombs, rifle grenades and a large assortment of shells.


September 23, 1943

Awarding of a contract in excess of $1,000,000 for work on runways and taxiways at the Madras Army air base was announced today by Rep. Lowell Stockman from his offices in Washington, D.C.

Construction of the local project is now under the Walla Walla area engineer's office, following the consolidation of the Bend area office with the Walla Walla unit. Lt. Col. T.H. Bean is area engineer and Sam Watkins is in charge of the construction project as assistant engineer.

It is reported the project will add another major runway to the air base.

The war department announced today the award of a contract to Morrison-Knudsen Co. Inc., Los Angeles, and Ford J. Twaits Co., Los Angeles, for construction work to cost more than $1,000,000 at an Army Air Forces installation in Jefferson County, Oregon.


September 26, 1968

A spokesman for the Warm Springs Forest Products Industries said Tuesday that the board has voted unanimously to build a layup plant on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and that the forest products enterprise will start immediately with plans, financing, and construction, in that order.

The layup plant will be completed and in operation not later than September of 1970, it was announced.

Meanwhile, a layup plant will be in operation within 60 days on property owned by Jefferson Plywood on the Madras Industrial Site. A temporary operation, it will probably run about two years, or until the time the layup plant on the reservation is in operation.

The WSFPI already has all the machinery for the layup plant on the industrial site ready to go, and it will be put into operation immediately, the spokesman said. Purchase of this machinery was a part of the original acquisition from Jefferson Plywood.

Layup operations will probably begin with some 60 new employees, according to Persh Andrews of WSFPI. This figure will eventually climb to 200, including some 50 workers in the green end. This figure, Andrews said, is probably two years away.

Production in Madras will likely reach 4-5 million feet of plywood, 3/8 basis, a month, Andrews said.

Consideration is also being given to a stud mill on the reservation. This operation, utilizing veneer cores and small logs, will also add a few employees to the total work force, Andrews said.


September 23, 1993

The new Mountain View Hospital District's Family Care Clinic was dedicated Sept. 21, at an evening ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a crowd of residents from the Warm Springs and Madras communities.

The brick building, situated next to the hospital, has 6,000 square feet on the main floor and a 5,000-square-foot basement storage area. The interior has two wings which contain 12 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, and offices for four doctors.

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