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In 1993, Ag West Supply offers to buy Jefferson County Co-op after it closes its doors.

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

December 26, 1918

Jefferson County has 530,299 acres of land: or put into miles, 828 square miles of area. Of this area 153,245 acres are tillable. There are 122,178 acres of timber land and about 254,876 are nontillable land, much of it being used as pasture for cattle and sheep.

Madras is the county seat of Jefferson County and has a population of from 400 to 450, and is fortunate in having one of the best hotels in Central Oregon.

There are 12 post offices in the county. Ashwood has about 25 people; Culver, 150; Geneva, but one family; Gateway, 35 people; Grandview, one family; Grizzly, one family; Hay Creek, 25 people; Mecca, one family; Metolius, 100 people; Madras, 450; Opal City, one family; Vanora, one family; Warm Springs, about 100 people.

75 YEARS AGO

December 23, 1943

Gov. Earl Snell today suggested 11 post-war and emergency water control projects costing $160,909,000 for consideration by the Northwest States Development Association.

Three emergency war projects including Bully Creek, Crooked River and the Deschutes project, will cost $10,825,000. The immediate post-war projects are Umatilla, Pendleton, Grande Ronde, Baker, the Detroit dam, reservoir and power plant, Dorena dam and reservoir, the Post project and Beaver Creek Road, totaling $150,085,000.

The governor's report was prepared by State Engineer Charles E. Stricklin and R.H. Baldock, state highway engineer, members of the advisory committee of the association, and outlines projects utilizing waters of Columbia River and its tributaries.

Only those projects were included on which surveys, investigations and studies have been completed or have been sufficiently completed so that construction work could be started immediately or within a short time.

50 YEARS AGO

December 26, 1968

Oscar Lange of Oscar's Sporting Goods store in Madras is considering a night course in bookkeeping.

Since Monday, Dec. 16, Lange and thousands of other sporting goods dealers across the United States are now in the business — under the new federal arms and ammunition laws — of keeping lengthy written descriptions on all matter of information concerning the sale of ammunition and firearms to customers.

Congress, Lange contends, has dumped into the lap of the retailer a major clerical headache. Pointing a finger at the neatly ruled sheet filled with boxes demanding information, Lange says, with no small amount of bitterness, that not only is the mechanical process of recording the minutia of each and every transaction a hardship on the businessman, but the regulations themselves are unclear and often impossible to comply with.

Citing the requirement that the dealer must not sell or ship to fugitives, convicted felons, narcotic addicts, unlawful users of marijuana or mentally defective, Lange asks, "How in the heck am I supposed to know who is using narcotics or is mentally ill ... I'm not a doctor or psychiatrist!?"

Currently, Lange and his fellow sports merchants across the U.S. are required by law, in addition to possessing a license from the Internal Revenue Service, to secure identification from every customer who purchases ammunition, or material to make ammunition. Guns or ammunition will not be sold to anyone under 28 and dealers must not sell handguns or ammunitions to persons under 21.

In addition to identification, and that in itself requires acceptable proof of age, Lange must list the type of identification proferred, the amount of sale, the make or model, and he must fill out three reports for every sale of a weapon and keep records on hand for 10 years. Plus periodic checking by Internal Revenue agents are made to insure compliance.

25 YEARS AGO

December 23, 1993

Ag West Supply, a business in Rickreall, Oregon, has made an offer on buying the Jefferson County Co-op. The co-op closed its doors after a decision by the board last October.

Co-op Manager Ron Watson confirmed that an offer had been made by Ag West Supply, but added that four or five groups had shown an interest in the business.

"It's not a sure thing yet," Watson said.

Ag West Supply Manager Larry Crook, when contacted at the Rickreall store, said he was waiting for soil test results before deciding on the purchase.

"We have made an offer on it, but we're still waiting on soil tests for contamination by fuel or heavy metals and we probably won't know until the first of the year," he estimated.

He said Ag West Supply has four stores, with Case farm equipment, hardware, and a petroleum delivery service. The business also has two fertilizer plants.

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