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Armored vehicle combats 'whiskey runners' during Prohibition 100 years ago.

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

February 27, 1919

FILE PHOTO - The Madras Pioneer ran a photo of an armored car used to enforce laws to stop the smuggling of alcohol in 1919.Stop! Pause! Read!! — This is not "another war picture" from France, Belgium or even Germany. Instead it's a picture of a fighting car from the very heart of America and is used daily because of its armored protection. It is a car used in combatting the "whiskey runners" between Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan — since the latter city went "dry" with the state. This car is part of the equipment of the Michigan state constabulary used in Monroe, Michigan, on the line between and Ohio. Col. Roy C. Vandercook is in charge of the work enforcing the law, pitched battles with the smugglers being a big part of the daily happenings.


February 24, 1944

A special school election has been called for all the legal voters of District 9 of Jefferson County, that being the Madras District with which several other districts are consolidated.

The question to be decided is whether or not the school known as the Mud Springs School shall be sold; also the house known as the Mountain View Schoolhouse, the Mud Springs woodshed under the proper authorization would be offered separately.

These districts were consolidated with District 9 several years ago and have since been discontinued as actual places in which school was held, the children of the districts being taken to the Madras school by bus.

Lately, a number of the people living in the districts have filed a petition asking that the property be sold and as it was necessary to hold an election before this could be done, the election was called for March 10, 1944, at 10 a.m. at the Madras school house.

The tendency has been more and more to consolidate schools in the past several years and this is one of the consolidations that has been concluded, likely in time, all possible districts will be made into one or more school units as required and bus service maintained. In Malheur County, nearly all districts around Vale, Ontario and Nyssa have been consolidated and many buses run in all directions from these towns. This is common in most parts of the state.


February 27, 1969

District 509-J school board, meeting in regular session Monday night, accepted the resignation of Chester Boyle, guidance counselor at Madras High School. Boyle's resignation will be effective the end of this school year.

In other district business, the board was brought up to date on the current status of the proposed sidewalk for Buff Street. Superintendent Donald C. Kipp reported to the board on consultations he recently had with county commissioners Louis Kincade and Louis Olsen on the details of the school district-county venture to construct the sidewalk.

Kipp said that the sidewalk would be constructed on the south side, from Fifth to 10th Street. According to figures he obtained from Madras city recorder Bud Miller, Kipp said the cost would run about 60 cents per square foot or $3 a running foot. The total cost of the sidewalk would be appropriate. He said that a five-foot-wide sidewalk would cost about $3,795, while a four-foot would run approximately $3,036.

Board member Norm Hyder, stating that though he was a strong proponent of immediate construction of the sidewalk, felt that the landowners along the route of the proposed sidewalk should be sounded out prior to the board making a final decision.

He recommended that each board member might personally take a look at the sidewalk route before making a decision on whether a four- or five-foot sidewalk be installed. The board echoed his concern and postponed until the next meeting a decision on the matter pending further investigation.

Rich Correa, athletic director designate at the Madras High School, reported to the board on the current status of the athletic field poll he is conducting. He said that only four returns from the poll which appeared in the Pioneer had been received and they were split, two for, two against.

Together with the polls of businessmen and the questionnaires sent to parents of MHS football and baseball players, Correa said that he came up with 106 in favor of football lights, seven opposed. On the question of the baseball field lighting via transfer of Junior High lights, Correa said he had 86 yes, 25 no.


February 24, 1994

Madras has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. It is the first year Madras has received this national recognition.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a city tree ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.

"A community's tree-planting program is a living memorial to the citizens' concern for the quality of life. The trees we plant and care for today will increase property values, cool and beautify our cities, fight pollution, conserve energy, and give wildlife a home for years to come," John Rosenow, The national Arbor Day Foundation's executive director, said.

"An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of renewal and improvement — a program of tree planting and care that continues through the years," Rosenow said. "The Tree City USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of improvement."

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