Airplane crashes at Madras Airport in 1944, killing pilot, whose fiancee was on way to Madras.

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April 3, 1919

Trappers recently coming out of the Cascade Mountains brought the report that ice on Elk Lake at the time they left there, was 3 feet thick and that there was 8 feet of snow on top of that, and in the vicinity of Lave Lake the snow was 14 feet deep. This gives assurance of plenty of water in the Deschutes for all purpose during the coming summer.

A $4 million investment in buying an island, shows in a small way the development of the winter resort idea in America. William Wrigley Jr., the chewing gum manufacturer, at his winter home in Pasadena, California, is reported to have paid that sum for the controlling interests of the famous Santa Catalina Island, near Los Angeles. Included in the sale was the new $400,000 Saint Catherine hotel, two large tourist steamers and a fleet of the famous glass bottom boats.

"The island has an area of 48,000 acres; room for a half million cottages," said Mr. Wrigley recently while referring to plans for the development of the project.


March 30, 1944

Last Thursday, one of the planes at the Madras Airport crashed, instantly killing the pilot. Due to Army secrecy, not much can be said. It is known that the young lieutenant's fiancee was on her way to Madras and intended marriage, but arrived one day too late.

The plane in the vernacular of the air forces "exploded in the air" and the pilot never had a chance to bail out. He had been on a routine training trip, when coming in to the field, the plane suddenly went wrong, burst into flames and plunged to the ground.

This is the first accident of this nature to occur here this year.


April 3, 1969

Madras Kiwanis Club members poured 720 square feet of concrete, using nearly 20 cubic yards, in a work day at Camp Hancock, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry camp near Fossil, recently, Dick Vanberg reported to the club Tuesday.

The Kiwanians poured slabs for three cabins, which will be used to house young campers at the fossil diggings, and one for an addition to the mess hall.

Takng part in the work day in addition to Vanberg were LeRoy Pulliam, Oris Rudd, Amos Bierly, the Rev. Roland Stewart, Dr. Carlos Kemper, Jack Carr, the Rev. Tom Foster, Roy Stevenson, John Mooney, Walter McCaulou, and Ellis Skidmore.

The work day was the second annual event of its kind for the Madras service club. Late last April, a crew of 14 Kiwanians put in a work day at Camp Hancock.


April 7, 1994

The Bean Foundation recently was notified it won a national award for its contribution to parks and recreation in the Madras area.

In March, the National Association of County Park and Recreation officials announced its annual awards. The local foundation was one of just two organizations in the country honored with a NACRO Friends of Parks and Recreation award.

All counties in the nation were asked to provide nominations for awards, and Jefferson County submitted a lengthy nomination for the 13-year-old foundation. The county is presently developing Juniper Hills Park on land donated by the Bean Foundation east of Madras.

The award will be presented at the National Association of Counties Conference scheduled for July 31- Aug. 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In summarizing why the Bean Foundation deserved the award, County Judge Dan Ahern wrote in the nomination packet that the "generous donations of land and financial support from the Bean Foundation have resulted in a city-county park (Bean Park), a middle school, eight tennis courts and a 100-acre county park (Juniper Hills Park) ... within the last 10 years."

The presently under construction Juniper Hills Park was the primary basis for the nomination, according to Ahern. That park will include softball and Little League baseball fields, a 2-mile paved running path, picnic areas, restroom facilities and eventually an amphitheater.

The Bean Foundation is a nonprofit corporation which was initially formed by L.A. "Al" Bean, Sumner Rodriguez and George Neilson under the name North Unit Foundation. The organization was subsequently renamed the Bean Foundation, in honor of the man who helped seed the foundation with cash and six acres of land.

The first major recreation project the Bean Foundation undertook was Bean Park, which is located on the east edge of town off B Street. The success of that park project prompted the now-deceased Bean to bestow substantial additional land and property to the foundation, including three residences, a duplex and in excess of 400 acres of land.

The foundation has turned Bean's generosity back into the community by donating land and design services for the ambitious Juniper Hills Park, a site for the new middle school, donations to the new library, donations to the 509-J school district for music education, sports activities and facilities.

The foundation has also contributed to the community art gallery purchase of its Fifth Street show building and has provided a conduit for other individuals to make donations for specific projects.

The foundation is run by a board of directors, Rodriguez and Neilson still sit on that board, along with Diane Ramsey, Carol Petersen and Lou Bean, Al Bean's brother.

In his nomination letter, Ahern noted how voters twice rejected proposals to fund a parks and recreation district (in 1975 and 1980). Without the Bean Foundation, Bean Park would not exist and Juniper Hills Parks would not have been conceived.

The 100-acre land donation for Juniper Hills Park, with the land valued at $10,000 per acre, gave the county $1 million in value to seek matching grants. In just over a year since the county-foundation partnership was established for the park, the county has been able to secure an Oregon Parks Grant for restroom facilities and a Tree City Grant for trees to help with the landscaping. Trees were just recently planted at the park site.

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