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Local farmers meet to discuss plan for agreements on marketing of mint in 1969.

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

June 5, 1919

A mass meeting of citizens was held at the City Hall Monday, the City Council meeting with the citizens to discuss ways and means to increase the supply of water for the city.

The meeting was presided over by Mayor Pillette, and the discussion broadened out to include Agency Plains, the Little Plains and the city of Madras into a water district, similar to the one recently organized in the south part of the county. This latter proposition was strongly and ably advocated by A.P. Clark.

It was decided to appoint a committee of three to investigate the proposition advocated by Mr. Clark, and the chairman withheld appointment of this committee until he could confer with men who could devote the time necessary to the work before naming a committee.

The matter of driving a deep well in Madras was discussed at some length, as well as a proposition advanced in procuring water temporarily from the railroad company's plant north of town, and a committee consisting of W.E. Johnson, Austin Culp and Ben Larkin were appointed to make inquiry on this phase of the matter. Some alarm is felt, owing to the apparent falling off in the water supply from the present city wells.

75 YEARS AGO

June 1, 1944

The flexible, easily controlled heat of gas ranges makes interesting new surface recipes practical and no longer limits top-of-the-stove cookery to frying and boiling. These advantages are not limited to city housewives, since convenient "bottled" or "tank" gas is the ready source of fuel for thousands of suburban and farm homes outside the scope of public gas utilities.

You can save fuel by "baking" your upside-down cake on top of the stove. Here's one recipe for this convenient dessert:

3 T. butter, 3/4 C. brown sugar, 2 apples.

Melt butter in skillet, add the brown sugar and stir well. Slice apples and arrange in mixture in bottom of skillet. Prepare batter and pour into skillet, being careful not to disarrange fruit. Place lid on skillet and cook over low flame for 45 minutes or until done. Make batter as follows:

6 T. butter, ¾ C. sugar, 2 eggs, ½ C. milk, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 3/4 C. sifted cake flour.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Sift flour and baking powder together and add alternately with milk and vanilla.

50 YEARS AGO

June 5, 1969

Mint growers here have been urged to attend a meeting set for 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madras to discuss a proposed mint marketing order, Bruce O. Nicholes, who earlier had been named along with Bill Towery as a meeting coordinator for this area, said Tuesday.

"Every mint grower or potential grower is urged to attend to discuss the proposed mint marketing order and help make it a workable plan," Nicholes said.

The June 5 meeting was sparked by a May 22 meeting in Portland at which mint growers from Oregon, Washington and Idaho discussed feasibility of a marketing order.

Addressing the meeting, Nicholes said, "The big red barn is almost the trademark of the American farm. But nobody built one of those big barns by himself ... it was too heavy a job for one man. No, when someone needed a barn in our grandfather's day they had a barn raising, and everyone in the area got together to help build it. Marketing agreement programs are not so different from barn raisings. A marketing agreement gives growers a way to work together to solve individually."

A preliminary marketing order was drawn up at the May 22 meeting to be presented to growers throughout the three states. Nicholes said that it would be presented nationwide by the National Farmers Organization, which took the initiative in presenting the idea to growers; but he emphasized that now the idea of a marketing order is being fostered by the mint industry itself.

25 YEARS AGO

June 1, 1994

Bill Hoffman, owner of Hoffy's Motel in Madras, is in the process of building an additional 19 motel units, which will give the motel a total of 80 units.

Hoffman said the new building needed to handle overflow during the busy summer months.

Another change will be coming when the State Highway Department moves its truck weighing scales. The scales, located directly in front of an 8 1/2-acre lot owned by Hoffman near the motel site, have made the property hard to sell because of traffic problems.

Hoffman has been notified by the highway department that the scales are scheduled to be moved soon and said that will make the site more attractive to developers. Another plus is that the commercially-zoned property already has sewer rights.

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