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Maj. Rex Barber's parents get great news in 1944: their son is not missing in action, but 'OK.'

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

June 19, 1919

Fifteen million hand grenades manufactured by the United States and intended as presents for the Huns are going to serve a constructive instead of destructive career. They are to now serve as savings banks for the children of America. Dr. J. Stanley Brown of Joliet, Illinois, new director of War Savings Stamps sales, will distribute these grenade banks to all kiddies who want to save to buy War Savings Stamps.

75 YEARS AGO

June 15, 1944

The application of Ed Greenwood, of Culver, for necessary priorities to build a home on new land coming in the North Unit has been approved by the War Production Board, according to K.W. Sawyer, county agent. This approval is the first one to go through and indicates a favorable attitude on the part of the WPB. It is estimated that there will be at least 80 or 90 such applications during the next year.

Mr. Sawyer also stated that recent information on farm machinery for new farmers on the project is encouraging, though it will probably be more of a problem than housing and other farm buildings.

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A cablegram has been received from Major Rex Barber to his parents that he is "O.K." Further details are lacking at this time, but undoubtedly, Rex could tell an interesting story, if permitted to do so.

On May 17, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Barber, of Culver, received word from the War Department that their son, Major Rex Barber, was missing in action in the China area, since April 29.

Major Barber, who had just been promoted at the time of the incident, was awarded the Navy Cross in 1943. The Silver Star and Oak Leaf Cluster were added as proof of his ability and heroism in action.

When Major Barber was last in the states, over a year ago, he married in San Francisco, where his wife and infant son reside.

FILE PHOTO - In 1969, Delmar Hinshaw, of Portland, came to Jefferson County to search for the grave of four people from a wagon train that were buried in 1845, near Rimrock Springs. His great-grandfather was a member of the Solomon Tetherow wagon train from Weston, Missouri, that passed through the area.

50 YEARS AGO

June 19, 1969

Somewhere near Rimrock Springs, about 10 miles east of Madras, there is a grave containing four bodies. It has been there nearly 124 years.

Delmar E. Hinshaw, of Portland, was in Madras Thursday trying to locate that grave. This is not just idle curiosity, either. Hinshaw has spent nearly 20 years researching the history of which that grave is a part.

Hinshaw is the great-grandson of Isaac Hinshaw, who was a member of the Solomon Tetherow wagon train and one of the signers of the rules of government of the Tetherow party when it was organized at Weston, Missouri.

The Tetherow party joined another train, of which Samuel Parker was wagon master, near Madras.

An entry dated Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1845, in Parker's diary reported that the train had come 18 miles that day to reach Rimrock Springs. The entry, made at 9 p.m., showed that the train had come from the vicinity of what is now Prineville that day. It was this entry, Hinshaw says, that recorded the burial of four persons.

In his search Thursday, Hinshaw, assisted by Donna M. Wojcik and Joe Schwary, both of Portland, explored a cairn in the Rimrock Springs area. A 3-foot test hole struck a quantity of water, putting an end to further exploration.

The cairn, a long, roughly rectangular heap of red lichen-covered stones, was no accident of nature, Hinshaw declares. It was obviously manmade.

Although the exploration was inconclusive, it "neither proves nor disproves anything," Hinshaw told The Pioneer.

Hinshaw theorizes that the stones were carried from the nearby outcropping of red stones which give the spring its name.

The Portland man noted that his grandfather, Sanford Hinshaw, then 4 years old, was with Isaac Hinshaw in the Tetherow train.

Hinshaw, who was born and raised in the John Day valley, is researching the history of the wagon trains for a book he is writing called, "To the Land of Paradise."

Prior to exploring the site, Hinshaw and his associates cleared their activities with Joe Mohan of the Crooked River National Grassland on which Rimrock Springs lie.

Hinshaw is desirous of hearing from anyone who has any information relative to the Rimrock Springs area which would help his research.

25 YEARS AGO

June 15, 1994

Jefferson County 509-J School District officials were celebrating last week as construction crews started work on the new middle school.

Officials commemorated the beginning of the construction work with a groundbreaking ceremony.

"This new building is absolutely critical because of the growth we've had over the past few years," said school district Superintendent Phil Riley.

"We're very crowded, and with this one building we should be able to alleviate pressure on all the buildings."

The new school, which will house the district's fifth through eighth grades, is scheduled for completion by September of next year, in time for the 1995-96 school year.

Erickson's Sentry Supermarket is gearing up for a major facelift.

An ambitious remodeling project will bring the store – which has been in the same location between Fifth and Fourth streets for 30 years – an additional 5,000 square feet of space. It will have a new look inside and out, and will include many new services and updated departments.

"It's going to be an ultramodern store," said Wylie Compton, Erickson's owner and manager.


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