100 YEARS AGO
June 26, 1919
Thinking perhaps it would be of some interest to a few of your readers, I thought I would write a line or two to inform them that I am still alive and located in Kent, Washington. I have purchased a home here and expect to settle down and locate here permanently, after wandering about from one Indian reservation to another for the last 10 years.
Kent is a beautiful little town located in the White River Valley about halfway between Seattle and Tacoma and is in the center of a large dairy district. Truck and fruit farming are also carried on extensively. The Carnation Milk Product Co., has its main factory here and gives employment to about 300 men and women, and it pays out monthly for labor and milk about $75,000.
The headquarters of the Puget Sound Electric railway is also located here, besides other interests which make Kent a very lively little town. But while everything is lively here and plenty of work with good pay there is one thing that I do not like and that is the violations of the prohibition law. A large percent of our residents are not in sympathy with the law and do not try to enforce it, consequently there is lots of drunkenness on our streets almost daily. I am to learn through the columns that Madras and Jefferson County are enforcing the law and bringing the violators to justice.
I am also pleased with your editorial in again resuming the management of the Pioneer. You stated that it would be an independent paper in every sense. According to my judgment that is right. A country paper which is deriving its support from the public, which is made up of people of all sorts of creeds and isms, should not take sides, but do as stated in your editorial, "give the news and advocate those things which will make for the up-building of Madras and surrounding country."
The Pioneer is a welcome visitor each Monday morning. It is read with pleasure by each member of our family. You have our best wishes for success. Should you find this short letter worthy of publication, I would be glad to see it in print; if not, pass it to the wastebasket.
My letters for publication are something like the dog barking at the moon; it does not hurt the moon any and gives the dog lots of enjoyment.
75 YEARS AGO
June 22, 1944
Authorization to extend electric service to farms in that part of Jefferson Water Conservancy District scheduled to receive water next spring has been requested by Pacific Power and Light Co. in an application submitted to the War Production Board, it was announced Wednesday by W.A. Lackaff, district manager for the company.
Cost of the initial power line development is estimated at $78,000, with work scheduled to be started in September if the necessary WPB approvals are obtained promptly, Lackaff stated.
In the priority application, it was pointed out that the project lands may be expected to come into production much more rapidly if electric service is immediately available to settlers, and that this will contribute substantially to the "Food for Freedom" program.
It is estimated that there should be about 280 farms to be served with electricity in the area covered by the company's priority application.
The lines proposed to be built would be served from the Cove hydroelectric plant, and in general include the irrigable lands in the area south of Madras and east and west of Culver.
About 35 miles of new 11,000-volt line would be built under the initial plan and about 12 miles of existing line would be rebuilt to tie in with the development.
Pacific Power and Light Co. has been cooperating in the North Unit project since its inception, Lackaff commented, and the company now is preparing to go forward and do its part in making the settlement program an early success.
Part of the water for the project was made available through the company's cooperation in an arrangement under which power lost by the diversion of water above its Bend hydro plant will be compensated for by the installation of another generating unit at the Cove plant.
50 YEARS AGO
June 26, 1969
On D Street, just off Fifth, stands an imposing two-story brick structure which once served as the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Once the site of exciting courtroom battles, as well as tedious record keeping, the 50-year-old building is now dark, damp and in the primary stages of decay. Now only mice and occasionally the caretaker frequent the building which once served as the center of activity in Jefferson County.
The old courthouse, built in 1919 and abandoned in 1961, in favor of the new structure, may soon have a new lease on life.
The Jefferson County Museum Committee has been attempting during the past weeks to determine the feasibility of using the old building for a museum.
In the building's favor is its central location. Just off the main highway, it would easily be within walking distance of the most downtown places a tourist might stop to shop or grab a bite to eat. There is also adequate parking in the immediate vicinity.
But perhaps its most redeeming factor for use as a museum is that it contains in its quaint verticle windows, 20-foot ceilings and key-stoned arch entrance a certain amount in Jefferson County history which cannot be found in a newer building.
The alternatives are to remodel another existing structure which would not have the same "turn-of-the-century" flavor, or to construct a building which would lack any character at all.
Working against the use of the courthouse as a museum site is its condition. Still owned by the county, it has not been cared for.
25 YEARS AGO
June 22, 1994
The 25th Annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days Celebration will have the ground rumbling in Warm Springs this weekend.
Created a quarter-century ago to celebrate the Treaty of 1855 between the Tribes of Middle Oregon and the United States Government, Pi-Ume-Sha is one of the most colorful and festive events in the region.
Members of the Wasco, Paiute, and Warm Springs tribes host the gathering, but Indians and non-Indians from many states will be at the three-day celebration.