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Sage rat hunters find an old skull east of Madras in summer of 1994, but no one was missing.

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

July 10, 1919

With the return of late of a great number of the Jefferson County men who were in the service and the recent temporary formation in Madras of a Veterans Association, local interest is increasing greatly in the American Legion.

This is the service men's organization which will be formed throughout the United States. What it is, what it will be and what it will attempt to do in the line of a society is of interest to practically every American man, woman, and child. For many years, we have been reminded of our patriotism by that grand body of men, the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic). A few years ago hence and they will be no more. And the American Legion will take its place as America's patriotic society.

In regard to it, a New York paper says:

"We don't have to go back to the notions about the Order of Cincinnati, that prevailed at the end of the War at the Revolution, to understand how far-reaching, politically potent, and socially and economically how active a society of soldiers returned to civil life and acting together may be.

"A nonpartisan and nonpolitical association is to be formed," says Lt. Col. Roosevelt, "an association which will keep alive the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy for which these veterans fought." Justice, freedom and democracy without partisanship! The idea is able. It should prevail. Who can do as much for justice, freedom and democracy as these men who fought for them? May they keep sacred, these lofty objects, defend them always! The fatal germ of partisanship must never be allowed to enter that society of soldiers and sailors. The influence of these men will be great. Used in the honorable, straight forward, large, national way advocated by Lt. Col. Roosevelt and Lt. Col. Clark, it will be a help and strength to the United States.

"If the hopes and expectations of the founders of the American Legion which is meeting in National Convention in St. Louis, are fulfilled, that society will enlist in its membership a large majority of the men who wore the United States uniform in the great war. An earnest effort is being made to keep it free from sectionalism and party politics."

75 YEARS AGO

July 6, 1944

Completion of one seven-room home and the beginning of construction of five others on the 20,000-acre plot south of Madras marks the beginning of the creation of Jefferson County's "New Empire."

These homes are to be the dwellings of modern day pioneers who will till the soil and produce the crops planned under the government's program to produce wartime food and peacetime sustenance.

By early spring, according to Bureau of Reclamation officials, the parched lands where these homes now stand will be drenched by the melted snow water of the high Cascades,

This water is being carried through the North Unit project by a circuitous route from the Wickiup Reservoir near La Pine, over 60 miles, to create what is expected to be one of the largest farming areas in the Northwest. According to reports, all of the 20,000 acres originally scheduled for irrigation has been purchased by eager Midwestern farmers anxious to dwell in this promised "New Utopia."

50 YEARS AGO

July 10, 1969

The Jefferson County Museum, a nonprofit corporation devoted to "preserving relics of Jefferson County's history, moved a giant step toward the creation of a repository Wednesday of last week as the Jefferson County Court agreed to a proposal for turning the old courthouse over to the group for use as a museum.

With the prospect of getting the historic brick structure, the museum group pigeonholed tentative plans for a block structure at the fairgrounds; but it will continue with its plans for moving the old H. Ward Farrell house to the fairgrounds site for development as an old-time farmstead, John Campbell, president, said following the meeting with the County Court.

25 YEARS AGO

July 6, 1994

Two men hunting sage rats discovered the skull and other bones of a human skeleton just east of Madras recently.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the matter.

The bones seem to be those of an elderly person, and appear to have been in the ground for several decades, said Dr. Douglas Lieuallen, of the Madras Medical Group, who is a deputy assistant state medical examiner.

Lieuallen examined the bones as part of the sheriff's department investigation. "The teeth were all ground down flat, which is something you wouldn't normally see in a young person," he said. "And it looked old, like it had been in ground a long time."

Jefferson County Undersheriff Jim Adkins said there are no unsolved murders or missing persons cases in the county that could be associated with the skeleton.

"We're wondering if maybe it's an old cowboy who used to work out there," he said. "They used to bury the bodies on the ranch where they worked."

The two men who found the skeleton were out hunting Saturday evening, July 2, near Brewer Reservoir, which is located on the 55,000-acre Hay Creek Ranch, about 10 miles east of town.

Recent work on a road near the reservoir required the moving of dirt to the site where the men found the bones. Moving the dirt likely uncovered the bones, the sheriff's department said.


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