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Progressive Club meets to organize Madras fire department, choose officers in 1944.

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

July 31, 1919

Madras being shut in so far from the outside world seldom experiences the excitement that takes place in the cities, except what comes in the "Oregonian" and the "Journal." The murder, scandals, and bombing outrages seem so matter of fact in newspapers. We expect them to be full of such stories.

Generally, what we see on the front page seems to have happened in another world as far as we are concerned. Very different such news seems if one of the actors comes to town.

This happened early Sunday afternoon, when over the telephone a message from Los Angeles was being sent to all points from The Dalles to Bend for Walter Brode of Los Angeles.

In the night, the home of his brother-in-law, Oscar Lawler, former United States deputy attorney general and prominent attorney of Los Angeles, had been bombed. Following the explosion, a fire broke out and severely burned both Mr. and Mrs. Lawler, Mr. Lawler's injuries probably being fatal.

At Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Maupin, word was left to stop Mr. Brode and have him speed towards home. Finally, the Madras operator was told to watch for him, he being in a Pierce-Arrow Roadster, bearing a California number.

Just at that moment, Ben Larkin and Mr. Sandhagen, salesman for John Deere Co. of Portland, spied the car which was being searched for. Mr. Brode was hailed and in a few minutes was connected up with Los Angeles.

The explosion is thought to have been the work of a woman and three men who were involved in a court fight with which Mr. Lawler was connected as prosecutor.


July 27, 1944

A fire department for the city of Madras was organized last Friday evening at the regular meeting of the Progressive Club. The entire proceeding of the club was turned over, lock stock and barrel, for this purpose which was considered the paramount need of the community at the present time.

Berne Gard presided and presented the matter of the adoption of bylaws for the proposed organization. After considerable discussion of bylaws, which had been adopted by the two sister cities of Redmond and Bend, a motion was made by Howard W. Turner that the Redmond bylaws be adopted in for the present. This motion was seconded by Ralph Van Wert and was unanimously adopted by the club.

The following officers were chosen to head the Volunteer Fire Department: fire chief, Joe Metts; assistant chief, T.M. Dizney; president, H.A. Dussault; vice-president, Walter McCaulou; secretary-treasurer, Ivan Olson. Captains of the squads will be announced at some time later date, since the chief wants to see the firemen in action.


July 31, 1969

The 1969 potato crop propsects on the North Unit Irrigation District are good, with some 9,000 acres awaiting harvest, Jim Burr, Jefferson County extension agent, said Friday.

The water situation is good, Burr said, but more important factors in the favorable outlook are the improved moisture control obtained with sprinkler systems and with efficient furrow irrigation.

Farmers are turning to the use of tensiometers (moisture measuring devices) to determine the proper moisture levels of the soil, Burr said.

He noted that also weekly leaf samplings beginning July 1, and continuing through mid-August, give potato farmers checks on the nutrition levels in the plants.


July 27, 1994

A fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, near the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, has burned an estimated 8,000 acres of brush, juniper and some ponderosa pine trees as of Tuesday afternoon.

People staying at the campground area at Kah-Nee-Ta Village were moved to the lodge for safety, and Highway 3 was closed Tuesday morning, due to the fire.

"We were very fortunate there were no structures damaged, and no injuries," said Ron Malfara, general manager of the resort.

The fire apparently started in a barn at about 5 p.m. on Monday, July 25, Roberta Hilbruner of the Northwest Coordination Center in Portland said.

She said firefighters were concerned Tuesday about three homes in the path of the fire, and officials were making no estimates of containment on Tuesday afternoon.

Warm Springs firefighters, who were getting tired after battling the blaze all Monday night, welcomed a task force, made up of firefighters and equipment from Madras, Prineville and Redmond, that arrived early Tuesday morning.

In all, about 100 people were battling the fire Tuesday.

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