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In Jefferson County, newspapers came and went in early years, but Madras Pioneer endured.

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

August 28, 1919

Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Chas McCue started to their home on Hay Creek driving a spirited team, and as they approached the east side of Madras, the team in some manner got the bulge on Charlie and started home at a pace that was not agreeable to the occupants.

After sawing on the bits until he was convinced the team was out for a little run Charlie swung them around and went back through town a few points faster than the city ordinances provide for and herded them towards Metolius.

By the time they had reached a point near the Oregon Trunk depot, the team were willing to stop and were brought down to an ordinary road gate. They were then turned around and driven back through town and headed for the long hill east of town and when last seen, Charlie was apparently having his inning, and we believe he got a little "sweet revenge" before the top of the hill was reached; and we'll warrant when the McCues reached home that evening, the team would "stand hitched" without much watching.

Quite a bit of excitement was created in the old town when the team galavanted up one of the main streets on high gear with all four cylinders working, lest the occupants of the rig would be killed or badly injured; but Charlie didn't get excited, kept the team in the middle of the road and soon ran them down. No injury to either team, rig or occupants resulted, so far as we are informed.

MADRAS PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Pioneer staffers, including owner Howard Turner, at left, are pictured in the paper's early days.75 YEARS AGO

August 24, 1944

Forty years is a long time for a newspaper to exist in a sparsely settled community. Other newspapers, have been started in nearby communities, all of which have long since gone out of existence. The Pioneer was going strong when those newspapers come into being, and it is still going strong.

Other newspapers came into Jefferson County, but were of short duration:

When the railroads began to operate in April 1911, they brought in hordes of new settlers to all parts of Central Oregon. New industries were established in every community. Young and Chandler started the Culver Tribune during boom days. It was a four-page five-column weekly. Young was editor of the Tribune, and Chandler was foreman.

These gentlemen got out a very creditable paper, but the time was not ripe for a newspaper in such a small community, and the result was that the owners closed up the shop and sold the equipment.

In 1911, Ed T. Pierson came to Metolius and started the Metolius Central Oregonian. It was my privilege to do nearly all of the writing for that paper, since I (J.A. Hoffman) was postmaster and was able to pick up the news. Pierson looked after the mechanical work.

Because the two railroads made Metolius a joint division point, it was thought by many that the town really had a future before it, but all were disappointed in their expectations. The town never had 100 people, so the paper soon closed.

After several years, Pierson left for Choteau, Montana, where he bought an established paper. The Metolius plant was left intact. An elderly man whose name I have forgotten leased the paper for a time. Edgar Winters, a practical newspaper man, was the next and last editor. Edgar is still living on a farm west of Metolius.

Don P. Rea, who came to Madras from Portland to engage in the real estate business, took initial steps to publish the Pioneer in the summer of 1904. He was not a newspaper man, and the revenue was not sufficient to pay wages to a practical newspaper man.

Rea got out only a few editions, when he turned the paper over to Timothy Brownhill, a brother of William Brownhill, now assessor of Jefferson County. Mr. Brownhill came to Madras from The Dalles, where he was in the real estate business with T.A. Hudson, the firm name being Hudson & Brownhill.

Mr. Brownhill filed on a homestead on the Big Plains. He was a lawyer and a man of fine parts. He engaged an old newspaper man by the name of Bill Rutter to do the shop work. The Pioneer was started with printing equipment bought secondhand for the munificent sum of $200. It came out with five columns and was well-written. Considering the meager equipment, the paper was a credit to the community.

Mr. Brownhill had the faculty to engage correspondents from all parts of the territory. He got out eight columns of news each week. That was no small task in a town of less than 100 population, and there were no telephones. It was my high privilege, in the spring of 1905, to edit the Pioneer for six weeks while Mr. Brownhill was attending to business matters with the State Legislature in Salem, and I was for years correspondent from the Metolius district. Warren Brown, now living in Prineville, was the first rural correspondent. He was teaching at Grizzly and sent in a fine lot of news each week.

Max Lueddemann, who owned the Antelope Herald, sold that paper and bought the Pioneer. He was a fine scholar and a capable writer. Mrs. Lueddemann was a sister to Mrs. William E. Borah, for many years U.S. senator from Idaho. Mr. Lueddemann is now a resident of Portland.

Howard W. Turner, who was appointed United States commissioner, bought the paper from Lueddemann. Mr. Turner came to Madras from Hay Creek, where he was assistant bookkeeper for the Baldwin Land & Livestock Co. I think it was Mr. Turner's first venture in the newspaper field, but he was successful in hiring practical newspapermen.

Sydney D. Percival, a man of long newspaper experience, was for many years foreman of the shop. He had a homestead at Gateway and lived at Madras until he died several years ago, while he was clerk of Jefferson County.

Oldtimers will remember colorful Claude A. Riddle, a highly accomplished man in every department of journalism. It was during this time that homesteaders were making final proof on their homesteads. Mr. Turner got all that lucrative business. A Chandler & Price press made its appearance at that time. It was speedy and did a good job.

William E. Johnson came to Madras from Terrebonne, where he owned a newspaper. He worked for Mr. Turner and finally bought the paper. Mr. Johnson was an all-around newspaperman and a man of high character. Mrs. May B. Johnson, widow of William E. Johnson, took over the paper at the death of her husband and still owns the plant.

Great days are ahead for the Madras Pioneer when irrigation becomes a reality. I hope that there will be such a large increase in population that the paper will ultimately become a daily.


August 28, 1969

What was reported initially as an "invasion of hippies" in the Ashwood area Tuesday turned out to be a takeover of an unworked mine, Jefferson County Sheriff Hamlin Perkins said Tuesday evening.

Working from the incomplete data, the sheriff said that an as yet undetermined number of persons had moved into the Ashwood area and were working a mine, the ownership of which he had not yet determined.

The sheriff said that a deputy and a state police officer had flown over the Ashwood area and had established that a number of persons were in the mine area.

Owners of the mine, whom he could not identify, have been checking on the takeover, which was reportedly based on laws specifying that mine owners must work their properties at regular intervals or face the loss of mining rights, the sheriff said.


August 24, 1994

A $1 million construction project is underway in Warm Springs and will soon provide a number of business opportunities for tribal members.

Phase I/Part A of the Museum Village Retail Center is expected to be in operation sometime this fall, perhaps as early as October, housing a restaurant and five retail outlets. Designed by JKS Architects in Portland, the retail village, located across Highway 26 from the Museum at Warm Springs, will have an appearance which compliments the highly praised cultural center.

"It will be a very tasteful and complimentary addition to the community," said Dave Dona, director of business development for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. "It's a very upscale project."

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