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In 1994, DVWD finishes new 20-inch domestic water line from J Street to the Madras Industrial Park.

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

September 11, 2019

Without a doubt the Madras Union High School will open next Monday morning the most successful school term which it has yet experienced. Although, since its inauguration in 1912, it has each year steadily increased both in size and efficiency, prospects at this time are brighter, for a successful season than they have ever been before at the opening of the term.

With large graduation classes from the public schools in the 11 districts represented, the return of a large number of boys who were delayed entering the higher grades last year by their entering the Army service and the increase in population in the territory covered by the district every indication leads to the belief that this year's enrollment will be considerably larger than that of any former year. The corps of teachers this year promises to be an exceptional staff of teachers.

The new principal, Professor George Gabriel, a graduate of the University of Oregon, with eight successful years of teaching behind him, principal of the high school at Dayton, Oregon, at the time of his entrance into the United States Army in 1917, comes here with the best of records and recommendation. He is not only a successful teacher, but has established an enviable reputation as a coach of athletics, particularly in baseball and basketball.

John W. Sutherland, a native of Scotland, who has traveled extensively in Europe, and a graduate of Willamette University, will teach French and Latin. Miss Emma Laird, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon last spring will have the history and English departments. Miss Florence Munson, a graduate of a leading Portland business college, with several years of practical business office experience, will have charge of the commercial department of the Madras High School.


September 7, 1944

After the usual summer holiday the Sahalee Club will meet next Tuesday evening, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the home of the president, Mrs. Gillis Dizney.

Plans have been made for the study of India this year, and with the help of the state library, an interesting program has been prepared. Meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesday evenings during the school year with a recess during December and January. In addition to the regular literary program two meetings will be given over to entertainment and social activities.

A special effort is being made to contact ladies who are interested in the study of good literature and civic enterprises and membership may be had by applying to the president or any member who may be easily contacted. The nominal sum of 50 cents per year, is charged as dues, which amount so collected is used to offset the expenses of the club.

The history of the Sahalee Club is an interesting one and the accomplishments are worthy of commendation.

In the year 1916, the club was organized by a group of women who felt the need of library facilities and other improvements for Madras. The club grew and was incorporated in 1920. Many and various means such as food sales, chicken dinners, etc. were used by these worthy women as means for raising funds to carry out the program outlined and in spite of drought, depression and other obstacles, land was purchased for a park, the library project was launched, and a tract of 7 acres of land adjoining the city limits was purchased and is now held by the club.

With the agreement in 1940 of the city and county to take over the future care and improvement of the park, the club has been relieved of that burden and gratefully bows to the authority of those municipalities.

The objective of the club for this year is to enlarge membership to the point where we can plan some project for the betterment of our city. Help and cooperation is asked by those who are willing to join the ranks of the club in the plan for the year.


September 11, 1969

The Madras City Council Tuesday night accepted a bid of $17,100 from Madras contractor Louis Kowoloski for the construction of a new city hall building. Work is scheduled to begin immediately in razing the old structure on Sixth Street to make way for the new building.

Kowoloski was the sole bidder on the proposed project. At the August council meeting, only one bid was received and the council deferred action in order to call for more bids. With still only one bid this month, the council decided to accept Kowoloski's bid with the general feeling that if the project was stalled further "another year might slip by with no new city hall." The present structure was built in 1912.


September 7, 1994

Deschutes Valley Water District put the finishing touches on a new 20-inch domestic line that runs from J Street in Madras to the industrial park north of town.

The three-and-a-half mile line, engineered by Deschutes Valley's Ed Pugh, is actually an extension of a transmission main that begins at Opal Springs, the sole source of supply for the district.

The $847,000 project is a joint effort between the district, the city of Madras and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Labor and equipment were supplied by the district, with assistance from the city. The city of Madras is providing administration of the line and the commerce department funded approximately 60% of the project through an Economic Development Administration grant. Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council was instrumental in obtaining the grant.

Capable of carrying 7,000 gallons of water per minute, the line effectively triples the volume of water previously available at the industrial park. District Manager Bob MacRostie said that should be enough water to cover projected growth for at least the next 20 years.

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