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U.S. Army selects Madras as training base for new fighter plane, Kingcobra, in 1944.

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

September 18, 1919

Last week, the Madras Pioneer issued a 10-page edition. There were several interesting features about this edition, not the least of which was that it was the first newspaper edition which we have been connected with in which we refused to sell advertising space, to local people.

This wasn't because we didn't want the money either, but because the paper was as large as our equipment here permitted us to publish and at that time, three days before publication, all of the space designated for advertising was full. In looking over the paper, we find that every business of importance in the community, with the exception of one, was represented. We haven't been able to figure out yet why this business didn't want to be represented.

It is a generally accepted fact that a good edition of the local newspaper well-filled with ads is the best boost known for any city. Whenever an edition of this nature is being prepared, we find no difficulty to sell space to the wide-awake, live businessman or woman who desires, and is willing to try, to lend a hand toward keeping up appearances in the city, with the idea that the little changes in civic matters benefit in the long run, as do the changes which men and women make in their appearances of their daily dress.

We feel a certain amount of pride in the edition. Ten pages, practically filled with local advertising from a town of local population, bespeaks an immense amount of labor for the printer. But the satisfaction of living and doing business in a town where business people do business is excellent compensation to the newspaperman.

75 YEARS AGO

September 21, 1944

Madras has been selected as one of the major sites by the Army for the final training base for the new fighter plane, the Kingcobra, also known as the P-63. As its name implies, it is one of the recent and most destructive types of plane in use, according to Maj. Russie H. Vincent, commanding officer of the Redmond air base. The latter part of September will see many more men and officers coming into both areas.

Madras and Redmond have proved to be ideal places for this particular training, due to excellent weather conditions for flying. Madras will be the seat of the maintenance production, while more of the concentrated flying efforts will be given at the Redmond field.

The groups coming in for their training are mostly young cadets, although quite a few of the officers have already obtained their wings and expect to receive special training before being sent overseas. Since the Kingcobra has but recently been in use by the government, this will mark a new phase of exhibition for this region.

Plans are to keep operations going here all winter and to help speed up as many fighter pilots to the war zones as soon as possible. A stiff course is in store for the pilots in order to dispatch as many as possible to the war fronts quickly. Instructors brought here have had much experience in combat duty to insure both a practical and efficient background for actual future combat.

Owing to the influx of army officials and men, housing facilities will be strained to the utmost in both towns.

50 YEARS AGO

September 18, 1969

The worst "stagnant water crisis" in the history of the Madras water department came to a close Tuesday as city crews completed installation of a new shaft in the "big well." Water from the big well was being distributed through the lines late Tuesday afternoon.

The crisis developed as damage to the shaft in the big well forced its replacement, leaving the city with water from the "little well" and the North Unit Irrigation District. The crisis was worsened by the draining of Haystack Reservoir to permit rotenone treatment to kill trash fish. The trouble was that all the algae-laden water drained from the reservoir went into the Madras water system.

The crisis was heightened, City Recorder Bud Miller said, when the replacement shaft was lost in shipment.

City residents, noting that algae in the water had given it a bad taste and a bad odor several times in the past, said that the situation was worse this time than ever before.

25 YEARS AGO

September 14, 1994

Madras City Administrator JoAnne Sutherland announced last week that she plans to spend a lot more time with her husband, Don Sutherland, and that she is going to retire Dec. 31, 1994.

"My recent marriage has been a wonderful experience," she said during last week's Madras City Council meeting. "And I've reevaluated my goals for my personal life, and feel it is time for my retirement."

The Sutherlands, good friends since they were in high school, got married in March of last year. JoAnne said that she and Don, who is a retired school teacher from Ontario, are going to spend a lot more time fishing and playing golf.


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