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Lake Billy Chinook State Airport is dedicated, near west rim of Deschutes arm, in 1969.

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

September 25, 1919

On page 3 of the Sept. 25, 1919 edition of the Madras Pioneer will be found the advertisement announcing the plan of the Madras Pioneer to send a young man or woman of Jefferson County to the Behnke-Walker Business College of Portland.

This scholarship is given free to the enterprising one who wins the most votes between now and Christmas day in the Pioneer Annual Circulation Contest. It is a full seven-month course. The winner can chose their own line to specialize in. They are given the opportunity in Behnke-Walker to specialize in all the leading commercial lines. In addition to the scholarship, the Madras Pioneer will pay the winner $15 per month, for the entire seven months to help defray their personal expenses while attending college. There are no strings attached to this offer.

For each subscription received by the Madras Pioneer a ballot will be issued entitling the holder to cast one vote for each cent paid. With the Madras Pioneer and for the same regular price of $2 per year the Oregon Farmer will be given for one year.

We consider this a splendid offer both the Madras Pioneer and the Oregon Farmer for one year, for the price of the Pioneer alone. The prizes cost not a cent; they go to those who have the energy and enterprise to win.

Behnke-Walker offers the strongest possible inducement to students — quality of instruction. With the Madras Pioneer scholarship and the $15 per month which goes with it, the young person can attend the college and in a short time be thoroughly fitted to fill a responsible position.

We are short, in Jefferson County, on properly trained businessmen and women. Were they to be secured, positions could be readily found immediately for dozens of them. What could be better or more hopeful outlook to the youths of Jefferson County than an opportunity to equip themselves with knowledge and trained ability in a few months, and have employment waiting for them at the end of their course.

For when the winner of the Madras Pioneer completes and graduates from the course of training which they will choose, they will take the position which Behnke-Walker guarantees, and has never failed to secure for their graduates.


September 28, 1944

It was our pleasure the other evening to visit the new dairy barn recently completed on the Ray Cunningham place. Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham are now operating a grade A dairy. The building which is brand new throughout is 20 by 50 feet and is equipped with all the essentials for running a first-class dairy and according to the inspector for this district, it ranks right along with the best of them in Central Oregon.

The heating plant is installed in a small room on the east end of the building and this supplies an abundance of hot water for washing bottles and separator etc. Adjacent to this room, which is all painted white and well-screened and kept in immaculate order, here we find besides the hot and cold water faucets, the cooler, the bottler, the capper and the separator.

From this room, we pass through a short passageway into the milking room with its concrete floors and feed manger and the latest in stanchions, also a cold water faucet to which a hose is attached for flushing the floors which are then well-sprinkled with lime.

Mr. Cunningham hopes to be able to obtain electricity in the near future and install a milking machine. When this is accomplished, he will have a dairy plant second to none for its size.

Mr. Cunningham has already started delivering milk in Madras.


September 25, 1969

Oregon State Board of Aeronautics crews this week completed the weeklong preparation of the Lake Billy Chinook State Airport, which is set for official dedication Sunday, Sept. 28.

According to Mr. and Mrs. John B. Hinchey, operators of the airport and a small store located near the west rim of the Deschutes arm of the lake, OSBA crews have rolled and graded the 5,700-foot airstrip and aircraft tie-down areas have been cleared.

The dedication proceedings, jointly sponsored by the Hincheys and the Madras Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, are set to begin at 11 a.m. with an address by Roger Ritchey, assistant director of the Oregon State Board of Aeronautics.

The ceremonies will be followed by a salmon barbecue dinner put on by the Warm Springs Indian Tribe. Tribal members have spent the last several weeks catching a special type of lean salmon they say makes the best barbecued fish for the estimated 350 people expected to attend the event.

In conjunction with the dinner put on by the Indians, Vernon Jackson, business manager for the Warm Springs Indian Tribes will present a brief history of Capt. Billy Chinook, a guide for John C. Freemont in the 1850s, and the man for whom the lake was named.

Other activities include an exhibition of aerobatics, and visiting pilots will try their hand at spot landing and target bombing contests.


September 28, 1994

From harvesting cabbages to being a cowboy, Danish farmer Leif Tranborg has seen a whole new side to farming during his stay with the Richards family in Madras this summer.

The 21-year-old Leif jumped at the chance to see and work in rural America through the International Agriculture Enrichment Association's (IAEA) exchange farmer program.

Rather than just vacation in the U.S., Leif wanted to really get to know the country and its people by working on a farm.

He arrived in Madras in March with plans to stay until September, but now thinks he may extend his time to mid-February.

By sheer coincidence, Leif ended up staying with the Martin and Nancy Richards family, which was named this summer as Oregon's Farm Family of the Year.

He unexpectedly was drawn into several photo sessions and interviews from various newspapers interviewing the State Farm Family of the Year.

Leif explained why he wanted to learn while in the U.S. "I wanted to see how they farm here. Just the irrigation, for example, is so different. In Denmark we water with a big gun (sprinkler) that covers the whole field," he said.

After changing hand irrigation lines on the Richards farm, he noted the Danish method is a lot easier.

Another big difference is the size of the farms here. "At home, 150 to 200 acres is a big farm. Here it's 600 to 3,000 acres," he laughed.

Leif comes from, Brande, a town of around 5,000 in the middle of Denmark, where his father owns a timber and concrete business.

With his brothers, Leif worked for his father from age 10 to 12, then got a factory job, but found he enjoyed working outdoors much more.

He found a job at a nearby cabbage farm and worked there five years before coming to the U.S.

He had been wanting to visit America for a long time and admitted, once here, some things were different than he expected. He said his expectations were derived from American movies he had seen.

"After I got here, I was surprised by the distance between towns — one to two hours. At home in half an hour you can drive to a big city," he mentioned.

Now working from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Richards' bluegrass, wheat and peppermint farm, Leif has gotten experience in operating and maintaining equipment he hadn't even seen in Denmark, including a combine and swather.

While farmers in Denmark wear wooden clogs and suspenders, Leif converted to the Western attire of boots and jeans for ranch work. He mentioned jeans cost around $100 in Denmark and weren't considered work clothes.

When asked what he thought about being a cowboy, Leif said, "It's fun, but I'm still learning to ride a horse. At home, we don't brand cattle because we don't have such big areas, and the cattle don't get lost."

But for the remainder of his stay here, he is enjoying the small-town atmosphere, where even strangers can begin conversations with each other. "Danish people would think that was weird," he remarked.

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