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Flood waters damage Kah-Nee-Ta village, homes and bridge 25 years ago in 1996

100 YEARS AGO

February 10, 1921

St. Martin's in the Fields – always during the last war years, and now, a lace of midnight shelter for people stranded in London streets – was a haven to some of the mothers who had come from distant towns to attend the ceremonies in memory of the unknown soldier dead, and to soldiers who otherwise must have tramped the streets, says a writer in the Manchester Guardian.

Long before midnight they began to come. In the light of the flickering candles on the white alter and the few lights shining on the white ceiling of the gallery one saw two or three well-dressed women sitting in the pews on one side and two or three men on the other, and wondered whether it were worth while keeping the church open and two policewomen in attendance for so few wanderers. But the sound of heavy breathing, so loud in the silence, did not come from them, nor was the lad in khaki who lay asleep in the bottom of the pew, his head resting on a hassock, responsible.

Tiptoeing down the long aisle to the end, where a man knelt in prayer before the wreath of palms entwined with crimson ribbon, which was to go to the cenotaph, one found that there were sleepers on the seats of nearly every pew. Occasionally they wakened and peered sleepily over the back of the pews as a newcomer entered. Then they sank to rest again, while the stranger, after a few hesitant minutes sitting bolt upright as if at a service, disappeared from sight and soon was fast asleep.

The policewomen kept unobtrusive watch. Where they saw a man sleeping on the floor, they woke him, reminding him that he must lie on the seat. The man in shirtsleeves was told to put on his coat; the man who for a second time had disregarded the order to put on his boots and who had rolled under the seat had to leave the church. The discipline of the shelter is slight, but it must be obeyed.

After midnight a young woman from Lancashire came in, carrying a heavy child. She said that all day she had sought in vain for lodgings. No one would take her in because of the baby, and at last a kindly policeman had sent her here. As she sat there holding the child her shoulders moved uneasily. One saw that she had come to the end of her endurance, and a policewoman, folding a thick coat, made up a bed on the pew for the preternaturally well-behaved child. Then the mother went to sleep, secure of shelter till five in the morning, when the waiting rooms at Charing Cross would be open to her. The older women, the mothers of soldiers, glanced around from time to time, but were evidently determined not to yield to their fatigue. They would sit the night through. The rules are simple. People are allowed to make use of the church for one night. In case of emergency, a second visit may be allowed, but no more.

75 YEARS AGO

February 14, 1946

W.J. Hess, of Hood River, signed a five-year lease in the office of the Madras Pioneer Tuesday morning with R.M. Doty, (the builder of Madras), wherein Doty expects to start erection of a new store building 30x80 feet just north of the buildings he has now under construction on Fifth Street.

Doty will erect a one-story building with two storerooms, one of which is to be 25x80 feet and the other 30x80 feet which will be occupied, when completed, by Mr. Hess under the five-year lease agreement signed Tuesday morning.

Mr. Hess stated to a Pioneer representative Tuesday, before returning to Hood River, that he would install a dry goods store in Madras, and that he hoped to be able to move into the new location in June. Hess recently sold the Hess Grocery Store in Hood River and was attracted to Jefferson County by the many favorable reports he had heard about the possibilities offered under the new project. He has a family, wife and two sons, one son a lieutenant in the Navy and the younger son a high school youth.

While in Madras Mr. Hess purchases some lots back of the high school building and states he intends to build a home for his family here as soon as possible to get materials and workmen on the job. He subscribed for the Pioneer and departed saying, "I will be glad to read the developments going on here, in your paper, until I can move in."

50 YEARS AGO

February 11, 1971

Seventy one percent of the Tribal members voting in last week's referendum decided to give the Warm Springs Tribal Council the green light in acquiring 11,600 acres of land in the disputed McQuinn Strip, Ken Smith, acting general manager for the Tribes said.

Of the 384 votes cast, there were 271 ayes and 113 nays.

The land, known as the Abbott Lands, has been offered the Tribes for $450,000, according to Owen Panner, attorney for the Confederated tribes.

Ownership of the McQuinn Strip the many years of litigation notwithstanding, has yet to be conclusively decided. It consists of a sizeable chunk of land to the north and west of the Warm Springs Reservation and is currently administered by the United States National Forest Service.

Under the Warm Springs Constitution, the Tribal Council must submit issues involving decisions of sums in excess of $25,000 to popular referenda.

25 YEARS AGO

February 14, 1996

People on the Warm Springs Reservation are cleaning up and assessing the damage from last week's disastrous flood.

"We're looking at a conservative estimate of $10 million in damage," said Bobby Brunoe, director of the Warm Springs Natural Resources Department, who served as the tribe's public information officer during the emergency.

PIONEER ARCHIVES 
 - Feb. 14, 1996: The Warm Springs River's flood waters last week submerged much of the Kah-Nee-Ta Village, filling its famous pool with brown silt. While most of Central Oregon escaped last week's ravaging floods, Warm Springs and Kah-Nee-Ta experience over $10 million in damages.

The federal government designated the reservation, along with 18 counties in Oregon, a disaster area shortly after the flooding began.

Brunoe said more than 300 people were at work this week on disaster-related projects – cleaning mud from houses and culverts, repairing telephone and power lines, and doing assessment work.

The area that suffered the most damage on the reservation was the Village at Kah-Nee-Ta, located adjacent to the Warm Springs River.

Cottages at the Village were almost completely inundated with water levels rising to the eaves of the cottages when the river was at its peak. The Village swimming pool was filled with silt and the restaurant area was under several feet of water for several days.

The Kah-Nee-Ta Golf Course also had some water damage, but it will be relatively easy to repair, said Steve Whitaker, general manager of the resort. The Lodge was not damaged at all, Whitaker said.

The bridge on the Kah-Nee-Ta Highway was closed to traffic as of earlier this week because of erosion damage, but road crews are at work on repairs.

The flooding began on Wednesday, February 7, then a front of warm weather moved into the area, melting snow; heavy rainfall added to the runoff.


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