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Crooked River Ranch called Oregon's biggest subdivision 25 years ago in 1996

100 YEARS AGO

March 24, 1921

Joe Hardy, well known and popular in this section as travelling freight and passenger agent for the Oregon Trunk, spent a day last week in this vicinity in the interests of his company. Mr. Hardy, in talking to a number of local citizens regarding the poor depot service in Madras, was inclined to believe that the S.P. & S. would put on another depot helper shortly. Out of Madras the Oregon Trunk has always carried the larger part of the passenger traffic, notwithstanding the fact that their local depot service has always been sad indeed. Located and within the city limits and easily accessible to power lines the OT has consistently refused to install electric lights. Both their trains are night trains and passengers are forced to find their way about the platform without the assistance of any light other than the trainmen's lanterns. It is undoubtedly marvelous that there has never been any serious accidents. At the present time Agent Shugert has no helper. He alone is compelled to attend to the passenger, freight, Western Union, express and incident duties of a station keeper. Passengers desiring Pullman accommodations are compelled to go from town to the depot before five o'clock in the afternoon or take a chance on having to sleep in the day coach.

In this matter the people of Madras are not as seriously affected as are the out-of-town people of the community but this is not the class of service which the public is reasonably to expect from a public utility concern. If Mr. Hardy is properly informed and the Oregon Trunk soon puts on a helper for Mr. Shugert it will be greatly appreciated by the people of this vicinity. It also seems that an impression has been held by the people that Madras only received one freight a week. Although the Madras Pioneer does not believe in taking advantage of a public utility, we are firmly of the conviction that business in the Madras depot of the Oregon Trunk is in sufficient volume that it will pay for fair treatment of the citizens of this community by the Oregon Trunk.

75 YEARS AGO

March 21, 1946

In one of the largest business deals of its kind in some time, the Pacific Supply Cooperative, declared the largest association of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, last week purchased the Deschutes Grain and Feed Co., and the Merrill Mill, Inc., of Redmond.

By the deal, the big cooperative acquired the plant, equipment and real estate of the Deschutes Grain and Feed Company in Jefferson County, two at Madras and one each in Culver, Metolius and Paxton, Short said.

The cooperative, which has its main office in Walla Walla, took the two concerns in separate transactions. Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Short owned all stock in the Deschutes Grain and Feed and Short held a little more than half of Merrill Mills stock, the rest being owned chiefly by its employees. Warren Fruits, president of Merrill Mills, represented that company.

The co-op will take possession of Deschutes Grain and Feed August 1, except for the Jefferson County grain warehouses, which will be turned over July 1. Short said Merrill Mills will be turned over April 1.

Phillip W. Farrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Farrell of Gateway, will assume the general managership of the Redmond concern and of its interests in Jefferson County, Damon and Baker announced Wednesday. Farrell is well known all over Central Oregon, having been a resident of Redmond at the time he joined the Navy. He was released recently, after having served as a lieutenant (j.g.) in the Pacific theater of operations. Before entering the service, Farrell was district supervisor at Redmond for the Farm Security administration.

50 YEARS AGO

March 25, 1971

"He was the first white man accepted into the homes and Longhouse religious services."

Mrs. Prosanna Williams was referring to George Schneiter, who is retiring this month after 16 years as an agent in the Warm Springs extension office.

Elmer Quinn, Art Mitchell, Linton Winishut and Mrs. Williams were discussing plans for a "big feed" at the Agency Longhouse, Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m., in honor of Schneiter. Mrs. Neda Greene, Mrs. Emily Waheneka and others are also helping with the plans.

"All of his friends are invited," they stated. Plans for the feast which will be prepared by volunteers, call for salmon, venison, and ham, roots and other Indian foods. Many of the 4-H families with whom Schneiter has worked will provide pies.

After the meal, presentations, and speeches, hours of Indian dancing are anticipated. Schneiter is a drummer at dances, an unusual honor for a non-Indian.

25 YEARS AGO

March 27, 1996

The times they're a' changing – and so is Crooked River Ranch.

The sprawling 12,000-acre spread at the southern tip of Jefferson County is now the largest subdivision in the state, according to Ranch Manager Ginger Morrison.

Only a small portion of the development lies within the northern boundaries of Deschutes County, so CRR's primary impact is on Jefferson County's political and administrative affairs.

CRR is home to approximately 3,000 people who will be joined by an additional 1,000, it is estimated, by the turn of the century – less than four years from now. CRR claims 1,400 registered voters, or about 17 percent of the county total of 8,200. CRR's assessed property value is $104 million, almost 13 percent of the county tax revenue is collected from The Ranch.

These figures provide some idea of the magnitude of CRR's influence on the county. The CRR pace of growth is at least keeping up with the rest of the area's communities.

The Ranch consists of 2,600 building lots of various sizes, with about half of them containing living structures of some kind now. The two phases located in Deschutes County have 210 lots, or eight percent of the subdivision's total. In short, CRR is only half developed but all the building lots have sold. It still has plenty of growth ahead of it.


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