1921: Campbell Bros. Circus train comes to town
100 YEARS AGO
April 28, 1921
Next Saturday should be a day that will remain long in the memory of local people. Entertainment enough to last a week is scheduled for that day and it is going to keep a person hustling to take in even a fair share of the days' enjoyment.
With the break of the day the kids will turn out to witness the arrival of the first circus train to visit Madras since before the World War. Campbell Bros., travelling in their own special train, should pull into town shortly after daylight. This show does not claim to be the largest, but they have made an enviable record for themselves by the sterling worth of their performance. In addition to their wonderful trained wild animals, they have secured the very best lady and gentlemen performers of international reputation and a host of funny clowns. The performance goes with speed and perfect system. Acts follow each other rapidly and the program is made up entirely of all big feature acts, making this show now rank among the very best. Both afternoon and evening performances will be given.
No insignificant feature of the days' entertainment will be the dinner, beginning at 11:30 a.m. which will be served by the ladies of the Eastern Star. They announce a full menu, consisting of everything good to eat. The dinner will be served in the building north of the First National Bank, formerly occupied by the Northern Grain company. The cooking of these ladies is already famous locally, and their efforts will undoubtedly, be appreciated by a large portion of the huge throng which will be in town that day.
In the afternoon, starting at two o'clock, will be the dual field meet between the athletic teams of Redmond and Madras High Schools. This meet is held primarily to the Central Oregon Field Day and it is especially interesting in that the best athletes in Central Oregon will compete. Prominent among them will be Dick Young, phenomenal Madras boy who last year established himself as the best all around athlete in the territory by winning high point score at the Field Day in Redmond. Since then, Dick has also established himself prominently in football, baseball, and basketball. He is one of the best young athletes ever developed in Central Oregon and it is expected that he will perform handsomely in the meet Saturday. Another youth who is attracting a lot of favorable comment is "Jolly" Gillette, will be in the sprints for Redmond. Gillette is a fast boy, and it is said that he has clipped time off the ten second mark in the hundred-yard dash. The meet should be a good criterion of the big event which will later be staged at Redmond.
In the evening at the Madras High School building will be held the annual district convention of the I.O.O.F. This has come to be one of the leading fraternal events of Central Oregon and Madras Odd Fellow Committees have gone to great endeavor to prepare in such a manner that the visiting members will not only be happy with the pleasant handling of their annual event but impressed with the city and community. Following the regular work of the convention, the ladies of the Juniper Rebeka Lodge will serve a midnight lunch at the lodge hall.
"Venus in the East," featuring Bryant Washburn who is very popular in Madras, will be shown that night in the Madras Picture House. It is considered unfortunate by Manager Osten of the show house that this picture should come at a time when it will be probably be impossible for many who desire to see it to attend. The picture was secured after considerable delay, by special request, for Madras. The story of the show appeared last summer in the Saturday Evening Post and was written by Wallace Irwin. It is one of the best pictures ever offered to Madras fans.
Next Saturday surely looks like a good day, cram full of good things to go to, and we are of the opinion that about the only people who will be on the streets of Madras Sunday morning will be those who haven't gone to bed yet.
75 YEARS AGO
April 25, 1946
The action precipitated by a weekend, during which residents of Madras homes of higher elevations had been forced to visit the places of more fortunate neighbors on lower levels to secure a supply of water for coffee making and shaving, a mass meeting of water users, taxpayers, and citizens of the city met Monday night at the Madras community hall and adopted a two-point resolution, aimed at relief in the current emergency and in gaining a permanent adequate water system, municipally owned, by the city.
With citizens, annoyed at the inconveniences inflicted by the shortage and the members of the Madras Volunteer Fire Department in alarm lest a fire break out and no efficient means available in fighting it, the general topic of discussion around town Monday was water.
The first point of the resolution, signed by Ed Morelock, chairman and A.A. Smith, secretary, of the mass meeting, stressed the necessity of meeting the emergency by acquiring use of a well at the north end of the city owned by the Union Pacific Railroad Co. The mass meeting recommended that Louis Ebert, aided by Howard B. Turner, be directed to contact if necessary, the Oregon State Public Utility Commission, health and sanitation officials, the governor of the state and federal officials in gaining the use of the rail-owned well, which is now under lease to the government for supplying the Madras airbase. The resolution recommended that all expenses of the two representatives be borne by the city.
The city council, in session Monday night, received the resolution from a committee, headed by V.C. Wigton, who was spokesman. Other members of this group are Harrison Jones, E.H. Holbrook, and J.W. Warren. The council accepted the recommendations of the mass meeting and directed that Mr. Ebert and Mr. Turner begin activities, aimed at carrying out the directions of the resolution.
50 YEARS AGO
April 29, 1971
Ken Smith, acting General Manager of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, has denied any association between the Warm Springs tribes and a group calling itself Treaty Indians of the Columbia, Inc.
The latter organization reportedly has requested assistance from the United Nations Secretary U Thant to satisfy long standing disagreements with the states of Washington and Oregon regarding interpretation of Indian fishing rights on the Columbia River.
"Our first knowledge of this matter came from reading newspaper accounts. Neither the Warm Springs Tribal Council nor any individual member of the Tribe is involved in this matter," Smith said.
"Furthermore," he stated, "the Warm Springs Indians would not become involved if their assistance was sought because we don't operate in that manner."
Smith said a check was made of enrolled tribal members and none of the six Treaty Indians representatives identified in the newspapers are Warm Springs members.
25 YEARS AGO
May 1, 1996
The Madras city planner recently developed an estimate of the number of people who will move to Madras over the next five years.
The estimate based on the number of subdivisions and apartments currently under construction, and three proposed subdivisions that are currently under review.
The population figure that city planner Paul Dettner came up with – nearly 1,500 people over the next five years – is a conservative estimate, Dettner said. Madras currently has a population of about 5,000 people. An increase of 1,500 people would mean the city had a growth rate of 5.5 percent.
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