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Jefferson County farmers consider growing sugar beets for seed production 75 years ago


July 14, 1921

By an agreement just signed by district forester George H. Cecil and Officer of Oregon, the forest supervisors in the state of Oregon have been appointed as deputy state officers.

This agreement applies only to the supervisors who are the officers in charge of the National Forests, of which there are fourteen in Oregon. The above agreement does not apply to the forest rangers or other field officers. The forest supervisors will cooperate with the Oregon Health Board in enforcing the sanitation laws of the state within the National Forests and will serve without pay. The duties of the forest supervisors under this agreement are to report insanitary conditions and violations of the Oregon health laws are, and if such violations are continued to report such conditions to the State Health Officer.

The forest officers under existing federal rules are required to protect and keep pure so far as they are able the domestic water supplies of towns, cities and camping places, and to prevent the accumulation of filth and insanitary practices in the forests that may be injurious to the public using the National Forest areas.

With the greatly increasing use being made of National Forests by the public for recreation Forest officers state that the necessity of enforcement of the federal and state sanitation rules become imperative, for there are still careless campers who not only do not put out their campfires but leave at their camping places tin cans, rubbish, and filth all of which is a menace both to the public and to the forests. Forest officers urge compliance with the well-known slogan of the Mazamas, "Leave a Clean Camp and a Dead Fire."


July 11, 1946

Settlers of the upper end of Jefferson County, many of whom came here from Nyssa and are familiar with the production of beets for the manufacture of sugar, expressed a keen interest over the weekend in learning that trial tracts of sugar beets for seed production will be planted this year by growers of Deschutes County in the Terrebonne district, just across Crooked River from Jefferson County this year.

The former Nyssa ranchers express the belief that soil and climate here would justify experiments for production of beets for sugar. They express the belief that a beet sugar factory may rise in this area in the not distant future.

The three Terrebonne farmers who will make the trial seed plantings are: Charles Schliekelman, route 2, Bend, and Dick Minson and John Hanson, of Terrebonne.

The plantings will be made for the West Coast Sugar Beet Seed company of Salem in order to determine possibilities of growing this crop.

Sam Campbell, manager of the Salem company, made a survey of the area recently and stated that conditions here are similar to areas where the seed is being grown successfully. Yields have varied from one to three thousand pounds per acre.

Beet seed is produced by planting in August and permitting the beets to go through winter and produce a seed crop the following August. Heavy use of nitrate fertilizer is required, according to Campbell.


July 15, 1971

What proved to be the inability of timber holders to reach an agreement in the 1920s proved last weekend to be the good fortune of tourists and nature lovers. Saturday, Rep. Sam Johnson, Redmond, and his wife, Becky, formally dedicated a trail, viewpoint, and scenic easement at the headwaters of the Metolius River to the United States Forest Service.

Johnson sketched the story behind the dedication to the 150 or so state and local officials, foresters, conservation, tourists and others gathered at the viewpoint overlooking the Metolius Springs from which the river is born.

Johnson said his father, Colonel S. Orie Johnson, bought the springs and surrounding 160 acres of land in 1924. It was part of a plan to have the area serve as a terminal of a Southern Pacific Railroad line from Bend to Crescent Lake. A sawmill was to have been built nearby.

"All of Black Butte and Green Ridge were to have been inclined logged," Johnson said.

But the timber holders between there and Crescent Lake could not get together, he said. "They simply could not decide who had what share of timber." The plan was lost in the years that followed. The depression came, followed by the war and the advent of 300 horsepower diesel trucks all making the construction of the railroad impractical.

"Fortunately for us this all happened, Johnson said. "The values began to change and the beauty … began to take on more significance."

Around 1960 the Johnsons realized they could not maintain and preserve the spot.

"Becky and I tried to put up some barricades and do different things to make this more acceptable to the public, but we just couldn't keep up with it," the Oregon lawmaker said. "They were bringing Greyhound buses right down this pathway and trying to turn them around here, and it was beginning to look like a pig wallow.

"We finally decided we could not maintain this beautiful spot … we decided to give it to the United States so they could maintain it as we could not.

"The Forest Service is going to maintain this forever. They'll maintain not only so we can enjoy it, but all the citizens of the United States and their guests can enjoy it from herein out."

The scenic easement encompassing the area surrounding the springs was the first of its kind processed through the United States Department of Agriculture. By granting it, they relinquished their right to it or change it in any way.


July 10, 1996

Westside parents got their wish Monday night, when 509-J school board members approved the hiring of a full-time principal, Amy Barr, for the school.

Barr had been serving as a half-time principal for both Metolius Elementary and Westside.

Parents felt the larger Westside school should be on equal footing with Madras Elementary, which has a full-time principal, and had made the request at a previous board meeting.

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