1921: Railroad companies claim they are unjustly taxed
100 YEARS AGO
October 13, 1921
Separate suits, to test the validity of the district, were filed against the officers and directors of the Farmers Domestic Water District Monday by a deputy United States Marshal on complaints filed by both the Oregon Trunk and the Deschutes Railroads. Archie A. Murphy and A.C. Spencer signed the complaint of the Deschutes Railroad as attorney and Carey & Kerr for the Oregon Trunk. It is claimed in the papers by both roads that they are unjustly taxed out of proportion to the value of their properties in comparison with properties more directly benefitted by the proposed system of the district.
As a result, to the suits local opinion is to a great extent confused. The directors of the district evidently feel that they are standing on safe ground, an opinion in which they are receiving the backing of the greater part of the community.
There is no doubt but that the district has been properly organized and conducted according to law. The validity of the district has once been carried to the State Supreme Court and sustained.
It is contended by local people that the Deschutes Valley Domestic Water District operated just south of the Farmers Domestic Water District was constructed along the same lines which are proposed by the local district, including the lands and properties of the railroad companies and that no protest was offered by them.
The Deschutes Railroad traverses the district from south of Gateway to some distance south of the North Madras depot. The Oregon Trunk runs along the edge of the district from Mecca to Madras. The valuation of both roads is high in these sections, and they claim that they are being compelled to pay an exceedingly heavy interest in the cost of the district.
The Board of Directors of the Farmers Domestic Water District consists of A.H. Parkey, J.C. Sothman and C.F. Klann. Lewis H. Irving of Madras and Judge Wallace of Prineville are the district's attorneys.
75 YEARS AGO
October 17, 1946
Acting on a letter received Saturday from Kenneth W. Sawyer, manager of the agricultural department of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Guy F. Wade, secretary of the Madras Chamber, stated that membership of his group will cooperate fully in a campaign, during October 18 to November 23, to intensify consumption of Oregon potatoes and onions. Sawyer is well known here, having been Jefferson County Agricultural agent for 10 years before taking over the agricultural work of the Portland Chamber.
"Up here in Central Oregon," said Wade, "we will have to eat our own potatoes. We happen to be in a tri-county â€“ Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook â€“ area in which a quarantine zone has been established. The regulation has been established to prevent importations of outside potatoes, which fail to carry certification of rigid inspection. The commercial potato district of Central Oregon is the sole major one of the nation that is free from bacterial ring rot. And we'll have to eat Netted Gems from our own area, in order to help keep our fields free from the disease."
Wade, however, observed that Central Oregonians may eat onions from the outside. He cites that Jefferson County's only production of onions has been sold to dehydrators, and onions are now being shipped from the outside to supply householders here. The text of Sawyer's letter follows:
"It is hoped that this campaign, under the guidance of a Food Trades Advisory committee, will succeed in moving 1,000 carloads of potatoes and an equal number of cars of onions. Some onions have already been dumped, still others will not be dug at all for want of a market. It is estimated that at least 1,000 cars of potatoes must be moved immediately to prevent temporary storage and spoilage.
The promotional activities will consist of a statement from Governor Snell, special bulletin and releases to all Oregon newspapers from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, local news releases, special features and pictures in Portland papers, editorials and cartoons, radio spot announcements, special drives by chain store organizations, and independent food retailers, and promotional work by chambers of commerce."
50 YEARS AGO
October 14, 1971
Heavy damage to the kitchen equipment of Charlie's Pizza resulted from a Saturday afternoon fire. Ernie Walston, chief of the North Unit Rural Fire Protection District fire department said the fire probably started from wiring under a small stove. No one was in the building at the time. A passing motorist gave the alarm, the chief said. Structurally, the building came off with relatively small damage, but the front part of the pizza parlor suffered extensive smoke damage. Insurance coverage was reportedly adequate.
25 YEARS AGO
October 16, 1996
Both the Ashwood Road and Dover Lane sites in Jefferson County have officially been nominated by the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) as sites for a new state prison, it was learned Monday.
The DOC will be constructing five large and two small prison facilities in the state before the year 2005. Sites nominated for medium security prisons were Baker City, Boardman, Madras, and Umatilla. Mitchell and Redmond were nominated for minimum security work camps; and Baker City and Tillamook County were nominated for expansion of existing facilities.
Jefferson County Commissioners are hoping DOC will drop the Dover Lane site in favor of the Ashwood site, but that is pending on reports from engineers testing the Ashwood property.
The next step will be for a five-member Siting Authority, named by Governor Kitzhaber, to review the officially named sites and hold public hearings. They will then recommend the final sites to the governor.
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