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1921: Third Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, 1946: new irrigation increases crop production

100 YEARS AGO

November 17, 1921

Our United States arrived at the third anniversary of the signing of the Armistice with the purpose for which Americans believed they were fighting still more of a hope than an accomplishment. That hope is enormously stimulated by the gathering in Washington of the Conference on the Limitation of Armaments and for the settlement of problems o the Pacific. It is revived and renewed in a hundred million hearts by the ceremony of the burial of our Unknown Dead. It is a hope so wide in its vision that it is difficult to put into words, and those who have hitherto tried to put it into words and into treaties have not succeeded.

It is a hope to end wars, but it is both more and less than that. It is a hope that our nation, both by its strength and by its example, may be a leader toward understanding between the peoples of the world. It is a hope that international dealings may cease to be a set of trades, backed by force or threats, in which one side wins and another loses, and may become a set of agreements, based on a rule of reason, whereby men will understand natural laws and the natural rights of other men, and adjust themselves on this planet so that all may gain and prosper, and none may lose or starve.

Americans want to move in that direction. Service men who believe that their comrades died for that sort of purpose want to see America moving in that direction. And the President and his advisors are about to meet with the leading Allied Nations and to make, we hope, such a move. If we can do no more, we can at this time give to the President our assurance that in what he is seeking to do, he has the Nation's support, and that in this purpose we hold no reservations, no partisanship, no thought but the united purpose of America to be so right that we may help others to a right step in the right direction.

In suggesting this united stand with the President there is no reflection upon those who have striven to move in the same way by other means. Right up to the meeting of the conferees all sorts of good Americans have advanced all sorts of excellent plans for strengthening the chances of great success for the conference. Publicity for the conference was urged by many. It may have been the best plan. But the decision being made, the plan for the conference being adopted, we will not fordoom it to failure even in our thoughts merely because it is not held in public.

Many Americans believe that other steps, toward world understanding should have been approved long since very likely so – but they have not been approved or achieved, and as the conference opens it becomes the greatest and most immediate hope for that achievement. It is in one way America's conference. We called it together, and we believe in it and are most hopeful of it.

If we can but with sufficient forcefulness tell the world that "It must succeed," we will have strengthened the hand of our country and its representatives in our purpose.

After three years of perhaps little progress, we begin a new drive toward the objective. It is America's drive and America is for it. Stars and Stripes.

75 YEARS AGO

November 21, 1946

A canvas of the plans for Jefferson County farmers on their volume of production for the coming year reveals that settlers of newly irrigated lands of the Jefferson Water Conservancy District indicate preparations for planting 1,000 to 1,200 acres of potatoes as compared with 350 acres in 1946, according to R.A. Hunt, Jefferson County agent. This production is out of line with the state goal of 45,400 acres, down 13 percent from the 52,000 acres in 1946.

In most other crops, for which the 1947 goals have been announced by E. Harvey Miller, chairman of the state Production and Marketing Committee, Jefferson County is fairly well in line. It is expected that the pig increase here will reach around the nine percent increase, which is the state goal. The state reports a wheat goal for 1,000,000 acres, down eight percent from the 1,085,000 acres of 1946. Jefferson County, hunt reports, will have an aggregate of 30,000 acres as compared with 33,000 acres in 1946.

While a recent bulletin of the farm crops goals just received from the Oregon State College Extension Service does not list clover and alfalfa seed production, Hunt reports that settlers on irrigated lands here plan an aggregate of 5,000 acres for such seed production in 1947. A substantial lot of this acreage will be applied to the Northern Neck strain of red clover, on which growers here will specialize.

While state goals have not yet been announced on dairying for 1947, indications are that a substantial expansion of this industry will be shown in Jefferson County.

50 YEARS AGO

November 18, 1971

Building activity in Madras, nearly dormant for months, took off like a rocket during the first half of November, examination of building permits at the city hall reveals.

Building permits on file through Friday, Nov. 12, showed a total of $126,000.

Of the total, $61,000 is accounted for in four permits issued to Guarantee Council, Inc., Vancouver, Washington, for four residence structures.

Two other structures, a new building for Madras Cleaners, and a new meeting hall for John Sloss Post No. 125, American Legion, each valued in building permit applications at $20,000, add $40,000 to the total.

An pplication filed by Dick Ragland for a residence at 200 I Street shows the value to be $17,000.

Addition of a dining room to the A&W Drive-In at a cost of $8,000 is covered by an application by Roy Moodenbaugh.

In addition to these, Carlson Sign Company has filed an application for a permit to move a Thrifty Drug store sign at a cost of $400.

The Vancouver firm's fillings show three six-room residences each valued at $15,000. The yare locatedat 905 First Street, 250 West G Street, and 660 Monroe Street. A fourth filing by the firm is for a seven-room dwelling at 635 Monroe St. valued at $16,000. The first three are described as 22-by-50-foot structures, the fourth 22 by 61 feet.

The Madras Cleaners building, the filing by George Snow shows, will be located at Fourth and F Streets. The 44-by-50-foot block structure is being built by S&E Builders.

The American Legion meeting hall is to be erected at 475 Third Street. It will be a 40-by-50-foot block structure, according to John Barger, post commander.

Building activity is occurring outside the city too. The construction of multiple-unit housing by American Village just north of the city limits may fall within the city. The council has advised the owners that they may have city water if they apply for and receive the city's approval for annexation.

DAVE MCMECHAN/MADRAS PIONEER - Photo from 1996: Kay Dunham and Patricia James (in wheelchair) brave the snow

25 YEARS AGO

November 20, 1996

Several inches of snow fell earlier this week in Jefferson County during a surprise storm.

There were more than 100 reports of minor accidents throughout the county as a result of icy road conditions, according to an officer at the Madras office of the Oregon State Police.

Weather forecasts over the weekend had indicated that the storm would include rain. Snow was not considered likely.

Very early Monday morning, though, it started snowing, and continued through lunchtime, until about 1:30 p.m., when the snow turned to rain.

Traffic was moving slowly early on Monday, and there were many reports of accidents. The majority of the accidents were minor.

"There were so many accident reports that it was ridiculous," the OSP officer said.


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