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1972: Ward Farrell farmhouse opens on fairgrounds, 1997: Cultural festival shares community diversity


May 18, 1922

Madras residents, especially those living up on the south hill, who have been practically without water for domestic use for the past two years, found it difficult Thursday morning to believe their eyes when they came downtown and saw water pumped from the city well six blocks away running down Main Street. Nevertheless, it is a fact and at the present time water from the deep well is being pumped into the old well, and from there into the mains and is being used by the people.

After perforating the casing for about 50 feet from the bottom of the well, the pump was again installed Wednesday morning. Since then, the pumping has been continuous with a very satisfactory flow. Thursday morning the water was clear and was turned into the old well.

The pump will be run continuously for several days in an effort to determine, if the condition should exist, if there is a limit to the available water. When it is definitely ascertained that the flow is sufficient, the electric motor owned by the city will be attached to the pump and permanent arrangements completed for the use of the new well.


May 16, 1946

Gordon Monroe, while looking over cattle herds northeast of Grizzly Butte last Friday, found dangling from a juniper tree a white parachute, six feet in diameter, to which were attached portions or recording instruments for securing meteorological conditions of the stratosphere. Mr. Monroe brought his discovery to Madras, where it was presented to R.A. Hunt, county agent.

Inscriptions on the portion of the instruments, left attached to the parachute, indicated that they had been dispatched by balloon from a U.S. Army weather station in September 1945. Madras people recall that about that time a white parachute created excitement here, when observed being blown across the sky. The discovery of Mr. Monroe, it is thought, was the cause of the excitement then.

The balloon and instrument, which were later forwarded by Mr. Hunt to the nearest army headquarters, created keen interest when displayed at the Pioneer office.


May 18, 1972

With little (up to now) fanfare, the Jefferson County Museum, the nonprofit corporation whose goal is development of museum facilities for Jefferson County, has been hard at work transforming the old Ward Farrell farmhouse into a typical early day farm dwelling on the Jefferson County fairgrounds.

(For "transforming" read "restoring," because the Farrell structure was and is a typical early-day farm home; and for "Jefferson County Museum" read "John Campbell," because he, one of the cofounders of the corporation, has been carrying most of the workload on the restoration project.)

Campbell has actually not been entirely alone. Last week, for example, he was joined by Colin F. Dawson in building a rail fence around the old building.

The rails, any visitor would quickly note, have a properly weathered look to them. They came from the old Gordon Monroe place, and they have had lots of years in which to acquire that weathered look.

The rail fence is being done "stake-and-rider" style. Campbell explains that while it follows the worm fence pattern, the angle at which the rails are dovetailed is far less acute than a plain worm fence. To offset the shallower angle, which might lead to the fence's falling over, stakes are driven into the ground at each dovetail point for greater stability.

The ground around the house has been improved, too. Bill Peal, Madras High School vocational agriculture instructor, and some of his students prepared the ground around the house and planted a number of flowers and shrubs, all selected because they were popular with early-day settlers.

A number of trees, some now 12 feet tall, have been planted. In the matter of the trees, too, the old-time ideas prevailed. Campbell said the early settlers favored poplar trees for two reasons. First, they grew rapidly, which meant the settlers didn't have to wait too many years for shade. Second, poplar trees need far less water than many other varieties. With those thoughts in mind, the choice of poplars for the farmstead project was natural.

Campbell said the garden clubs of the area deserve credit for much of the floral beautification of the scene, and he said further efforts by these groups are in the plans for the future.

More material with the proper aged look is available for future work on the site. Campbell obtained and dismantled an old building at the Crooked River National Grasslands camp southeast of Madras on Highway 26 and brought the lumber here for future use.

The pioneer homestead project is being carried out according to a detailed work plan drafted by Campbell and Jay Binder, Jefferson County Extension agent.

Other jobs completed at the homestead include building a firewood box and repairing a bookshelf, both accomplished by Binder; building skirts to enclose the foundation of the house, carried out by Campbell and George Dee; construction of window shutters, done by Warren Hodges; survey and pole location, carried out by Jefferson County Agent Jim Burr; post hole digging done by Pacific Power & Light Company employees; and hanging gates, carried out by Fred Henske.

The museum corporation has two strings to its bow. Beside the homestead restoration, the corporation is working at remodeling the old Jefferson County Courthouse for a museum. The Madras Kiwanis Club, with help from other organizations and individuals, is working on the continuing project of turning the old second-story courtroom into a place suitable for the display of all types of antiques.

Mrs. Henry Dussault, wife of the former Jefferson County Sheriff and county judge, has for some years been receiving from contributors' numerous antiques; and these will be displayed in the old courtroom and other rooms in the courthouse (as they are restored) in the future.


May 21, 1997

Greeted by a perfect day of sunny Central Oregon skies, the Fourth Annual Collage of Culture kicked off with a flawless balloon launch and drew an estimated 7,500 to 9,000 persons to its cornucopia of cultural events throughout the day.

"The day was extremely successful, with attendance above that of last year. The Collage Committee did a wonderful job, and the donations and contributions were wonderful," said Chamber of Commerce Director Rob Fuller.

"We're hoping to continue the spirit of the Collage throughout the year and hope it will become the spirit of our community," Fuller said.

The day's cultural mix included exotic Aztec dancers, soothing Hawaiian hulas, local ballerinas and jazz dancers, and lively performances by Mexican, Native American, Basque, Peruvian and Celtic groups.

Musical rythyms from African Marimba, folk, and rock and roll bands to the charged concert by jazz-guitarist headliner Craig Chaquico floated out of the park from 9 a.m. to past 9 p.m.

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