1945: Power lines going up to serve new NUID farmers
100 YEARS AGO
April 15, 1920
When Arthur Foster appears at the Athletic Hall next Saturday evening, the citizens of Jefferson County will have for the first time an opportunity to hear, firsthand, the workings of the Non-Partisan League in North Dakota. Mr. Foster was for many years a farmer in North Dakota. We are informed that in a modest way he prospered and was fairly-well satisfied with his lot. Then came the Non-Partisan League movement in his state. Mr. Foster did not affiliate but remained with the tried and true principles under which he had been brought up and had lived. However, Non-Partisanship carried North Dakota. Along with many others who had honestly opposed the movement, Mr. Foster soon discovered that he was in a fair way to lose everything of value that he owned in the state. Deciding that it would be necessary for him to make a change, he came to Portland and took work at his trade and is at the present time employed by the Vogan Candy Company in Portland. An organization of the farmers and businessmen of the state of Oregon, realizing the menace which the Non-Partisan League, through its offshoot, the Land and Labor Party of Oregon, might be, has been accomplished and has been able to secure the loan of Mr. Foster's services for a time.
The real danger of the proposed action of the Land and Labor Party of Oregon seems to face the farmers and landowners, although a liberal interpretation which they have assumed of their laws wherever they exist makes a league a real danger to the business success to every property holding person where they effect.
The speech by Mr. Foster will commence at 8 p.m. We are informed that he is a very interesting talker and there is no doubt but that he is thoroughly posted and conversant on the subject he talks on.
75 YEARS AGO
April 19, 1945
Pacific Power and Light company construction crews are completing 45 miles of new rural distribution line on the North Unit project to serve the 200 farms being developed on the first 20,000 acres of Jefferson County's new irrigation development, W.A. Lackaff, PP&L district manager, said today.
Construction of the extensive rural distribution system on the North Unit followed war production board approval of Pacific Power & Light Company's request to bring electricity onto the project before the big acreage is actually irrigated as a means of speeding settlement and development of the land to boost food production for the war effort.
Lackaff said landowners are already building homes on 80-acre tracts surrounding Culver and Metolius to be ready for the first irrigation water expected late in the summer for fall seeding. About 70,000 acre-feet of water are in storage in the Wickiup Reservoir.
The first customer to be connected to the Pacific Power & Light Company's new lines on the North Unit is L.E. Bebb, who came to Central Oregon two years ago and bought an 80-acre tract near Culver, where he is now completing a comfortable farm home. Like other tracts being developed on the project, the Bebb farm is to be thoroughly electrified.
Generally, the newly irrigated tracts on the North Unit project will be diversified with emphasis on alfalfa, grain crops, beans, potatoes, dairying and poultry and livestock raising, but Bebb and other settlers from Idaho see a future for commercial seed raising on the new land.
Bebb, a longtime resident of the Boise valley, an established commercial seed growing district, has been dry farming and raising wheat on his tract while waiting for water. He will plant clover this fall to improve the soil and harvest the crop for seed. Later, he plans to grow onion, carrot and sugar beet seed crops.
50 YEARS AGO
April 16, 1970
The Madras office of the State of Oregon Employment Division has achieved full status. No longer classed as a seasonal farm labor office, it now operates on a permanent basis, with the Bend office as the parent office, Duff Young, Madras manager, said Tuesday.
Located in new and larger quarters at 310 North Fifth St., the employment office offers a greater range of services to employers and workers in both agricultural and nonagricultural industries, Young said.
"We are urging everyone to make the fullest use of the services offered," Young said.
Unemployment insurance claim service is available daily, and soon to be available to the Jefferson County area through the Madras office are vocational counseling, job finding training, proficiency testing and aptitude testing.
25 YEARS AGO
April 19, 1995
Carolyn Grote, the First Lady of journalism in Jefferson County, died last Thursday in Bend at the age of 85.
Grote wrote extensively on Jefferson County events as a correspondent for the Bend Bulletin during the distinguished 20-year career (1970-90). She was also known for her love of animals, art and politics.
"She was the first person to ever attempt to cover Jefferson County for our paper," said Bulletin Editor Robert Chandler. "She did it for a long time and did it well. She was a rarity among reporters — a friend of her sources and a friend of everyone at the paper."
Grote followed the day-to-day events in Jefferson County as few others have. She was a conscientious and devoted journalist who took pride in getting the facts and making accurate reports to her readers.
She was born on a farm near Marion on July 5, 1909, to Horace and Mollie de la Saux and grew up in the Willamette Valley. She attended Oregon State University into her sophomore year but eventually quit to support herself during the Great Depression.
She married Leroy Grote on Oct. 30, 1934, in Salem. The couple moved back to Oak Grove, where they had two children, Brenda and Buck.
The Grotes bought a home in Prineville and a cinder pit in Redmond to supplement their construction business. Carolyn was a part-time office worker and full-time housekeeper.
In 1966, the family moved to Madras, where they purchased a rock quarry. Four years later, Carolyn applied for a job with the Bulletin and was hired, fulfilling a longtime dream to be a professional writer.
"For the first time in my life, I felt like I really had some worth," she once said during an interview. "It made me feel I could do something people would appreciate. I wasn't just a housewife or a nonperson."
During her years with the Bulletin, Grote had 11 city editors. She typed most of her stories at home and mailed or phoned them in for publication.
During that time, she wrote hundreds of news and feature stories, viewing her position as one of community service. She took her job very seriously, which often led to double-duty work schedules, like having to stay up late for a school board meeting one night and get up early the next morning to hammer out a story on the county fair.
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