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The City of Prineville Railway nears completion 100 years ago, workers plan celebration

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO
 - July 1, 1993: YOUNG LISTENERS: Countryfied's Mark Mobley (top) discusses the finer points of country music with children attending Clear Pine's company picnic Saturday in Ochoco Creek Park. Warm weather, games and plenty of grub brought a horde of employees to the park.

100 years ago

July 4, 1918

The city of Prineville will install a water system at the city park during the next thirty days that will provide an abundance of water for the park, supply the water for street sprinkling purposes and other uses for the city. The plan was decided upon at the meeting Tuesday evening and left in the hands of Councilman J.B. Shipp, chairman of the committee on streets and public improvements.

"Trains will be running into Prineville not later than July 15th," says Superintendent Gogerty. The steel has been laid within two miles of the river and all of the ties are on the ground, most of them having already been placed. The Crooked River bridge is practically ready for the steel and will not delay the work when it is reached by the construction crews. There are eighty men on the job at present, all of whom are taking the day off today to celebrate.

Prineville's Third Chautauqua will open promptly Friday afternoon of this week. J.H. Hopper is in Prineville assisting the local committee in the final arrangements, and is well pleased with the progress that has been made for this year's program. Mr. Hopper is advance man for the Ellison-White people and will remain in the city until after opening day.

75 years ago

July 1, 1943

The body of Nicholas Timothy Zelich, 3 ½-year-old Prineville boy who fell into Ochoco Creek near his home here March 31, was found Sunday evening about a mile below Prineville. The body was found by G.C. Barron, Western Auto Supply Company agent here and owner of the ranch on which the child's body lodged during the spring flood which sent Ochoco Creek over the lowlands below the city.

Prineville will be the recreation center of Central Oregon during the Fourth of July weekend, with visitors here from all parts of the mid-state district to attend the two-day rodeo and race program to be presented at the fairgrounds by the Prineville cavalry troop of Company F, Oregon State guard, Lieut. John Wangler, commander of the cavalrymen, reported today preparations for the big show have been completed.

A program under which free cigarettes will be supplied to soldiers, sailors and marines on the fighting fronts was started here this week by Crook County Post No. 29, American Legion, in cooperation with a cigarette manufacturer. For every order for 5,000 cigarettes which the Legion Post places at one time, the manufacturer will contribute 500 packages, bringing the cost to the Legion still lower.

50 years ago

July 4, 1968

Two day Racing-Big Purse money and entry fees will be at stake for competing cowboys as Prineville's 23rd annual Crooked River Roundup gets underway here for two days of arena action, July 13 and 14. Action promises to be fast and furious with some top line rodeo men already on the entry lists.

Thirty-five professionals and 105 amateurs will be competing for $5,000 in prize money at the Prineville Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament Sunday at Prineville Golf and Country Club. The Prineville Invitational Pro-Am is one of the most popular tournaments of its kind in the Northwest, drawing many of the finest golfers because of the high payoff. In fact, it's the highest one day payoff of any Northwest tournament.

25 years ago

July 1, 1993

Hiring a new director to take over the city and county planning may be imminent, with the idea receiving substantial discussion at a joint city/county meeting Thursday. Since his arrival last August, Alan Rappleyea has doubled as county counsel and planning director, but Judge Fred Rodgers said at the meeting Rappleyea could easily go fulltime as county counsel. Under present conditions, the city donates $26,000 to the county to help pay for a planning director who serves both entities. Now it appears the city may be prepared to hire a planning director of its own.

Library lovers are breathing easier after the operating levy request for the Crook County Library passed easily in Tuesday's mail-in election. The $219,435 levy request, identical to the one which was defeated by a slim 39-vote margin in May, passed 2,343 to 1,937. Crook County Clerk Della Harrison said turnout on the election was 53 percent. "It was basically the same as May," she said.

A string of related burglaries which occurred in downtown Prineville Monday night and early Tuesday morning remain unsolved as Prineville Police sort through evidence and conduct interviews. The 16 burglaries occurred after hours, with the thieves stealing cash and inflicting damage to some of the businesses.

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