Was it only 25 years ago that Madras started its downtown improvement project?
100 YEARS AGO
April 27, 1922
Madras was visited on Wednesday afternoon by Lane W. Goodell, commander of the Oregon State Department of the American Legion. Commander Goodell was making the trip through central Oregon for the combined benefit of his insurance company and the Legion.
With Geo. T. Peace, commandant of the John Sloss Post, A. Louis Lambert and LH Irving of the Jefferson County Board of Appraisers and M. McCollum, Goodell spent several hours during the afternoon making a personal inspection of the grounds near Hay Creek on which local First Division veteran Elmer E. McCollum applied for a loan.
This land was offered to the State Aid Commission as security for a $2,000 loan, with local appraisers considering it excellent security. In the hands of the Commission, this was reduced to $1,500. It is variously estimated here that the land is a good security between $3,000 and $4,500. This action, which is meant to be a standard of the Commission’s practices, causes considerable resentment in the American Legion and Supreme Court suits have been filed to compel them to proceed in accordance with the intent of the law.
Goodell was extremely pleased with the John Sloss Post report and was excited about the new home the Jefferson County Post will build in Madras.
He left late in the afternoon for Prineville, expecting to visit there and in Redmond and Bend, returning here on Saturday for a fishing trip.
75 YEARS AGO
April 25, 1942
Piercy Bros., Denzel d’Estacada and Kenneth de Prineville, the latter South Pacific military service veteran who recently purchased the Chief Theater here from Louis Ebert, will resume active operation of the popular entertainment venue next Wednesday.
Harold Holmes of Prineville, where Piercy Bros. operates the Pine and Lyric theaters, will manage the local show house.
Piercy Bros. also operates the Broadway Theater in Estacada. Their policy of giving their customers the best possible film has won them warm support in both the county town of Clackamas and Prineville.
While here this week, arranging the transfer of the business and overseeing theater upgrades, Piercy Bros., said:
“Our policy will be to bring the best in cinematic entertainment to this community. In accordance with this policy, contracts have been signed with all major producers, including companies such as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, RKO, Paramount and many more.
“To increase your comfort during the Chef’s visit, a new automatic oil-fired heating unit and air conditioning system are being installed.
“Further fittings are to be added immediately, including a stage curtain and silent curtain rod, and a new neon sign is to be installed above the marquee.”
50 YEARS AGO
April 27, 1972
A groundbreaking ceremony in Warm Springs on April 25 marked the start of a $966,859 federally funded development that will include 50 low-income housing units, three community recreation areas and landscaping.
“I am very pleased to see this day come – the second groundbreaking on the Warm Springs reservation for a HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development)-assisted program,” said Ms. Arlita Rhoan, Executive Director of Warm Springs. Springs Housing Authority. group gathered for the inauguration of the works.
Ken Smith, Confederate Tribes General Manager, noted, “This particular project has been a long time coming. We’re hoping that in a few months some of the houses will be completed so we can move people.”
The Confederated Tribes first applied to HUD for assistance with the low-rent project in July 1969, but funds were not available until late 1970. Early the following year, the tribes selected a promoter from the 20 proposals submitted, but a number of delays postponed the inauguration of the works. .
“I get the feeling you’re excited to see houses,” commented Bill Mazza of S&S Contractors, the development company. “By the fall, we hope to be able to hold another ceremony to hand over the houses to you.”
Once development is complete, the Warm Springs Housing Authority will purchase the homes from S&S Contractors with funds provided by HUD. The housing authority will be required to pay operating expenses, such as the executive director’s salary, office operating costs and utilities, from rent receipts.
25 YEARS AGO
April 30, 1997
Construction of the Madras city center improvement project is scheduled to start on May 5.
Construction will begin along Fifth Street from the intersection of Fifth and E Streets in the Wells Fargo Bank area.
Over the next several months, work will gradually progress on Fifth Street to the intersection of Fifth and E, in the area of the Ron McDonald car and truck dealership.
Crews then begin work on Fourth Street, starting at E and working south to B Street. The completion date for the entire project is September 15.
The Madras city center improvement project includes the widening of sidewalks in the improved area. There will also be clearly designated cycle paths. Car and truck traffic will move more slowly through the city because the car and truck lanes will be narrower.
New lampposts, benches and trees will also be part of the local business improvement project, and a state grant has helped provide these amenities.
When the improvement project is complete, the state Department of Transportation will reshape the freeway throughout the city.
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