Pamplin Media Group – 1996: Record snowfall hit Jefferson County

1921: Third anniversary of the signing of the armistice, 1946: New irrigation increases crop production


November 17, 1921

Our United States arrived on the third anniversary of the signing of the armistice with a goal that Americans believed they believed they were fighting for more hope than achievement. That hope is tremendously awakened by the meeting in Washington of the Conference on Armaments Limitation and Solving the Problems in the Pacific. It is resuscitated and renewed in a hundred million hearts through the ceremony of the burial of our unknown dead. It is a hope so broad in its vision that it is difficult to put into words, and those who have tried to put it into words and contract it have failed.

It’s a hope to end wars, but it’s both more and less. It is a hope that our nation, both by strength and example, can lead the way in understanding among the peoples of the world. It is a hope that international deals can cease to be a series of deals backed by violence or threats, where one side wins and the other loses, and that it can become a series of agreements that on one side Rule of reason, which people will understand Natural laws and the natural rights of other people and adapt on this planet so that everyone can win and prosper and no one can lose or starve.

The Americans want to go in that direction. Soldiers who believe their comrades died for this type of cause want America to move in that direction. And the President and his advisers are about to meet with the leading Allied Nations and, we hope, to take such a step. At this point, if there is no more we can do, we can assure the President that he has the support of the nation in his endeavor and that we have no reservations, no partisanship, no thought in this regard, except America’s common intention to be right that we can help others take the right step in the right direction.

In proposing this joint stance with the President, there is no thought about those who have tried differently to move in the same way. By the time we got to the conference, all kinds of good Americans had come up with all kinds of excellent plans to make the conference more likely to succeed. The public for the conference was challenged by many. It was maybe the best plan. But when the decision is made, the plan for the conference is approved, even if it is not held in public, we will not make it fail in our minds.

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

If we can only say with sufficient emphasis to the world that “it must succeed”, then we will have strengthened the hand of our country and its representatives in our endeavors.

After three years with perhaps little progress, we start a new journey towards the destination. It’s America’s drive, and America is for it. Stars and Stripes.


November 21, 1946

A map of Jefferson County’s plans for production volume for the coming year shows that settlers from newly irrigated areas of the Jefferson Water Conservancy District are reporting preparations to grow 1,000 to 1,200 acres of potatoes compared to 350 acres in 1946 RA Hunt, Jefferson County Agent. That production is outside of the state target of 45,400 acres, 13 percent less than the 52,000 acres in 1946.

For most of the other crops, for which the 1947 targets were set by E. Harvey Miller, chairman of the state production and marketing committee, Jefferson County is pretty much on line. It is expected that the pig growth will reach around nine percent here, which is the national target. The state is reporting a wheat target of 1,000,000 acres, eight percent less than the 1,085,000 acres of 1946. Jefferson County will have 30,000 acres total, according to hunting reports, compared to 33,000 acres in 1946.

While a recent agricultural crop targets bulletin obtained from Oregon State College Extension Service does not list clover and alfalfa seed production, Hunt reports that settlers on irrigated land here plan a total of 5,000 acres for seed production in 1947, much of that The cultivation area is used for the Northern Neck red clover variety, in which the breeders here will specialize.

While state goals for the dairy industry have not yet been announced for 1947, there are signs that Jefferson County will see significant expansion of the dairy industry.


18th November 1971

The construction activity in Madras, which had been dormant for months, increased like a rocket in the first half of November, as the examination of the building permits in the town hall shows.

Building permits on file as of Friday, November 12, totaled $ 126,000.

Of this, $ 61,000 is accounted for by four permits issued to the Guarantee Council, Inc., Vancouver, Washington, for four residential buildings.

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

An application filed by Dick Ragland for an apartment on 200 I Street is valued at $ 17,000.

The addition of a dining room to the A&W Drive-In at the cost of $ 8,000 is covered by a request from Roy Moodenbaugh.

In addition, the Carlson Sign Company has filed for permission to ship a sign for a Thrifty drug priced at $ 400.

The Vancouver company’s panels show three six-room apartments, each valued at $ 15,000. The location is at 905 First Street, 250 West G Street and 660 Monroe Street. A fourth filing by the company is for a seven-room apartment on 635 Monroe St. valued at $ 16,000. The first three are described as 22 x 50 foot structures, the fourth 22 x 61 feet.

The Madras Cleaners building shown by George Snow will be on Fourth and F Streets. The 44 by 50 foot block structure is being built by S&E Builders.

The American Legion Assembly Hall is to be built at 475 Third Street. According to John Barger, mail commander, it will be a 40 by 50 foot block structure.

There is also construction activity outside the city. American Village apartment buildings north of the city limits may be within the city. The council has advised owners that they may have city water if they apply for and receive city approval for annexation.


November 20, 1996

Earlier this week, Jefferson County fell several inches of snow during a surprise storm.

There have been more than 100 reports of minor accidents due to icy road conditions across the county, according to an officer with the Oregon State Police’s Madras Office.

The weekend’s forecast had indicated that the storm would include rain. Snow was not considered likely.

However, it started snowing early Monday morning and lasted until noon until around 1:30 p.m. when the snow turned into rain.

Traffic was slow early Monday and there were many accidents. The majority of the accidents were minor.

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

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