100 YEARS AGO Jan. 20, 1921

As a result of a delegation from Fort Rock to an irrigation congress in Portland where that body passed a resolution asking the Oregon State Legislature to appropriate $10,000 to test for artesian water in the Fort Rock valley. It is believed that with irrigation that the Fort Rock area would be one of the garden centers of Oregon, without water than farming is not possible.

C. D. Arthur has recently returned from San Francisco, Calif., where he found that the reason for the lower beef prices was due to imports from foreign countries such as Canada and New Zealand. Many stock growers are now trying to make retail establishments label when meat is from a foreign country. It is believed that labels will help increase the amount of home-grown meat consumed.

The rabbit hunt that recently concluded last Saturday night at the Vernon Grange hall on the West Side decreased the number of rabbits by 1,711. Many people attended the hunt, though most only killed one or two. Several people killed over 100 rabbits. George Powell captained the winning team which killed 953.5 rabbits. Willard Vernon captain the losing team which killed 757.5 rabbits.

80 YEARS AGO Jan. 30, 1941

Lakeview Mayor F. Carl Fetsch said the Town of Lakeview is ready to embark on a new street improvement program after recent purchases arrived — a street mixer, roller and spreader. This will help the community maintain roads based on revenues that come in annually and will not incur indebtness. Streets will be improved on a pay as you go basis with the street in front of the post office to be the first one improved.

Lake County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to get government support in re-building and improving the Sprague River-Chiloquin Road. Representatives in Washington, D.C., have expressed their support for improving the road and asked for votes of support from the surrounding communities to help make their case. The route is an important north-south route through the state.

School Superintendent John Burcham said that there are tentative plans to develop courses to train young men in different fields in the community. The program would provide vocational training to young men between the ages of 17 – 25 and who are no longer in school. One of the first course to be taught in the area is metal work and welding with others to follow.

60 YEARS AGO Jan. 26, 1961

Sen. Maurine Neuberger has intervened with the Civil Aeronautics Board to continue to provide air service to Lakeview. The Town of Lakeview, the Lake County Court, and the Lake County Chamber of Commerce all sent letters to Oregon representatives in Washington, D.C., asking for them to intervene so that West Coast airlines can continue to serve the area. Even though the five-passengers a day quota has not been met.

Earth moving and bridge construction meant that work has started on a 9.2-mile stretch of the state highway between Adel and the mouth of Greaser Canyon. Work is expected to be completed by June 1. The new construction will work across the Warner Valley and connect with an existing road that comes down Greaser Canyon. Work to the top of Blizzard Gap was completed last summer. This is one of the last stretches to be completed.

The United States Post Office at Willow Ranch was broken into recently with cash and money order forms taken. According to Mrs. Andy Anderson, postmaster for the Willow Ranch Post Office, around $54.31 and 400 money order forms were taken from the cash box. The burglars entered through a window by prying it open. They did not have a flashlight, but burned paper to create light.

40 YEARS AGO Jan. 22, 1981

Dr. John Beuter and Douglas Olsen, of the School of Forestry – Oregon State University, recently published a report that said that the Lakeview Federal Sustained Yield Unit should be retained though it needs review. The review is part of the five-year student of the sustained yield unit which reviews the policy statement that governs the yield unit. Public meetings will take place throughout the year to gather public input.

Lakeview Police Department put the final touches on its newest squad car — a Chevrolet Citation. Lakeview Police Department Chief Troy Riblett said the new squad car gets excellent gas mileage and will save the department money. Though he is worried that people might try to outrun the compact car, he noted that the car packs excellent acceleration and speed to catch people running from the police.

Don Liddycoat of Crystal Clear Energy said that things are on track to have an alcohol fuel plant operational by December. The company is waiting on geothermal tests results, and once the results are in then the construction on the plant can proceed. A well is being dug in the Town Park to test the hot water.

More mobile home parks are sprouting up across Lakeview and Lake County due to high interest rates. With high interest rates many people are turning to mobile home parks as an affordable option. Two more mobile home parks are taking shape in the Lakeview area including one owned by Jerald Steward on S. 9th St., which has already filled nine of the 24 available spaces.

20 YEARS AGO Jan. 25, 2001

According to organizers, virtually everything went right at the first annual fundraising banquet for the Lakeview Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Co-chairman Dan Michaelson said that the event filled the Lake County Fairgrounds, with around 255 people showing up. The event featured a social hour, prime rib dinner, followed by a raffle and auction.

Lakeview Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have a Victorian Valentine’s Social from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Schminck Memorial Museum. The event will feature a professional jewelry and silver appraiser on hand. She will appraise residents jewelry and silver that they bring in. There will be a $2 per item fee, with the proceeds going to the Schminck Museum Building Fund.

Bruce Garrett of Russell, Kan., has been named the new administrator of Lake District Hospital. In his role he will also oversee the long term skilled nursing facility and the Lakeview Home Health and Hospice. Garrett will begin his duties on March 12. Lake Health District Chief Financial Officer Gordon Ensley had been serving as interim administrator after the retirement of Richard Moore last March.

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