Pamplin Media Group – In 1922

50 years ago – Culver annexes 160 acres for housing, 25 years ago – bushfire near Pelton Dam


August 10, 1922

Fire, suspected of arson, destroyed last Saturday night the factory of the Concrete Pipe Company in Bend, the company that recently signed a contract with the city of Madras to divert the water main from the city reservoir to the north corner of the RT Olson residence in Main street.

The building and much of its contents and machinery, valued at $22,000, were destroyed. $5,000 in insurance was carried out.

On Sunday afternoon, manager CH Knowles informed the Pioneer that the fire would not cause any significant delay in the construction of the Madras Line. Nearly all of the pipeline was ready and located at a sufficient distance from the plant in the yard so as not to be damaged. The small amount that was not completed is immediately made at the Portland factory.

The original plan of Mr. Knowles to start laying pipes on 20 this month will be carried out. Shipments of the pipe will start this week from Bend and the aim is to unload and distribute it along the line as soon as it arrives.

Maxwell & Bailey, owners of the Redmond Theatre, recently purchased the Madras Picture House from Pearce & Tucker, who have operated it for the past year.

According to Ms. Bailey, who was in Madras on Wednesday to sign a lease for the Knights of Pythias building that houses the show, they will open here as soon as necessary repairs can be made.

A new entrance to the building will be built and a modern metal finished projection engine room will be built, work on these improvements will begin immediately. In addition, this new and modern projection machine of the latest type has been purchased and will be brought to Madras for the opening, which will probably be at the end of August.


August 14, 1947

Blood will tell, and Chester S. Luelling, a leading rancher, of Agency Plains, the 25,000-acre Jefferson County grain field that will receive water from the North Unit of the Deschutes Project next year, demonstrated Saturday when he took a box of perfect yellow transparent apples, that he is a true great-grandson of Henderson Luelling, who along with his brother Seth established Oregon’s fame for fruit production by starting a remarkable nursery business near Milwaukie.

The Agency Plains rancher, whose ancestors brought the first grafted fruit trees across the plains 100 years ago in an ox cart, points the way to “a home orchard on the tract of every settler on the North Unit of the Deschutes Project.”

With the arrival of water, already delivered next year to farmers in southern Jefferson County, in the Agency Plains area, Luelling believes all families will be able to grow their own fruit. From the Grandview and Metolius River sections of Jefferson County this year, it was reported that the frost had killed all the fruit and it would be necessary to import all the apples here this year. Luelling refuted the report as far as his family is concerned. He also reported that he has fine cherries and plums.

Luelling, whose father, Alfred, lived in Jefferson County in 1904, looks forward to Luelling’s centenary celebrations in October, which are now being prepared in Milwaukie.


August 10, 1972

The Culver City Council meeting on Sept. 5 will include a hearing on the annexation of 160 acres east of the current city limits, Mayor Rex Barber said Tuesday; and the tract is destined to become the site of a housing project, the first phase of which will deliver 22 modular homes in the sub-$20,000 class over the next 45 days.

All but one acre owned by the Haystack Grange is owned by Deschutes Valley Farms, the mayor said. Since Deschutes Valley Farms has no objection to the annexation, the municipality can annex the tract without a vote of the people, Mayor Barber said.

Paul Hebb, West Linn, the developer of Salishan and owner of a quarter of that property, and his associate, Leonard (Len) Hays, will develop the property, with a 150-acre option. A ten-acre piece of land will be given to the city by developers in conjunction with Deschutes Valley Farms, and a lake will be created on that piece.

Hebb said that following the sale of 20 homes, a clubhouse and swimming pool will be built at the new site, doubling Culver’s current surface area.

It is possible that Charles Warren Callister of the Tiburon, California, architect of Callister and Payne, will be retained as architect for the project.

The plans for the first phase include two, three and four bedroom houses; but further plans envisage a shopping center constructed to merge with the artificial lake and duplexes and multiple residences.

The modular homes will be built by Bohemia Lumber Co., Eugene. The houses will be approximately 10,000 square meters in size. Construction of two dead-end roads on the site is already underway.

Hebb owns the Country Square Hop Center in Lake Oswego, and he owns a condominium called River Shore Developments on the Willamette River near Canby.

The mayor said the decision to annex the property came at the Aug. 1 meeting of the Culver City Council.


August 13, 1997

A bushfire set fire to 30 acres of vacant land on Highway 26 off Pelton Dam Road on Sunday afternoon.

The incident was likely the result of illegal fireworks activity, Jefferson County Fire Chiefs Mark Carman said.

The property is under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management.

The terrain where the fire happened is an extremely steep canyon area.

The BLM provided water droplets for helicopters.

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