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Former Army bugler prepares to entertain at annual American Legion Dance 100 years ago


March 31, 1921

Weird noises around Ashwood the past few days have not been what the general public thought they were. Some thought the awful sounds were coming from some old and forgotten graveyard, others surmised that it was ghosts in some of the many old and deserted mining shafts and tunnels and others guessed that it was some of Ashwood’s home-sick pigs, wailing for the pig trial to hurry along. But this is not the case. It was Halbert Hawken, former regular Army bugler, now a merchant in Ashwood, blowing an Army bugle, getting a lip to blow calls at the Annual American Legion Dance which will be held at Metolius Friday evening April 8. This will be a feature of the evening’s entertainment which should prove interesting. Although the bugle calls of the Army were for a time very familiar to many of us, yet there are many who are not familiar with them and practically everyone delights to listen to them. Hawken blew calls for a machine gun battalion for more than a year and is an excellent bugler.

The ex-soldiers have requested Mayor and Mrs. Howard W. Turner and Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Olson of Madras; Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Marsh of Metolius; Mr. and Mrs. D.E. White of Opal City; Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Peck of Culver and Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Monner of Gateway to act as patrons and patronesses for their dance.

This will be a program dance, a little change from the usual plan of dances in this country. The Madras State Bank has presented two ex-servicemen with a supply of splendid souvenir programs, with a list of named dances particular to this event. As is the usual custom souvenir ribbons will be issued to those present, and this year the Madras Trading Company has donated the ribbon for the event.

Wilson George’s four-piece orchestra will furnish the music. This orchestra is considered the best in Central Oregon and the music for the occasion will be excellent.

Mrs. Barklow, at the Metolius Hotel, is making special preparation to serve the banquet. She has one of the neatest dining rooms in Jefferson County, her reputation as a cook is unsurpassed and a superior dinner can be expected.

Special stunts and features alike has always made Legion Dances enjoyable and entertaining will again be a part of the program.

Although the American Legion is giving this dance, they desire it to be understood thoroughly that it is an annual get together and joy-time for all buddies whether they belong to the Legion or not.

All ex-servicemen and their friends are invited.


March 28, 1946

After 20 years’ ownership by the writer, the Madras Pioneer has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hall who has been in charge as manager the past 18 months. In disposing of the Jefferson County newspaper, the writer has every reason to believe that the new publishers will exert every effort to give to this locality a newspaper that will faithfully portray each week news coverage of this area and make of it a vehicle for the betterment and upbuilding of the community. Ownership is transferred with every confidence that the policy of community building and betterment which has prevailed in the past will be faithfully followed by the new publishers.

During the eight years from 1925-33 when the writer had active charge of all details relative to publication, exclusive of actual mechanical work, there was a sincere attachment formed for the little paper. During that period hardly a subscriber but that was known personally by the editor, and friendships and pleasant business relations formed are still remembered with a feeling of nostalgia as the paper passes into the hands of the new owners.

Daniel Webster in his famous Dartmouth college speech once said, “It is a small college, but there are those who love it;” the Pioneer is a small paper, but there are those who look eagerly to its weekly appearance and would not miss a single issue.

The writer is indebted to Jefferson County and to this locality for the loyal support which has made publication possible, particularly during the war years when at times there was grave danger that the little sheet would become a war casualty. Many more pretentious publications in the weekly newspaper field failed to survive, and only through the forbearance and loyal support of the patrons did the Pioneer continue uninterrupted publication. It is with more-or-less pride that it can be said that this sheet has a continuous record during the more than 40 years of its existence of uninterrupted publication.

With development of this area and increase in population the local newspaper will have a responsibility to the community which we are confident will not be carried lightly by the new owners.

With grateful acknowledgement of loyal support of patrons of the Madras Pioneer in the past and best wishes for its future success I am.

Sincerely yours,

May B. Johnson


April 1, 1971

Though its character may have been somewhat besmirched, “Wild Red” escaped its encounter with Jefferson County authorities physically unscathed. In Justice Court last week, Judge A. Wayne Nelson ordered the amusement device released to its owner, Joe Joseph of the Shangrila Café and Lounge after finding Joseph and bartender James Settles not guilty of gambling charges levied by District Attorney Richard Forcum.

Based on the observations of an undercover Oregon State Police agent who visited the bar on the night of February 27, Forcum contended that “Wild Red” was being used as a gambling device.

After the March 15 trial, which failed to prove the allegations true, Judge Nelson took the case under advisement, and postponed his decision until he received briefs submitted by Forcum and council for the defense. The decision was announced last Wednesday. Forcum had been seeking the destruction of the machine and fines against Joseph and Settles.


April 3, 1996

Trees have done so much in recent years to make Madras an attractive looking town.

And in recognition of the city’s tree-planting work, the National Arbor Day Foundation has once again named Madras a Tree City USA.

This is the third year Madras has received the designation.

There are 27 cities in Oregon that are Tree City USA communities. In Central Oregon, Madras, Bend and Sunriver have the Tree City USA designation.

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