75 years ago
May 14, 1943
$3,000,000 appropriated for airport in Grant County
Judge Jess Allen received a telephone call from Boise, Idaho, Saturday, stating that the War Department has announced authorization for the expansion of the Army Air Force installation in Grant County, the expansions to cost $3,000,000.
The airfield will be located a few miles west of Prairie City and south of the John Day River, on the large flat west of the Geo. Hall Ranch, it is believed. The phone conversation, however, did not give the exact location and speculations for a while ran wild. Some thought the airfield would be the one on the hill west of Canyon City, and others thought it would be the field just north of the Rod McHaley Ranch just west of Prairie City.
Engineers who have been making a study of airfields report that the one settled on in Grant County is satisfactory.
It is understood that the runways on the airfield must be in the neighborhood of three miles in length and that four ways of raising and lighting are necessary for heavy bombers and transports.
This project, it is understood, is a post-war move, as well as a present day necessity and that airfields are being built from Alaska to Pan-America. When the war is at an end, sheep, cattle, wool, pigs, hay and grain and other agricultural products will be transported by large airships.
The chamber of commerce at Prairie City received a wire, it is reported, asking about housing facilities at that place.
When actual construction of the airport begins, Grant County will become a strange and new country almost over-night, as hundreds of men and a great amount of machinery and equipment will be put to moving. Hotels, cafés and rooming houses in the various nearby towns will all likely be filled to capacity. Many changes will take place.
When the word was first received that the airfield project had been authorized, it created a good deal of excitement and some people were skeptical, so chamber of commerce officials at Prairie City called Governor Earl Snell by telephone. He confirmed the report.
50 years ago
May 16, 1968
Mrs. Walter May wins ‘Mrs. Grant County’ gifts
Mrs. Walter May is the winner of the $100 jackpot of gifts in the fifth annual “Mrs. Grant County” contest sponsored by 16 merchants of John Day and Canyon City and the Blue Mountain Eagle.
Her name was drawn at 7 p.m. last Saturday night at the Grantski auction by Mrs. Dollie Reinertson, wife of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce manager.
The gifts she won included: Gail’s Market, Porta-File; Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Canyon City, case of Coca Cola; John Day Pharmacy, cologne, bath powder and bath fragrance set; Food Center, Inc., 25 pounds of White Satin sugar and 25 pounds of Drifted Snow flour; Effie’s Café, service for two; Montgomery Ward Sales Agency, 20 pound box of Ward’s signature detergent; Sunset Inn, a superb dinner for two; Sears Catalog Sales Office, $5 gift certificate; Kitchen Center, Inc., new Bissell Floor Waxer; Polka’s Stationary, milk glass fan-shaped vase; Quisenberry’s, a nightgown; Emery’s Bakery and Café, decorated heart-shaped cake; Miller’s Furniture and Appliances, RCA table radio; Grant County Cleaners, $5 worth of Sanitone dry cleaning; Western Auto Associate Store, bathroom scales; Chester’s Market, $5 beef of your choice; Blue Mountain Eagle, one year subscription.
25 years ago
May 13, 1993
National forests share common mushroom harvesting policy
The Malheur National Forest is among three national forests in Eastern Oregon adopting a common mushroom harvesting policy for this year.
Other forests involved are the Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla according to Mike Apicello, spokesperson for the Malheur National Forest. Permits are required for anyone aged 12 or older during the season, which runs from April 1 through October 31.
Free-use permit periods were lengthened from seven to 10 days and apply to mushrooms picked for personal use only. No mushrooms may be sold. Free-use permits can be secured for either 10 consecutive days or 10 random days during the season. After expiration, pickers must secure a commercial permit.
Commercial permits are available on a daily or seasonal basis and required for anyone age 12 or older picking mushrooms for sale.
Permits are available for $1 per day with a 10-day minimum. The days must be consecutive and permits for any numbers of days may be secured. For example, a 15-day permit starting on June 1 will be valid until June 15 and cost $14. Seasonal permits are available for $100 and cover the entire season.
Commercial buying permits are required for anyone buying mushrooms on sites located on national forest lands. The permits are $500 for the season. If a commercial buyer operates more than one commercial site on the forest at the same time, additional permits are required.
Buyers moving from location to location, but operating at only one site, need only one permit.
10 years ago
May 14, 2008
Grantski bidders help out chamber
From baseball tickets to casino packages to a mystery date, this year’s Grantski Radio Auction had a little something for everyone.
The event, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, was held last Saturday, May 10. KJDY announcers and a host of chamber volunteers manned the microphones and auction telephones at Old West Federal Credit Union.
Chamber executive Sharon Mogg said the auction brought in $6,388 this year, down from last year’s drive. She attributed the drop to the lagging economy. Although there were more items than ever, the bidders weren’t pushing the prices as high as in the past.
Some items created a stir, however – such as the mystery date with a mystery man, a promise of a nice dinner date for some lucky – and hopefully single – woman.
Mogg said the winning bidder was someone offering the date as a gift.
“A young man purchased the date for his mother,” she said.
Mogg said the event will help the chamber fund its many activities to promote Grant County.
And she offered her appreciation to “all the volunteers and the donors for their support of the chamber.”
Eagle File Photo
From May 16, 1968
Mrs. Walter May