75 years ago
August 20, 1943
Max Chapman, fireman first class, reported missing
Mrs. Mary Chapman of John Day received word this week that her son, Max Chapman, fireman first class, member of the crew of the ill-fated “Helena” which was sunk in the South Pacific about six weeks ago, was listed among the missing.
Max, before enlisting in the Navy, was a student at Grant Union High School and a few years ago he was employed at the Gunther Service Station in John Day.
50 years ago
August 22, 1968
Grant Union remodeling project nears completion
The $630,000 remodeling and addition project of Grant Union High School is expected to be completed by the opening of school Tuesday, Sept. 3, announces Dean Nodine, superintendent.
Work is in the finishing stages for the project, which began last fall by the Van Auker Construction company.
The projected enrollment of 295-300 students will be served by a new cafeteria, music room, library, metal shop and physical education facilities.
By using a divider, the cafeteria can also be used for two general classrooms. The kitchen also has a large walk-in cold storage.
Music, a growing department at Grant Union, will have a practice area for the band and chorus. Storage space is provided for instruments and music materials. Individual practice space and an office are provided.
The new science room will have a built-in storage space and an area will be equipped to allow better use of microscopes. Part of the room is arranged for lab work.
An office space is provided for science teachers. It will also be used for small group lectures and seminars. The new science room is connected with the existing science facilities.
Capable of handling 20 students, the language lab will have a listening station for each student allowing the instructor to work with each student at his rate of learning.
The present cafeteria has been converted to serve in part as a library. The present library is being converted into a general classroom.
With the addition of the metal shop, auto mechanics, welding and girls shop will be offered for the first time at Grant Union.
Auto mechanics includes car repairs, farm equipment repairs and work with two, four, six and eight cylinder engines.
Leather and metal craft and basic use of tools will be offered for girls at Grant Union.
Carlton Johnson will be the instructor for the metal vocational classes.
Overcrowded conditions for physical education classes have been eliminated with the new gymnasium and related facilities. Larger shower rooms will be able to handle the large P.E. class with 45 students.
Three separate basketball sessions can be carried on at the same time with the new gym. The bleachers, which will seat 1,450 persons, can be rolled away to provide space for two practices. The present gym will have one team.
In the past, the three teams took turns. Students from Seneca last year would not return from practice until 9 p.m. or later.
If the finishing crews can complete their jobs, the new addition and remodeling project will be ready for the opening day of school.
25 years ago
August 19, 1993
County considers proposal to sell portion of fairgrounds land
County court members engaged in lengthy discussion last week when Terry Lyons made a request to purchase approximately three acres of land from the county that lies adjacent to the fairgrounds and behind the forest service supervisor’s office.
The land in question is a portion of the 21.98 acres of land Lyons sold to the county several years ago, with a large portion of the land in a flood plain. According to Lyons the reason for wishing to buy the land back is to develop it into a parking area that will accommodate about 200 vehicles for a proposed new forest service facility.
Lyons owns the existing forest service buildings and plans to bid on the expansion project, but lacks area for parking.
Commissioner Sondra Lino asked Ed Holpuch, district attorney, if the property has to be put to bid, or is the county able to sell it outright. Holpuch replied that the county may sell the property for industrial, commercial or economic development.
Commissioner Bob Kimberling said he didn’t want to see it sold outright to an individual; he felt it should be put up for bid, if it were sold.
The consensus of the court was the property should not be parceled out. Judge Kevin Campbell said about $50,000 had been spent on improvements on the property since it had been purchased from Lyons.
“If we sell it, sell it guts, feathers and all,” said Campbell. “I don’t want to parcel it out.”
10 years ago
August 20, 2008
Work begins on Prairie City filter system
Construction is underway on the new city water filtration plant next to Dixie Creek, on the north edge of town.
Bodiford Construction of Boise was the low bidder, at $1.66 million, for the project and began working on the site July 31. The slow sand filter system is expected to be finished this fall.
Last week crews were excavating for the control building and filtration pools.
Mayor Stan Horrell said it was good to get the work underway at last. The city has alternated between two water system proposals – the slow sand project and a well system – for several years.
With the new system, water will be routed from the city’s water galleries into the main line and then into the filtration pools. The water will be piped to the city’s water reservoir and then into the system of residential lines.
The project will put the city into compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations.