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HISTORY: Tragic news of missing girl has happy ending
Courtesy photo/Mr. and Mrs. T. Gail DeWitt.
HISTORY: Tragic news of missing girl has happy ending

Five-year-old Emma Nelson went missing on July 4, 1896, for five days at Cress Hollows, west of Susanville. She was found by John Pierson at Hawkins Flat.

Former Bates resident Pat Cary Peck happened to meet Nelson’s daughter Irene...

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HISTORY: Area to be eclipsed Monday
HISTORY: Area to be eclipsed Monday

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Residents of the Northwest will be treated to one of nature’s rarest and most spectacular phenomenon next Monday morning when the region will be blacked out by a total solar eclipse.

WARNING: Serious and...

HISTORY: Growing up in the Bear Valley Lodge
HISTORY: Growing up in the Bear Valley Lodge
Seneca girl, parents lived with Hines loggers.
HISTORY: Helen Elizabeth Ricco, 1918-2017
HISTORY: Helen Elizabeth Ricco, 1918-2017

Helen Elizabeth Ricco was born in Metzenseifen, Czechoslovakia, on Sept. 25, 1918.

Leaving this politically contentious area, her father sought a better life for his family in Cleveland. He worked seven years to earn enough money to bring his...

HISTORY: Old-fashioned Grant County recipes

These old-time recipes, and many more, can be found in the Grant County Genealogical Society’s compilation called “Through the Spokes of Time: A Collection of Recipes,” along with bits of Grant County history. The...

HISTORY: Boy receives hero award
HISTORY: Boy receives hero award

On the night of Jan. 17, a Mt. Vernon boy, 12-yearl-old Ronnie Hyder became the first Grant County youth ever to receive a national Boy Scout award for heroism.

The presentation was made at a special court of honor at the hall of the Mt. Vernon...

HISTORY: Monument School gymnasium burns
HISTORY: Monument School gymnasium burns

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Monument residents were awakened early Friday morning by the fire, which completely destroyed the high school gymnasium. The blaze had gained so much headway before it was discovered that it was impossible to save anything of...

HISTORY: Dan Morrow, 1841-1937

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Word was received here yesterday afternoon of the death that morning of Dan Morrow of Long Creek, following an illness of several days. Uncle Dan had been reported a day or two before as on the road to recovery, and his death...

HISTORY: Historical society looks to the future
HISTORY: Historical society looks to the future
Long Creek group strives to build museum on fort site.
HISTORY: Ing ‘Doc’ Hay is dead

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Ing “Doc” Hay is dead.

With his death in Portland last Saturday, a symbol of a past and colorful era in Grant County history passed on. Funeral services were held Thursday from Driskill’s with the...

HISTORY: Prairie City hospital to close: Directors find funds not sufficient

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A special tax levy in the amount of $41,555.91, believed by the Blue Mountain hospital district directors and the budget committee to be necessary for the continued operation of the Blue Mountain general hospital, was...

HISTORY: Blue Mountain General Hospital to hold open house

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The Blue Mountain General hospital at Prairie City will hold an open house for the general public, Friday, July 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served to all attending, and everyone is cordially invited to...

HISTORY: Signs of change
HISTORY: Signs of change

HISTORY: John Day basketball
HISTORY: John Day basketball

HISTORY: Greenhorn, the once-booming city on the Grant-Baker county line
HISTORY: Greenhorn, the once-booming city on the Grant-Baker county line

HISTORY: Long life in Long Creek full of innocence and freedom
HISTORY: Long life in Long Creek full of innocence and freedom
Fifth-generation resident reminisces about mill days, mud pies, movies.
HISTORY: The incorrigible exaggerator, philanderer, poet and county judge of Canyon City
HISTORY: The incorrigible exaggerator, philanderer, poet and county judge of Canyon City
Joaquin Miller was many things. Truthful was not always one.
HISTORY: Ranching in the good ol’ days
HISTORY: Ranching in the good ol’ days
Billy Drinkwater, nearing his 100th birthday, recalls his early years iof cattle ranching.
HISTORY: ‘Baptized in fire’
HISTORY: ‘Baptized in fire’

Some folks don’t believe in miracles.

For other folks, well, they say all you have to do is open your eyes and believe.

Some say you need to look no further than a little church in the little town of Canyon City.

Built on the...

HISTORY: Trivia
HISTORY: Trivia
Can you name these items used in year's past?
HISTORY: Trio of teenage fugitives caught following sensational jail break

Last Friday witnessed a rather sensational jail break at Canyon City, which was staged by three boys awaiting sentence for larceny of automobiles and other articles. They were Robert Duane Briggs, 17, Clifford Elwood Robinson, 16, and Albert De Lonzo...

HISTORY: Brewery owner had start at Prairie Diggings mine
HISTORY: Brewery owner had start at Prairie Diggings mine
The FC Sels Brewery endured two fires and was known for award-winning beer.
HISTORY: Lust for gold leads to the end of a rope

Berry Wey, a man who murdered his mining partner Galleger to obtain $80,000 in gold dust, was the first man to be hanged in Canyon City — in 1863. Some men, discovering the body of Wey’s victim, reported to the miners in Canyon City, and...

HISTORY: Eagle owner’s son commits barbershop prank
HISTORY: Eagle owner’s son commits barbershop prank
A young man pulls a prank on a Canyon Cityl barber in the early 1900s.
HISTORY: Prairie City Community Center began as Methodist Church

Circuit riders from The Dalles provided the first Methodist ministry in Prairie City during the 1870s, and the Methodist Church at the south end of the community park was constructed in 1885. The building is now the Prairie City Community...

HISTORY: Squints and Glances

Aug. 27, 1964

Barbers to raise haircut prices

Three of John Day’s barber shops have announced that the price of haircuts for both men and children will go up when the shops re-open after the Labor Day weekend.

New prices will...