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 be $1.75 for men and $1.50 for children. Each is an increase of 25 cents over the current price which has been in effect since 1955.

By making the price increase effective Sept. 8 the barbers are making it possible for all students and teachers to go back to school with fresh haircuts obtained at a lower price.

April 27, 1951

Grant County exceeds Red Cross mark

Residents of Grant County contributed $3,140.87 in the 1951 American Red Cross drive. This figure was $714.87 more that the assigned quota, $2,426.

Considerable credit is due to Mr. Muzzy and Mrs. Lois Lee, John Day, Grant County chapter chairman, for the efficient manner in which the drive was conducted. The campaign opened March 1st and exceeded the quota before scheduled closing date for the drive.

Grant county’s quota in the 1950 campaign was $2,300. The 1951 quota was substantially higher than any quota ever assigned to the county.

Jan. 19, 1951

Sawing resumed at John Day mill

Nearly 200 workmen at the Blue Mountain Mills’ sawmill in John Day returned to their jobs Monday Morning, January 15, after the plant had been closed down for about three weeks due to log shortages and need for mechanical repairs.

J. D. Welch, one of the company’s managers said the mill has about three weeks supply of logs ahead and logs are coming in daily from the company’s three timber areas in the county. This backlog of raw material is expected to carry the mill in operation through possible poor logging conditions incurred by muddy roads in the spring, he said.

No officials of the Hudspeth Inc. lumber company have arrived to take over the local management since their recents purchase of the mill and timber holdings in the area, said Welch.

May 22, 1958

Pool slated for opening

Final arrangements for the opening of the John Day swimming pool were discussed at the special city council meeting Tuesday night. Swimmers should be allowed in the pool between June 1 and 6, with all efforts being directed toward opening by the former date.

Lynn Pryse of John Day has been named pool manager and will be assisted by several John Day residents who will serve as cashiers and pool helpers.

Pool will be opened from 1 to 9 p.m. every day. Admission charges at the pool were set at 25 cents for students and 50 cents for adults. Advance sale of coupon booklets has been planned. Bookets will contain 25 coupons for $5.00 with one coupon needed for student pool admission and two for adult admission.

Wading pool admission will be free for children accompanied by their parents, and no child will be admitted to the wading pool unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

Present at the Tuesday meeting wad Jack Kalenowski, city superintendent form Prineville, who told council members of some of the problems encountered in that city’s municipal pool program, and of the way in which they were solved.

July 20, 1961

Quick action halts blazes

Two fires Tuesday on the Malheur national forest brought quick action by forest fire control crews. One was under control two and one-half hours after discovery. the other, a man-made fire was controlled after an all-night attack by fire fighters and was nearly out by noon Wednesday, Mervin Schouten, fore control officer of the Malheur office, reported.

“Present burning conditions require every precaution to prevent blazes and prompt action in reporting and handling fires,” the fire control officer said.

Two loads of borate were dropped on a blaze in the Bear Valley district yesterday by a TBM stationed on stand-by duty at Burns. Two pumped and a couple of tankers were used. Milburn Woods and his road crew, working on a lumber auction road, join the fire fighters and furnished a caterpillar tractor. At one time at least 40 men were on the fire lines and manning equipment. Working through the night, the men had it well under control by morning, almost out by noon Wednesday, Schouten said. Two forest service crews from the Burns range district and one from the Prairie City district joined Bear Valley crews against the blaze. The burned area reaches three and one-half acres in extent.

The fire was considered manmade, but actual cause was unknown.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday a holdover lightning fire was discovered in old slash near the head of Keeney creek in the Long Creek district, Schouten reported. The district put 10 men and two pumpers on it at once and extent of the burned area was held to three-fourth acre. It –was controlled by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

July 10, 1958

Thousands of fish placed in waters

Grant county anglers will be interested in learning that 69,900 rainbow trout and fry have been planted in water in this area the past week. Announcement of the placing of the fish in local streams was made this week by James Hewkin of Canyon City, representing the Oregon State Fish commission.

A total of 24,900 rainbow trout, legal size, were planted by the commission. Ten thousand were placed in the North Fork of the John Day river at Dale Monday. Plantings the following day included 3,500 in the John Day river above Prairie City, 500 in the Mt. Vernon pond, 400 in the lemons pond and 1,000 in the Holmberg pond.

Planted yesterday were 3,500 in the John Day-Canyon City area, and 4,000 in Desolation creek. Total of 2,000 will be placed in Rock creek in Morrow county today. Rainbow fry, 5,000 in number, will be placed in Jump-Off Joe lake on the North Fork today as will 40,000 in Olive lake.

Hewkin reported the rainbow trout were from the Oaks Spring hatchery at Maupin, and the rainbow fry were secured from the Wallowa fish hatchery at Enterprise.

Aug. 20, 1948

Siamese twin calves rare freak of nature

Siamese twin calves were stillborn to a 6-year-old Hereford cow on the stock ranch of Henry Tircco in the upper John Day valley, Sunday, states W. K. Farrell, that twin calves was the plan of nature, but in the course of their formation the bodies of the two calves were grown together at the belly and the side. there were two bodies, two necks, two heads, two tails, six normal legs, and two more legs were grown into one, but with two hoofs. the mother had to be shot; the calves, both dead were delivered with a specie of Caesarian operation performed by Mr. Farrell.

This was a rare event in animal life, states Mr. Farrell. Siamese twins are rare in human life. But even more unusual in animal life.

Oct. 23, 1942

Get deer with bare hands

Van Nuys, California — While polishing their guns preparatory to a deer hunting trip, three hunters looked out the window of their house and there in the yard was a large buck. the hunters, Robert Kempley, H. C. Mathers and Tom Enriquez gave chase, cornered the buck in the an adjoining yard and captured it alive.

June 5, 1969

Gun victim recovering

Shot in the back in an accident at the John Day Valley Pact, J. D. Wood is now home in Mt. Vernon making good progress after spending five days in the Blue Mountain Hospital.

The accident occurred approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a hog kicked a .22 caliber rifle out of Wood’s hand. The rifle struck a concrete wall and discharged.

The bullet struck Wood in the back and lodged near his lung.

Wood had been showing fine improvement. He was released form the hospital Tuesday. It is not certain as to when he will be able to return to work.

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