Pamplin Media Group – In 1922

In 1997 – the former complex of Rashneesh Puram becomes a Christian camp for young people


September 7, 1922

After its journey through the Willamette Valley and as far south as the California state line, the great Ford Caravan is now completing its preparations for a journey that will take it through virtually every city in the East and central Oregon. Although the dates of its appearance in Madras are not definitely fixed, it is believed that the manifestation will take place around the 15th of this month and will last for two to three days.

Wherever it is shown, the caravan has been the centerpiece of a grand celebration. A big barbecue was held in Oakland, a city the size of Madras in southern Oregon, where the caravan stayed for two full days. A Ford Parade, for which over twenty prizes were given away, was an added feature, and throughout the two days and into the evening, vast crowds gathered to listen to the free radio concert, to watch a free movie show and to hear the lectures given by experts in their respective fields. More than fifteen hundred farmers came to Oakland each day of the show.

The trailer, however, is more than just a demonstration of power-generating equipment. There is a full line of specially equipped trucks and tractors for virtually any industrial use. In Ashland, for example, a truck with a special body for this purpose transported the mail from the United States for two days. At Grants Pass the street sweeper and a sprinkler were carried by a Ford. In Roseburg, city parking lanes were improved under the direction of city officials, the baseball field was leveled, and countless tasks were performed for Roseburg businessmen while demonstrations of purely agricultural nature were given elsewhere.

In Lebanon, the Commercial Club took over the arrangements and two full days were organised. This included a Ford parade for which the number of prizes offered by Lebanese merchants is almost twice as high as that of any other city still visited by the caravan.

Invitations are being sent to virtually every farmer in Jefferson County, and current indications point to a huge crowd as the caravan heads for a major Ford parade to be held. Music related to the parade will be planned and a most interesting program is being finalized.

Due to the large number of machines, tools and appliances accompanying the caravan, invitations circulated throughout the county asked recipients to indicate the nature of the demonstration in which each would be primarily interested. Upon receipt of this information, arrangements are made for the person thus expressing a choice to be immediately directed to the place of the event. If he does not have a car, free transportation will be provided. If a demonstration of the nature requested has not been organized as part of the regular program, a special demonstration will be organized for the exclusive benefit of the person making the request, and the time and place of the demonstration will be announced for information . other people interested in the same event.

Information covering every movement of all or part of the caravan can be obtained from Hood Conroy, authorized Ford and Lincoln distributors. Radio, cinema, band music and all other attractions day and night are free.


September 4, 1947

The Deschutes Potato Warehouse Co. of Redmond is ramping up work in Culver on one of the most modern insulated potato warehouses ever built in central Oregon. Madras contractor Fred Keiser is in charge of construction, and plans call for storage space to be available in the new structure by October 1, when the Netted Gem potato crop of 800 is harvested. acres of Jefferson County will be underway. The Deschutes Potato Warehouse Co. recently sold its Redmond facility to the Pacific Supply Cooperative.

The new structure, built of pumice blocks, with a vaulted truss roof, will be 138 feet wide and 208 feet long. It stands near Culver Common Station of the SP&S. and Union Pacific rail lines. It will be insulated and air-conditioned for the storage of potatoes. The company is also setting up a clover seed cleaning plant to handle the substantial production of red clover, alsike and ladino seed, started as a major agricultural activity on the northern unit project. The company will take care of custom seed cleaning and will also engage in custom potato storage.

The Deschutes company is run by a group of men with a long history of potato production in central Oregon. Kenneth E. Duling, whose headquarters ranch is at Lone Pine but who owns significant interests on the North Unit Project in the Culver District, is chairman; and Rolla Weigand, Powell Butte, is Secretary-Treasurer.

Bennie Oling of Albany, a former employee of Deschutes Grain and Feed Co. of Redmond, will serve as manager and operator of the Culver plant, Duling announced Friday.


September 7, 1972

Three Madras trading companies have been involved in recent sales.

The Thrifty Drug Store was sold to John Blanchard and Lee Land, both of Sweet Home, where they have a pharmacy, and Gary Whittle, who is associated with them in the Madras store. All three are pharmacists. Blanchard is recently in Madras, but Land will later be in charge here.

The pharmacy was owned by a corporation whose shareholders were David and Donald Hatfield and Walter McCaulou. David Hatfield, a pharmacist, is enrolled in the University of Oregon School of Medicine in the field of medical technology.

The Chief Theater and K&D Drive-In were sold by Denzel and Kenneth Piercy to Jim Hutchinson, who operates a chain of theaters including the Tower Theater in Bend.

As of August 21, the new owners of Madras Paint and Glass are Tom Lakin and his wife, Mary, who came to Madras from Coquille. Bill Piller, who together with Ms Piller previously operated the paint and glass business, will continue to work in the store for the immediate future.


September 3, 1997

A proposal from a Christian ministry to use the Big Muddy Ranch as a youth camp is expected to be presented to the Wasco County Commission this week.

A decision on Young Life’s youth ministry proposal will likely be made on Wednesday afternoon, September 2.

The Wasco County Planning Commission last month unanimously recommended approval of the proposal.

The County Board of Commissioners also heard evidence on the proposal last month, but delayed a decision pending Young Life’s development of a solid waste disposal plan.

The Board of Commissioners seems likely to accede to Young Life’s request for a rezoning and a complete plan amendment regarding the 580 acres of the Big Muddy property where the camp is proposed to be located.

A number of residents of Antelope and other areas near Big Muddy have indicated that they support Young Life’s suggested use of the ranch. Three residents of Antelope voiced their opposition.

The current owner of Big Muddy Ranch, billionaire Dennis Washington, said he would donate the property to Young Life if Wasco County agreed to allow the land to be used as a youth camp.

Last year, Washington considered donating the property to the state of Oregon, which considered operating a juvenile correctional facility on the ranch.

Neighboring landowners were unanimous or very close to unanimous in their opposition to this idea, which Washington and the State of Oregon later dropped.

Previously, Washington had considered converting the ranch into a resort, but that proved impossible due to conflicts with state land use laws.

Approximately 45,000 acres of the 66,000-acre Big Muddy Ranch are located in northeast Jefferson County.

The portion of the property that is developed and where the youth camp may be located is in Wasco County.

Undeveloped portions of the ranch would be managed for cattle grazing under the Young Life proposal, an element of the plan supported by area ranchers.

The Big Muddy Ranch is the site of the Rajneesh Puram, including a large meeting hall. The buildings were constructed in violation of numerous land use laws.

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