Author: Bowman

People of Our Past brings history to life at Bowman Museum

People of Our Past brings history to life at Bowman Museum

NOTE: New April dates are 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th From cowboys to can-can girls, madams to ministers, craven opportunists to pious emissaries of civilization, Crook County was built and settled by colorful characters. Now, for the first time, modern-day folks can chat with a few of these historical figures […]

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Newsletter News

Newsletter News

Quarterly meeting – Sunday March 10, 2019 – Crook County History Center 1:00 P.M. The winter quarterly meeting for the Crook County Historical Society will be held at the Crook County History Center on Sunday March 10, 2019. The meeting will begin with a potluck dinner at 1:00 P.M. Please […]

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Knox Family Remembers Christmas of Yesteryear

Knox Family Remembers Christmas of Yesteryear

From Central Oregonian 1963 In the year 1906, John Knox and his wife, Grace, a bride of two months, planned to eat Christmas dinner at the home of one of John’s sisters.  Twenty or more people including members of the Knox family and two or three old bachelors who would […]

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Barnhouse Story of 1879

Barnhouse Story of 1879

Note: Jacob L. Barnhouse and his wife Martha Washington Conger Barnhouse were early settlers in the Mountain Creek vicinity east of Mitchell.  The region was in old Crook County in 1882.  This story was written by a descendant of Jacob and Martha.  It provides an interesting look at what it […]

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Reminiscence of Charles Congleton

Reminiscence of Charles Congleton

Written December 8, 1960 I was born, one of 12 children, on a farm at Slade, Kentucky on October 26,1884, and lived on this farm until 1904 when I set out to go west, having in mind to join my brother near Greenland, Colorado where he was telegraph operator for […]

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Arthur Ray Bowman

Arthur Ray Bowman

By Frances Juris and Elaine Thompson Note: This story was written for a Crook County Pageant in Prineville in 1987. In 1936 I bought the old Crook County Bank building at the southeast corner of  3rd and Main Sts., and for the next thirty-four years I watched the development of Prineville. […]

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Growing Up in Railroad Logging Camps

Growing Up in Railroad Logging Camps

by Dixie Caverhill Weberg * Editor’s Note: On our Fall field trip to the High Desert one of our stops was at the Brooks-Scanlon railroad logging camp site southeast of Bend known as BS Tanks. Dixie Caverhill Weberg was on the tour and mentioned that she was born when her […]

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The “Ill-Fated” Cattle Drive of 1880

Cattle drives were not uncommon in Central Oregon prior to the turn of the century when the areas major industry was stock raising. Generally The Dalles was the shipping point for the inland cattle and some big cattle drives were made to the rail lines there. But the historic cattle drive […]

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Sheep and Cattle War

In the year 1898 the Cascade Forest Reserve was created and during the first two years of its existence this Reserve was closed to grazing. Sheep owners who had formerly used the Cascade Mountains for summer range were forced to look elsewhere for summer range for their flocks. This resulted […]

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Murder at Nicholson & Burmester’s Saloon in 1882

It was a cold night in Prineville on December 22, 1882 when a single gunshot fired through the window of Nicholson & Burmester’s Saloon ended the life of Al Swartz. It was a tumultuous time in the local community as the vigilantes had arisen as self proclaimed arbiters of justice. […]

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