Prineville Facility History
Prineville, founded in 1868 by Barney Prine, was incorporated in 1880 under the leadership of Monroe Hodges, and is the oldest incorporated town in Central Oregon. Prineville is located on the beautiful Crooked River and lies almost exactly in the center of Oregon. Originally a ranching town, Prineville has never strayed far from its roots, although it had a large part to play in the growth of the Oregon timber industry. The rugged frontier mentality of Prineville has inspired many innovators over the last hundred and twenty years. For instance, Les Schwab Tires started in Prineville and expanded to a nation-wide chain. This spirit of entrepreneurship and self-reliance, passed down through the generations of Prineville citizens, inspires Jody Stahancyk, who was born and raised in Prineville.
In 2003, Jody knew it was time to return to Prineville in some form and give back to the community that raised her. With the desire to open an office in Prineville and a love of history, the old house at 105 SW Beaver Street was a perfect fit for the SK&H Prineville office. Underneath the years of neglect, one could see that the house had a good frame and plenty of potential. Renovations soon began, and the house was turned into a beautiful ranch home, with all the modern amenities. Stahancyk, Kent & Hook even paved the road in front of the house.
Meanwhile, Jody’s father, Joe Stahancyk, was finding that his ranch house on the outskirts of town was becoming too much for him with his children grown and wife gone. Joe moved into the downtown Prineville house and became a regular fixture on the front porch, offering advice and managing the small office of Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, which had grown to two attorneys with the addition of Jim Larson, a semi-retired attorney and his legal assistant.
With Joe’s passing in 2004, the Prineville location came under the wing of our Bend office. One can frequently find SK&H staff and attorneys working out of the Beaver Street house to serve the needs of the Prineville community. The Prineville house is also the location of the firm’s annual Crooked River Roundup barbecue and party.