100 years ago
March 28, 1918 — The committee in charge of the Redmond celebration is in receipt of a telegram from Milton R. Klepper, chairman of the speakers’ bureau of the Portland Liberty Loan Committee, stating that they have assigned Thos. G. Ryan to speak here on April 6. Dr. J.E. Anderson of The Dalles, Mrs. Alexander Thompson, also of The Dalles, and Geo. L. Dobson of this city will round out the speakers’ program. This fully assures the success of the demonstration in honor of the Liberty Loan and the date of our entrance into this great war of liberation.
It will be one of the greatest events ever staged in Central Oregon and we can count on the patriotism of our people enough to say that they will be here in force.
75 years ago
March 25, 1943 — Residents of the Powell Butte community, starting from scratch, have completely furnished a day room at Redmond air base, with everything needed to make the room comfortable and homey for servicemen.
Hardworking committees, collected articles donated by citizens, painted, varnished and finished the furniture to carry out a definite color scheme.
Boys at the base have expressed their appreciation for the work, commenting that the furnishing of the room is “one of the nicest things that has happened to us here.”
50 years ago
March 27, 1968 — Four of the five lovely girls who have been signed to become candidates for Central Oregon Dairy Princess met at a get-acquainted party at the home of Mrs. George Hostetler Thursday night. They are the Misses Georganna Dowse, Jannell Knoche, Beth Brink and Allyson Cartwright. Unable to attend was Debra Hermens, whose horse had fallen with her earlier in the day.
Mrs. M. D. Light and Mrs. Jim Keller, co-chairman of the princess contest, brought the girls together to meet the other members of Dairy Wives, to hear Jack Eberhard talk, have their pictures taken, and later to enjoy a buffet and dinner.
25 years ago
March 31, 1993 —The nation’s largest retailer is coming to Redmond. Wal-Mart ended seven months of speculation and rumors Friday by filing a site plan review and sign variance with the City of Redmond.
WesTech Engineering of Salem filed the applications on behalf of the Bentonville, Ark., retail giant. The plan seeks approval of a 93,000-square-foot retail store and adjoining parking area. The application seeks a variance for an off-premise sign.