100 years ago
May 23, 1918 — In the year 1855 or 1856 two men, Johnson and Graham, began the construction of a telegraph line to connect the Willamette valley with San Francisco. They solicited stock subscriptions from the business men and ranchers and in time strung a wire from Portland to Eugene. The project proving a failure was abandoned.
A few years later J.E. Strong of Salem undertook the construction of a line from Portland to Yreka to connect with the California system.
75 years ago
May 27, 1943 — The United States navy’s recruiting cruiser will be in Redmond and territory Wednesday evening, May 26, to provide the public with complete information on all branches of navy service, it is announced by A.C. Friesen, specialist recruiter, first class, of the central Oregon navy recruiting substation at Bend.
The cruiser, a power unit and trailer with an overall measurement of nine by 50 feet is equipped with the latest sound equipment for public addresses and sound motion picture projection.
50 years ago
May 22, 1968 — Three members of Explorer Scout Post 27, with their advisors and two Redmond teachers, were among the 150 to 200 who climbed Mt. Hood Saturday.
Alan Holland, Bob Hanson and Jim Copenhaver, with Post Advisor Jerry Neyland and Assistant Advisor Jerry Bliven, plus Jerry Williams and Larry Meyers, started from Silcox at 4 a.m. and climbed to the summit in just under seven hours. Return trip down the mountain took only two hours.
25 years ago
May 26, 1993 — Family meals cooked over an open fire, tall tales told around a blazing campfire, bedding down under a sky sparking with a million stars, — teams of volunteers are helping to assure these memories continue for visitors to the Deschutes National Forest.
The Deschutes National Forest Green Team encourages campers,outdoor enthusiasts and civic organizations to volunteer a few hours to handle simple maintenance jobs around Forest campgrounds.