100 years ago

July 25, 1918 — Plans for the rehabilitation of Russia are proceeding favorably since the United States and Japan have agreed upon all material points. Members of the former Russian general army staff see in it great possibilities and a complete restoration of the eastern front, with the Czecho-Slovak forces as a basis. The creation of the people’s army is possible within a year with the support of an allied army of 500,000. This must be preceded by the establishment of an efficient and trustworthy democratic national government, giving a program of comprehensive social reform, calming the masses and eradicating civil war, inspiring confidence and enforcing obedience.

75 years ago

July 29, 1943 — Cigarettes for Oregon boys in Sicily were sent from Redmond last week by members of the Dollar-a-Month club and other contributors in the drive to send smokes to men on overseas duty. The $50 shipment contained 1000 packages or 20,000 cigarettes as a gift from Redmond to Oregon boys fighting the Axis. Each pack bore the name of the city as the donor of the gift. The shipment made a total of $200 worth of cigarettes—4000 packages or 80,000 smokes—that have been sent through donations of local people.

50 years ago

July 31, 1968 — Second major fire for Redmond this summer leveled the Central Oregon Fir Supply Co. planer early Tuesday morning, though firemen managed to contain the blaze to the mill. Like the roaring inferno which consumed the Babler Bros. Construction Co. shop on June 8, the building was fully involved in fire before firemen reached the scene, too far gone to offer any hope of saving the building or machinery.

25 years ago

July 28, 1993 — The Redmond Spokesman was honored with it’s third general excellence award in a row and fourth in seven years in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association 1993 Better Newspaper Contest. The Spokesman also received five other news awards, which were announced at ONOA’s annual conference in Seaside. The Spokesman received second place in general excellence for weekly newspapers with circulation between 2,001 and 5,000. General excellence is the judging category that evaluates a newspaper’s overall news product.