100 years ago
Oct. 31, 1918 — Need to save food greater than ever now
“The military situation forms no adequate reason for relaxation of conservation,” says Herbert Hoover, federal food administrator. “On the contrary, European developments make emphasis upon this conservation effort particularly important, because evacuation of occupied territory imposes on us the responsibility for additional civilian population.”
In other words the people in the territory taken from the Germans must be fed. Further demands for food will come whenever fighting ceases. The world food supply must be carefully administrated until the next harvest to prevent actual famine in parts of Europe. Saving of all food in America must therefore be intensified to supply bread and meat to hungry Europe.
75 years ago
Oct. 28, 1943 — Deschutes takes soldiers’ lives
Four blue infantrymen of the maneuver troops participating in a river crossing problem on the Deschutes river lost their lives in the swollen stream Sunday, according to information released from IV Corps headquarters, Oregon maneuver area. Details of the drownings and identity of the victims are being withheld pending investigation and notification of next of kin.
Partial drainage of the river to recover the bodies of the four soldiers began Wednesday. Reduction of the flow of water was found necessary, said Watermaster Aubrey Perry, after all efforts to find the bodies by other means had failed.
Lowering of the river will be accomplished by closing the gates at Wikiup and Crane prairie reservoirs. At present 1100 second feet of water is passing through the river. Closing of the reservoirs would stop 1300 second feet, thus greatly reducing the flow of the river. Water would not be cut off entirely, Perry said, as there are additions below the reservoirs.
Blue forces succeeded in establishing bridgeheads on the east bank of the stream after a morning-long fight against the turbulent Deschutes, running high from the melting snows of the last weeks. Red defenders imposed heavy casualties in the early stages of the crossing, particularly in the Tumalo area.
Wave after wave of blue infantry, behind heavy smoke screens, crossed the stream in assault boats as Sunday’s fighting began, followed by engineers, building foot and vehicular bridges. By nightfall, a large blue force had been moved across the river and was in pursuit of the reds, forced to yield before the increasing pressure.
The 75,000 troops engaged in combat maneuvers rested Tuesday after the “battle” had ended Monday. A critique of the operations was held this morning.
The eighth and final phase of the current maneuvers will begin at 3 p.m. today.
50 years ago
Oct. 30, 1968 — Collision damages automobiles, house
No one was seriously injured, but two autos and a house were damaged as the result of a collision at the corner of Seventh and Cascade streets at 11 o’clock Friday evening.
One car, northbound on Seventh, was struck by another, westbound on Cascade. Deflected to the left, it then struck a fire hydrant near the corner, proceeded across the lawn of the Justin King home and came to rest with one wheel on King’s front porch.
A wrought-iron balustrade on the porch was knocked from its place, broke the glass in the storm door of King’s front door and narrowly missed smashing a large thermopane window. A corner of the house and some shrubbery were also damaged.
The northbound car, according to an accident report filed with city police was driven by Virginia Fay Underwood, 319 W. Fir; the westbound car by Virginia Ann Rogers, 204 S. Ninth.
Miss Rogers and Mrs. Underwood’s son, Scott, were taken to Central Oregon District Hospital by Redmond ambulance. Both since have been dismissed.
25 years ago
Oct. 27, 1993 — Fairgrounds may stay noisy
Do airports and fairgrounds make good neighbors?
That may be the question the city council and county commissioners may eventually have to answer.
But last week the new 300-acre fairgrounds site southeast of town moved one step closer to reality when the Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission recommended approval of the Fair Board’s requests.