100 years ago
Nov. 7, 1918 — Redmond celebrated
In line with other cities, Redmond staged a peace celebration, led by the mayor, which was a humdinger.
It looked like the entire town turned out, and that each individual carried some noise-making device. After parading the streets for some time the crowd went to the square in front of the school house, where a bonfire of huge proportions had been laid with the kaiser in effigy at the top. With assistance of the band, a general jollification was held around the fire.
Redmond is truly thankful that the war is over. Her citizens have responded nobly and generously to every call and go over the top 100 per cent American every time.
75 years ago
Nov. 4, 1943 — Capt. Rex Barber across Pacific
Capt. Rex Barber, army pilot, has cabled his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W C. Barber, of Culver, that he has arrived safely on the other side of the Pacific.
Capt. Barber recently volunteered for active duty in China or India, but it not known here at which place he will be stationed.
50 years ago
Nov. 6, 1968 — Unique saw safety guard invented by Redmondite
A unique chain saw guard has been invented and protected by patent by a Redmond man. Called “The Body Guard,” this safety device is designed to reduce injuries from accidental chain saw cuts and to increase production in the tasks of tree thinning, knot bumping, brush clearing and similar jobs, as well as for general farm and home use.
After investigation the invention has been accepted by the Oregon State Compensation Department, and has also become of interest to the corresponding department in California.
Letters of inquiry have come from many parts of the United States including such firms as the American Can Company, New York City. The inventor, Gordon C. Greene, 1550 S. 15th Place, has also received orders for the device from several logging firms, as well as from the U.S. Forest Service.
Greene and his wife, Betty, at present are manufacturing The Body Guard, using the facilities of a metal shop owned by Tom Cowing. Betty finds time to help out, along with her duties of rearing her family of five children. She assembles the guards while Greene is in the field demonstrating the invention to interested parties.
25 years ago
Nov. 3, 1993 — Hello, China
Redmond Librarian Ardyce Swift is bound for China.
Swift will participate in a librarians delegation to the People’s Republic of China, sponsored by the Citizen Ambassador Program of People to People International. The group assembles next week in San Francisco and arrives in Beijing on Nov. 14.
The purpose of the delegation is to exchange information in the areas of technology, service to young people and the preparation of librarians. The group of 70 persons from throughout the country includes school media specialists, public librarians and professionals from universities and the American Library Association.
Swift has been a public librarian in Redmond for more than 20 years, the past five as supervisor of branch libraries in the Deschutes County Library System.