100 years ago

Nov. 21, 1918 — Wireless telephone helped win the war

One of the most amazing inventions that helped win the war for the allies — the airplane wireless telephone — was achieved by an American. He is Colonel C. C. Culver, now stationed in Washington.

John D. Ryan, director of aircraft production, has allowed some details of this marvelous mechanism to become known, but not all, according to information from Washington.

The Germans were completely baffled after the aero-phone was installed on American planes, which accounted for such a marvelous series of air victories on the American front in the closing days of the war. The American aviators were directed from the ground. The mechanism is of such nature that the human voice, when transmitted to or from an airplane, can be plainly heard above the roar of the motor.

The first tests were made at San Diego, Cal., and the wireless telephone was employed in active service on the western battle front for some weeks before the armistice was signed.

The wireless phone can be worked over a distance of several miles, it is understood.

75 years ago

Nov. 25, 1943 — Cities need to prepare for postwar

Oregon cities should get specific community programs ready for the postwar period and should be prepared to finance them through a long-range program, not counting on too much federal aid. Such was the gist of the discussion at the regional meeting of the League of Oregon Cities, held Monday night at the Bend city hall.

Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras and Mitchell were represented at the gathering, headed by Mayor John Houston of Klamath Falls, president of the league. Herman Kehrli, league executive secretary; Orval Etter, legal consultant for the league; George K. Aiken, executive secretary to the governor and secretary of the governor’s committee on postwar readjustment and development and Oscar Cutler, assistant staff engineer, Oregon State Highway commission, were present to lead the discussion.

“It’s up to the people of Oregon’s cities to take the leadership and to start the ball rolling now,” they declared.

Public works programming, juvenile delinquency, highway maintenance and construction, city streets, and other war and postwar problems were considered.

50 years ago

Nov. 27, 1968 — Redmond multi-sclerosis victim rejects wheelchair for workshop

A Redmond man, a former carpenter and cabinet worker who a year ago was on the verge of being put permanently into a wheel chair, today is partially employed in his own shop, able to make such objects as cradles, china and gun cabinets and similar pieces.

He is Merrit Horner, who has lived in Redmond Heights with his wife and two sons, Dick, 16, and Rex, 12, for the past two years and prior to that in Coos Bay.

Horner became a victim of multiple sclerosis 10 years ago, and for a time was totally disabled, insofar as employment was concerned. He has received some help from social security and the department of vocational rehabilitation, and in recent months has received treatment from Dr. Robert Ho of the Eastmooreland Osteopathic Clinic in Portland. This, he says, has stabilized his condition to the extent that he is now able to do a moderate amount of work, interspersed with frequent rest periods.

25 years ago

Nov. 24, 1993 — Students recycle magazines

Students from 14 Deschutes County elementary schools rounded up 42,801 pounds of magazines for recycling last month and earned money for school playground equipment in the process.