100 years ago

Nov. 28, 1918 — Caught in a snow storm

While trying to negotiate the McKenzie pass in two automobiles last week, four Wilson brothers, contractors and builders of Portland, were caught in the snow storm and had to “mush” out to Sisters for assistance. Returning several days later, in trying to recover the cars with horses, one of the young men came near to losing his life from freezing and exhaustion. Only one of the cars could be recovered, due to the snow, the second having to be abandoned for the winter.

75 years ago

Dec. 2, 1943 — Sgt. Allen’s gun brings down Nazi fighter in raid

Staff Sgt. Delmar Allen, son of Mrs. Laurie Redifer of Redmond, was among the gunners credited with shooting down Nazi fighter planes in a recent raid over Weiner Neustadt, 25 miles from Vienna.

Friends had told Mrs. Redifer of listening to a news broadcast mentioning her son’s name, so she write to Glenn Hardy, broadcaster of the “Newspaper of the Air” over the Mutual-Don Lee network.

Hardy’s reply, just received, said that the broadcast was made November 4.

It stated, in part: “Also in the air phase, it was disclosed that 50 Nazi fighters had been downed by the 15th air force in its vast raid over Weiner Neustadt, 25 miles from Vienna. Among the sergeant gunners credited with shooting down Nazi fighter planes was Delmar Allen of Redmond, Ore.”

Sgt. Allen, who enlisted in July 1942, was graduated from gunnery school at Wendover field, Utah, last year, and in May, 1943, was sent to North Africa. Mrs. Redifer’s most recent letter from her son was written October 28.

50 years ago

Dec. 4, 1968 — Blasting, rock hauling stir visions of four-lane highway

The sounds of jackhammers and blasting, and heavy equipment moving thousands of tons of rock along both sides of Highway 97, just south of the Y, give Redmond motorists visions of a straight, smooth, four-lane highway south to Bend.

This is a vision shared by Oregon State Highway engineers also — but so far, only a vision.

Actually highway engineers are presently making a long range study of alternate routes for a four-lane highway to Bend, but haven’t yet come up with either a route or a tentative schedule for such construction, according to W.E. Schwartz, district maintenance superintendent at the Bend office.

The work presently in progress, he indicated, is a sort of joint venture between the state highway department and the city of Redmond, the tacit agreement being that after highway crews have cut the rock ledges and moved enough to allow the widening, Redmond will put in curbs along both sides, such as now extend along the newly developed east side, south to th city limits, just beyond Oregon Hardware & Appliance.

Later the state will pave the widened strip to allow for four traffic lanes with room at the center for left-turn areas. Just when this will occur is not yet certain — but when it does, the start will have been made for a four-lane highway all the way to Bend.

25 years ago

Dec. 1, 1993 — Housing booms in Nov.

Residential building went ballistic in Redmond in November.

The city issued permits for 45 residential building projects in November with a combined value of $3.7 million, the city’s Community Development Department reported this week.

The amount easily shatters the city’s previous one-month residential record of $2.85 million set in August.

Year to date, the value of residential construction in Redmond totals $17.8 million. Commercial construction is at $3.2 million.

The total value of permits issued in 1992 was $16.9 million.

November’s figures included permits for 39 single-family dwellings, with 18 of those at the new Cascade View Estates subdivision on Forked Horn Butte. The permits pushed the average value of a single resident permit to $81,922, up sharply from October’s $63,505.