100 years ago
Jan. 2, 1919 — Map of Europe will undergo many changes
The map of Europe was being remade as the year 1918 came to a close. The victory of the entente allies, and the United States over Germany and her allies gave assurance that several new free nations would be created out of territory conquered in former years by the autocracies of Europe.
The Czecho-Slovak republic was already in existence before the close of the war, having been recognized as an independent belligerent government by the United States, Great Britain, France and Italy, but the coming of peace saw the formal establishment of this new government at Prague. The end of the war also practically assured the rising of a great, new Poland, made up of most, if not all, of the territory divided up years ago between Germany, Austria and Russia. Finland threw off the shackles placed on her by Russia and out of the turmoil of civil war emerged as a free and independent nation.
75 years ago
Jan. 6, 1944 — Hotel Coffee Shop Open for Business
Redmond Hotel Coffee shop opened for business today. W.G. Forrester has purchased the restaurant equipment and leased the quarters from Mrs. W.M. Wilson, owner of the New Redmond hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Forrester, who will operate the coffee shop, have been here for six months. Forrester having held a position for some time at the army air field. The Forresters came here from Newberg.
50 years ago
Jan. 8, 1969 — Mrs. Chase 100 Years Old
Mrs. Merica Mable Chase, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 7, was born near Oakland, Ore., on the Calapooia River to Eliza and Nathaniel Rone in 1869. Her birthday was marked by a party held at Redmond Heights Nursing Home.
Mrs. Chase attended her first school at Nonpareil and later at LaFayette Academy, where Otis Hutchinson, her brother-in-law, was the teacher. She resided with the Hutchinsons at this time.
Besides Mrs. Hutchinson, Mrs. Chase had two brothers, Frank and Edgar, who are deceased. Most of her life has been spent in Oregon, Idaho and Washington, where she and her husband farmed; however, in Idaho and Washington they were primarily dairy farmers.
Mrs. Chase has been at the Redmond Heights Nursing Home since 1962. Until several months ago she did textile painting. Mrs. Chase noted she had voted for “several” presidents as a centenarian and attributes her longevity to “no hard work.”
25 years ago
Jan. 5, 1994 — Dealer comes through for woman
Redmond Soroptimists are enlisting the support of various people in the community to help give some local women a “New Start.”
The club’s Making a Difference for Women Committee is working with three women who applied and were accepted in the New Start program. The goal of the program, according to committee Chairman Jayne Tienken, is to offer assistance on a practical, personal level, woman-to-woman, to achieve a change of life.
Participants are women who, through no fault of their own, have seen a reduction in or loss of income.
Club members work with the participants to line up assistance and guidance in a variety of ways, from medical and dental services to groceries and counseling.
People in the community have really come through for the participants, Tienken said. Last week Dave Hamilton donated a used car to Gabriel Denison Buckner, one of the participants in the program. Buckner is in the process of making a change in her life and is a full-time student at Central Oregon Community College. The car will allow her to continue her schooling. It will also enable her to give another woman in the program rides to the college, said Jamie Kanski, president of the Redmond Soroptimist Club.