100 years ago

Jan. 16, 1919 — Oregon Prison Is Called a Firetrap

A strong campaign is being waged in favor of submission to the people of the state, a bill to provide funds for a new and modern state prison.

The present structure is said to be a firetrap and unsanitary to a degree that jeopardizes the life of every prisoner within its walls.

Antiquated and without modern cells and prison facilities, the present institution is without a single redeeming feature as a prison. …

Besides being inadequate from a prison viewpoint, the structure is without a heating and ventilating system and insanitary in the extreme. In the summer the heat is almost unbearable, and in the winter the prisoners shiver in their cells. Iron pots constitute the lavatory facilities for the cells and stench from them has permeated the very bricks in the walls and transformed the building into a germ and disease producing institution. Prisoners arrive at the institution in the pink of health and in a few years either leave it physical and mental wrecks or are pardoned to save their lives. …

75 years ago

Jan. 20, 1944 — War Cannery to operate in Redmond

High School’s bus building to serve; planning to start

Redmond will have a war Food Production cannery next summer, it was announced today by Borden F. Beck, Redmond union high school Smith-Hughes agriculture instructor, who will b supervisor. This cannery will be part of the food production and conservation program of the vocational agricultural department.

The cannery will be located in the bus storage building back of the high school, the board of directors of this district having voted at a recent meeting to have the building prepared for that purpose.

Canneries were operated in a number of Oregon localities last year, over 600,000 cans of garden products being processed. Housewives take their own vegetables and other foods to the canneries and prepare them under supervision. …

50 years ago

Jan. 22, 1969 — Panther Scratches to sell advertising

In order that the Redmond High School paper, Panther Scratches, might be published bi-monthly rather than monthly the board of education has given permission to the school staff to sell advertising in the paper to help defray some of the cost of publication.

It was also pointed out that selling of the advertising would afford the journalism students additional valuable experience. Rob Osborn, advisor to the paper’s staff, added his wish that permission be granted.

25 years ago

Jan. 19, 1994 — Traffic: There’s a lot of it between Redmond, Bend

Eat, sleep, work. For many people, that’s what takes up the majority of time in life.

But for some Redmond residents, that description might read more like; eat, sleep, drive, work.

While no formal statistics are available, Redmond is sometimes considered a bedroom community for Bend — meaning people who work in Bend choose to live, and sleep, in Redmond. …

But, what are the effects of all that driving? Are scrap metal recyclers doing a booming business and are commuters dropping over from car fumes?

In the first case, statistics say no; in the second case, a move is afoot to keep that from happening.

The good news is that the Highway 97 widening project seems to have made the road much safer between Redmond and Bend for area commuters.

According to Steve Wilson, traffic operations supervisor for the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were 39 accidents reported on the Redmond/Bend section of Highway 97 between Nov. 1, 1990, and Nov. 5, 1991. Twenty-five of those were considered serious accidents involving an injury or fatality. Six of them involved trucks.

But, from the period starting Oct. 10, 1992, and ending Sept. 30, 1993, only 16 accidents were reported. Nine of these were considered serious and five involved trucks.