100 years ago

Feb. 6, 1919 — Shire gets caught pays a stiff fine

The final chapter in the story of the whiskey haul made Friday night by Sheriff S.E. Roberts and Chief of Police L.A.W. Nixon was written yesterday afternoon when a man hitherto known as R.P. Shire, of Redmond, appeared in justice court, gave his name to Judge J.A. Eastes as Harry A. Moore, and pleaded guilty to a violation of the prohibition laws. He told the court that he “lived down toward The Dalles.” Judge Eastes imposed a fine of $400 but suspended half of the penalty during good behavior. The $200 was promptly paid.

Shire, or Moore, as he styled himself at the hearing, was apprehended by the authorities while driving in towards Bend on the La Pine road. About 11 miles out from the city an attempt was made to halt him, but he speeded past in his high powered car in spite of the fact that a bullet from the revolver of Chief of Police Nixon had punctured one of his tires. A few miles further down the road the rim to which the damaged tire had been attached, gave way and he was overtaken. Eight cases of whiskey were found in the car. — Bend Bulletin.

The above gives color to some of the stories that have been current around Redmond for the past year, to the effect that Shire was responsible for the bootlegging known to be carried on here. Many did not believe the stories and those who may have done so had no direct evidence upon which to predicate that belief, but this chapter will cause a change in public sentiment.

75 years ago

Feb. 10, 1944 — Grade One Tires Becoming Scarce

Redmond war price and rationing board is receiving two applications for every grade one tire available under its quota, states Mrs. Harold F. Hansen, chief clerk. The shortage of grade one tires is becoming acute, and cooperation of all drivers is needed to keep essential vehicles rolling. Any car with four good tires is eligible for only a grade three tire to replace the fifth or spare, Mrs. Hansen explains. Grade three includes used, recapped or reclaimed rubber tires.

50 years ago

Feb. 12, 1969 — Astronaut Lovell writes Trowbridge

SISTERS — Howard Trowbridge, who has been corresponding with several U.S. astronauts, last week received a letter from James A. Lovell Jr., member of the Apollo VIII crew.

Written on NASA stationery and dated Jan. 7, it read: “Thank you for sending me the rock sample from Oregon. I appreciate your kindness in sending this specimen to me and am most grateful for your comments and congratulations upon my efforts in the exploration of space during the Apollo VIII mission.”