100 years ago
Feb. 20, 1919 — Irrigation school Redmond March 3-8
At a meeting of the executive committee of the Deschutes County Farm Bureau, final plans were completed for holding the Central Oregon Irrigation school at Redmond during the week of March 3 to 8. The school last year was a success and the committee this year plans to make it bigger and better than ever. A corps of prominent speakers, authorities on their various subjects, have been secured for the event, and the Redmond commercial club has made plans to take care of the visitors. Courses in the management of irrigated soils, irrigation practice, field demonstrations, and other subjects relative to irrigation will be given during the six-day course. A new feature of the program this year is an hour’s discussion each day by the farmers of Central Oregon on the agricultural topics in which they are interested.
75 years ago
Feb. 24, 1944 — Pvt. Tom Fields Now in New Guinea
Pvt. Tom A. Fields writes from somewhere in New Guinea to thank the people of Redmond for cigarettes sent to him.
Pvt. Fields, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Fields and brother of Mrs. Clarence Killingbeck and Ned Fields, says that he is still in the quartermaster corps. He writes: “We have a better camp than other outfits, as there are floors and electric lights in the tents, a nice recreation hall and a good mess hall. I feel sorry for the boys up farther north and I guess I am a lucky guy.”
50 years ago
Feb. 26, 1969 — Eberhard to receive Americanism award
John Eberhard, sponsored by Ochoco Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has been selected to receive the Americanism award at a banquet in Salem, March 14.
The award is given annually to a few naturalized citizens over the United States by the state and national societies, DAR.
To receive the award is a high honor, based on the recipient’s trustworthiness, service, leadership and patriotism, as viewed by the awarding societies, according to Mrs. Edwin Reid of Prineville, speaking for the sponsoring Ochoco chapter, DAR.
Eberhard, a native of Switzerland, came to the United States in 1926. He moved west to Prineville in 1934, where he was a buttermaker for three years, then went to The Dalles, where he lived for 15 years before coming to Redmond in 1951. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1941.
Eberhard revisited his early home in Switzerland 30 years to the day from the time he left it -- and it was a very special occasion both to him and Mrs. Eberhard.
As John tells it, they were married during the depression years when a honeymoon was out of the question, and the trip to Switzerland was their delayed honeymoon, made on their 25th wedding anniversary.
Eberhard and his three sons, Jack, Bob and Dick, own and operate Eberhard’s Creamery, producing and wholesaling a complete line of dairy products, the excellence of which wins them many trophies in state-wide competition.
The Eberhards also have a daughter, Louise, who is married and lives in Fresno, Cal.
25 years ago
Feb. 23, 1994 — Builders boil over county proposal
Redmond’s builders made it clear in no uncertain terms last wee that they like the system for building inspections and plan reviews and they don’t want anyone tampering with it.
About 75 builders and contractors gathered at Rama Inn Thursday to discuss a proposal from Deschutes County to provide building permit and inspection services for the City of Redmond. Every person who spoke said they like the system that’s in place and would oppose the county providing the services.
For the past several years the city has contracted with Emil Mortier & Co. of Eugene to provide the services — a system the builders say is working effectively and efficiently. Redmond Community Development Director Bob Quitmeier, who had asked the county to submit a proposal, said the contractors’ views came through loud and clear.
“I’m not going to buck the system” when it has so much support, Quitmeier said.
Earlier in the meeting he explained the reason he is seeking proposals.