100 years ago
March 6, 1919 — Triplane to carry 100 passengers
A British super-triplane, which will probably prove to be the biggest airplane in existence, is slowly nearing completion.
The London Chronicle learns from one of the officers concerned in its construction that the machine was originally designed for bombing purposes, but is now being adapted for commercial use, and is expected to make its first flight under control of Captain Dunne at an early date.
Its capacity is enormous, and although the inside petrol tanks will limit the number of passengers to 50, future machines without tanks may carry as many as 100.
The machine is driven by six powerful engines under dual control. It is expected to be capable of 40 hours’ flight at a speed of a little under 100 miles per hour.
75 years ago
March 9, 1944 — OPA Price Men Come to Redmond
Fred Parker and Frank Imel of the price division of the district OPA office in Portland are in central Oregon this week assisting ration boards with matters relating to the price ceilings.
They met Monday night with members and employees of Redmond war price and rationing board to assist them with problems and procedures.
Next week will be observed all over the country as national price week, said Mrs. Harold Hansen, chief clerk of the Redmond board.
Delegates from the board will call on Redmond merchants to assist the min price ceiling problems. The week is being held to help stamp out the black market and to prevent inflation.
50 years ago
March 12, 1969 — Average water supplies forecast during season
Ochoco and Prineville reservoirs currently contain 8800 acre feet and 95,500 acre feet, respectively. This is 32% and 98% of average. The Upper Deschutes reservoirs, Crane Prairie, Crescent Lake and Wickiup, currently contain an total of 198,000 acre feet compared to an average of 274,000 acre feet.
Statewide, Oregon farmers, ranchers and other water users will have average to above average water supplies this summer. The mountain snowpack is above normal in all areas of the state. Soil moisture is excellent. Oregon streams will produce near-average to far above average amounts of water this summer. Although stored water is currently below average, good stream-flow this summer should replenish most of these supplies.
25 years ago
March 9, 1994 — Students design, build electric car
Ray Hasart’s manufacturing class at Redmond High School is on the move in a non-traditional way.
Class members David Engeman, Melanie Steele, Jeff King, Scott Bergum, Radley Ott and Eric Crawford are building a battery-powered car for a statewide, four-school competition in the Portland General Electric Electron Run this spring.
Although the students are doing most of the work on the car, they are quick to acknowledge the project has really become a community effort.
Funding for the 24-volt powered car consists of $750 in cash and materials from PGE, Napa Auto Parts, Pacific Gas Transmission, Norco, Seaswirl, Newhouse Manufacturing and Bend’s Pepsi Cola and 7up Bottling Company.
A federal grant through the Education Service District purchased the batteries and motor.
Specialized, cutting-edge training not available in the Redmond School District is being acquired in even more non-traditional ways. Norco is supplying training in TIG welding. Seaswirl is providing the know-how in fiberglass construction.
Students have to reach out to the community for special information, and the community has responded, Hasart said.
The project has taken the equivalent of 2.5 months of eight-hour days for the six students.
Bergum, one of the students said the team members have learned teamwork and patience.
“It’s an outstanding experience,” Bergum said. “We couldn’t have learned all the things we needed without businesses coming into the class to teach us.”
Ott said the experience has been inspirational.
King said the engineering project has provided first-hand knowledge. “Instead of sitting and listening, you do it,” he said.