100 years ago

April 24, 1919 — Injured in Runaway

F. A. Hayes, who lives south of town, was injured quite seriously Tuesday afternoon when his team ran away. He had started to tie them to the hitching rack back of the Lynch & Roberts store when they became frightened and started to run. He still had hold of the lines, but was knocked down and the wagon ran over his chest. The team continued up the road toward the old tailor shop but finally ran into a tree, breaking the tongue off the wagon. Mr. Hayes was assisted into the office of Dr. Hosch, who found in him in pretty bad shape. He was taken home and is being attended by Dr. Hosch.

75 years ago

April 27, 1944 — Redmond High Graduates Win Silver Wings

Silver wings and their commissions as second lieutenants in the army air corps were won last week by these four men, all Redmond union high graduates.

50 years ago

April 30, 1969 — Tourist book lists Redmond attractions

Redmond tourist attractions and facilities have won national recognition in the newest edition of the country’s best selling guidebook, the 1969 Mobil Travel Guide, now on sale at Mobil stations and bookstores.

Out of all the cities and towns in the U.S., only 4208 were considered to have enough tourist appeal for inclusion in the guide.

Local tourist attractions cited by the Mobil guide include the Peterson Rock Gardens, Cline Falls State Park, and the children’s fishing pond at Lions Lake.

25 years ago

April 27, 1994 — Music bridges Cultures

It was such a familiar tune, but played on a West African drum. The children pondered. Preschooler TiLyn LeRoy got it first.

“Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

The preschoolers and kindergartners in Debbie Rock’s home daycare program are used to a lot of action and special events. But Friday morning was more special than most. Rock’s own children attend Evergreen Elementary School, so she knew that Kpani Addy, a master drummer originally from Ghana, West Africa, was spending three weeks as artist-in-residence at the school.

Rock decided to see whether they could get him over to her house. They agreed on a fee, and a date — the day of Addy’s spring concert in Redmond.

Addy arrived mid-morning Friday with Maria LaNave, a dancer and member of his troupe, Kolomashi, which performs traditional music and dances of Ghana.

Rock was ready.

She had prepared the young children with some background biography, as well as a broad view of different races and cultures. She had taught them a few words in Addy’s native language, Ga, that her own children had learned from him at Evergreen.

And for after the presentation, Rock had prepared African-style food, being sure to include a special vegetarian dish for the performers.

In Rock’s backyard, Addy and LaNave let their music, dancing and conversation do the rest.

In his country, Addy told the children, he had learned music when he was younger than they are while being carried on his mother’s back.

“I learned how to sing back of my mother as my mother carried me around singing,” Addy said. “So I grow up in that house with all the musical things.”

Each child had a turn at beating on the drums. A few had to be encouraged.

“Come here,” Addy would say in his soft, melodious voice. “Put your hands there. Play it... play the drum now... play it, yes,.. yes... that’s good.”

Addy demonstrated several drums, bells and shakers, telling what they were made of and what they could do. LaNave danced and led the children in learning some movements.