100 years ago

May 15, 1919 — Tuck Brings Home Medals from Interscholastic Meet

Arthur Tuck, sole representative of the Redmond high school, won the state championship interscholastic track meet at the state university in Eugene on Saturday with a score of 38 points. He won in seven events and was second in one, in which he made only a preliminary effort. In winning these seven events, he established three new records for future comers to shoot at.

The Jefferson high school of Portland came in second with 28 points; Franklin, Portland, third with 21; Washington, Portland, 14; North Bend, 10; Hood River, 8; Medford, 6; Lebanon, 5; James John, Portland, 3. But it must be remembered all of these schools had a big field of entrants in the various events, which makes Tuck’s achievements the more notable. He worked against a field of 120 entries, and his only backing was his very competent coach, M.C. Conlon, to whose careful advice and training he is greatly indebted. Tuck took first in the 100-yard dash, covering it in record time of 10 second flat; first in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet four inches; first in the high hurdles, 120 yards, 16 3-5 seconds; first in the high jump at 5 feet 8 inches; first in the javelin throw which he sent 174.8 feet, 30 feet in excess of the best previous record.

In the broad jump he was second with better than 18 feet to his credit, made in a preliminary effort, but as he had already won the meet for his school, it was not necessary that he win this event and his coach advised against the effort. The only contest in which he appeared to exert himself was in the 100-yard dash, where Coulter of Jefferson high gave him a close effort.

His work was so phenomenal that those interested in athletics are predicting a great future for him.

The Oregonian, which carried a half page of the champion in several poses in his contests, said:

“Unless a number of the wise heads of the track and field game miss their guess, Arthur Tuck, the sensational 17-year-old athlete of Redmond, Or., is due to rise to fame on the field and cinder path.

Until Saturday, May 3, Tuck was unheard of and his existence unknown except to the people of his immediate locality, but today his name is a familiar one to every follower of track athletics.”

75 years ago

May 18, 1944 — Canning Sugar To Be Allotted In Two Periods

Allotment of sugar for the 1944 home-canning program has been changed. It was announced today by Redmond war price and rationing board, upon receipt of information from OPA headquarters.

Because the available stock of sugar is being depleted too rapidly, canning sugar will be issued in two periods, dates of which will be announced later. Instead of one application for a maximum of 20 pounds per person, there must be two applications, made separately. Maximum obtainable through each application is ten pounds per person, says Mrs. Harold F. Hansen, chief clerk.

Those who already have obtained their full quotas of canning sugar are not affected by the new ruling.

50 years ago

May 21, 1969 — Australian forester sees ‘air attack’ demonstration

An interested spectator to a demonstration of spot-dropping of water from a helicopter at Redmond Air Center Wednesday morning was Conrad Wood, Melbourne, Australia, a forester for the Forests Commission of (the state of) Victoria, Australia.

Wood is on a 50-week tour of the United States and Canada, making an extensive study for the forests commission of the use of aircraft in forestry, principally in the areas of control and protection.

Wood has been in the United States for six weeks and already has collected massive notes in studies at the forest and range experiment at Berkeley; the Region 5 headquarters at San Francisco; a week at the Redding Service Center, (an air attack center similar to the Redmond Air Center); some time at Medford studying the Rosenbalm Aviation air tanker fleet in operation; at Culp Creek near Cottage Grove, where balloon logging operations are in progress, and all last week at Redmond Air Center where he studied carious fire suppression techniques, including the helicopter demonstration.

25 years ago

May 18, 1994 — Class constructs bridge for park

Ray Johnson Park has a new footbridge thanks to the efforts of Redmond High School’s Construction II class.

The class completed work on the 16- by 8-foot bridge over the canal last week. The bridge replaces one destroyed earlier this spring by vandals.

Class members designed and constructed the wooden bridge, which is accessible to wheelchairs.

“We’re always looking for projects,” said Dwane Thompson, who teaches the Construction II class. “We’d like to do more of these public projects. It’s real beneficial to the community and it’s good experience for the students.”

Students who participated were Josh Allen, Bryce Clark, Lucas Erickson, Josh Kettle, Mark McKinnon, Jessie Miles, Japhelle Simpson and Carl Scott.

The two-hour block class is made up of juniors and seniors who have completed freshmen and sophomore-level courses.

The class built the bridge at the school and assembled it at the park Wednesday and Thursday. The city bought the materials for the class project.

Class members have helped out on Redmond Habitat for Humanity’s triplex project. During a lull in that project they were in need of another, and the city needed the bridge rebuilt.

The class has also helped with the renovation of the house behind the high school that will become the Community Care Center.