100 years ago

May 29, 1919 — Eighty-Eight Trucks Gift to Oregon

By action of the department of agriculture, of which the state highway commission was notified last week, the state of Oregon comes into possession of 88 heavy motor trucks of varying tonnage capacity and of a total value of approximately $220,000. The trucks are turned over by the government without a cent of cost to the state, but it is stipulated that they shall be used for the transportation of materials in the construction of roads on which the state receives federal aid. These are post and forest roads.

The big trucks formerly were the property of the war department. The cessation of war having relieved the department of the necessity of maintaining them, they were turned over to the department of agriculture and are apportioned among the states in proportion to the amount of money used by the states on federal aided roads.

75 years ago

June 1, 1944 — Courage Urged On Invasion Eve

Courage on the eve of invasion was urged by Major R.H. Vincent, commanding officer of Redmond army air base, who addressed the assemblage gathered at Redmond cemetery Tuesday morning to observe Memorial day, under auspices of the American Legion.

“Complete neutralization of Germany must result from the invasion,” he declared. “Many are too prone to accept the probable outcome lightly, and they fail to realize that the European invasion will be very costly and that the casualty list will be almost unbearable. Then when Germany falls and our whole effort swings to the Pacific, that campaign also will be costly in lives and material.”

(2019 note: Vincent then made a highly offensive statement about wiping Japan “off the earth.”)

Major Vincent urged all to brace themselves for the shock and hardships yet to come and to pray that strength and guidance be given to the men and women who are fighting for us. He urged that Memorial day be observed with reverence for the soldiers who have given their lives in other wars and for those who are today making the ultimate sacrifice.

50 years ago

June 4, 1969 — Unorthodox burglar has mystifying MO

A week’s digging has unearthed no tangible clues to the identity of the person or persons who entered the Medical-Dental building early last week, ransacked three offices and took a meager amount of small change from one of them.

Back door of the building and those of the offices of Dr. Dean Dowd, Dr. E.M. McKrill and Accountant Lee Rennolds were forced open without the use of pry tools, according to Police Chief Milford Mooney. A small amount of change was taken from the office of Dr. McKrill. Desks and files of the other offices had been pawed through, Mooney said, but nothing seemed to be missing.

Checking with Bend police, it was learned by Mooney that similar entries, with like mode of operation and negligible result, had been experienced there recently.

The office of the Deschutes County Extension Service on S. Seventh St. was also entered, evidently the same night, with like results. Police are at a loss to determine what the burglar was searching for.

25 years ago

June 1, 1994 — Terrific tutor: Retired teacher keeps busy by volunteering

In a clear and patient voice Edith Larkin leads Loren Stace through a phonics exercise. A point here, a question there, then a little wait.

Soon, and with a tiny smile, Loren has the answer.

Answers are coming easier and easier for three first-graders at Tuck Elementary School this year, thanks to Larkin.

Larkin, 86, is a retired teacher and lends her training and talents to the three by tutoring them twice a week.

Larkin hopes more retired teachers will consider volunteering next fall. She believes just a little bit of extra help can go a long way.

“With just a little help the children can move on,” she said. “If more retired teachers would come they could help students tremendously.”

Larkin said former teacher may notice some changes when they go into today’s schools, just as she did.

“They’re stepping up their programs now. It’s amazing, first-graders can sound out and write their words and even unscramble sentences,” she said.

Computers are new, too. “They even have computers in the first grade now,” Larkin said, her brown and pewter hair sifting from side to side.

But, she says, quickly looking up through rose-tinted glasses, “the children haven’t changed.”