100 years ago

July 3, 1919 — Good Bye to Booze

In the many cities in states not heretofore dry, Monday night was the big event, for it marked the passing of John Barleycorn.

The night was given up to one last big drunk and it is safe to say there were more swelled heads and dry tongues on Tuesday morning than any previous census could have shown.

In Oregon, of course, the transition was not appreciable as we have been on a sane basis for several years, and but for the small souls known as bootleggers, the existence of intoxicating liquors has been practically unknown to the average citizen.

The new order of temperance and sobriety is one that the late whiskey-drinking districts will fully appreciate soon and then they will stand for prohibition as firmly as the other states where it has been tried.

75 years ago

July 6, 1944 — Sgt. Meigs Gets Second Wound

Sgt. Sylvester Meigs, army paratrooper, was wounded in action during the invasion of Normandy, it has been learned here. He is in a hospital in England and is recovering, he says in a letter just received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Meigs of Portland.

Sgt. Meigs is well known here, having been graduated from Redmond union high school. This was the second wound he had suffered, as he previously had been wounded in action when Sicily was invaded.

50 years ago

July 9, 1969 — Poacher kills rare osprey

A crippled osprey, which apparently had been shot, was discovered near Crane Prairie Reservoir July 2 by Deschutes National Forest officials.

The men found .410 shotgun shells near the bird and under an adjacent great blue heron nesting rookery. Poachers had apparently fired into the heron nests and also had crippled the mother osprey. The U.S. Forest Service , Oregon State Game Commission and Oregon State Police are taking action to protect the birds by closing the heron rookery to firearms and patrolling the area until the young birds leave the nest.

It is believed a number of herons and ospreys have been shot by poachers, with the young birds left to starve. Two blue heron carcasses were found recently.

Both the rare, endangered osprey and the heron are protected under state law and officers ask that they be notified of any shooting or harassing of the birds.

25 years ago

July 6, 1994 — Teacher takes space training

A teacher at Evergreen Elementary School in Redmond has been selected to participate in a five-day graduate course sponsored by the U.S. Space Foundation and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

J.J. Howard will attend the course this month at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Howard will learn how to use space and aviation themes to stimulate learning in all academic disciplines.

Teachers who attend the course will build and launch model rockets and develop lesson plan that encourage hands-on activities in the classrooms. They will also train as NASA astronauts do, floating in neutral-gravity in a simulated underwater space station.