100 years ago

July 10, 1919 — The Chautauqua

The Redmond Chautauqua closed its week of entertainment yesterday. The course was a splendid one and it appeared that each day was an improvement over the events of the preceding one.

The musical programs were of a very high order, but to the older part of the audience, the lectures were the best of all. A finer tribute to America, the flag and her people could not be remembered, than the oration by Dr. Sutecliffe on Tuesday. An Englishman by birth, a traveler and observer he sees in America the things that place her in the lead of all nations of the world and the leader in democracy to which all peoples of the earth look for guidance and example. To hear him is to cause one to feel more highly the value of his citizenship and to feel that this nation took the rightful and glorious stand in the late war and should shirk no responsibility that may fall upon her as a result of her entrance into the League of Nations.

J.C. Herbsman, whose lecture on the fifth evening, “Awake ye Dry Bones,” included constructive criticism of our local community, told us some of our needs among which he said were sidewalks — cement sidewalks — a city park, a general clean up, a playground, and heaps more community spirit.

The Junior Chautauqua pageant “Uncle Sam’s Experiment,” was enjoyed by the audience because it wad done by our children. The time of preparation was short, and considering this the e children did exceedingly well. Harold Cline was “Uncle Sam;” Melda Mohler, “Mother Earth;” Louse Hosch, “Science;” George Gates, “Agriculture.” With the chorus of canning club girls, Indians, Pilgrims, etc, all the children who cared to join had a place on the stage.

75 years ago

July 13, 1944 — Icelandic Agriculturist Includes Trip to Central Oregon in Study of Soils

To study soil conservation practices and range management in the United States, Pall Sveinsson left his home in Iceland a year ago and has spent his time visiting 14 states. He was in Redmond Saturday, Sunday and Monday, coming here to look over the Jefferson county land utilization project of the Soil Conservation service.

Sveinsson, who represents the Icelandic department of agriculture, will remain in America for three years, he said. This fall he will go to the University of Minnesota to take courses in agronomy, forestry soils and other subjects. Later he expects to study range management at a western college.

During the days he spent in Redmond, Sveinsson was conducted to the Jefferson project and on a tour of farming areas by A.M. Christenson, district conservationist, and others from the Redmond SCS office.

Many misconceptions the average American has regarding Iceland are cleared up in conversation with the young agriculturist, who is a graduate from Hvanneyri Agriculture college, of which his brother is the head.

In southern Iceland, where Sveinsson lives, the growing season lasts from mid-April through September, being from 130 to 155 days. Snow is unusual and zero weather is almost unheard of, because of the effect of the Gulf Stream, which strikes the island, he said. However, it is never very warm, 80 degrees being the absolute maximum. Farther to the north, there is some sub-zero weather, but not so severe as in many sections of the United States.

50 years ago

July 16, 1969 — Questions raised as a result of closing of county dump sites

The closing of the county dump sites by a court order has brought a number of inquiries from the county residents asking where they may dump their refuse.

AT last week’s city council meeting Mayor Gerold Barrett said that the city charges $1.25 per month for garbage collection regardless if it is picked up or not. This small charge is included along with the monthly water statement from the public works department.

A contract between the city and a private disposal company states that any “reasonable amount” of garbage in the city will be picked up by the disposal service, according to Hank Hahn who operates the Redmond disposal service.

Hahn said that he is now operating a partial county route south of the city and is thinking of starting another one north if there is sufficient demand.

Although the city dump is privately owned and not open to public use, extra trash such as sod or brush may be picked up for a nominal charge, stated Hahn.

Hahn said that he believes that the county residents will continue to use the county dump sites as a result of the county court not attempting to restrain dumping and that the problem will come when the sites are overused because of lack of maintenance.

He was referring to a statement made last week by County Judge D.L. Penhollow. Penhollow said that the court cannot attempt to stop anybody from using the sties, but that they not be maintained.

In lieu of this, Penhollow proposed that the operation of the sites be maintained on a fee basis. He indicated that the charge of dumping would be between 50 cents and $1.50.

25 years ago

July 13, 1994 — Way of Life: Fighting fire in their blood

Family roots and a love of the outdoors led Rob Johnson to Redmond. And to fighting fires.

Family tradition led Bonnie Holtby to the same thing.

For most interagency Hotshot crew members, fighting fire is in their blood. It isn’t jut a job. It’s a way of life in the summer. It means hard work, physical fitness, travel, saving forests.

And it means danger. Hot shot crew members and smokejumpers live for it. They put their lives on the line with every fire.

But they don’t usually die for it. Last week several did, including Johnson, 26, and Holtby, 21, the two Prineville Hot Shot crew members with the strongest ties to Redmond.

Holtby’s father, Redmond chiropractor Ralph Holtby, and grandfather had fought fires. She was attracted to it, too, and made her entry into firefighting upon graduation from Redmond High School in 1991.