100 years ago

July 17, 1919 — Old Trail Blazer Here

Old and grizzled, but still full of the fires of early youth, Ezra Meeker, one of the early trail blazers across mountains and plain, was here yesterday with his covered wagon and bull team retracing his steps of those early days when the country was a howling wilderness and peopled by the lurking savage.

It is the same Ezra, but not the same oxen and wagon, and instead of the wooden yoke these oxen are driven with harness and inverted horse collars and respond to bits in the mouth. The old man finds some changes in the trail. For instance, “Trail Crossing” is now bridged where in ancient days the traveler had to plunge headlong over the rocky walls and out again at such an angle that many teams were necessary to pull a single wagon up the rocky slope while men sat on the end of a long pole to hold the wagon from rolling, sidelong, into the canyon for many miles where the traveler could attempt a crossing.

From here Mr. Meeker continued on to Prineville and thence will continue eastward and south across the Blue mountains until he strikes the Snake river near where the thriving city of Ontario is now located. The old trail crosses Snake river near there and continues along the long level stretch of prairie up to American falls, where it crosses the stream and from which it is but a few miles to old Fort Hall which was in those days the final outpost of civilization.

Just what big idea leads Mr. Meeker to again want to drive a pair of oxen across this stretch of country is a mystery to most of us, but if he enjoys it with the mercury hovering around the 100 mark, that is his affair, much as we may wonder.

75 years ago

July 20, 1944 — Ingenious Pea Huller in Operation at Redmond Community Cannery

A pea huller made from an old washing machine captured our interest during a visit to the community cannery situated in the old bus building near the high school on Tenth and D streets. Peas, beets, Swiss chard and apricots were processed Tuesday morning under the direction of Miss Mary Thompson, who is in charge on the floor.

Two complete units are in operation. Each unit has trays with hot and cold water to wash the fruits and vegetables, tables, blanching vats and electric sealers. Each person prepares his own produce, packs it into the cans ready to seal and then may go home, returning later to get the finished product. The cans are placed in big cookers and processed according to charts which are used in home canning, then put into vats of cold water to cool.

Anyone having fruits or vegetables to can is asked to phone 98Z or 37W for an appointment. Make your plans to come in the morning so you can be finished by early afternoon. This organized planning helps to save fuel at the plant as the cooking may all be done at one time, Borden Beck, supervisor, stated. The cannery will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week.

50 years ago

July 23, 1969 — Petticoat Derby planes make stop at Roberts Field

With women pilots, members of the 99’s, at the controls, 18 planes in the 1969 Petticoat Derby landed at Roberts Field early Saturday afternoon.

The women and their passengers were served coffee by Secretary Alice McCormick of Redmond Chamber of Commerce, after which they departed for luncheon at Sunriver.

The derby originated in Albany, first stop being The Dalles, the next being Redmond. From Sunriver the planes returned to Cottage Grove.

First to land at Roberts Field was Irene B. Anrode, of Spokane, flying a Piper PA24, with Margie Frazier as co-pilot.

Sally C. Studdard, of Portland in a Belanca was next, her co-pilot being Dorothy Mercer of Vancouver, Wn. The third plane on the ground was a Mooney, flown by Imogene K. Chamberlain of Seattle, with Peggy Nugent of Edmonds, Wn., the co-pilot.

25 years ago

July 20, 1994 — Second Glances: There are some sights that require a doubletake

The back streets, highways and byways of the Redmond area are full of scenes that warrant a second glance.

Sometimes a business places an attention getter outside the store to attract business. Sometimes it just something too big to fit inside.

Sometimes a homeowner just gets a wild idea to create something unique to differentiate their home or life from everyone else.

Whether a commercial display, a piece of history, or just a whimsey, these artifacts of individuality are unique and worth another look.

They’re easy to find: “Just look for the home with all the airplanes in the front yard. “ Or maybe you’re heading to “the building with the boot on the roof.”

Usually the first look demands a “What the heck was that?” or a “Will you look at that!” Am

America used to be full of these statements of individuality, but conformity and ordinances have removed most of them. For most observes they require a second glance and place an indelible mark in their memory.