100 years ago
July 31, 1919 — The Gasless Motor
Noticing the Spokesman’s suggestion that, “some of these days some genius will bob up with a scheme that will do away with all necessity for gas, and the machine will run on compressed air or electricity generated as one moves along,“ W.T. Nelson called in on Friday to say that he had been working on this same scheme for the past 28 years and felt so certain that he had solved the problem that recently he had filed application for patent on the same, and that the Stanley Motor Car company of Newton, Mass., would soon place the power on the market for him. He calls it the electric steam engine, and when it is started with the merest touch of steam, will then generate its own electric power.
Mr. Nelson is the inventor of other devices, but regards this as one of the greatest of the age and one that will practically do away with expense in motor traffic, as well as in other lines where gas power is now used.
75 years ago
Aug. 3, 1944 — Men From Base Will Get Passes To Help Farmers
Men stationed at Redmond army air base will receive passes to help part-time on central Oregon farms, it was announced this week by E.H. Young, emergency farm labor assistant, following a conference with Major R.H. Vincent, commanding officer of the base.
Young and D.L. Ellis discussed the need for assistance on farms with Major Vincent, who expressed his desire to cooperate. No furloughs can be granted for men to work on farms, but passes may be arranged where there is no interference with the training program.
Use of the soldiers is to be arranged through Mrs. Jess Tetherow, director of Redmond Service Men’s Center.
50 years ago
Aug. 6, 1969 — Jungle pilot to demonstrate missionary plane at Redmond
The new Cessna 206 aircraft, Spirit of Oregon,” purchased by voluntary gifts from the people of Oregon, will be demonstrated at Roberts Field at 7 p.m. Saturday Aug. 9.
The airplane, especially equipped for jungle flying, will be used to transport missionary linguists of the Wycliffe Bible Translators to and from remote Indian tribes in Brazil, where they are translating the Bible into Indian languages.
Interested Oregonians saw the need for this project during a series of banquets throughout the state in 1968 and pledged funds to purchase the plane.
Fred Nelhoff, a jungle pilot serving with the Wycliffe Bible Translators in Brazil, will fly the plane in this unique “air show” at Redmond Saturday. Harold Goodall, director of Wycliffe’s jungle aviation and radio service, also will be present.
The public is invited to see the airplane demonstration, which will be followed by a picnic supper at 7:30 p.m. at Ray Johnson Park. Each person is to bring his own picnic supper. Goodall will talk about the airplane’s anticipated service in Brazil.
Clyde Latta is local coordinator for the non-denominational program.
25 years ago
Aug. 3, 1994 — It’s hurry up — and wait
The production company making the television show “McKenna” made a four-day stop at Smith Rock State Park last week for the production of the second of 12 episodes that will air this fall.
The television series, starring veteran actor Chad Everett, is based in Tumalo, with filming taking place around Central Oregon. Gone is his doctor’s costume from “Medical Center.” In his new role he is a rugged outdoorsman climbing cliffs and running white water rapids.
While specific dollar figures vary from source to source, the production company is having a significant impact on the Central Oregon economy. Money is being spent on hotels, food, gas, supplies.
The crew consists of more than the production company’s paid staff. At Smith Rock, the Oregon Parks Department was there protecting the “people’s property” from the eager efforts of a production company doing whatever it takes to get the job done, or sightseers watching the film crew’s efforts.
Making a movie or TV series is like being in the army — hurry up and wait, then work like mad. While most of the people are working hard, it is difficult to tell just who is working and exactly what they are doing most of the time.