100 years ago

Aug. 7, 1919 — Was Taylor Murdered?

The coroner’s jury investigating the cause of the death of Charles L. Taylor, near McKenzie bridge, declared he was killed by a rifle bullet.

He was shot through the right shoulder, the bullet taking a downward course and piercing the heart, causing instant death. An empty shell found about 100 feet from the body and in the direction from which the bullet came, dispelled all doubts but that the fatal shot was fired buy another party. A small twig in line between the body and the empty shell was clipped off by the shot in passing.

Martin Clark, companion of Taylor on the fatal trip, is being held in the county jail pending investigation of the case.

75 years ago

Aug. 10, 1944 — Eastern Oregon Roadside Fires Hurt War Effort

“Travelers on eastern Oregon highways have been sabotaging the war effort,” said Everett Hughes, Bend, Keep Oregon Green Deschutes county chairman, in commenting today on the large number of roadside fires in grass and wheat lands in this section which have been started by a carelessly thrown cigarette or match from passing cars.

“I doubt if any of the several fires in this county which have burned into valuable grain and grasslands were started intentionally,” the county leader pointed out. “In the majority of cases these fires were started when some smoker flipped his lighted match or cigarette out the car window instead of using the ashtray. It is the duty of every person to help stop these fires which are destroying our much needed food supply.”

“With Eastern Oregon drier than usual because of a shortage of rainfall, the danger this summer is greater than ever,” the Keep Oregon Green leader stated. “Manpower is equally short and much needed in the harvest. Men can not be spared for fire fighting. One carelessly started roadside fire last month destroyed 20,000 acres of ripe grain and 10,000 acres of grasslands. This is pure criminal carelessness.”

“After the war, food will be critical because this nation will no doubt be called upon to help feed liberated Europe,” the fire prevention spokesman said. “Let every man and woman in this county do his share to keep Oregon green.”

50 years ago

Aug. 13, 1969 — City council appoints Houk as historian

P.M. “Mac” Houk was appointed as the city historian last night by the city council. He accepted the job after the council spent several weeks searching for a person that was willing to collect historical data.

Houk came to Redmond in 1920 after visiting his brother the year before. From 1920 to his retirement in 1960 he operated the Ford dealership with his brother.

25 years ago

Aug. 10, 1994 — Local weaving artist shows work abroad

The work of a local artist will be displayed in Taiwan this fall.

“Cedar Bark Woven Face,” by Donna Sakamoto Crispin of Terrebonne, has been chosen to be part of a traveling exhibit. In August, the display will be at the Pacific Cultural Foundation in Taipei and September through December at the Textile Museum in Taichung.

Crispin’s work recently was accepted in the juried show, “Small Expressions,” held by the Handweavers Guild of America.