100 years ago

Aug. 14, 1919 — World Conference Called by Wilson

President Wilson has issued a call for an international labor conference in Washington for October 19.

The provision for such a conference was included in the treaty of peace, but in view of present circumstances, the capital may have the spectacle of an international labor conference held in the United States, but minus American representatives.

This will hinge entirely on whether or not the treaty is ratified by that date. The senate, by resolution gave the president authority to call the conference, but inserted a provision preventing him from naming any American delegates unless the peace treaty had been ratified in the meantime. The situation may therefore resolve itself, providing American labor has any great desire to be represented in the conference, into the application of additional pressure on the senate to ratify the treaty, according to views expressed recently.

Each government represented at the conference will have four delegates. Enemy countries will not be represented. One will represent labor, another capital and two others the state.

Four outstanding issues are slated for discussion at the first conference.

They are:

1. Universal application of the principle of the eight hour day.

2. Government aid in connection with the world’s unemployment situation

3. Safeguards for women in industry.

4. Protection of children in industry — those above 14 years of age.

No other proposals are expected to be taken up at the initial meeting.

75 years ago

Aug. 17, 1944 — WAVE Recruiter To Visit Redmond Next Tuesday

Petty Officer Evelyn Moore of the WAVES will be in Redmond on Tuesday, August 22, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Her headquarters will be at the Redmond Spokesman, announced Recruiting Specialist Walter F. Patrie, recruiter in charge of the central Oregon U.S. Navy recruiting substation. Petty Officer Moore will assist young women in learning about opportunities in the WAVES.

Latest developments in the WAVES program, which have increased the appeal of this women’s service of the U.S. navy among young women will be outlined by Petty Officer Moore. Heading these new features are the inclusion of WAVES under all benefits to come from the GI bill of rights, including substantial education benefits, civil service preference and job assistance after the war, and the proposal to assign WAVES to overseas duty which is assured of approval by congress this autumn, opening more fascinating jobs for WAVES.

50 years ago

Aug. 20, 1969 — Costly operation of city dump faced if garbage levy fails

If the tax levy to finance maintenance and operation of Deschutes County garbage dumps fails at Thursday’s election, the city of Redmond will be faced with the very costly operation of its own landfill dump, Mayor Gerold Barrett said today.

In urging a “yes” vote on the county proposal, the mayor pointed out that if the measure is turned down, residents of Redmond will find themselves faced with heavy expense.

The city would be forced to comply with regulations of the state sanitary authority and through its own sanitation department would have to construct a landfill and maintain it. It no longer is possible to burn garbage and debris; hence the landfill method must be used and the garbage must be compacted and covered every day.

Even if the county should put maintenance of garbage sites in its next budget, the city would have to buy a tractor and much other equipment this year, and the cost would have to come from residents of Redmond in the form of extra garbage charges, the mayor pointed out. In addition to operating a landfill city dump, the city would have to fence it, and police it, all of which would take money, he said.

25 years ago

Aug. 17, 1994 — No slowing down for retired librarian

Library patrons and supporters around Redmond are talking this month about how much they’ll miss Ardyce Swift.

Swift took early retirement at the end of July after more than 19 years as the local librarian.

Swift, on the other hand, won’t be missing anyone.

The reason is that retirement isn’t quite the right word for the transition Swift has just gone through. Basically, she has merely traded working for pay for working for free.

And, she would add, she’ll be able to put all her energies into the parts of her job she’s loved the most and leave the rest for someone else to do.

Deschutes County Library Director Ralph Delamarter said Swift has been “tireless” and “supportive” and that her retirement is “a great loss.

“We’re going to miss Ardyce on a day-to-day basis because she has been a great support,” Delamarter said. “She’s given her heart to the community and it doesn’t look like she’s going to stop.”

When Swift, 59, stops to size up her schedule, she has to agree.

Topping her list of commitments is serving as president of Redmond Kiwanis. She’ll remain active in the American Association of University Women. Also, she’s a member of a Friends of the Library citizens committee involved in the coming move of the Redmond library to the Jessie Hill School site.

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