100 years ago

Sept. 11, 1919 — Work is promised on Dalles-California highway

A wire received at Bend yesterday from Judge Barnes, stated that the state highway commission will grade and surface The Dalles-California highway from Bend to the Jefferson county line using the $60000 available from the bond issue of last June, as part of the amount needed for this purpose.

Bids for the work will be opened on the 20th, and work started as soon thereafter as possible. The entire line is to be hard surfaced with the exception of a few spots that are already practically in that shape from former cindering operations.

This will be good news to Redmond and the county at large as it assures us a paved highway extending both north and south.

75 years ago

Sept. 14, 1944 — Final Fighter Training Set

During the coming winter months you’ll be seeing many more Kingcobras, says Major R.H. Vincent, commanding officer of the Redmond and Madras army air fields. The Kingcobra or P-63, built by the Bell Aircraft company, is one of the army’s newest and deadliest fighter planes.

The army air fields at Redmond and Madras are expanding their activities to include the final fighter transition training of many young pilot trainees, states an announcement from Portland army air base. Officers in the army air forces who have already won their wings, are taking a final specialized course in flying fighter planes before going overseas.

50 years ago

Sept. 17, 1969 — Potato Festival promises food, fun for all

Spud will be king Saturday morning as the 12th annual Central Oregon Potato Festival will be held on the downtown streets of Sixth and Seventh, with the Western States Junior Rodeo to follow at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, starting at 2 p.m.

The program of the day’s activities will begin at 9 a.m. with potato exhibits on Deschutes Avenue between Sixth and Seventh. Robert Sterling, Deschutes County extension agent, will be in charge.

Starting at 10 a.m., the parade will proceed down Sixth Street, with Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Carlson, Culver, 1963 king and queen of the festival serving as grand marshals. Other honored guests in the parade will be Mr. and Mrs. Willard Cyrus, this year’s king and queen; Barbara Nelson, Prineville, “Miss Central Oregon” 1969; Karen Kaber, “Miss Spud,” and her royal court, and royalty of the Western States Junior Rodeo. Miss Nelson, accompanied by a member of the Bend Jayceettes, plans to attend the barbecue.

Redmond High School band, directed by Clyde Moore, will provide entertainment at the 10:50 coronation of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus as king and queen of the festival. Bob Barnett, co-chairman of the festival along with his wife, Mary Ann, are in charge of the crowning, along with others on the steering committee.

At 11 o’clock awards will be presented to the winners in the various categories of the potato exhibits. Merchants’ prizes for the exhibits have been collected by Ralph Windsor and Vera McGowan.

From 11 until noon, races and games will be held at the Jessie Hill school yard.

25 years ago

Sept. 14, 1994 — ‘Save Irl’s’ petition drive under way

Supporters and customers of Irl’s Place, the restaurant in the Redmond Wagner’s Superstore, are conducting a petition drive to keep Irl’s alive once Albertson’s completes its purchase of the store in early November.

Bernie Lee, Doris Daffern and Bunny Cox are leading the petition drive. Within the first day of their effort they gathered 500 signatures and by Monday had close to 3,000.

“This is one of the busiest community places,” Lee said. It’s an all-generation place and a place for the elderly to stop and visit friends.”

The three hoped to present the petitions to Albertsons’s officials Tuesday but said they will keep the petition drive going until Albertson’s takes over the store.

Lee is hoping the petition effort will have an impact on the grocery chain, which announced last week it was buying the three Wagner’s stores in Bend and Redmond.

“We have nothing against Albertson’s,” Lee said. “It’s just that this is a community gathering place.”

Lee, Daffern and Cox are avowed members of the Irl’s “Gabbers Club,” the name that’s been given to the various people who gather regularly at the restaurant.

The petition is available at Wagner’s.

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