100 years ago
Sept. 18, 1919 — Redmond Union High Shows Good Growth
The Redmond schools opened their fall term with a noticeable increase in attendance. There are 162 pupils in the grade rooms, and sixty-eight already registered in the high school. Although a few more registrations are expected in the high school, it is urged at all expecting to enter do so soon in order to avoid the handicap of making up back work. Already the perfect attendance contest has begun among all the grades of the school. Parents are asked to aid their children in maintaining a perfect record or attendance.
The industrial arts work is in great demand among the boys of the high school, and the shop is crowded to capacity. Mr. Smith, the instructor, is making plans for the development of this department.
Perhaps the events of greatest general interest this week was the sophomore-freshman tug-of-war, held on Wednesday. The strength of the opposing teams was indicated by the snapping of the rope at the beginning of the contest. But when a heavier rope was stretched across the ditch and the signal given, the two teams held each other in practical balance for two minutes. Finally the superior weight of the sophs began to tell and the freshman, fighting to the last, went into the water. It was an exciting contest and indicated the excellent spirit of the opposing teams.
The football team is practicing every afternoon, and there is keen competition for the different positions on the team. The team is very light in weight, but promises to develop some speed.
75 years ago
Sept. 21, 1944 — Housewives Work in Land Army
Oregon has contributed one of the year’s unique examples of how women throughout the nation have offered their services freely in saving vital war food crops, according to Miss Florence L. Hall of Washington, D.C., chief of the women’s land army division of the federal extension services farm labor program. Miss Hall recently spent nearly a week in the state visiting with scores of women right out in the Willamette Valley harvest fields.
Miss Hall said she was impressed with the general acceptance by Oregon women of their part in harvesting food crops and was particularly interested in the “Housewife Special” at Salem which has saved tons and tons of green beans for Marion county growers.
Originated by Mrs. Gladys Turnbull, farm labor assistant at Salem, the “Housewife Special” consists of about 100 women who are ready on call — often at less than an hour’s notice — to go out on an emergency picking job when other help is unavailable or inadequate. The housewives have operated in two dozen or more bean fields, actually saving the crop in most cases when another day or two would have meant an over-mature and wasted crop.
Buses taking these women to the fields leave later than the regular transportation, giving the housewives time to get their families off to work, the dishes washed and the beds made. They return early enough in the afternoon so the women can prepare the evening meal — but in the meantime, as Miss Hall observed, the housewives have cleaned up acre after acre of beans.
50 years ago
Sept. 24, 1969 — Two juveniles held on car theft charge
Charged with grand larceny involving car theft, two youths have been turned over to juvenile authorities in Bend.
They were parked in a pickup owned by Lawerence Sale of Redmond when it was struck early Sunday morning by a car driven by Samuel Franklin Tweet, of Culver, state police said. The accident took place about 10 miles west of Redmond on U.S. Highway 126.
Tweet, who was cited for driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, posted a $300 bond, the officers stated.
25 years ago
Sept. 21, 1994 — Family searches for home
TERREBONNE — Mark and Michelle Sullenger are feeling a little discouraged these days. They’re stressed out and desperate.
The couple are in urgent need of a rental house — a large one. The Sullengers have five children — two from Mark’s first marriage and three from Michelle’s — and one due any day. The family is tired of the 27-foot trailer they’ve been calling home the past few months while they’ve conducted a search for a rental house.
They’ve looked at 57 houses, but no one has rented to them. The Sullengers feel like they’re being discriminated against because of the size of their family. They hope there is a landlord in Central Oregon who will open his heart and his mind and rent to them.