Redmond farmer Farrell Traughber helps load hay onto Tillamook-bound truck in 1996.

100 years ago

Feb. 10, 1921 — Redmond High Wins Game From Madras

Friday night the Redmond union high school basketball team won a hard-fought game from the fast Madras quintet by a score of 29-28. The results of this game completely upset the dope, for Madras had an unbroken string of victories before this contest, while Redmond had lost all three of her previous games.

The first few minutes of Friday night’s game were marked by a close guarding of both teams. At the close of the first five minutes neither team had yet made a score. Two baskets by Wortz netting the locals a four-point lead. Madras tied the score almost immediately with field goals by Gard and J. Young. A minute later Madras made a foul and a field goal, placing them ahead, 7-4. A basket and three fouls by Bates for Redmond and a field basket by N. Young for Madras evened the score 9-9 at the close of the first half.

The second half was a see-saw affair, first one team, then the other obtaining a one-point lead. The time-keeper’s whistle blew just in time to deprive Wortz of another basket and Redmond of two points more lead. This was Wortz’s first game on the first team, but he played the game like a veteran and ended with ten points to his credit.

75 years ago

Feb. 14, 1946 — Many Motorists Don’t Understand State Speed Laws

Lack of understanding of Oregon’s speed laws and where to file reports on accidents occurring in rural areas headed the list of errors made by persons taking the written law test for Oregon driver’s licenses, in a study made during the month of December, Secretary of State, Robert S. Farrell Jr. said today.

Errors in the turning and parking led the list of mistakes made during the road tests by the same group of applicants.

A total of 636 persons who visited the Salem examination office during the month, made 1433 errors in the written examination on Oregon motor vehicle laws, and 649 errors in the road test, Farrell said.

Of the total errors made in the written examination, 20 per cent involved the Oregon speed laws. Twelve per cent involved persons who did not know that accidents occurring in rural areas should be reported to the sheriff of the county in which they occur. Failure to know the regulations on dimming the lights, the use of traffic lanes, the use of hand and arm signals and on the right of way were frequent causes of errors in the examinations.

Of the total 649 errors made in the road tests, 24 per cent involved turning and 13 per cent involved parking. Fourteen per cent of the driving errors involved failure to keep in the correct lane of traffic.

“This study indicates the need for applicants for driver’s licenses to become more conversant with such matters as the Oregon basic speed rule, the designated speeds, the right of way law, the regulations on hand and arm signals, dimming and the use of traffic lanes, Farrell said. He urges all applicants to study the Oregon driver’s license manual thoroughly and to get as much actual driving experience under competent instruction as possible.

50 years ago

Feb. 10, 1971 — Killed twice, Art insists he’s alive (editorial)

If Arthur W. Tuck of Redmond died of “athletic heart” a year or so after he won the state track meet single-handed, nobody bothered to tell him until Lillie L. Madsen wrote that information in her SOS column published in the Salem Statesman.

James F. Short, former Redmond resident and for years state director of agriculture, sent the item to The Spokesman, suggesting that Lillie Madsen be filled in with more detail “on our long-time first citizen.”

The question put to her read like this: “Many years ago a youth called ‘Tuck of Redmond’ was a national winner of track at the University of Oregon. We were in high school at the time. Have you any idea whatever became of him? did he go on to further national honors?”

The columnist’s reply read: “Sorry it took so long to get an answer for you. This occurred in the spring of 1919 and it wasn’t a University of Oregon track meet but a high school track meet held at the University of Oregon. We are told that he died of what was then called ‘athletic heart’ within a year or two after the track meet. This was all we could learn about him. We don’t even know if he went on to college for that year or two.”

It was in 1919 that Art Tuck — Redmond’s one-man track team — won the state meet and broke three state records. Shortly thereafter, he suffered fractures of both knees in a car accident, but nevertheless went on to win the national javelin record. He attended University of Oregon for a time and was chosen on the American Olympic team.

In the finals, held at Antwerp, Belgium, in 1920, Art threw out his knee on his first try, so could not compete.

He’s lived in Redmond ever since, having been on the state police force for 12 years and in charge of Central Oregon for five years. Now he sells used cars at Thomas Sales & Service.

Incidentally, Art said Lillie Madsen’s column is the second time he’s been reported dead. The first was in 1934 when he was confined to the Bend hospital with pneumonia. His heart stopped for a second and word got out that Tuck had died.

One wreath was ordered before the erroneous news was corrected, the order being placed by a moonshiner who was a friend of Art.

The wreath never was delivered, and Art insists he’s still very much alive, despite being killed twice. At least Lillie Madsen didn’t send flowers.

25 years ago

Feb. 14, 1996 — Locals ship hay to flooded farms

Redmond area farmers and ranchers have donated more than 250 tons of hay to a relief effort for Tillamook dairy farmers struggling to save their livestock in the wake of last week’s disastrous flooding.

Volunteers have been working since Saturday at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond loading the donated hay onto trucks that would haul it to the coastal county for distribution by the Tillamook Creamery Association.

The floods that inundated Western Oregon left dairy cows on Tillamook farms without feed for days, and more than 2,000 animals reportedly perished.

The hay donations for the relief effort were founded up by the Central Oregon Hay Grower’s Association, the Deschutes County Cattleman’s Association and the Deschutes County Farm Bureau. More than 200 farmers chipped in.

Future Farmers of America, 4-H Club members and other volunteers helped load the hay over the past few days.


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