100 years ago
Sept. 16, 1920 — Tax Valuation for County is $125,005 Less
Deschutes county taxes will be higher this year than in 1919 in proportion to the money to be raised, but there should no be so much delinquent taxes as in former years. This is the opinion of W.T. Mullarky, county assessor, who has announced figures showing that the value of taxable property in the county had fallen from $8,342,160 in 1919 to $8,217,155 for 1920, a decrease of $125,005.
The decrease in taxable property is attributed to the cutting of 20,406 acres of timber, leaving cut-over lands which are at present at least practically without value, the removal of automobiles from the county’s tax roll by state statute, the decrease in the number of livestock in the county and the changing of several townsite plats from city lots to a farm land classification.
The reversion of city lots to farm lands and the buying of a fair ground site by the city thus cutting this property from the tax roll has made a particularly noticeable decrease in the taxable valuation of Redmond. The total here decreased from $337,995 last year to $276,350 for 1920.
At Bend a decrease of $27,000 is shown in personal property valuation but real estate valuation has increased $68,000, which makes the total for that city larger than it was last season.
The loss of automobiles from the assessment rolls is responsible for a decrease in taxable property of $129,620. Stock decreased by 121 head of horses, 7 mules, 656 cattle, 3449 head of sheep and 511 head of swine. The loss in tax valuation through this source is $53,291.
Merchandise and stocks in trade are listed at $45,110 higher than in 1919.
Mullarky bases his opinion that there will hereafter be less delinquent taxes on the fact that many of the city lots that have this year reverted to farm lands classification have been carried by the county for several years.
75 years ago
Sept. 20, 1945 — Hospital Reopens, Staff Increased
After having been closed for three months, the Medical Dental hospital reopened Saturday, Dr. Howard A. Wells, who recently was retired to inactive status by the army, and Dr. R.W. Christiansen are physicians and surgeons at the hospital, which serves a wide area in central Oregon.
Return home of Dr. Wells, relaxation of rationing restrictions on food and additions to the staff enabled the hospital to reopen, it was stated.
Mrs. Al Webb, whose husband is here with the McLaughlin Construction company, is surgical nurse. Other registered nurses now on duty are Mrs. G.R. Hofstetter, Mrs. Margaret Drew and Mrs. Kathleen Thompson. Mrs. Vera Rise, subsidiary nurse, now is on vacation, but will return soon.
On October 1, two more nurses will go on duty, Miss M. Larue of Culver, who has just been graduated from St. Anthony’s, and Mrs. O.E. Hurst of near Redmond, who will work nights.
Mrs. W.D. Holmes is doing the cooking for the hospital and Mrs. Virginia Winkler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Anderson, is in charge of the office. Mrs. Christiansen is laboratory technician.
50 years ago
Sept. 16, 1970 — Fire department reminds citizens of laws in Sisters
A reminder of state laws governing city fire departments has been given by the Sisters Volunteer Fire Department. Citizens have been hampering activities of local firemen, according to Dan Mouser, spokesman for the department.
Unless on official duty, it is illegal to follow less than 500 feet behind a fire truck or park less than two blocks from a fire. Motorists driving across an unprotected fire hose without consent of the firemen will be fined $75 and will have to replace the damaged hose.
Citations will be issued to violators, with the fine $10. Tickets will be given by the officers of the fire department, police department or by citizen’s arrest.
Mouser said interested persons have hindered firemen on their way to the fire station, followed the fire truck too close and parked in the way at a fire.
Firemen’s insurance does not cover citizens who assist firemen unless they are asked by a fireman for their help.
25 years ago
Sept. 20, 1995 — Enrollment, fitness below expectation
Two weeks after classes began, some Redmond schools remain in shuffle mode as they attempt to even out class loads.
At a Monday enrollment update, the school board learned that a decline in the number of expected students is continuing.
The district projected that it would have 5,037 students this year, and staffed schools accordingly. But as of Friday, the district was 141 students short. Earlier last week, the number was still 137.
Still, Superintendent Jerry Colonna said he expects the district will gain students as the school year continues.
A total of 4,896 students are enrolled — an increase of 188 students over September 1994.
The number of students at Lynch and Tumalo elementary schools is one of the biggest surprises. Both have about 50 fewer students than projected.
Terrebonne is bucking the lower-than-expected elementary enrollment trend with 45 more pupils than expected.
Colonna said that no staff reductions are planned, but the district is moving around its resources. For example, a half-time kindergarten teacher was moved from Tumalo to Terrebonne.
Also Monday, the school board approved adding a half credit of physical education to graduation requirements. The proposal was passed by the high school site council last spring.
Jim Westendorf, physical education teacher, said the increased requirement is “basically a fitness issue.”
Westendorf said recent cardiovascular fitness testing revealed average fitness was at the 35-percent level, meaning that 65 percent of high school students nationwide scored higher than Redmond High students.
According to Principal Dan Purple, Oregon is one of the few states requiring just one year of physical education.
“Most require two or three years, and Illinois requires four years,” he said. “We’re targeting the average kid, and the average kid is in horrible shape.”
The new requirement means student must take three semesters of PE. One semester is a required class: students may choose from individual or team sport electives for the other two.
Students getting exercise from non-school sports can waive one credit if they average 80 percent on a range of fitness tests.