Flashback: Anti-cigarette bill proposed 100 years ago

Historical photo: Traffic congestion along Highway 97 continues to grow. (Spokesman file photo)

100 years ago

Oct. 9, 1919 — Would Ban Cigarettes

An anti-cigarette bill has been proposed by D.E. Frost of Oregon City and the attorney general has prepared the ballot title, and the bill will encumber the ballot at the November election in 1920, provided a sufficient number of signers are procured and this will probably be easy as only 10,000 are required and that many in all Oregon could probably be secured from people who would vote against the bill.

Editor’s note: In a November 1930 election, a similar bill which would have prohibited the manufacturing, advertisement, sale, purchase or possession of cigarettes and provided punishments for violating the provision, was defeated, with 54,231 votes in favor and 156,265 votes against.

75 years ago

Oct. 5, 1944 — Tunnel Drilled in Smith Rock

Drilling of tunnel No. 2 through Smith rock has been completed, it was announced this week by Wixon and Crowe, contractors, who have their offices in the K. Of P. hall. Miners working for the contractors finished drilling Friday, and it is expected concreting will start within the next 30 days.

The big hole, which will be a tunnel 12 feet in diameter when finished, was started last April. Trackage and mucking equipment were then taken to tunnel No. 1, to the south of the completed bore, and work of completing drilling there is under way.

Tunnel No. 2 was completed ahead of the other bore, which will be 3300 feet long, so that it could be used as a traffic artery in moving supplies and equipment to the site of the Sherwood canyon siphon. Use of the tunnel as a roadway eliminates a steep haul up the slopes of Smith rock.

The two tunnels are to connect with the North Unit irrigation canal to the Terrebonne country and with a flume to be built across Crooked river south of Madras.

50 years ago

Oct. 8, 1969 — Endicott retires from air force; accepts position

Everett W. Endicott, who retired in August with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is home in Redmond with his family and has accepted a position as salesman for Jordan’s International.

Col. Endicott served in the air force for 20 years, returning to California last June from a nine-month tour of duty in Vietnam. While there he was aircraft maintenance officer at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon and since his return has been awarded the bronze star for his Vietnam service.

When he went to Vietnam his family came to Redmond. The Endicotts’ older son, Ben, came home Aug. 1 following three years of army duty. He was in Vietnam three months as a helicopter mechanic. Their younger son, George, left Sunday to enter the army. The Endicotts’ daughter, Mrs. Edward Keins, lives at Lincoln Park, N.J., and has two children.

25 years ago

Oct. 5, 1994 — No relief from traffic woes

The chairman of the Oregon Transportation Commission didn’t bring any pork with him when the commission met in Redmond last week.

But Henry Hewitt did get a chance to see and experience the traffic that seems to be on everyone’s minds these days.

With little extra money to fund projects beyond Bend’s parkway and statewide highway preservation and maintenance, Hewitt confirmed that there’s little hope in sight in the near future to solve Redmond’s highway traffic congestion problem.

If not soon, then when?

“Probably in our lifetime we’ll see it happen,” he ventured during an interview after the commission returned from a bus tour through Redmond and along the parkway route.

Hewitt understands citizens’ frustrations. And it isn’t just Redmond. Several areas of the state are in need of bypasses or alternate routes, he said.

The root of the problem, of course, is money. The 1993 Legislature’s decision not to extend increases in the gas tax or increase registration fees brought much of the state’s highway modernization program to a halt.

Bend’s parkway is the most significant project in the state in the current four-year plan, Hewitt said. And as the commission considers regional equity as it disperses project funds, Central Oregon is getting more than its share.

He realizes that doesn’t solve Redmond:”s problems or those along other stretches of Highway 97.

“Your city manager told us Redmond is dealing with similar congestion and he:”s right -- the growth on Highway 97 is immense and continues to grow, “ Hewitt said. “But we don’t have enough money to begin other projects that need to be built.”

The parkway, which the commission strongly endorses , accounts for 20 percent of the four-year budget, he said.

“We can’t do more than one at a time, ‘Hewitt said, and there are five to 10 other bypass issues in the state.

The commission likely will propose additional funding in the 1995 Legislature, Hewitt said.

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