100 years ago
Jan. 29, 1920 — Fighting for Bend and Central Oregon
Under this caption the Bend Press voices its opinion regarding the attempt to locate the county fair at Redmond by legislative enactment, thusly:
“Denton G. Burdick, representative from this district, who introduced the bill, as far as known, did not consult with a single Bend individual before introducing the measure. Had he come to Bend, met with the Commercial club and told the reasons he had for the location of the fair at Redmond, it is likely that no such opposition would have arisen toward the measure which did arise in Bend, for it was well known that there were many people in the city who were not adverse to the location of the fair at that point, among them being a newspaper which had suggested several weeks ago that Redmond was the county fair location from all points of argument, and the private statement of a man who may be a candidate for the legislature this year.
“It shows how far Mr. Burdick’s oversight of Bend led to trouble for his measure, when it is known that the editor of the paper which editorially favored the location of the fair at Redmond, was made chairman of the Commercial club committee appointed to defeat the passage of the bill, and that the other man was sent by the Commercial club to Salem and through his efforts the veto of the governor was probably served.
“Both of these men would have voiced their reasons publicly why the fair should have gone to Redmond, for neither is afraid to face the music in defense of his opinions, but neither one relished the idea of having something slipped over Bend of as much importance as the location of the county fair without even a conference of interested parties.
The Press then, at considerable length, tells why Bend should have the representative, and covertly pushes the candidacy of H.J. Overturf, as being a man broad enough to cover the whole territory in an unbiased manner, and condemning Burdick for not even consulting his firmest supporters at Bend.
The Spokesman is willing to admit that this action was illy advised and believes that if the people of Redmond had been consulted such action would have been promptly vetoed, because Redmond has always been disposed to be fair in all things, as was instanced when the school district adjoining Bend voted to join the Redmond Union high school district, but was rejected by a vote of our people who felt that justice to Bend demanded that they join there. We know there are fair-minded people at Bend as well as at Redmond and that these people recognized Redmond’s fitting location for the county fair and are counting on that support.
75 years ago
Feb. 1, 1945 — Board Stresses Care of Books
Recent statistics show that for every ration book lost the government spends $15 making a replacement. This cost covers printing, labor and time lost from regular employment. In addition to this expense caused from carelessness is the danger of ration books falling into the wrong hands. Many counterfeit stamps and black markets have been traced to just such a cause.
Mrs. Harold Hansen, chief clerk of the local ration board, requests that anyone bringing in a ration book for replacement bring a safety folder of heavy paper or oil cloth in order that the new book may be placed in safe keeping. If stamps are torn out and mixed up they must be placed in sequence and pasted on a sheet of paper.
Those charged with care of ration books are urged to take special precautions in order that these situations may not arise.
Ration books are not personal property, but belong to the government and are loaned to the individual for his use.
50 years ago
Feb. 4, 1970 — Construction 90% completed on phone company’s building
Construction of the new telephone building, Sixth and Cascade, is about 90% completed, according to Bill Garner, district manager for United Telephone Company of the Northwest.
The structure is expected to be ready for installation of modern switching equipment around Feb. 15. Nearly half of the equipment has been delivered to Redmond and will greatly improve service to the telephone company’s customers, Garner said.
Nerve center of the system is the switching room from which all the phone calls will be distributed. A massive network of wires will be connected to the equipment, made by Stromberg-Carlson Co.
Operators will be located in a room housing seven switchboards with plenty of room for growth.
Other areas of the building will house an emergency generator, heating equipment and commercial offices. The front of the building is enclosed with “solar bronze” glass installed by Kroske’s Glass & Paint Supply.
25 years ago
Feb. 1, 1995 — Local home prices below average
The average price of homes sold in Redmond in 1994 is well below the national average, according to the results of Coldwell Banker Mayfield Realty’s annual Home Price Comparison Index.
The average price of a 2,200-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Redmond in 1994 was $139,000 said Tom Lewis, manager of the local real estate firm.
The average price of similar “subject homes” in 280 markets nationwide was $196,334, down slightly from the previous year.
The subject home prices ranged from a high of $886,000 in Beverly Hills, Calif., to a low of $92,125 in Fort Worth, Texas, Lewis said.
The survey compared the average sales price of homes in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico sold during the last quarter of 1994.
The average price for a home sold in Redmond in 1994 was $89,750.