Flashback: Bend looks to take county fair from Redmond, 100 years ago

Testing the track to be used for races Sunday, Nov. 2, 1969, a member of the Juniper Jumpers Motorcycle Club offers a peek at some of the thrills involved in cycle races. The meet will be held at Cline Falls just west of Redmond. Posters with details have been distributed throughout the area. (Spokesman file photo)

100 years ago

Oct. 26, 1919 — Would Hog It All

Speaking of the county fair, the Bend Press asks:

“Why Redmond?”

“The policy of Bend resting her future wholly on her industrial activity and forgetting that she is the center of a great irrigated district is full of potential disasters.

“Bend cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that she is the metropolis of Central Oregon, and as such has a right to some of the perquisites which go with that distinction. One of these should be the location of a county fair at this point.

“Redmond is a farmer’s town, let us admit it. There is a considerable of the farmers’ trade of the county that goes to that city in preference to coming to Bend for reasons that are too well known to need repetition here. That this condition will continue to exist will be wholly dependent on how long the merchants and business men of this city continue to be indifferent to the needs of the farming portion of the population.

“To advocate the location of the county fair at Redmond, a city of 700 to 800 people, where the hotel accommodations cannot be adequate to the needs during fair time, when there is a city of 7000 people, provided a number of good hotels, and the possible erection of more, is not acting in best interests of the county or city of Bend. The success of any fair depends on attendance and it is doubtful if there would be half the attendance at these fairs if they were located in Redmond, that there would be if they were located in Bend.

“Bend at present, is the temporary county seat. Can it be possible that Redmond has in it the hidden suggestion that the permanent county seat be located in that city also? If one, why not the other?”

This from Bro. Whisnant, in the matter of hotel accommodations Redmond is not far behind Bend and the same opportunity for building more of them exists as well at Redmond as at Bend. Redmond’s central location and accessibility is what would bring the crowds and make the fair the great success it should be.

75 years ago

Oct. 26, 1944 — John Tuck, Educator, Paid Honor

Synonymous with the growth of Redmond’s school system was the life of John Tuck, who served as principal and superintendent of the grade school for 23 ½ years until his retirement in 1940. John Tuck, who was 81 years old, died last Saturday and Tuesday afternoon the community paid final honors to the educator who had lived here since the inception of Redmond back in 1905.

Always a man of vigorous physique, he had been active until October 8 when he was stricken with a heart attack. His death occurred at St. Charles hospital in Bend.

Tuck was born in Benton county, near Bentonville, Ark., January 5, 1863. He attended grade and high school in Bentonville and was graduated from Pea Ridge academy and teachers’ college at Pea Ridge, Ark. He was married to Kittie Woods May 26, 1886.

Practically his entire life was devoted to his chosen profession, for he began teaching summer school when he was 19 years old to earn money so that he could go to college. He served as teacher, principal and superintendent in a number of schools in Arkansas and Missouri.

The family came to Redmond in 1905, arriving before the townsite had been platted. John Tuck taught Redmond’s first public school.

50 years ago

Oct. 29, 1969 — Motorcycle racing to thrill watchers

Chills and thrills for all ages will be offered when Redmond Juniper Jumpers Motorcycle Club sponsors its first races Sunday, Nov. 2, at Cline Falls west of Redmond.

Doug Aiken, club spokesman, says it is anticipated a majority of the best riders in Oregon will participate. The track will be over hills, ditches and rough terraine, providing a real test for skill of the riders and plenty of excitement for spectators.

25 years ago

Oct. 26, 1994 — Candidate stresses need for balance, consensus

John Kitzhaber has a special affinity for non-urban Oregon.

As a former resident of Roseberg, a fly fisherman and outdoorsman, and a veteran of the Oregon Legislature, Kitzhaber says he has come to appreciate rural areas of the state and understand their needs. He’d like to use that knowledge to help bridge the gaps between the Willamette Valley and the rest of Oregon as the state’s next governor.

During one of his trips to Redmond, Kitzhaber was an anxious to leave the campaign trail for a night’s campout on the Crooked River as he was to talk politics and the differences between himself and his opponent.

“I’m heading to the Crooked River,” Kitzhaber said as he left The Spokesman office during a recent interview. “I love the outdoors.”

The former state senate president said that balancing the needs of rural and urban Oregon would be the focal point of his administration.

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