100 years ago
Jan 22, 1920 — Auto drivers must secure a license
The measure providing for the licensure of auto drivers was passed, signed by the governor, and is now a law. It is neither highly expensive nor drastic in its terms and it will aid in reducing the great number of accidents in places like Portland. It will serve a good purpose. Probably the provision authorizing the revoking of a license is its most valuable feature.
The measure provides that no person will be permitted to drive an automobile in Oregon without a license. The permit can be secured on application to the secretary of state by any person over 16 years of age who are not mentally or physically deficient and who has had five days’ experience in operating motor vehicles.
Those who have not had five days’ experience may apply for a learner’s license, which will permit them to drive a car for a period of 15 days, provided they are accompanied by a licensed operator. If at the end of that period the operator is competent to drive a car he can secure a license.
A license may be suspended or revoked by the secretary of state upon request of a magistrate, sheriff, chief of police or city marshal. If the operator, within 30 days, fails to convince the secretary of state that he is a proper and competent person to dive the permit is revoked for a period of one year.
The penalty for violation of the act is $400 fine, one year imprisonment, or both. The license may also be revoked for one year.
The license fee is placed at 25 cents.
75 years ago
January 25, 1945 —
Soldiers in Italy Bump Each Other in Fog; Learn Both
The fog was very dense that evening in Italy when two soldiers bumped into each other.
“Excuse me,” said one. “I couldn’t see you. This reminds me of western Oregon fog.”
“Are you from Oregon?” asked the other. “It’s my home state.”
“Yes, I lived in Redmond,” said Pfc. Alvin Titus, who is with the military police in Italy.
“Why, I’m from Bend,” replied Sam Tweedt, in Italy with a signal battalion.
And so the two soldiers in Italy began to talk about home, discovering to their amazement that both had been employed by the same Redmond firm, the Deschutes Grain and Feed company. Pfc. Titus is brother of Hollis Titus of Redmond and Tweedt’s family lives in Bend, although he worked here for some time.
Pfc. Titus wrote a letter, just received by George Short, telling how he had met Tweedt.
The Deschutes Grain and Feed company now has 14 employes serving in the armed forces.
50 years ago
Jan. 28, 1970 — Jack Dent loses hands
Jack Dent, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Dent, is recovering in a Salem hospital from a tragic weekend explosion which took one of his hands and most of the other.
Dent, who is attending a technical school in the state capital, was working on a school project in the back yard of his home with a friend when the accident took place. The experiment they were working on required the firing of a rocket engine using jet fuel, according to his father.
When young Dent started the engine he saw that it was malfunctioning and stepped in front of his friend to shield him. In effort to protect himself he threw up his hands in front of his face, which probably saved his life. His buddy was not injured in the accident.
The explosion severed Dent’s left hand at the wrist and the right one just below the thumb. “Surgeons were able to join the thumb to the right hand but didn’t give us any encouragement,” the elder Dent stated. “When I left Sunday he could move the thumb a little and the body temperature was becoming normal,” he commented.
The youth also suffered a deep shrapnel wound in his left leg and several body punctures from the accident.
The force of the explosion was so great that it ripped a huge hole in the roof of the porch and scattered metal 250 to 300 feet away.
“Jack’s outlook on the whole thing is real good,” Al Dent reported. “He requested that his friends send him letters even though he cannot answer them. The letters help him keep his mind off the accident.”
Young Dent entered surgery Tuesday morning for further medical treatment for his injuries.
25 years ago
Jan. 25, 1995 — Citizens on Patrol
Where big cities have their Guardian Angels keeping an eye out for suspicious activity, Redmond will soon have its “COP.”
The Citizens on Patrol program being organized by Redmond Police Department will soon begin providing more eyes and ears for police officers.
The first session in a four-part training program begins Thursday at the school district office. From 10 to 16 citizens have expressed interest in serving on the patrols, and more volunteers are needed, Officer Gary Downs said last week.
The citizens, who will carry radios and cellular phones, will patrol at various hours, some on foot, some in cars, some on bicycles.
They will concentrate on high-crime areas and some will patrol for people illegally parking in spaces designated for persons with disabilities.
The Citizens on Patrol will report suspicious behavior to the police. They will not be involved in apprehending suspects.
When it comes to handicapped parking violations, however, they will be able to write citations, Downs said.
The training will cover use of the cellular phones and the radios, what to watch for in terms of suspicious behavior, where the crime areas are, and how to report information.
Cellular One is sponsoring the program and is providing air time for the cellular phones, Downs said.
“We’re really excited about the program and we have several citizens who want to help out,” Downs said.
The idea for the citizen patrols was conceived last summer when the city was seeing repeated instances of graffiti “tagging” on signs and buildings.