Farmers Hardware was under new ownership last week (March 1970) when Vernon Patrick (center) bought the store from Dale Charlton (right). Fred MacDonald (left) will continue as manager. The store will carry the same quality of tools and materials as it has for many years.

100 years ago

March 18, 1920 — Redmond Hair Cuts Go to Fifty Cents

Redmond barber shops advanced the price of hair cuts and baths from thirty-five to fifty cents last Saturday. The rise is attributed to the high cost of living and barber supplies.

Bend barbers recently raised hair cutting prices to sixty cents.

75 years ago

March 22, 1945 — Reasons for Better Nutrition Program Outlined at County Council’s Meeting

Mrs. Faye Beach, chairman of the Deschutes County Nutrition council, reviewed facts from the Oregon Health Bulletin as reasons for promoting a program for better-fed citizens at the council’s monthly meeting March 12 at the home of Mrs. Bob Hutchins in Redmond.

Statements from the bulletin mentioned by Mrs. Beach included the statistic that about a quarter of Oregon’s registrants under the selective service system are being rejected. The national average of rejections per 100 men examined is 39.2, compared to Oregon’s 24.4.

That Oregon’s record is better than the average should stimulate initiative to further improvement because Oregon has higher per capita wealth, better than average educational systems and better than average medical and public health facilities, it was brought out. There is evidence that the defects discovered could have been minimized and, in some cases, entirely forestalled had a correction or preventative program been instituted 15 years or more earlier. In other words, the aim today should be to improve the health of the youth.

50 years ago

March 18, 1970 — Hardware store sold to Vernon G. Patrick

Ownership of Farmers Hardware, 433 S. Fifth, changed hands for the first time in 25 years last week when Vernon G. Patrick opened its doors as Cent-Wise Hardware, adjacent to the Bargain Barn.

Although the store will be under new ownership, the same lines of merchandise and the friendly service will be provided as it has in the past Patrick stated.

Plans are being made to install a door between the Bargain Barn and the hardware store, housing sporting goods and hardware goods, all under the same roof. The Bargain Barn will cater to sports enthusiasts, while the newest addition will service the home builder.

Two large parking lots are available at each end of the hardware store and the Bargain Barn to accommodate shoppers to either store.

Fred MacDonald, who has been helping customers in the same location since 1936, will continue as manager of the hardware store, Patrick announced. Dale Charlton, owner of the store for the past 22 years, said that he will work for an indefinite period of time and has no other future plans.

MacDonald came to Redmond in 1936 and went to work for H.E. VanArsdale, who first established the hardware store. In 1937 MacDonald was assigned to the store’s office as a price clerk.

“That’s where I really got my education in the hardware field,” he said. “Three years later I was put in charge of the books where I had to be accurate with my figures since VanArsdale was a former banker and good in accounting.”

When Charlton bought the business from VanArsdale in 1947, MacDonald continued as store manager.

“The people of Redmond and Central Oregon have been very friendly over the years,” MacDonald said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for patronizing us and look forward to serving them in the future. There are no other people I like as much as Central Oregonians,” he declared.

MacDonald and his wife, Sheila, have a daughter, Mrs. Mike (Linda) Lydon, who is working at Oregon state University, and two sons, Dave and Joe. Dave, an eight-year veteran in the navy, is stationed in Washington, D.C., as an instructor in the naval computer program. Joe, who has been in the service for one year, is being transferred to New London, Conn., where he is receiving training in the navy’s nuclear program.

Charlton came to Redmond in 1944 where he worked for Deschutes Lumber Co. In 1945 he bought Farmers Hardware from VanArsdale and formed a partnership with W.K. Charlesworth. Nine years later he bought out Charlesworth and has been the sole owner since then.

“The people of Central Oregon have been good to us over the years,” Charlton stated. “I would like to thank the many friends for their patronage and support over the years. I just can’t say enough about them.”

Charlton and his wife, Aradean, have two sons. Donald is studying dentistry at the University of Oregon Medical school in Portland and Denny is working for Multnomah County.

Charlton has been active in civic affairs, being the former director of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and serving on the city council. He also belongs to several service clubs.

25 years ago

March 22, 1995 — Truck accident leads way to CPR rescue

It wasn’t the happy ending of television shows, but Shirley Bailey is grateful to those who stopped to try to help.

Last Wednesday afternoon Bailey brought a pot bellied pig home for her mother, Reba McDaniel. The pig escaped and while her father Charles. W. McDaniel, was helping her chase it, he collapsed. Although her father died a few days later, Bailey is thankful for the citizens who helped give her father one more chance.

Bailey, a former emergency medical technician, said she tried to give her father CPR but she has asthma and was out of breath after chasing the pig for about 15 minutes before her father joined in.

So she ran home across South Highway 97 to call 9-1-1. As she recrossed the highway to her father, a truck’s trailer tipped over spilling its load.

Redmond Police Officer Phil Paschke was returning from taking a juvenile to detention in Bend when he saw in his rear-view mirror the truck losing its load.

Paschke stopped to help until Oregon State Police or Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies could arrive.

As he headed toward the driver, Paschke said he heard someone yelling “help, help” and thought someone from the truck must be injured.

He realized the sound was coming from behind him. Off in the junipers on the east side of the highway, he found Bailey, on her knees next to her father, waving her arms and screaming for help.

Paschke said that a Prineville man, Tim O’Neal, arrived about the same time and while Paschke did the breathing, O’Neal did chest compressions. They had worked for several minutes when Russ Wink, an Oregon Department of Transportation employee, showed up and relieved Paschke, who directed an ambulance crew to the scene. EMTs took over and were able to get a pulse.

Charles McDaniel, 71, was taken to Central Oregon District Hospital, where he was placed on life support. Bailey said he had been without oxygen too long; he died Saturday evening, several hours after life support was disconnected.

“He died doing what he enjoyed most — helping people,” she said.

He was known for the whirligigs he made and displayed at his home along South Highway 97.

Bailey said she gained a new appreciation for the difficulties people have trying to summon help along a busy road.

She said she was “sore from calisthenics trying to get attention. We were about 20 yards from the road. If it hadn’t been for the accident, who knows how long I would have been out there.”

Paschke praised the efforts of O’Neal and Wink. “They jumped right in and did a great job,” he said.

Bailey hopes that maybe someone else can help her out. As of Monday morning the pot belly pig was still on the loose. She said it was last seen headed south in the middle of the highway. If anyone finds the animal, her number is in the book.


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