Roberts Field fire 1969

Only the chimney was standing the morning after the 1969 fire that destroyed the wooden hangar at Roberts Field.

100 years ago

Dec. 25, 1919 — Miss Brems appointed as school supervisor

At a recent budget meeting of the county court, it was agreed to strike out the appropriation of $1000 for the state chamber of commerce and accede to the request of the Red Cross in purchasing a car for use of the visiting nurse in order that she may visit the schools of the county.

Sixteen hundred dollars is the estimate for this branch of the work, and the court favors appointing Miss Brems as school supervisor and probation officer.

75 years ago

Dec. 28, 1945 — Dorcas Society Women Work 930 Hours In Three Months, Sending Thousand Garments Overseas to Stricken Areas

As a result of the work done by Dorcas society of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Redmond, more than 1000 garments have gone overseas to war-stricken people in every part of the world. All this has been done in the last three months by ten women who worked a total of 930 hours, meeting once a week at the home of a member of the group.

Many of the articles sent overseas have been those left from rummage sales, it was explained by Mrss. Frank L. Meeker, 1944 president, and Mrs. W.F. Mohr, 1945 head of the society. Practically every organization which has held a rummage sale turned over unsold clothing to the women, who cleaned, pressed and mended it to put it in good condition. These donations were vital to the work, it was declared, because they gave the society a large amount of material with which to do the war work, and any contributions of old clothing or used blankets will be appreciated.

During the summer months, the women did all the dry cleaning, as well as the laundering of clothing, but with colder weather they found themselves unable to handle the cleaning. Both Redmond Laundry and Dry Cleaners and Wardrobe Cleaners have assisted by doing all cleaning of the clothing free of charge, Mrs. Mohr said. The women do the pressing and washing of the clothing.

Three comforters have been made, the tops having been pieced from woolen goods, and two more are underway.

Interned missionaries of the Seventh Day Adventist church, who have been liberated as countries have been freed from the enemy, are handling some of the distribution, giving clothing to needy persons of every denomination.

The large number of mesh sacks donated by James F. Short, owner of the Deschutes Grain and Feed company, were greatly appreciated, the women said.

50 years ago

Dec. 31, 1969 — Fire destroys hangar, seven planes, parts

Fire of undetermined origin early Tuesday morning destroyed the large wooden hangar at Roberts Field, burning seven airplanes and most of the parts inventory owned by Calvin J. Butler’s two firms, Butler Aircraft and Butler Farm Air Co.

Total loss is estimated at close to half a million dollars, much of which was not covered by insurance.

The aircraft which were completely destroyed included three belonging to Butler: B-26 air tanker, Cessna U206 and Stearman. The other planes were a Beechcraft Bonanza, owned by Gover Palen of Prineville; Piper Super Cub PA18, owned by A.C. Lash; Piper Super Cub PA18, owned by Philip Dahl and Harold Barclay, and a Stinson, belonging to Anson McCook, airport manager at Sunriver.

Almost all of Butler’s inventory was in the hangar, much of it being irreplaceable, especially air tanker parts, the roof falling in by the time firemen arrived. Twenty-five or 30 were on the scene, calls being made for mutual aid. Bend sent two trucks and Prineville, one, there being a total of six engines on the fire.

Fire Chief Hoy Fultz said there were many explosions, which hampered the firemen, but the blaze was under control within 45 minutes or an hour. Fultz praised the firemen for doing a good job in containing the fire to the hangar.

“We greatly appreciate the prompt mutual aid given by Bend and Prineville,” the chief said “It certainly was welcome.”

One Redmond fireman, Paul McCoy, was taken to Central Oregon District Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Butler said Tuesday that because of the heavy financial loss, his future plans are uncertain.

25 years ago

Dec. 28, 1994 — Plastic recycling comes to Central Oregon

This Saturday, recyclers can make a giant new step toward reducing waste by recycling their plastics.

The Redmond EcoTeam program will take six types of sorted plastics 1-2 p.m. at the school district warehouse, just west of the airport.

The plastics will be combined with those collected at the Environmental Center in Bend and transported to Ochoco Thriftway in Prineville. A $5 donation is requested. The funds will be used to purchase healthy foods from Ochoco Thriftway. Those foods will be donated to a local charity.

Perhaps the best thing about the plastic recycling effort is it allows all participants to be winners.

Precious landfill space is saved, a valuable resource is recycled, someone in need is fed and a good corporate citizen, providing a much needed service in Central Oregon, is rewarded.

Editor’s note: For current Redmond residential recycling guidelines visit and for information about recycling other materials visit

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