100 years ago
March 11, 1920 — Moore and Rennolds Force Milk Price Down
Evidence that J.W. Moore and B.L. Rennolds are on the job introducing powdered milk at Butte, Mont., is contained in news that the retail price of milk there has dropped to ten cents per quart.
Moore, former Redmond postmaster, and Rennolds, who was employed in the Lynch & Roberts store, left Redmond in February to take the district management of a powdered milk company. Agents have been appointed in Butte, and the establishing of other agencies in five surrounding towns is now being undertaken, according to a letter received Tuesday by Mrs. J.W. Moore.
“Selling powdered milk calls for very little expense, while the dairies are at quite a loss in supplying ten cent milk in Butte,” Moore writes. “I think we will be rather hard to run out of business.”
A newspaper is supporting Moore and Rennolds in their fight to reduce the milk costs in the mining districts.
75 years ago
March 8, 1945 — Lt. Comdr. Jones Sent to Torpedo Naval Station
Lt. Comdr. Raymond F. Jones, who has been stationed at Bremerton, Wn., has been assigned as senior medical officer at the Torpedo Naval station, Keyport, Wn., said his wife, who arrived in Redmond Friday to visit friends.
Comdr. and Mrs. Jones will live on the station during the time he is there.
Mrs. Jones remained here several days, going from Redmond to St. Paul to visit relatives for two weeks. Comdr. Jones, Redmond physician who held a commission in the naval reserve was called for active duty nearly three years ago, serving for some time as a medical officer on a cruiser in the south Pacific.
50 years ago
March 4, 1970 — Roberts describes store’s beginnings 60 years ago (part 2)
J.R. came to Redmond in April, 1910. At first Lynch & Roberts confined their business mostly to drugs and groceries. J.R. knew the wholesale grocery lines and handled that part of the business.
Incidentally, the store had Redmond’s first soda fountain. Buckley Brothers hauled the ice cream here by stage. Hearing that the McCaffery building was soon to be occupied by the Snell and Green saloon, Lynch and Roberts leased it, cut a hole through the wall and used it for a year. The soda fountain was in that structure.
“We used to sit around the stove at night waiting for the stage,” J.R.recounts. “Miss Myrtle Butler, who had come here from Yakima, asked us why we didn’t hire her for a dry goods clerk. We did, and she was a good one.
“In the spring of 1911, she decided we should have a millery opening —something new for Redmond. We talked it over and sent her to Portland to buy hats. Invitations to the opening were mailed all over the area, and we ordered 300 pink carnations so that one could be given to every woman attending.
“The opening was a great success and we sold every hat. I recall that one old woman from Sisters was so pleased that her voice shook. ‘It’s the first hothouse flower I’ve had in 20 years,’ she told me.
“About 5 o’clock that day Addison Bennett, country editor for the Oregonian, came to our store. ‘What’s going on?’ he asked. I’ve been watching from the hotel.’
“We told him about the opening, and he gave us a quarter-page write-up in the Sunday Oregonian. It was quite a day in Redmond.”
By October 1910, business had increased so much that a salesman came to Redmond with buckboard and trunks, setting up in the back room of the Davies blacksmith shop. Lynch & Roberts bought $3000 worth of merchandise and discounted it, too.
The potato industry was developing in Central Oregon and a few years later J.R. decided to promote Deschutes potatoes. He packed a carload of them in 25 and 50 pound boxes, took them to Portland and put them in a warehouse.
“I carried a 25-pound box under my arm and went to see Henry Thiele, restaurant owner,” he says. “I told Henry I wanted to interest him in good potatoes, but he replied he got his supply from Yakima.
“‘I happen to know you are scheduled to furnish 200 baked potatoes to the Women’s Club,’ I said. ‘Will you bake them if I furnish them?’
“‘Yeh, and I’ll make a speech, too,’ Thiele said.
“He got interested and put Deschutes potatoes on the menu at his Soverign Hotel. Because we belonged to United Grocers, I knew many of them and placed 25 boxes in an eastside store, telling the grocer he could get more at the warehouse. He sold them all the first day, but forgot about obtaining more. Eventually we sold the remainder to Sealy-Dresser for a cent per pound, exactly what they had cost — but when freight was added, we lost money. I think this helped start interest in Deschutes potatoes, though.”
25 years ago
March 8, 1995 — Terrebonne School celebrates its history
Thursday was a day for celebration — and history.
Members of the community — current and former — and school children got together to talk about the school and the community’s history.
For more than 80 years Terrebonne has had a school, first as an independent school district, then for the past 30 or so as part of the larger Redmond School District.
“Several months ago, we decided that our new addition was a cause for celebration since Terrebonne school has changed so much during the years,” said teacher Julie Ross, who coordinated Terrebonne History Day.
Teachers, board members and community members who had been involved in the school over the years were contacted and recruited to help plan the festivities.
“We enjoyed sharing stories with them,” Ross said.
Like the one about the boy who rode his horse to school. The principal walked the horse in the front door and out the back and returned the horse to the boy saying, “Now you can say you’ve got the only horse that’s gone through Terrebonne School.”
Throughout the school day students attended presentations by teachers, former teachers, students and principals on early school life, quilts, old-time gadgets and tools, music, games.