Crank-to-start race winner Alan Williams of Sisters prepares to mount his 1915 Ford, oldest car present at the 1970 playday for members of the Central Oregon Old Car Club. Fifteen antique cars and their owners were on hand for the games and races at Sisters.

100 years ago

Sept. 23, 1920 — Adams is Buyer for New Juniper Pencil Slat Co.

C.A. Adams, former city marshal who resigned his position two weeks ago, is now employed for the Redmond Juniper Manufacturing company and is buying select juniper for use of the plant here which will be ready to operate in about thirty days. Pencil slats will be the principal product.

Enough juniper has already been contracted to run the plant for several years in the capacity planned for the first unit now under construction, officials of the company said.

75 years ago

Sept. 27, 1945 — Denmark Letters Mailed in 1941 Reach Redmond

Letters mailed in Denmark during November, 1941, finally reached Mrs. Jay Shively of Redmond this week, after four years’ delay. There were two of them, written by her sisters, Miss Lee Thomsen of Svenborg and Miss Marguerite Thomsen of Aarhus.

Inclosed was a notation, saying “The United States censor is not responsible for the mutilation of this letter.”

Miss Lee Thomsen, who has a position with an importing company, visited the Shivelys in 1939, returning to Denmark just at the time the European war broke out. Miss Marguerite Thomsen is a nurse in an Aarhus hospital.

One of the letters had been passed by an English censor only and the other had been examined by both English and German censors.

Since the war ended, Mrs. Shively has been receiving a number of letters from her family in Denmark, some of which arrive in two weeks time.

50 years ago

Sept. 23, 1970 — Mayor makes offer to withdraw name

Concerned about the lack of interest in the approaching city election, Mayor Gerold Barrett, only candidate thus far to file, said Tuesday that if he were standing in the way of others entering the race, he would withdraw.

“There’s no glory in the job, just a lot of work, and I would not want to stand in the way of the city’s progress, my main concern,” the mayor indicated.

Many persons have been approached, but so far none has consented. Some fear the loss of business as a result of decisions they must make as council men, the mayor said.

“I wish we could get a number of interested citizens to file for mayor and the council,” Barrett added.

25 years ago

Sept. 27, 1995 — Old building gets new life, tenants

The 75-year-old Landaker building — once an eyesore on downtown Redmond’s commercial landscape — is half full with new tenants after a year-long top-to-bottom renovation.

Located at Southwest Sixth Street and Evergreen Avenue, the three story brick building was home to a smoky dive, the Pastime Tavern, on the ground floor.

Seedy apartments on the upper two floors housed summer smokejumpers in the final days before renovation began.

Despite the structure’s poor reputation in recent years, a few old-timer who stopped by during reconstruction recalled some fond memories — like when John Wayne, starring in a film being shot in Central Oregon, would stop in and have a few drinks.

If he were alive today, the legendary actor would have to settle for a latte.

Local Grounds, a coffee shop, and a second, vacant commercial space now occupy the first level.

On the second floor, seven new rooms have been leased for clients of the Opportunity Center, a Redmond work center for the disabled.

The third floor has five studio apartments reserved for low-income elderly citizens.

Cascade Community Development, the private, non-profit corporation that spearheaded renovation, celebrated completion of the project last week with an open house at the building.

At one point, city officials had discussed razing the Landaker Building to make way for a park or parking spaces. Andy Rogers, the organization’s director, said that he’s grateful it was spared the wrecking ball.

“I’m glad that our proposal prevailed,” he said. “We were able to save a piece of Redmond’s history.”

Mayor Jerry Thackery said the city had viewed the deteriorating structure as unsafe, attracting vandalism and transients. The rehabilitation project was not considered the likely option, but Cascade Community Development, then called Central Housing Concerns, prevailed with its proposal.

“It’s just a marvelous facility,” Thackery said Thursday, adding that “fresh, new commercial space” desperately is needed downtown.

“We’re just anxious to see what the next one will be,” Thackery said.

Bank of the Cascades furnished a low-interest loan of $247,500 to finance construction and some long-term maintenance of the building, originally called Bank Billiards Hall.

In addition, a federal grant of $264,000 covered about half of construction costs. For a related local contribution, the city exempted the top two floors from property taxes.

Seniors 55 and older with annual incomes of $15,060 or less are expected to start moving into the top floor soon. Rent will start at $286 a month.

An elevator was installed in the center of the building for use by the new tenants.


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