Lack of snow couldn’t keep Santa Claus from visiting with hundreds of Redmond youngsters as he arrived by fire truck in 1969 from the North Pole.

Dec. 11, 1919 — The Deepth of Snow Recalls Winter 84-5

It was cold on Monday morning — about 10 below zero, and there was a covering of two or three inches of snow on the ground. following the cold snap came warmer weather and with it a fall of snow only equaled once in the history of Central Oregon.

It was in the winter of 1884-85 that the big snow occurred, ending up, old timers say, with a blanket from three to four feet in depth.

At this time, this was a grass country, and the range was fully stocked with cattle and horses. Following this big storm, so unusual to the country, came colder weather, some say as low as 25 below zero and with varying moderation, this continued for fully two months. The stockmen at that time made no preparation for feeding and the loss of livestock during this time was appalling, if not total.

The present storm ended last evening and the snow is now fully three feet deep on the level. Sisters and Lower Bridge report four feet, but with this it is not believed there will be any suffering or loss of livestock because there is a big surplus of hay in the country and it is well distributed.

If any inconvenience follows here, it will be for lack of fuel, as many of us do not have a large supply of wood on hand and it will be impossible to get this from the ranches and stocks of coal, never large here, are practically depleted owing to the strike and inadequate transportation facilities.

The severe cold caused damage to the city pumping plant until it is temporarily out of commission and with empty reservoirs, the town is without a water supply and in the nature of things, several days must elapse before it will be in running order. Until these repairs are made our people should use extra precaution to guard against the possibility of fire. Snow can be melted for water so that we need not suffer on that account.

With real Redmond enterprise, the city marshal yesterday began the work of clearing trails throughout the city, using six and eight horses so that anyone reaching the town from the outside will be able to ...

Dec. 14, 1944 — Crowd Overflows Theater For Bond Show

The Odem theater was filled to overflowing for the war bond premiere show, held Thursday night on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, said Mrs. Milton L. Odem, theater owner who sponsored the program for the sixth war loan drive.

Each war bond purchased between December 1 and 7 entitled the holder to attend the show, which featured Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in “Lost in a Harem.”

On December 7 alone, a total of $16,000 worth of Series E bonds were sold in Redmond, and $2500 worth were bought at the Odem box office Thursday night.

Dec. 17, 1969 — Bobby was his brother’s keeper (editorial)

It all started on a routine trip to Salem, with Mayor Gerold Barrett the passenger in a car driven by another resident of this area. The date was Oct. 22 and the time 9:30 in the morning.

They had just crossed the summit of the Santiam Pass and were below Hogg Rock when the accident occurred. The car went out of control, rolling over and over down the highway. Mayor Barrett was hurled 50 or 60 feet through the air.

Forty-five minutes or an hour later, he still was lying beside the road under a blanket. Loggers who had stopped were helping the driver get the wrecked vehicle off the highway, but nothing had been done for the injured man except to cover him with a blanket. No one had even gone to the highway department headquarters, not far away, to radio or telephone for an ambulance.

Young Bob Dent, 19, who was returning from Salem, stopped at the scene of the accident to see what he could do. Lifting the blanket to see who was hurt, he gasped, “Why, it’s Mayor Barrett!” He then inquired if anyone had called an ambulance and was told it had not been done. Young Dent tried to stop cars to get someone to go for help, but the passing motorists didn’t want to get involved and “were to busy to be bothered.”

Recognizing young Dent, the mayor said: “Help me, Bobby, get me to a hospital. I’ll take full responsibility.”

A bystander told Bobby if he helped Barrett he might get sued and even go to jail. The youth said, “I don’t care if I get five years in the pen, I’d do it again when I got out.”

Seeing Barrett was in a severe state of shock, Dent, who knew first aid, realized there could be no delay, and at that time “couldn’t have cared less about possible involvement.” With the aid of some of the loggers, he loaded the mayor into his car and set out for Redmond as fast as he dared to drive.

He had to stop at Sisters for gas and asked a service station attendant to phone ahead for a police escort, which met him out of town, escorting him to Central Oregon District Hospital.

Barrett, by that time temporarily paralyzed from his injuries, was in such severe shock that his temperature had fallen to 72 degrees. If he had lain on the road for a little longer, he very likely would have died.

In addition to many bruises on his body, the mayor suffered a chipped vertebra and another vertebra was bruised and inverted. He was not able to work for a month and still has to rest for several hours every day.

Many people fear a possible suit under Oregon laws if they help an injured person. The mayor thinks the law should be modified so that aid could be given in cases of emergency without danger of liability.

At any rate, there are too many instances these days which show that many citizens just don’t care what happens to the other fellow.

Last fall another man from John Day wasn’t as lucky as the Redmond mayor. A power saw surged out of control and cut his jugular vein. The pickup truck in which his brother was ruching him to Seneca ran out of gas and a carload of hunters passing by refused to take the injured man to a doctor. The brother then remembered there was gasoline stored in the back of the pickup, put it in the tank and drove on to Seneca. It was too late then; the man was dead before the hospital was reached.

Mayor Barrett was fortunate because there was a Redmond youth who wasn’t afraid to help in an emergency, without thought of the consequences. Unlike others, Bobby Dent was his brother’s keeper.

Dec. 14, 1994 — Schools benefit from local generosity

‘Tis the season for giving and receiving gifts. But, the Redmond School District has already raked in a substantial share of loot this year.

In 1994, the district has received gifts and donations worth almost $40,000.

Much of that magnanimity has been directed toward the child development program.

More than $32,000 has been donated in cash, material, labor and in-kind services to bring the REDCAP Community Care and Transition Center into operation. REDCAP also received an additional $20,000-plus in grants.

The area’s generosity has put Central Oregon on the state map in terms of giving.

Donations to Redmond’s Child Development program ranked second in the state during the last biennium.

A 50 percent Oregon Income Tax credit given to qualifying teen parent and child development programs may have had something to do with the area’s open pocketbooks.

But Judy Scales doesn’t think so.

“It (the tax credit) has been a boon to us,” she said, “but I think most people give because they really want to.”

Scales helped direct much of the program development before taking a new resource acquisitions position with the district this fall.

And she said she “won’t be a bit surprised” if the community’s largess results in a first-place ranking this year.

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