LeRoy Tooley doesn’t mind working on Christmas.

100 years ago

Dec. 15, 1921 — New books purchased for library

The following new books were placed on the shelves at the Redmond public library this week, Mrs. L.C. Marion announces.

For children: “The Curlytops at Cherry Farm,” “The Curlytops on Star Island,” “The Curlytops Snowed In,” “Wild Flowers Every Child Should Know.”

Young people’s books: “How Janice Day Won the Day,” “Left End Edwards,” “The Adventures of a Freshman.”

Fiction for adults: “Waifs and Strays,” “More Tish,” “The Mountebank,” “To Him That Hath.”

75 Years Ago

Dec. 26, 1946 — Good, bad left in the week of mad year

Great advances made in Central Oregon in spite of setbacks.

The year 1945 swept over Central Oregon like an angry flood, bringing with it the debris of social unrest and economic upheaval from all over the world.

The effect of these conditions can be seen throughout the gloomier side of the news about local happenings for the year — no houses, staggering taxes, disgruntled veterans, overflowing school houses, governmental snafu, quarrels over wages, crazy farm markets, general economic hardships and inequalities, spiraling prices.

Yet the news of the year also discloses that when things on the brighter side did happen, they happened in a big way. Completion of the north unit canal brought a new land of plenty into production. Two new full-fledged cities appeared on the map, Sisters and Culver. New business firms sprouted up like grass in the spring. Veterans by the hundreds return to their families. Redmond acquired a multi-million dollar airport, and this soon became one of the 63 mainline stops of the entire nation for United airlines. In spite of difficulties and high cost of production, the farms in the area came through with a tremendous volume of products.

Also recorded in the news of the year is a steady refrain of events that have to do with the more normal, routine, and less hectic ways of living.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 22, 1971 — Subdivisions open west of Cinder Butte

A new subdivision is opening on the west side of Cinder Butte, according to Bob Butler, broker of Hub Real Estate.

Rimrock West Estate, located one-half mile west of the Butte on Parshall Way, features cindered roads, five-acre home sites and will have utilities installed, including domestic water from a well.

“After extensive planning and the aid of Loren Morgan, Deschutes County planner, and the Deschutes County Commission, this 160-acre tract of land now is being offered for sale,” said Butler, who has been in charge of planning and development of the project. He said that each estate “has an abundance of juniper trees and an excellent view of the Cascade Mountains.”

Cinders were provided by chuck Dahl, Cinder Butte Co.; roads were built by Jack Vogt, road contractor from Bend, and the water well was drilled by Dale Crawford of Terrebonne. Hub Real Estate is handling sales.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 25, 1996 — Christmas workers take it in stride

“Boo-hoo,” is how Charlene Handsaker described her nine-hour Christmas-day shift at The Brand Dinner House.

But at least she won’t be far from her family. Handsaker’s husband, Ken, is a cook at the restaurant.

Handsaker admits she misses the family time.

“I’m sacrificing time with my kids and grandkids,” she said. Yet, like many others scheduled to work the holiday, she accepts the shift with good grace.

“My children are all grown, so I’m doing a longer shift so the younger families can be together,” Handsaker said.

For most people, Christmas is a holiday to enjoy snug at home, surrounded by family. But for a small force of workers, it’s just another day.

Rick Rogerson, water treatment plant operator for the city of Redmond, is on-call Christmas day. Aside from spending an hour or so checking the plant, Rogerson isn’t expecting to miss much of the festivities.

“I’m not worried,” he said. “Breakdowns are uncommon.”

Maybe so, but Dave Shirley, an 18-year veteran water treatment operator, remembers one night he rang in the new year sopping wet and freezing cold while repairing a broken line.

“I’ll have my fingers crossed and hope I don’t get a call,” he said.

Tessa Johnston and Peggy Stufflebeem have no questions about where they’ll spend the 25th of December. Both will be at work at 7-Eleven. Stufflebeem’s family might even come in and help her stock shelves, “just for fun,” she said. For Johnston, working Christmas is no problem.

“I get New Year’s off,” she said. “That’s the only one I really care about.”

LeRoy Tooley and Wayne Morgan will be on duty at the Tesoro Alaska station on Sixth Street. The duo are actually looking forward to their shift.

“We’ve got great customers,” Tooley said. “They bring us food and presents.”


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