100 years ago
July 29, 1921
Establishing what is believed to be a record, J.O. Houk of the Redmond Garage drove from Redmond over the McKenzie Pass to Portland in 11 hours, according to word received here yesterday by P.M. Houk, a brother. The distance, it was shown by Houk's speedometer, is 258 miles.
Houk plans to leave Portland Sunday morning to return over the Columbia River and The Dalles-California highways.
75 years ago
July 25, 1946 — Canine Mother Buries, Mourns Departed Pups
Not long ago, Sally, golden cocker spaniel owned by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Giles, had two puppies. She cared for them every moment, bringing them to her masters proudly when asked to do so.
Last Sunday evening when Mr. and Mrs. Giles returned from an outing, Sally greeted them, but failed to respond when asked to get her puppies.
A search failed to disclose the two pups, until Giles happened to notice where the earth had been dug near the garage. He started pushing the ground about, and Sally became frantic. Then it was discovered the puppies were buried there. Apparently , they had died during the heat of the afternoon and Sally had buried them; for as soon as they were exposed, she grabbed both the tiny bodies in her mouth, crawled under the garage and made a new grave for her dead babies.
The Giles say that every day she crawls under the garage where the two puppies are buried.
50 years ago
July 21, 1971 — Redmond firemen dispatched to train-boxcar collision
By its mutual aid agreement with surrounding communities, the Redmond Fire Department dispatched a water tanker, manned by Dick Zobrist and Spike Durfee, to the scene of the train-boxcar collision Friday night near Deschutes Junction.
The Redmond unit found the Bend Department adequately combating the holocaust with the three Bend pumpers, but remained on stand-by for 1 1/2 hours until the flames had subsided.
Later Zobrist and Redmond Chief Hoy Fultz returned to assist with removal of bodies from the wreckage.
The collision took the lives of engineer P.J. Ritter and fireman Kenneth R. Boxberger, both of Vancouver, Wash. Walter Stanwood of Portland, who had substituted on the run for the vacationing brakeman, was listed in fair condition Monday at St. Charles Memorial Hospital. He told authorities he had jumped from the train when he saw the approaching boxcars, but apparently had failed to clear before the point of impact. He was discovered some 50 yards from the engine.
The 58-car freight, enroute to Bend from Wishram, was rammed head-on near Deschutes Junction by four run-away boxcars from Bend. Loaded with wood moulding, they had passed through two switches and a derailing device to reach the main track. It is believed the cars were traveling in excess of 50 miles per hour by the time they hit the oncoming freight, which had slowed to an apparent 10 miles per hour as the engineer called ahead to Bend to find out why they were encountering the warning signals.
The collision totally derailed three of the four diesel engines and partially derailed the fourth. Air brakes, set before the point of impact, apparently prevented the derailment of any of the freight cars. Moulding was strewn over much of the scene.
25 years ago
July 24, 1996 — Group plans for school growth
With continuing growth a certainty, the Redmond School District is planning ahead.
This spring, the district organized a Growth and Planning Committee to face issues like where money will come from to build new schools, where they will be built, what size and shape any new schools will be, the potential of year-round school, whether Evergreen School has finally outlived its usefulness, and how the district will pay for the new buses needed to transport a growing student population.
In a series of monthly meetings, committee members are bringing community concerns and ideas back to the group. Throughout the fall, more research will be done. In January, the committee will make recommendations to the school board, which will then decide which recommendations to pursue.
But who knows what will come of all that planning.
The Sisters district followed a similar but extended process when its long-range planning committee met from 1992-95.
However, all the Sisters committee's plans were put on hold when voters rejected two bond requests. The bond failures means Sisters High School students will attend some classes in a nearby church next year.
With planning, the Redmond district hopes to avoid such a scenario. But the clock is ticking.
With a projected growth rate of 47 percent at the high school level over the next decade, superintendent Jerry Colonna told the committee, "there's a very high likelihood we will be looking at a new high school by the year 2005."
However, with the school district and voters recovering from an ambitious building project funded by a 1993 bond, the district is looking for other ways to stretch its existing buildings.
Year-round school is one possibility. The idea is already in use in thousands of school districts across the nation, according to Redmond city planner Leslee Bangs, who chaired the Sisters long-range planning committee.
"Once you hit capacity, what are you going to do?" she asked.
But the majority of adults want to school on the traditional nine-month school schedule, a system developed when the nation's economy was primarily based on agriculture.
"But," Bangs said, "kids don't have to be let out to go home and help with the crops anymore."
That history provides one of the biggest stumbling block to acceptance of year-round school.
However, Colonna noted one of the biggest problems with the year-round concept is short-term child care for working parents.
Air-conditioning is another problem, he said. Some newer schools could be outfitted with air conditioning relatively cheaply, but older schools would require major outlays.