Flashback: Plans in place for first county fair, 100 years ago

This illustration in the Aug. 28 1919 issue of the Redmond Spokesman celebrated the formation of the League of Nations after World War I. (Spokesman file photo)

100 years ago

Aug. 28, 1919 — Potato show and fair plans are perfected

At the Commercial Club meeting on Tuesday of this week, plans took definite form for the Potato Show this year, and an organization was completed to handle the details.

M.A. Lynch was selected as general chairman, and he will be ably assisted by the committees.

On account of war conditions, the show was not held last year, and it is the intention to make the Show this year all the better on that account.

A complete list of the various events, classes of exhibits, and the general program will appear in a later issue of this paper. The various committees will have full charge of the details connected with their particular department, calling on the general committee for additional help as it appears needed.

With the aid given by the county, it is expected to have from $1200 to $1500 available for prizes, and miscellaneous small expenses, and assurances have already been received for a strong exhibit in practically all departments.

Redmond expects to make an effort to have the county fair established at this point, this appearing to be the most logical place for a permanent selection, and every effort will be made this year to make the Potato Show the most successful and enjoyable that has ever been put on here.

75 years ago

Aug. 31, 1944 — CAP Airport Made, Used on Same Day

Like a magic carpet unrolling at unbelievable speed, an airport grew in miracle fashion Sunday from the labors of some 30 members of Redmond Civil Air patrol and their willing helpers. It all happened in just seven hours — the transformation of sagebrush flats near Cline Falls into runways which were used by a plane the same day they were started.

Early Sunday morning, equipment loaned by the post engineers of Redmond army air base, the city of Redmond and a number of individuals began rolling westward toward Cline falls, spot selected by the Civil Air patrol on which to build a landing field for use until the army returns the air base to the city. Besides the heavy equipment, there were quantities of pitchforks, grubbing hoes and shovels and ready hands to man them.

Things began happening at 9 o’clock as the miracle workers proved that man can do anything and from the cloud of dust the field emerged. Graders hummed up and down the flats all day; a bulldozer flattened trees; a rake and leveler crisscrossed the runways; trucks hauled away brush as pitchforks and grubbing hoes flew back and forth under the broiling August sun.

By late afternoon the runways, one 1900 feet long and the other 1200 feet, were usable; at lease they looked good enough to Lt. Walter Howard, commander of Bend squadron of the Civil Air patrol. Howard had flown over the spot early that morning and at 4 o’clock that afternoon he returned to make the first landing on the north-south runway.

The reception committee threw down its picks and shovels, and Lt. Maurice F. Roberts, commander of the Redmond CAP, welcomed the first pilot to use the field.

50 years ago

Sept. 3, 1969 — Chamber speaker sees Central Oregon as possible leading tourist center

By Rick Larson

“Central Oregon has all the resources to be the state’s number one tourist area,” said Warren Merrill in a speech before representatives of the Central Oregon Chamber of Commerce at their quarterly meeting Aug. 26 at the 86 Corral Coin Room.

Merrill, assistant to the administrator for Economic Development Division’s executive branch, talked on the future of Central Oregon’s economy in a speech, entitled “Digging More Gold Out of the Tourism Mine.”

Merrill said that Oregon now attracts approximately nine million visitors annually, or about four and a half times the state’s population. The tourist trade is the third largest industry in Oregon’s economy and is the fastest growing, Only lumber and agriculture contribute more to the economy.

This is expected to change over the years, with lumber slipping in the past few years and agriculture growing at a moderate rate. The Economic Development Division has predicted that the tourist trade will increase 45% over the next five or six years and sixfold over the next 30 years.

25 years ago

Aug. 31, 1994 — Building value hits $8.6 million for August

Building permits issued by the City of Redmond in August represented a combined value greater than most years in the city’s history.

The city issued permits for projects with a combined value of $8.7 million during the month, the Community Development 
Department reported Tuesday. The figure brings the total for the year to $40.8 million.

The monthly total includes $6.93 million in commercial/industrial and $1.74 million in residential construction. The 24 residential permits issued in August brings the year’s total to 238.

The August total exceeds all annual totals in the city’s history except for the years 1990-93 and 1979.

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