Flashback: Redmond gets American Legion post, 100 years ago

Dan Robeson cooks some tasty popcorn while (left to right) Scott Whittier, Mike Hollowell and Bob Wagaman supervise the operation. These four boys are members of Beaver Patrol, Boy Scout Troop 27. Beaver Patrol went on an overnight camping trip along the Deschutes River near Cline Falls in the summer of 1969. (Spokesman file photo)

100 years ago

Aug. 21, 1919 — Redmond to have post of the American Legion

At a meeting held on Tuesday night by ex-service men, the initial steps were taken for the establishing of a Post in Redmond.

Mr. Eivers, of the state executive committee explained to those present the objects and goal of the organization and a local temporary organization was effected.

A committee for the drawing up of a constitution and by-lows is at work and will be in a position to present at the next meeting the necessary material for the formal application for a charter.

Everyone who was in the service of the country between the dates of April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1917, is eligible for membership provided he has an honorable discharge from the service, or is still in the service, and it is hoped that every eligible person in the vicinity will be at the next meeting, which will be held at 7:30 next Friday night at the office of County Agent Koons.

There is a misconception as to the object of this organization, and what it stands for, in some localities.

It is not a military organization but a body which stands for true Americanism and a body which will eventually carry out the aims and purposes of the G.A.R. and Spanish War Veterans.

No one who has been in the service can afford to forego an affiliation with the American Legion and Redmond will have a strong organization because the men are here and there is nothing to hold them back.

75 years ago

Aug. 24, 1944 — Electric Irons Coming in Fall

New electric irons are expected to appear in the market this fall, announces Miss Elizabeth H Boeckli, home demonstration agent of Deschutes county. According to information received from the U.S. department of agriculture, the War Production board is trying to schedule the production of two million electric irons where irons can be made without interfering with war production.

Recently authorized also is the manufacturing of 68,000 new electric stoves for war housing projects and other civilian use during 1944. However these stoves will not appear on the market until late in the year, Miss Boeckli adds.

In the meantime, every homemaker is asked to keep what equipment she has on hand in good running order by giving it proper care.

50 years ago

Aug. 27, 1969 — Garbage dumps again in use following approval of levy

Following voter approval last Thursday of a $70,000 special levy for operation of county dumps, regular maintenance is now underway and the Arnold dump, closed because of fires, has been reopened. The vote was 1925 yes and 1148 no, with the levy passing in all but three precincts. However, only about one-fifth of the county’s registered voters went to the polls.

25 years ago

Aug. 24, 1994 — Local vet returns to Guam

Jim Abbott has a little bit of Guam’s Asan Beach at his Redmond home.

Abbott, 71, collected sand from the beach during a recent trip to Guam to take part in the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Guam. His second visit to the island was a lot more fun than his first, when he was a young man in the U.S. Marine Crops. He spent eight months on the island in 1944 at a camp near Talofofo Bay.

He visited Asan Beach and Talofofo Bay during his return to the island in July as part of a tour organized by Military Historical Tours. Nearly 1,000 veterans returned for the 50th anniversary celebration, Abbott said.

The visit brought back a lot of memories, Abbott said.

“It was a tough battle,” he said. “There was one point we were pinned down for three days. There were a lot of guys getting killed.”

The island looks a lot different today -- it’s an island paradise rather than a war zone, he said.

The Guam liberation was just one of many battles the 3d Marine Division was involved in. Abbott also spent time at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.

Abbott, whose family moved to Redmond in 1944, joined the Marines on Dec. 12, 1941, and was sworn in on Dec. 16. Out of the 46 men sworn in at the same time, Abbott was the only one not wounded or killed. He served four years.

Abbott has been active in the Redmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post for many years, holding various offices. He is senior vice commander of the post.

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