Vicki Allen prepares displays at Old Farmers Co-op Antiques in 1995.

100 years ago

June 10, 1920 — Redmond to aid in publicity for Oregon

The purposes behind the state-wide drive to be made by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce are outlined by Julius Meier, who is heading the expansion campaign.

To aid in the drive to be made, a Redmond committee has been appointed consisting of N.A. Burdick, chairman, M.A. Lynch, W.M. Wilson, G.E. Dobson, and Douglas Mularky.

Meier is urging the campaign because of what he declares to be the necessity of a national advertising campaign to place the state and its resources before the people of the East. The campaign, he said, will be necessary if Oregon is to hold her own against the great campaigns now being planned by Seattle, San Diego and other coast cities.

The story continues on redmondspokesman.com.

Meier said:

“A lot of publicity has been secured for Oregon, about the Rose Festival, the Columbia river highway, and now we are getting ready to entertain thousands of people who will carry the message of Oregon’s advantages away with them,” said Mr Meier, “but there is still much to be done if the advantages of Oregon and the opportunities that this state offers to the settler are to be made known to the world.

“For a long time business men have felt as I do that we have a big job to do in selling Oregon to the whole world, and the only vehicle to adequately carry this through is a campaign of national advertising. With this thought in mind I accepted the chairmanship of the executive committee of the State Chamber of Commerce, an organization formed for the purpose of advertising the resources of our state.

“Right now Seattle has almost completed the raising of $250,000 to finance a three-year national advertising campaign. San Diego has been advertising her advantages in the national publications for about a year and it is part of a three year program. I am told that San Francisco and Los Angeles are now considering similar plans even more comprehensive than those of Seattle and San Diego.

“ I wonder if people really know what Oregon firms who have advertised nationally are doing to make this state known. The Phez company of Salem, during the last three years have published full-page ads in the Saturday Evening Post, appearing in 62,000,000 of this publication. Last year the Oregon City Woolen mills, so I understand, had full-page advertisements in 12,000,000 copies of the Saturday Evening Post and they are carrying out the same campaign this year. Vogan’s candies, King’s dehydrated food products and other national advertisers are helping to spread the reputation of this state as a land of wonderful natural products and of aggressive manufacturers.

“But as I see it, Oregon taken collectively has a big story that can be told, and if it is told in a commanding way to this entire country, it is going to bring a wonderful development for us. We have built harbor facilities which rank with the best on the coast. How are we going to keep these busy unless we tell the world about the service we have to render through these shipping facilities?

“Oregon needs world markets for Oregon products. As I can see a national advertising campaign, it would create a great underlying consciousness throughout the country as to the quality of Oregon products, so that individual manufacturers could couple up their own efforts with it. There is a great romance that could be told about Oregon, which would make a real advertising story

“I believe now is the time to launch a campaign of this kind and to get it under way before other Pacific coast cities beat us to it.

“The capitalization of the tourist, to may way of thinking, has never been properly exploited a this end of the line.

“The opportunities for settlement, in this state, have never been handled in a manner to produce the greatest results.

“As to the industrial possibilities — where today we have probably 1400 or 1500 manufacturers in this state, there is no reason why we could not enroll additional thousands with our water power and transportation facilities, together with convenient raw materials.

“The State Chamber of Commerce is attempting at this time to carry out an organization, which in the main, has already been perfected, to raises the necessary funds to carry out all of the above and many other worthy suggestions for the benefit of the whole state.

“To the achievement of the goal that has been set, the cooperation of the citizenship of the state is invited. It is a problem in which every property owner and every worker has an interest for in the larger development all will share in the benefits. It is our hope that all will join in making the campaign successful.”

75 years ago

June 14, 1945 — Houk Purchases Lot on Corner of Sixth Street

P.M. Houk has purchased from Mrs. Frances M. Wilson the 50 by 100 foot lot on the southwest corner of Sixth and F streets, he has announced. Associated with him in the transaction are W.L. Houk of Redmond and William L. Van Allen and J.O. Houk of Bend.

A portion of the property at present is occupied by Redmond Motor company’s used car lot and the remainder has on it the building rented by Redmond Hide, Wool and Fur company.

There will be no change at present in the status of the property, Houk said, as future construction will await the end of the war. The Houk and Van Allen interests plan to use the corner for postwar automotive development.

50 years ago

June 10, 1970 — Redmond school system gets summer work study program

Redmond School District again has been accepted by the University of Oregon and Oregon State University for work study program. This program is set up to provide summer work for students who can show a financial need to conintue their college studies.

Arrangements for employment must be made through the financial aid office on the respective campuses. More detail concerning the program and job descriptions can be given by Hugh Hartman, superintendent of schools.

To be eligible for applying for work funds, the applicant must be a student in good standing at the college at the end of this school year or a freshman who has already been accepted for the fall term.

At the present time five college students have been assigned to the Redmond schools for summer work. The colleges have set aside funds for at least four more students. Redmond is the only school system in Central Oregon that has made arrangements with the colleges for summer employment for young people who desire work of this type.

25 years ago

June 14, 1995 — Redmond’s RARE find

Antiques are bringing Redmond’s merchants together.

With the recent opening of two more antique shops and the formation of Redmond Antique Retailers, Etc. (RARE), Redmond has become “the antique capital of the region.”

The coordinated effort is a first for Redmond and has participating members excited about the opportunity it provides.

“The group is very cohesive and has a common goal — bringing people to downtown to help all merchants,” said Duane Gilbert of The Gilbert House. “We’re using antiques as a focal point.”

But the “Etc.,” in the name, he pointed out, covers a lot of ground. Drawing customers will require a variety of speciality shops — shops offering goods the large retail chains don’t offer, he said.

The new gourmet coffee shop, Local Grounds, and an ice cream parlor that will be going in, are good examples of the growing number of specialty shops, Gilbert said.

What downtown needs to evoke, he said, is that “old downtown feeling.”

RARE has coordinated its advertising … and the effort seems to be working. “The map is one of the best things we ever did,” Jude Gilbert said.

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Members are reporting more traffic, and the recent opening of The Old Farmers Co-op Antiques and Crafters Mall, and Country by Design Antiques have helped diversify the offerings.

Vicki Allen, developer of the Old Farmers Co-op mall, and Betty Ramsey of Country by Design, are both ecstatic about the coordinated effort in Redmond.

“The support of others is really fantastic,” Allen said recently while arranging the display on the loading dock entrance at the Farmers Co-op on Southeast Evergreen Avenue. “I can’t give enough credit to the group — everyone is so helpful.”

And, she said, the coordinated effort is providing a draw that Redmond has not had.

“I’ve seen people come in here carrying these maps and they’ve been all over town, “Allen said. “It’s getting people to stop in Redmond.”

Ramsey, whose store is in the heart of downtown at 453 S.W. Sixth, feels the same way.

“We help each other,” Ramsey said.

There is some duplication of items for sale at the RARE shops, but each has its own specialties, she said.

“And when it comes to antiques, the more there are, the better,” she said.

County by Design is owned by Butch and Betty Ramsey and Ric and Linda Nowak. The two couples have been friends for a long time and shared the hobby of collecting and restoring furniture. They just decided it was time to open a shop.

The Ramseys focus on tables and chairs. The Nowaks’ specialty is cabinets. While their business is built around these large items, they also have numerous other items — and plenty to restock as items sell.

While Country by Design specializes in larger items, Old Farmers Co-op has more smaller items and variety, as well as crafts.

The former Deschutes Farmers Co-op was purchased by a partnership headed by Keith Eager, Vicki Allen’s cousin.

Allen though the large, old building would make an excellent antiques mall, so this spring Eager gave her the go-ahead.

She has converted the building into a display of antiques, “country art,” crafts and even one fashion boutique, Lady Rain Originals. She rents space and sells some items on consignment.

The mall is almost filled up, but she’s still taking names of prospective dealers.

“It’s really still evolving,” Allen said. “There’s been a lot of interest because folk artists and crafters haven’t had a place to show their stuff.”

Allen is still uncertain what she’s going to do with the old grain rooms off the mail mall. She’s considering turning it into a community room that could be rented to clubs for meetings, square dances or bazaars.

“There’s a lot of history here,” Allen said. “It’s nice to see this building coming back to life.”


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