Electricity from Pacific Power and Light company lines is aiding development of new farms on the North Unit project, in this 1945 photo. First of 200 farms to receive electric service there is the 80-acre tract near Culver owned by R.E. Bebb, where the comfortable farm home (upper left) is being completed. Bebb has already planted shade trees, grapes and raspberries. Lower photo shows view of sparsely settled dry land farming area where North Unit water will soon establish irrigated farms.

April 8, 1920 — Denton G. Burdick Announces Candidacy For Re-Election to Oregon’s Legislature

Denton G. Burdick of this city today announced his intention to become a candidate for re-election to the office of state representative from this District, which is composed of six of the largest counties in the state and is the largest legislative district in the United States.

Burdick first became a candidate for his office in 1916 at the suggestion and request of the Redmond Commercial Club, and after a hard campaign he was elected and served during the 1917 session. During this session he was one of the original men to introduce the six million dollar road bond bill, which was passed by the voters and which designated The Dalles-California and three other state roads which pass through Deschutes county.

Having been an active worker for irrigation development and a member of the executive committees of the Irrigation Congress, he was made a member of the irrigation committee in the House for 1917, and assisted in preparing and passing the irrigation district code under which the Central Oregon Irrigation District and many other projects in the state are now operating successfully.

In the hope that it would be possible to bring the Tumalo reservoir up to its maximum efficiency, he assisted in securing $10,000.00 from the state for use on the project. Later he introduced and secured the passage of an act which made it possible for the settlers on the Tumalo lands to form an irrigation district , which district has now been formed and will ultimately result in an adequate water supply for all of the lands.

It wa during the 1917 session that Burdick resisted passage of the act which validated Deschutes county and arbitrarily removed the legal proceedings, then pending, from the supreme court, in accord with the will of the voters in this community as expressed at the previous election.

He failed to muster enough strength to win and took his medicine like a man.

In 1919 he was again returned to the House by an even larger vote and although the youngest member in the legislature, came within a very few votes of being elected speaker, and was defeated only by the combined strength of three of the other candidates. After the organization, his supporters immediately got into the harness with the result that much splendid legislation resulted and included the ten million dollar road bond bill. Through his efforts Deschutes county secured funds for the purpose of completing a unit of the Tumalo fish hatchery and to commence the construction of fish ladders which will open the Deschutes river for salmon. During the 1919 session he supported and assisted in the final passage of House Bill No. 203 which declared labor unions to be legal organizations and restricted courts of the state in their power to grant injunctions against picketing and peaceful collective action of labor.

In 1920 he introduced and secured the final passage of an act which provided $500.00 for the Deschutes county fair, which bill was later vetoed by the governor. The present law concerning county fairs fails to prescribe any method for the location of a county fair site, and in his endeavor to secure the state money for the county he designated the Redmond Potato Show the county fair. This fair and show had been held for ten years previously in Redmond, which is the agricultural center of the irrigated farm section and had signified the intention and means to start off the county fair with good grounds and adequate buildings at the personal expense of the business men of Redmond and community.

It was apparent that the action would be a step forward for the county and solely in the interest of the farmers and stock raisers, but the governor ruled otherwise. Those who are interested in a county fair can at least thank Burdick for stimulating interest in a county fair which would result in the establishment of one that will be a credit to the county and its people.

In speaking of his decision to seek re-election, Burdick said:

“I have decided to run again in the sincere hope that it will be possible to assist in the completion of The Dalles-California and other important highways of this district. If re-elected I will continue to seek to serve all portions of the district without any particular fear or favor. The state highway commission has had my active support on all road bond bills and measures, and when it is considered that the state road program is much larger than the selfish desires of a city or single community we have no doubt made some progress in this district on the roads which were designated during the first session in which I was a member. Actual construction of roads and contracts let in this District during the years I have served amount at this time to much more than a million dollars.

“I sincerely feel that my experience and standing in the legislature at this time will enable us to secure several more representatives and possibly another senator, when redistricting is considered next time.

“It is hard to serve in public office or a number of terms without receiving some criticism, but I have no axes to grind nor business interests to serve, and if re-elected will do just as I have in the past — vote the right without fear or favor.”

April 12, 1945 — Red Cross Yarn Awaits Knitters

Yarn for Red Cross knitting is available now and may be obtained either from Mrs. C.H. Irvin, who is in charge here, or from Mrs. A.H. Olsen at Inter-Mountain Motors.

There is an urgent call for knitted garments, Mrs. Irvin says, and all women wishing to do this Red Cross work are asked to get their supply of yarn and start knitting.

April 8, 1970 — Workshop on good grooming held for girls at John Tuck School

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls at John Tuck School have been attending a week-long workshop on good grooming practices.

All aspects of self-improvement, including the care of skin, hair, nails, use of make-up, diets, exercise, posture and fashions for young teens were given at the workshop.

On Tuesday, March 31, Mrs. Lou Strahm and Mrs. Betty Eccleston, Redmond beauticians, lectured on care of the skin, hair, nails and use of make-up. They gave information on what type of soap to use, shampooing techniques and the importance of a well-balanced diet in keeping the skin and hair in good condition.

Mrs. Phyllis Toeva and Mrs. Barbara Fultz of Redmond talked to the girls on fashion coordination, good choice of clothes, and purchasing and care of materials.

Each girl is keeping a grooming folder on the lectures, along with literature, said Mrs. Sandra Gregg, who is teaching the unit. She is assisted by Moanne Britten.

April 12, 1995 — Nothing new in CP strike

Crown Pacific’s Redmond plywood plant remained closed for the second week with 197 employees out on strike.

No new negotiations have occurred and none are scheduled in the debate over wages, benefits and holidays between the company and Local 1017 of the Western Council of Industrial Workers.

A federal mediator is standing by to assist when negotiations resume, but as of Monday neither side knew when that might be.


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