This view of Redmond, photographed circa 1913, once was mailed as a postcard. The First Presbyterian Church and the three-story building housing the Ehret grocery store are prominent features of the town. Both buildings were still standing as of 1996. A tent-house, common at the time, is visible near the center of the photo.

100 years ago

Sept. 29, 1921 — Pumping plant contract let to Sweeney

Contract for the installation of a new city water pumping plant on the Deschutes River near Cline Falls was let Tuesday evening to Thomas Sweeney, president of the Inland Construction Co., of Portland. To provide money for the payment of Sweeney to install new pipe and make other repairs on the system, the council voted to sell a bond issue of $42,000 to Clark, Kendall Co. of Portland.

In addition to installation of the 50 horsepower pump, Sweeney’s contract calls for the replacement of the present pipe line between the river and the municipal reservoir at the top of Forked Horn Butte.

75 years ago

Oct. 3, 1946 — Roofless GIs focus gaze on six men

Eyes of roofless ex-GIs in Redmond are turning now to a six-man committee which has the job of selecting 24 of them from a list of over 70 applicants for renting apartments in the city’s 24-unit Federal Public Housing Administration housing project.

The apartments should be ready for occupancy in early November. There will be four three-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom apartments and 12 one-bedroom apartments. The site is on city property at the west city limits on the McKenzie Highway.

50 years ago

Oct. 6, 1971 — Gals crash all-male United Fund contest

“You’ve come a long way, baby,” is only a pre-game taunt for the progressive ladies of the Redmond Soroptimist Club, who last week picked up the United Fund ball, dropped by one men’s service club, with the promise to go that extra mile.

The gals, in their first encounter in the previously all-male game of Redmond United Fund inter-club competition, are promising to give men in the four other organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, Jaycees, Toastmasters) a run for their money — United Fund donations, that is.

25 years ago

Oct. 2, 1996 — Police web site a hit locally and abroad

The Redmond Police Department’s homepage has gained quite a following. Since the Web site debuted July 10, more than 3,700 clicks have registered on the opening page’s counter.

In seven days in the first half of September, the homepage’s various sections received 1,668 hits, or visits. Over those same seven days, 114 new people clicked on some part of the homepage.

The media log is by far the most popular location in the homepage, getting more hits than any other part, and Thursdays have consistently been the busiest days.

The final programming bugs were worked out last week so the department can update the log without going to an outside programmer. The change means information will be updated in a more timely manner.

The stolen checks page, which inspired creation of the page in the first place, isn’t as busy, said Cpl. Bruce Ludwig. But some visitors do look at it. In about one month, the checks page had about 273 hits.

The stolen checks service is so new that businesses have not had concrete results.

“We don’t know if its use has lead to arrests or prevented any check fraud,” Ludwig said. “Merchants haven’t said.”

He encourages businesses to take advantage of the stolen checks list to stop forgeries of stolen checks. The names and account numbers of stolen checks are entered soon after they’re reported stolen.

One business that has gone on-line to take advantage of the stolen checks information is Erickson’s Sentry.

“We’re just getting started,” said Larry Pankey, manager of Erickson’s.

The store prints out a list of stolen checks once a week, comparing it to the previous week’s report and adding new names to the list provided for checkers.

“It will be a great tool,” Pankey said. “With the amount of stolen checks out there, if it saves us one $300 check it (the internet access) will pay for itself.”

The department has received e-mail from a number of people thanking it for the page, Ludwig said. There have also been requests to ad a dictionary of police jargon and abbreviations to the Frequently Asked Questions section — something that’s on Ludwig’s to-do list.

And while most visitors to the site are local, a few are taking a peek from as far away as Germany, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Finland and Israel.

The Israel National Police sent e-mail inquiring if Redmond police use bicycles; they were thinking of starting bike patrols.

The department also heart form a man who wanted information on community watch programs because hew as new to town and wanted to get involved, Ludwig said. It turned out he worked at Microsoft, in Washington state, and had the wrong Redmond. He was directed to the right department.

Now that the department can update its own daily log, work will begin on expanding the number of pages — missing persons, most wanted and crimestoppers, Ludwig said.


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