A trio of singers visited Redmond in 1920.

100 years ago

June 24, 1920 — Farm Courses Assured for R.U.H.S.

Redmond is approved as a logical location for a high school agriculturalist to conduct courses for high school boys who intend to follow agriculture as a life work. The state board on vocational education has passed favorably on the application of the Redmond union high school for state and federal aid in conducting such a course.

The course will begin here with the opening of the fall term, according to Paul Irvine, superintendent, who learned of the board’s action on the petition when he was in Salem last week. Under the arrangement thus made possible, the state furnishes one-third of the cost of maintaining the work here, the federal government another third, and the high school district the remaining third.

The work here next year will be under the charge of Borden F. Beck, of Seattle and Hood River. He is at present attending a summer session course at O.A.C. and will arrive here August 9 with E.E. Elliott, state supervisor of farm courses in high schools. By this arrangement he will be permitted a month in which to organize the work here before the opening of the school year.

Beck, in his work in this district, will cooperate with D.L. Jamison, county agricultural agent, so that his activities will include much practical work that will aid farmers in the union district, as well as form a good basis for the work to be conducted in the classes, according to Irvine.

The farm course in the high school here will be the only one of its kind in Central Oregon.

75 years ago

June 28, 1945 — State Drive Against Tuberculosis Brings Free X-Ray Service to Citizens

The mobile chest X-ray survey unit will be in Redmond July 9, 10 and 11 to give free tests for tuberculosis in this community. This survey, which is financed by Christmas Seal funds, is open to anyone who wishes to have the test.

The unit gives a miniature X-ray made on 35 millimeter film to each person. This test is not affected by exposures an individual may have had, but shows positive only if the disease has been contracted.

The X-rays are sent to Portland where they are examined by four tuberculosis specialists, who make a request for a large X-ray in the event the test is positive. The large X-ray is also a free service to any positive reactor.

Those people who have negative tests will receive a card within three days stating their reaction.

Tuberculosis is most prevalent in men from the ages of 34 to 60 and in women from 20 to 34. The Oregon Tuberculosis association has outlined this program of free tests as an important step in stamping out the disease.

Tests given by the army and navy and tests given to shipyard workers in Portland show that one out of every 100 persons has a positive reaction.

On page 3 of this week’s Spokesman is a coupon for the use of those who wish to take the test. the coupon is to be signed, filled out and sent to Mrs. M.F. Roberts, Donna Vista, Apt. 1, City. Individuals are requested to state their address and place of employment on the coupon.

Mrs. Roberts asks that anyone having questions regarding this program call her at 32J between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

50 years ago

June 24, 1970 — Freshman geography student survey shows growth of Redmond since 1905

Results from a survey of Redmond by freshman geography students this spring show the development of the area since the early 1900’s when pioneers settled here.

In 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Redmond, two former North Dakota teachers, first located in the Cline Falls area and later pitched a tent where Premier Bowl now stands.

That same year Central Oregon Irrigation Company took over reclamation and conceived a plan to establish a desert town.

The little settlement was called the “Hub” in the early pioneer days and was later incorporated in 1910 as Redmond with a population of 276.

The little settlement was made by the geography class, under the direction of Dick Branaugh, gives detailed information on schools, housing, industry, business, medical facilities, transportation and communications. Working in teams, the students sent out questionnaires to businessmen, homes and industries, as well as interviewing city officials. The data were then compiled and studied before being condensed into a written summary.

The survey showed that the retail area is concentrated on Fifth and Sixth streets between Deschutes and Forest avenues, with 42 of 75 businesses located in this area. This represents over 66% of the merchants in 16 different types of business.

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There were 346 employees working in these stores at the time of the survey, 259 full-time and 87 part-time. More women are employed in the business district than men, with the survey showing 153 full-time women and 106 full-time men. Sixty women work part-time, compared to 27 men.

Wood products and farming are the major industries of the area with three mills providing employment for several workers. Ponderosa Mouldings employed 70 people at the time of the survey — 68 men and 2 women. Whittier Moulding Company, associated with Brooks-Scanlon, employed 146 men and four women. It was estimated that Brooks-Willamette Corporation employed about 250.

No information was given on the number of farms and ranches in the area.

Redmond School District provided education to some 2152 students in Redmond, plus Cloverdale, Terrebonne and Alfalfa. Enrollment at the five schools in Redmond showed that 823 attended the high school, 533 went to John Tuck, 316 at Hill, 217 at Lynch, and 209 at Brown. The district employed 193 full-time people, including administrators, teachers, janitors and others.

The high school had 49 teachers on its staff, Tuck 29, Lynch 17, Hill 15, and Brown 12.

Medical facilities include Central Oregon District Hospital and several clinics and doctors in private practice. The hospital has a capacity of 82 beds and employs 96 people, including 48 nurses, 23 registered and 25 licensed practical.

City government has three major departments — water and public works, fire and police, which operate under the direction of a mayor and a six member council.

The original townsite was bounded by Antler and Highland and First and 11th streets, but there have been additions to the city. Most of the homes are owned and very few are available for rent, according to the survey.

Most of the rentals are located in seven apartment houses and nine motels.

Under communications, the survey listed a weekly newspaper, radio station, cable television and a telephone system. Established in 1910, The Redmond Spokesman has some 3800 subscribers, with most of the newspapers delivered to homes in Redmond and rural Central Oregon. A large proportion of the Spokesman’s business is commercial printing.

Radio Station KPRB is one of four in Central Oregon, featuring country and western music. Key TV, local cable television station serves many homes in the Redmond area.

There were 4808 telephone stations in Redmond, Sisters and Culver — 3818 in Redmond, 539 in Culver and 451 in Sisters. United Telephone Company of the Northwest employs 18 men and 18 women here.

Branaugh said that the results of the survey could be used by a geography unit next fall at the high school.

25 years ago

June 28, 1995 Blaze destroys feed store, pets

Fire site still smoldering as investigators search for a cause

Morgan Smith had planned to stay at the Feed Barn store he’d operated for 14 years after his wife and daughter in law moved into a new location this summer.

Now, he’s preparing to move with them, but he won’t have anything to haul from his old store to the new building. A fire that started late Saturday night destroyed the 75-year-old wood-frame structure ate 117 S.E. Evergreen that housed All Position Welding and The Feed Barn and Pet Store.

Dozens of birds and reptiles in the pet shop perished in the fire. Lavonne and Sue Smith had planned to move their pet shop business to the new Feed Barn store under construction on North Highway 97, but Morgan Smith said they’ve decided not to acquire any more animals.

Although it will be a month or two until the Feed Barn’s new store is open, the Smiths are keeping their business going out of their home on N. Canal in the meantime.

“It’s mostly for the 4-H kids,” Smith said Tuesday. “We got a truckload of feed in here this morning.”

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He estimated the Feed Barn lost about $200,000 worth of inventory and equipment in the fire, and “we were insured for about half of that.”

Jim Larson, who had operated his welding shop in the building for two years, said his losses were $200,000 to $250,000.

“I don’t even have a screwdriver,” he said, although he has insurance to help restore his business.

Tools and equipment will be easier to replace than Larson’s three custom vehicles — a 1969 Camaro, 1953 Ford hot rod and 1955 pickup that burned up.

Flames and a billowing column of smoke were visible for miles around as firefighters worked throughout the night trying to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.

Acetylene tanks and some electrical transformers exploded as fire consumed the building.

“I’ve been in the fire department 22 years, and it’s the worst one I’ve seen,” Redmond firefighter Randy Fisher said.

Flames ignited gas leaking from the heat-ruptured hose on a 500-gallon propane tank behind the building. But fire crews prevented a potentially disastrous explosion by keeping the tank doused with water until it cooled enough that the valve could be shut off.

Compacted piles of feed under the charred rubble were still burning Tuesday. Davis said investigators planned to use a back hoe today to start digging through the debris and trying to determine how the fire started.

Morgan Smith said losing the Feed Barn “is kind of hard,” but he’s grateful for the support his family has received.

“There’s a lot more to this business than just a job,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of friends, that we’re finding out we still have.”


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