Greg Slaseman replaced a sign on a dangerous part of road after vandals damaged and removed 20 signs in the Redmond area Dec. 26, 1995.

100 years ago

Dec. 30, 1920 — Jewelry Shop Thief Frightened Away As Alarm is Given

A burglar who attempted to enter the Redmond jewelry store Wednesday night last week was frightened away by a burglar alarm which sounded as he lifted a pane of glass from one of the rear windows of the building.

All the most valuable merchandise carried for the Christmas trade was in the safe and nothing of great value could have been stolen except by blowing the safe, according to F.A. Giehler, proprietor.

Although the burglar alarm is so arranged that a warning is sounded on the street and so likely to attract the attention of several families who live in upstairs apartments in the neighborhood, nothing was known of the attempted burglary until Thursday morning.

75 years ago

Jan. 3, 1946 — Roberts Issues “Flu” Warning Way Back in 1918

Occurrence of a number of cases of influenza recently brought to the attention of J.R. Roberts a notice issued by himself as acting mayor and Dr. E.O. Hyde, city health officer over 27 years ago — on November 5, 1918.

Headed, “Be Careful,” the notice said:

Cases of Spanish flue have been reported in our immediate vicinity and it is important that everyone do his bit toward keeping the number of cases as small as possible. The state, county and city health boards are making regulations which, if observed by everyone, will make it easier to stamp out the disease.

“Avoid crowds. This is important. Don’t allow your children to congregate in homes. Avoid parties and meetings. If you don’t care on your account, remember that there are hundreds of others to be considered. The more careful we are now, the sooner our town will be opened and possible lives saved.

“Influenza serum will probably be on hand Wednesday for use as a preventative.”

Although the present day “flue” is not to be feared in anywhere near the same degree as the epidemic which struck in 1918, the same precautions might be well worth observing, Roberts mentioned.

50 years ago

Dec. 30, 1970 — Redmondites’ son invents answer to junk car problem

Pollution control advocates, particularly those concerned about solid waste disposal and the pile-up of unsightly junk cars, are hailing the invention of Richard W. Garner, son of the Bill Garners of Redmond, and grandson of Mrs. George Baker of Bend.

As co-designer of the “Whompper,” an auto crusher that makes salvage of old car bodies economically feasible, Garner and his Portland-based firm, Design Data, Inc., have provided the incentive that hopefully will result in a round-up of junked vehicles in Oregon and throughout the country.

The graduate of Burns High school and Oregon Polytechnic in Portland, as president, and Ivan L. Fosback, vice president, of Design Data, contend that wrecking yards installing the machine will find it won’t take long to pay for the machine.

By reducing the vehicles to 7-foot, 6-inch wide by one-foot high by 20-foot long pieces of scrap metal, they become readily transportable by flatbed truck to a salvage dealer, who currently will pay about $18 per ton. With an average car body weighing between 1500 and 2000 pounds, the “Whompper” capable of crushing up to 30 vehicles per hour, and the supply of junked cars enormous, the inventor believes his machine holds great promise for the purchaser.

Currently, one compactor, equipped to handle six wrecked cars per hour, is operational — at an auto wrecking yard in Independence. A preliminary feasibility study indicates that the equipment can be operated profitably while processing as few as 25 cars per month.

While other stationary compactors start at about $30,000, according to the wrecking yard owner, the “Whompper” can be installed ready for use at less than $16,000 — the cheapest comparable model on the market and the only one economically practical for the small wrecking yard operator.

The machine installed at Independence was built by a private contractor, but Garner and Fosback have plans for opening their own factory once they get rolling.

Initially, they would manufacture the huge steel doors, called platens, and the hydraulic cylinder mounts, which they would install on a 13 1/2 x 22 feet concrete base at a cost of $10,500.

The hydraulic system, which would come extra, should not exceed $3,500, plus installation charges of $1630, would bring total cost of the machine to $15,630, said Garner.

If costs can be held in line, Garner believes there will be a strong demand for the machine that could provide the answer to what to do with what seems to be an inexhaustible supply of wrecked and abandoned cars.

Already, it is generating a lot of interest, particularly from wrecking yards east of the Mississippi where disposal of the growing mountains of auto bodies is becoming a very real and pressing problem.

And in Redmond, a special interest is being displayed by the inventor’s father, manager of United Telephone Co., and his mother, secretary of United Fund.

25 years ago

Jan. 3, 1996 Sign vandalism ‘worst in years’

In what authorities are calling one of the worst cases of sign vandalism in Deschutes County in as long as a decade, 20 road signs mounted on a dozen posts were torn down, damaged and left strewn on a rural road west of Redmond one night last week.

Using their vehicle, the vandals knocked over five stop signs, six warning signs and a directional sign late Dec. 26. They hauled the signs to Helmholtz Way, where they scattered them along half a mile, baffling road officials.

Signs were vandalized from Ninth Street and Antler in east Redmond through Terrebonne and Lower Bridge to 101st Street and Holmes and Buckhorn roads.

“These guys went to a lot of work and covered a lot of ground,” said Greg Slaseman, a Deschutes County traffic device specialist.

Crews replaced the signs, costing $1,500, within two days. But the potential for accidents was great for a short time, Slaseman said. The vandals would have been liable for any injuries or deaths.

The county wants the public’s help in identifying the vandals. Officials believe someone may have seen the vehicle or heard about who was involved.


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