100 years ago
Bend Appoints Men
to “Get the Fair”
Members of the Bend Commercial club spent a large part of the lunch hour at their last meeting, hurling complaints at other members of the club assembled there because Bend had done nothing toward getting the county fair since they tried to kill Burdick’s Redmond measure in the legislature and, failing, obtained a veto of the bill from Governor Olcott.
Following this destructive course at the legislature, the matter had been forgotten by Bend, the speakers pointed out, as it was thought that no county fair would be held in Bend until Bend saw fit to do something toward its encouragement.
Discussion was caused by the introduction of evidence of Redmond’s activity in securing a fair site, raising $6000 for a fair fund and offering to combine the Redmond Potato Show and Fair with the county fair should it be approved, the potato show already being the largest agricultural exhibit in Central Oregon.
C.S. Hudson moved that a committee be appointed to “go out and get the fair for Bend.” And the committee was appointed.
75 years ago
March 15, 1945 — Sgt. Compton Killed on Luzon
Sgt. William Alfred Compton, 37, brother of Mrs. Guy Houk of Redmond, was killed in action on Luzan February 8, relatives have been advised.
Sgt. Compton, member of a pioneer central Oregon family, was born at Grizzly April 6, 1908. He attended Redmond high school and later raised sheep. He left Bend in the fall of 1940 with company I of the 41st division, and received an honorable discharge at Fort Lewis 14 months later. He returned to central Oregon in December, 1941, and the following April was recalled to active duty and attached to an infantry unit. Soon after he was sent overseas and took part in the Guadalcanal, New Britain and Philippines engagements.
His father, the late S.W. Compton, widely known sawmill operator, came to Crook county in 1873 and later operated the Mill creek sawmill near Prineville, the Compton mill in Jefferson county and the Trout creek mill. Compton died two years ago at the age of 87.
Sgt. Compton is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Harry Monical of Bend, Mrs. Guy Houk of Redmond and Mrs. J. Wendell Grey of Portland; a half-sister, Mrs. Edith Hughes of Portland, and two half-brothers, Earl Crain of Greeley, Cal., and Carroll Compton of California.
50 years ago
March 11, 1970 — Occupancy of new high school due by fall, architect says
Construction of the new high school is progressing on schedule and it should be ready for occupancy by September unless there is a major labor strike, announced Architect John Amundson of Lutes & Amundson in an interview Tuesday morning.
The building is now about 39% complete with most of the heavy construction finished. The remainder of the building program will be done at a faster pace, Amundson stated. The one portion that may not be completed by the beginning of the 1970-71 school year is the auditorium, which has a lower priority than the academic classrooms, dressing rooms and vo-tech areas.
“The intent is to build a durable building without very many limitations on the inside,” Amundson stated. “The classroom structure on the interior can be changed to keep pace with the needs of the educational system.”
The school will be unique in that it will have one of the largest drainfields in Central Oregon. The board decided to install a drainfield rather than a dry well at its meeting Monday night. This will be about one-half acre in size, Superintendent Hugh Hartman said.
When asked about the procedure of paying the architect in relation to progress of construction, Amundson said that contracting with school districts is different from other construction, in that it is based on design rather than construction.
The contract between the school district and Amundson calls for construction in three phases with payment on a pro-rated basis. The first, programming and schematics, involved research with the assistance of the Bureau of Educational Research. The architect was paid 15% of his fee when this was finished.
The second phase was the actual design of the building, with just 35% of the fee paid on completion. The third phase consisted of completing construction drawings. “We had a large investment from our office alone in this phase,” Amundson stated. The district thereupon paid 75% of the architectural fees.
The remainder of his contract calls for overseeing construction and making final adjustments in the design of the structure.
25 years ago
March 15, 1995 — New kind of retirement home
A new concept in retirement living — and in construction — is coming to Redmond.
Work will begin in about three weeks on a 4,500-square-foot “shared living retirement center” on Southwest 17th Street just off Antler Avenue. The center will accommodate seven ambulatory residents who will buy into the center, and a resident management couple, said Jim Wells of Custom Adult Retirement Environments of Beaverton.
Wells is teaming with contractor Roger Wood in the project, which will use polystyrene block construction for greater energy efficiency.
Wells is accepting letters of interest from prospective buyers.
Each resident/owner will have a private bedroom and full bath. The residents will share living, dining and reading rooms. The center will have a large kitchen where the resident managers prepare meals.
Each resident will pay an equal share of the monthly expenses such as groceries, utilities, salary for the managers, and property taxes and insurance.
“The unique thing about this is that all seven residents will own undivided interest in the facility; they will have ownership equity,” Wells said last week.
“This will benefit any retiree who desires to live around other people but not in a large retirement environment.”
Wells and Wood developed the concept because of experiences they have had as their folks and relatives reached retirement age.
The concept is the result “of what we’ve seen our folks go through,” Wells said. “We wanted to come up with something that would really help people.”
Ownership in the property is a key ingredient, he said. It can be sold at any time, rented or included in the resident’s estate.
Not only will the center provide for continued independence and ownership, but the costs are favorable and the ownership equity will go up, Wells said.
Construction of the center will proceed quickly because of the polystyrene block construction.
The “PolySteel” construction uses Styrofoam blocks that have rebar stacked inside and are filled with concrete. Graded steel webbing is attached to the inside and outside to accommodate sheet rock to the inside and virtually any siding to the outside, Wells said.
Wood has used PolySteel in house construction in Madras, and the trend is catching on in the valley and in other states, Wells said.
The PolySteel has an
R-22 insulation value, which provides substantial energy savings over standard construction methods, Wells said.