100 years ago

June 5, 1919 — The Cold Wave Did Much Damage

This region expects more or less frost during the month of May and as a rule, we are not disappointed. The damage from such frosts is not usually of a serious character, but the cold wave of last week was more than a frost — it was a killing freeze and took about everything in sight, except the alfalfa and the gooseberry and currant crops and these in places were badly damaged. Along the Crooked river bottoms the alfalfa was so badly frozen that many fields have been clipped. These will come again, and, no doubt, the usual two crops will be cut, although a little later than usual.

On the higher lands the alfalfa does not show any damage, and the same holds true of the hardier varieties of berries.

The fruit crop is probably an entire loss, although some of the hardier apples in protected locations may have escaped. The mercury registered from 7 to 10 degrees below freezing on both Thursday and Friday mornings…

75 years ago

June 8, 1944 — Victory Canning (editorial)

Victory gardens this year are more important than ever. Oregon’s late season is typical of the situation in many sections of the country, and in some areas commercial vegetable prospects are far from good.

It still isn’t too late to plant many kinds of vegetables, and the War Food administration has pointed out the necessity for increased home-growing and home-canning. Too many are inclined to take the food supply for granted.

Through the community cannery to open in Redmond next month, families will have an opportunity to get their winter supply of canned vegetables and other foods safely and economically. Miss Mary Thompson, who will be the instructor, has taken special courses in the methods to be used. Now is the time for all families in this area to get ready for use of the cannery facilities by making their gardens produce food for next winter.

50 years ago

June 11, 1969 — ‘Life — Now and Then’ study teaches class to make soap

Because Mrs. Alta Weldon had a rash on her hands when she lived in Arizona, her first grade students at Tumalo School now know about making homemade soap.

Mrs. Weldon was advised to switch from commercially produced soaps by an aunt who showed her how to make her own. That was several years ago; Mrs. Weldon cooked her own soap, cured her hands, and has been using homemade soap ever since, for hand soap, dishes and laundry.

As one of a series of “Life -- Then and Now” studies, Mrs. Weldon brought materials from home and helped her class make a batch, using only water, lard and lye. About 40 bars of pure white soap, of varying sizes and shapes, were the result, one for each child… and with a few left over for The Spokesman cameraman and the teacher.

Mrs. Weldon has won ribbons for her soap at county fairs in southern Oregon, but has not exhibited in her two years in Deschutes County, there being no classification for soap in the open class list.

25 years ago

June 8, 1994 — Group threatens suit over Teen Aid

The stakes went up this week for the Redmond School District’s advisory committee on human sexuality education.

People for the American Way, a nationwide constitutional liberties political action committee, sent a letter to the board of directors warning “appropriate legal action” could be taken if the district doesn’t provide the comprehensive education the state mandates.

The Washington D.C.-based group says Teen Aid, part of the proposed human sexuality curriculum for the district, has been criticized by sex education experts as a “biased, fear-based program premised on idealogical beliefs, rather than accurate and objective pedagogical concerns.”

And that, the letter says, is “apart from its plain inadequacies under ORS 336.455.”

The letter also expresses concern that some members of the community, as well as some members of the advisory committee, continue to advocate an abstinence-only curriculum “in open defiance of state law and contrary to the life and death interests of Redmond’s children.”

People for the American Way is representing a 100-member local group, Parents for Responsible Kids.

Board members had varying responses to the letter.