100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 17, 1912
Bend women first at polls
Women may vote in the local city election on December 3. To Bend women will fall the distinction of first exercising in Oregon the rights of their recently acquired suffrage, for the election here will be the first in the state under the provisions of the new law.
Bend, then, will have a hand in Oregon history on the 3rd, and the example set by Bend women will be watched closely by their sisters — suffragists and antis — throughout Oregon, and especially as regards the interest they take in their ballot-casting right and duty.
Official confirmation of the fact that Bend women will have the vote here is contained in the following letter, received by Mayor Putnam from Attorney General A.M. Crawford:
Replying to yours of the 12th, asking whether women of your city have the right to vote at your city election which occurs on December 3rd, and also asking for the procedure relative to the final granting of suffrage to women of the state, I beg to say that according to the decision of Judge Bean of the Federal Court, about a year ago, an initiative measure takes effect and is in full force and effect from the moment the polls are closed on election day. The proclamation of the Governor is simply the means of preserving the evidence that the measure passed. Therefore, women have just as much right to vote as men in any city, state or county election, and have such right since the 5th day of November.
Under the amendment a woman will be able to serve on a jury, and will be eligible for any state, county or city office. Hereafter it will probably be necessary for a woman, as well as her husband, to take out naturalization papers before voting, if she be a naturalized foreigner.
The only requirements are those governing male voters, namely, that she has been a resident of the state six months and in the district thirty days.
Regarding the several “ages" of the newly enfranchised woman, the following data is applicable:
At the age of 18 years a woman is able, legally, to draw up her will, or marry of her own free choice. At the age of 15 she may marry with her parent’s permission, and after that, if married, she is exempt from any misdemeanor under the juvenile act. Now, with the right to vote, she is not legally of age to mark a ballot until she has passed 21 summers.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 17, 1937
Invitations and regrets (Editorial)
When Bend’s Lava Bears hung up a state championship football record this season, there was little thought that any difficulty would be encountered in bringing in a worthy opponent for a Thanksgiving Day game. Ordinarily when a champion puts up his championship as the prize, the invitation to contest for it is accepted with alarming promptness.
There has been, however, no such alacrity in accepting Bend’s invitation. There has been, rather, a manifest disposition to find reasons for not accepting. Salem, first choice by reason of its record of no defeats and no ties in Oregon (although beaten by Camas, Washington, at the start of the season), took refuge in the worn excuse of “altitude." Jefferson High School of Portland, second choice as high ranking team of that city, intimated that there would be eligibility complications.
It is to be regretted that neither of the two teams in the state which rate sufficiently high to be given post-season consideration cares to come to Bend, and it is to be hoped that neither, in its refusal, is actuated by too wholesome respect for the general prowess of the Lava Bear squad and the able quarterbacking of its signal caller, Dave Andrews. Fans, however, cannot be too severely criticized if they arrive at some such conclusion.
Hurling thunderbolt at world’s speed mark
Piloting his 3,250 horsepower Thunderbolt at the rate of 311.42 miles an hour, Captain George E.T. Eyston, 40-year-old British sportsman, today set a new world speed record for automobiles. Eyston hit 319 miles an hour on the return run over the barren salt beds of Bonneville flats in Utah. The Thunderbolt weighs seven and one-half tons and its specifications are closely guarded secrets. Captain Eyston broke the record of 301 miles an hour set by a fellow countryman, Sir Malcolm Campbell.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 17, 1962
Brooks-Scanlon names Devereaux office manager
A newly-elected member of the Bend City Commission, Leon E. Devereaux, Jr., now finds himself with another important job: He has been named Brooks-Scanlon, Inc., office manager, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Will E. Storey to accept a position in Lewiston, Idaho.
Devereaux, a native of Bend, is a longtime member of the Brooks-Scanlon staff and the son of a former Shevlin-Hixon staff member, Leon Devereaux, Sr. The younger Devereaux attended grade and high school in Bend, and was attending Oregon State College in 1941 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy air service. A fighter pilot aboard the big carrier Shangrila in the Pacific, he was in action in many strikes against the Japanese.
He is a former exalted ruler of the BPOE lodge in Bend. He was one of the five men named to the Bend City Commission at the general election last week.
Giant Saturn super rocket roars 104 miles into space
America’s mighty Saturn super rocket, the key to the nation’s plan for conquering the moon, roared 104 miles into space today and scored its third straight success.
The Saturn rocket also spewed 95-tons of water into space as a bonus experiment to punctuate the dramatic performance.
The 162-foot rocket vaulted from a launching pad and became the largest and heaviest object ever to fly into space.
There is no indication the Soviet Union has built a rocket of this size.
At the end of the flight, the Saturn was deliberately blown up to release 95 tons of water it carried as ballast in its upper stages.
The water formed a massive white ice cloud that could be seen from the ground.
The Saturn is scheduled as the keystone of America’s ambitious plans to land men on the moon before the end of the decade.
Cubans announce they will fire on U.S. planes
Cuba told the United States today that “from today on" American surveillance flights over Fidel Castro’s island will encounter anti-aircraft fire.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 17, 1987
Tycoons learn interest
Fifth-graders at St. Francis school brought a cigar box stuffed with cash to the Mid Oregon Federal Credit Union on Thursday, saying their decision to deposit the money there was pure economics.
“We called six other places, but this is the place where they pay the highest interest," said Ted Jeans, 11, of Bend, the students’ unofficial spokesman.
The 28 students in Katy O’Rourke’s class had $218 in profit left over from a combined car wash and hot dog sale they held on Nov. 7.
The children, who called themselves the “Dirt Busters" and proudly claim, “We ain’t afraid of no cars," teamed up to wash 56 cars in one day.
The 11-year-olds said they plan to spend the money on a field trip to the coast later in the year, but the entrepreneurial youngsters wanted to earn interest while they decided what to buy.
According to O’Rourke the students’ business venture was meant to show them that they could make money and to teach them new vocabulary words.
“They learned words like ‘gross, net profit, negotiate and interest,’" O’Rourke said.
“Now they are learning what ‘publicity’ means," she said.
Drought turns Mirror Pond into mud flat pond
Mirror Pond in Bend is at low tide.
Well, that’s not literally true, but man-made dams that control water levels in the Deschutes River as the earth and moon control ocean tides have made the Mirror Pond look like a coastal mud flat.
Deschutes County Water Master Bob Main said the river flow is so low that the Pacific Power & Light Company, which has several leaks, is letting more water spill through it than it’s holding back.
On top of that, Main said, local irrigation districts are siphoning off water to allow users to fill stock ponds. This has further reduced the water in the river.
Main said enough water usually is flowing down the river for the PP&L dam to make it back up.
But that’s not happening this year, Main said. Because of the summer and fall drought, Wickiup, Crane Prairie and other reservoirs have very low water levels. So the water master’s office is releasing as little water out of them into the river as possible.