Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 9, 1913
La Pine paper says what it thinks of Springer
(La Pine Inter-Mountain) Does Crook County intend to keep in office as county judge for the next three years a man who has proven to be grossly incompetent for that important position? The Inter-Mountain overestimates the judgment of its people if they do.
A man so bigoted, or knavish, as to presume to place his judgment against that of one of the greatest civil engineers and good road experts in the Pacific Northwest, in the person of State Highway Commissioner Bowlby, together with that of a dozen of the most progressive and public spirited citizens of the county, deserves to be literally chased out of his office and back to the job of repainting that prize hog of his again.
This paper was in error last week when it stated that Judge Springer alone changed the route on the election notices of the proposed highway through the county. The official proceedings of the regular meeting of the county court in September show that Commissioner Brown acted with him in changing the route. At that time, too, a Prineville attorney discovered the order for the election was made too early, the law requiring that a county court shall order a special bond election either 20 or 40 days before the date set. A special meeting of the court was afterwards held.
But from the day of the regular meeting up to the appearance of the election notices, repeated appeals were made to Springer by the Good Roads Association officials to change the route to conform with that shown on the petitions — citing Mr. Bowlby’s estimate that it would take one-twentieth of the entire bonds issue to build the 5 or 6 miles into Deschutes, and the opinions of the ablest lawyers that if it were not changed the whole election would be thrown out — but to no avail.
Springer’s detestable act has thrown back the march of progress and development in Crook County for years, if new petitions are not circulated shortly and another bond election called in the next three months. The power of the recall offers a solution in Springer’s case, in the meantime, and if the county is not to be burdened with him in office longer, the time is ripe to strike now.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 9, 1938
Bend-Eugene road blocked by deep snow
The storm-swept McKenzie Pass, still in the grip of a blinding snow storm, was temporarily closed to travel today as drift five feet deep in places piled into the big cut, at the east approach to the summit lava fields.
Signs warning the public of the temporary closure have been placed at all approaches to the pass highway after field men reported from the snowy divide that hazardous conditions existed.
Heavier equipment was being moved into the divide and maintenance crews are hopeful of winning their battle against the storm and reopening the mountain road when the blizzard abates.
Early today the depth of snow on the lava beds was 42 inches.
That Martian invasion
One of the most prolific of modern English writers is H.G. Wells. His works, serialized and in book form are widely read. One of his earliest and also one of his most fascinating tales is “War of the Worlds.” It is, moreover, one of the most fantastic, but is told with such realism that the average reader shares in the terror in which the inhabitants of Mars inspire as they invade the Earth, to lay waste its cities and countryside and to live upon the destruction of its people.
Fully as realistic as the written story, it appears, was its radio dramatization Sunday night over a national network. Thousands were fear stricken as they listened to the progressive report of the Martian invasion and missed explanations that it was only a story.
The same thousands, it may be taken for granted, had never read “War of the Worlds.” This in spite of the fact that it has been in print for over 40 years and that copies of it are on the shelves of most public libraries.
For a few days, we predict, spare copies of the book will be rather less available while some of the thousands catch up on their back reading.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 9, 1963
Viking community in Newfoundland found
At last scientists have found the remains of a Viking community in North America.
The settlement was founded nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492.
It may well be the Vinland which, according to the Icelandic sagas, was established around 1000 A.D. by Leif Erickson, popularly known as Leif the Lucky. It is on the northern tip of Newfoundland near the fishing village of J’Anse Aux Meadows.
The discovery of what so far appears to be the only scientifically authenticated Norse remains in America was made by the Norwegian explorer Dr. Helge Ingstad, who reported his findings at a news conference Tuesday.
He found it after years of misdirected effort by studying a “road map” made by Leif and reported in detail by the sagas. The sagas are legendary Norse narratives, handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation.
The sagas say Leif and his fleet of longboats sailed from western Greenland around 1000 A.D., arrived at the coast of Labrador, sailed down the coast until they passed a steep-sided island in a fairly large fiord, and wound up a short distance beyond at a sandy strand fringed by luxuriant grasslands.
According to modern linguists, the “vin” in Vinland meant grass. And according to Dr. Junius Bird of the American Museum of Natural History, if you follow the route described in the sagas to the site excavated by Ingstad, “you can’t miss it.”
Nevertheless, “it was almost a miracle,” Bird said, that Ingstad found anything at all to unearth. The old Norse buildings, nine houses and a primitive smithy, were built of sandy sod which long since has crumbled, leaving only their outlines plus some typical Norse hearths and the rusty remains of Viking iron smelting.
If, in the nearly 10 centuries since the settlement was abandoned, somebody had planted potatoes or other crops over the old building sites, the evidence would have been destroyed forever.
Ingstad’s findings, authenticated after three years of painstaking excavation, were reported at a news conference sponsored by the National Geographic Society, which helped to finance his 1963 work.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Nov. 9, 1988
Church rolling after 70 years of rest
FORT ROCK — Farmers and county workers performed a moving service at the old St. Rose Catholic church here Saturday.
They picked the church up off its cement foundations, dropped it onto the back of a heavy truck and carted it 8 miles down the road to its new resting place, the Pioneer Museum in the tiny town of Fort Rock.
And when the pilgrimage was over and the old building was at rest amid the sagebrush on the museum site, the 10-member work crew that had hauled it there looked at what they’d done and said it was good.
“It looks great,” said Ira Dutcher, a Fort Rock resident who helped organize the work crew. “It’ll look better when we get a new roof on it.”
The moving of the church was the culmination of two years of planning by the historical society, a 100-member organization that created the museum as a tribute to the homesteaders who settled this remote desert valley 50 miles southeast of Bend.
It was also the most activity the old church had seen since the last Mass was said there more than half a century ago.
In fact, 70 years have passed since a sharp-tongued Irish immigrant named Bridget Godon ordered the church built after she and her fellow Catholic parishioners were turned away from the local worship hall by a Protestant Sunday school class.
For two decades after its construction, priests traveled from Bend and Lakeview to lead services at the church.
“It wasn’t used that much,” said Fort Rock resident Helen Parks, a member of the historical society who is writing a book about the history of the Fort Rock area. “Sometimes a certain priest would come once a year and a traveling priest usually would come once a month.”
With the end of the homestead movement, however, came the end of activity in the church. As years passed, the old building began to decay. Its roof rotted, rats infested its walls and — recently — vandals began to destroy it.
Now, Parks said, members of the historical society will put a new roof on the church and reconstruct its bell tower, which was removed before the church was hauled to the museum.
It’s quite a night for Mountain View
Ten years and 101 games after Mountain View High School started its football program, the Cougars claimed the right to be called champions.
For MV Coach Clyde Powell, the victory was something he could give to Jack Harris, the school’s principal who is retiring at the end of the year. Both Powell and Harris have been at the school since it opened.
“This one’s for Jack,” Powell said. “That’s important to the staff.”
And while Powell was more than happy to accept the title, it was the effort that went into the victories that counted more.
“I’m pleased for my staff and kids,” he said, “but individually, my reaction is we’ve had a lot of kids who haven’t won it, and I am just as proud of them as I am of this group.
“More important to me is the kids. Their consistent effort, the energy they put into the games, their dedication to Mountain View football means more to me than the championship.”