100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 19, 1913
Warren Brown and Judge mix
Dissension in Judge Springer’s official family culminated at the court house last Thursday in what the refined would call a “fistic encounter” and the sporting writers might term a “spirited one-round mill.” However, no one took the count and the furniture in the county clerk’s room, which served as the “squared circle” seems not to have been materially damaged.
Warren Brown, county clerk, was the victim of judicial wrath this time, but it is not clearly established just who started physical hostilities, although it is said by eye-witnesses once-removed that the judge really began the fracas by calling Warren some unpleasant things. Anyway, whatever the judge called Mr. Brown, the county clerk, although weighing in many pounds lighter than his honor, took a swipe or two at the judicial physiognomy. In fact, it is said that Mr. Brown told Springer to get out of his office, immediately after each gentlemen had aired the opinion that the other was a falsifier, and as Mr. Springer didn’t appear willing to do this, Mr. Brown tried to put him out.
The row occurred over an order which the judge stated he had made in his now-famous “butcher book,” wherein supposedly is kept, in his honor’s penciled script, the sacred records of the court’s proceedings. At all events, the smoke of battle has drifted away from the court house corridors and no warrants have been sworn out.
Those who are not classed as Springer supporters are wondering what will be the outcome of the judge’s announced intention of attending a good roads convention in St. Louis in a few weeks. He got an appointment, in some way, from the Governor, making him a representative to said affair, and now it is stated on good authority that he intends to go there and, which is more important to the taxpayers, to charge his traveling expenses to the county.
Old Maids convene Friday
Are you an old maid? Better, are you a bachelor?
If you are the former, no doubt you will be behind the scenes.
If you are a male, and dwell in alleged single blessedness — that is, of course, the blessedness is alleged — you want to be on hand Friday night at the Dream Theatre to see the “Old Maids Convention.”
The Priscilla Club, that popular organization of the unmarried young ladies will again appear before the footlights. The play to be presented, as above indicated, is called “The Old Maids’ Convention.” There are 14 characters, but a profound mystery surrounds who will enact the various parts. Apparently the only way to solve it is to pay 25 cents admission and be at the Dream Friday at 8 o’clock. The musical program begins at 7:30. The proceeds are to be donated to liquidating indebtedness of the Basket Ball Association.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 19, 1938
The salmon still run
In a recent editorial this newspaper asked for information regarding the salmon run up the Deschutes, noted by Oregon explorers, but thought to have been halted in more recent years by the natural obstacle at Sherar’s falls.
In response to that inquiry, news has come in that salmon are regularly visiting the Metolius to spawn, and that one was actually caught near the head of the river this fall by a CCC boy.
The information is of interest, the more so as it is recalled that the salmon are now confronted with a man-made obstacle in the shape of Bonneville Dam. The obstacle was one which it was thought at the time might threaten Oregon’s Columbia River salmon industry.
But apparently the man-made device for circumventing the man-made obstacle is giving good service, even if it is not routing any of the ocean run fish past the mouth of the Metolius and on to Bend.
Further information comes in a letter from Ralph Curtis who writes: “If I understand just what constitutes Sherar’s Falls, salmon were going up them without the aid of any fish ladder in 1914. We farmers would watch for the run and hold a sort of cooperative salmon catching bee, and the unique thing about it was that we caught them by hand.
“The salmon, or most of them, did not go up the main falls but up a little trickle on the east, Sherman county side. At the top of the cascade there was a pool about 100 feet long. At night the salmon would go up into it; in the morning we would wade in and catch the salmon by the gills or by the tail and throw them out. Some of the men (and women) were more skillful than others, but after the salmon had all been thrown out we would divide them.
“Being at that time not overly curious about natural history, I never knew where the salmon went to spawn, and I can’t say what variety they were. It may be that some change occurred in the river between that date and 1923 so that the small cascade was wiped out.”
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 19, 1963
Early days of Bend football recalled at special luncheon By Phil F. Brogan
Early-day gridmen rolled back the curtain of time here Friday to describe football as it was played by Bend High School’s first team, and those that followed it.
Alfred Hunnel and Charles Davis presided and two school officials — Superintendent R.E. Jewell and principal Ray Talbert were present.
Carrying the ball in the program, largely devoted to reminiscences by old timers, was Claude H. Kelley, a member of the first team that represented Bend High School, without the sanction of school officials.
Kelley, who illustrated his talk with photos of early-day teams, said Bend’s first high school game was with Prineville, on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. It took three days to make the trip to Prineville and back, aboard a vehicle drawn by four horses. The young players who had bought their own football gear and tossed 50 cents each into a kitty to buy a football, found it necessary to start for Prineville on Wednesday. School officials, with J.C.F. Harrington as principal, threatened to suspend the entire team if they took the day off.
The team defied the principal, made the trip to Prineville, got up next morning to find three inches of snow on the ground — then faced the Cowboys of yesteryear. Bend lost 30 to 0.
The players returned to school, but were not suspended: Such action would have cut the student body in about half.
Sharing the spotlight were “civilian” coaches of long ago — Elmer V. Ward, who came to Bend from the University of Washington in 1910; B.A. Stover of Ohio State, and T.D. Sexton, who was coach in the influenza epidemic in the fall of 1918. Ward had played brilliant ball with the University of Washington as right halfback, and was graduated in 1909. Stover is an ex-Ohio State football player, Sexton saw service with The Dalles teams of early days. The three touched on the prowess and defeats of teams of other years.
Included in the audience were two Bend High School players of the present, Jerry Wetle and Mike Clark. Speakers were Bend stars of more recent years — among them Orval May and Pat Metke.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 19, 1988
Court show is rated supreme
The Oregon Supreme Court, meeting this morning in Bend for the first time ever, convened at COCC before an eager, attentive audience of high school students.
Chief Justice Edwin Peterson thumped down his gavel to open oral arguments at the Pinckney Center for the Performing Arts. The first case of four that the court is scheduled to hear in Bend, State vs Devine, focused on the rights of police holding search warrants.
Lawyers argued the case before about 200 students and other observers who packed the Pinckney Center.
The Supreme Court ordinarily meets in Salem, but the justices gather in other Oregon communities once each year to educate more residents about the operation of the court.
The court’s appearance at COCC was welcomed by high school social studies and law teachers and their students.
“So far the kids are having trouble sorting out the legal jargon,” said Sean Corrigan, a Mountain View law teacher.
“They also have trouble understanding why it takes so long to sort out things that to them seem so basic.”
“It seems really intense,” said Rick Doran, a senior at La Pine High School, “but I thought it was really cool.”
Bend researcher to hunt for meteorite in desert
A local meteorite researcher plans to head out to the high desert next week to search for evidence of a fireball that swept across Central Oregon earlier this week.
Larry Pratt of the Central Oregon Astronomical Society said he will interview witnesses and search for fragments of a meteorite he thinks might have landed between Christmas Valley and Brothers on Monday night.
Police agencies and researchers reported sightings of a bright fireball about 7 p.m. that exploded into smaller pieces from Bend, Redmond and Prineville all the way to Burns and even Sumpter.
Pratt said he had reports of sonic booms heard on Snow Mountain, about 50 miles northeast of Burns.
Pratt wants anyone who saw or heard the fireball to leave a message at 555-2999. He also wants to hear from anyone who finds any unusual rock fragments, specifically ones that are black like coal or charcoal.