Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 12, 1913
Two weddings last evening
Cupid was very much on the move in Bend early last evening, and as a result two couples were married. There was an exciting race to see which could get the knot tied the quickest, and the old axiom that justice moves slowly was smashed — for the couple that chose a justice of the peace beat the pair that had the ceremony performed by a minister.
The contracting parties were Alma Raper and Miss Audrey Mills and Floyd Lippincott and Miss Marie Williams. Justice of the Peace J.A. Eastes officiated for the former two and Rev. E.G. Judd for the latter.
The grooms-to-be came in on the evening train from Prineville where they had secured licenses. The young ladies were at the train to meet them and the quartet were driven to the Pilot Butte Hotel. Joe Taggart had arranged to have Justice Eastes marry one couple and Rev. E.G. Judd, the other, and it was said that there was a wager up on the hymeneal race. Justice Eastes, in his auto, whizzed around in Barney Oldfield style and in the parlor of the Pilot Butte at 7:53 o’clock said the words that made Mr. Raper and Miss Mills husband and wife. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Bogue, landlord Taggart and the newspaperman. Immediately after the ceremony, the party got into Mr. Eastes’ car and was driven to the Baptist church, whither the other couple had hastened in the Pilot Butte machine to meet the minister. Arriving at the church, they found that the preacher had not yet married the other couple. Therefore, Mr. and Mrs. Raper, with the speedy aid of the Justice, had won. Parenthetically, it might be added here that in the hurry the Justice nearly forgot what to do with the customary fee and was about to hand it over to the reporter.
Mr. Raper and Mr. Lippincott are La Pine citizens, and their brides come from the communities south of there. Mr. Lippincott is well known in Bend, being manager of the stage line to the south. Mr. Raper is the son of a La Pine hotel man.
The newlyweds leave today for La Pine where they will make their home.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 12, 1938
Helen Keller to see Minnesota vs. Purdue
Helen Keller, noted blind author and lecturer, will see her first football game in 35 years tomorrow.
She said today she will attend the Minnesota-Purdue game at Minneapolis with her traveling companion Polly Thompson, and Rochester friends. She attended her first football game while a student at Radcliff College in 1903.
She has been a patient at the Mayo clinic for several days for a checkup after an operation which she underwent last spring.
Game thrills blind Helen Keller
Blind and deaf Helen Keller is a picture of animation as she watches the Minnesota-Purdue game through the fingers of her companion Polly Thompson. Every play of the gophers 7 to 0 win over Purdue was telegraphed to Miss Keller by Miss Thompson.
Badger hole is clue to Nevada gold mine
Edward R. Bommershine, San Francisco, started digging where a badger left off and today he believed might be one of the richest strikes ever made in Nevada.
Boomershine and a prospector friend, George Burris — who believes badgers unwittingly are among the world’s best prospectors — already have taken out more than 800 tons of ore worth from $30 to $300 a ton.
The mine is 12 miles south of Hawthorn on the Lucky Boy grade and until recently its discovery was kept secret by the partners.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 12, 1963
Plans for artificial snow facility made
Skiing on Pilot Butte? That’s what certain persons within the Bend Skyliners ski organization are hoping for these days.
Bend’s junior skiers under the supervision of Frank Cammack have been clearing brush and developing the northwest slope of the butte for a ski run and ski jump facility.
Pilot Butte’s development will have an odd-looking mechanical gadget called a snow machine to keep the ski sloped in good order. It works on the principle of compressed air mixing with minute droplets of water and striking the cold atmosphere.
Freezing temperatures in the air turn these water droplets into a sort of ice-shaving snow that is excellent for skiing.
According to Dr. Robert Cutter, active Skyliner, the whole idea was germinated last fall when he and Jack Meissner trekked to California to view similar developments there.
Work by the juniors commenced this summer in July. They have completed the slopes rough work and now the project is awaiting actual construction.
Cutter pointed out today that the primary reason for the Pilot Butte development is to increase the performances of Bend’s junior skiers. Bend juniors have been weak in slalom events. The facility would enable the junior kids to work out during the week, instead of just the weekends on Bachelor Butte.
Bend will host the National Junior Expert Championships on Bachelor Butte in 1965 (the winter of 1964-65). Included in official competition of this type are the Nordic events which involve cross country and ski jumping. Bachelor has no ski jump facility. In order for Bend to get these junior championships, the local ski organization had to guarantee jump accommodations.
Dr. Cutter explained today that one could be developed on Bachelor Butte. Since the Skyliners were going to develop Pilot Butte, however, it has been decided to erect it there.
“This is also because the jumping has the greatest spectator appeal,” Dr. Cutter offered, “and it would be better, perhaps, if we could have this final event closer to town.”
It won’t be cheap. Pilot Butte’s snow machine will be an expensive one. The Skyliners plan to borrow money for the gadget’s purchase. Its estimated cost is between $15,000 and $20,000. The loan will be paid back through proceeds gained by use of the slope.
Pilot Butte’s facility probably will stay open until 9 or 10 in the evenings. Lights will be installed, most of the artificial snow making will be done between 1 and 4 a.m., Cutter said.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 12, 1988
Smith Rock draws top female professional
Lynn Hill has muscled to the top of the competitive rock climbing world and the lithe, soft-spoken New Yorker is determined to keep a good grip on her lofty perch.
The 27-year-old professional climber showed up last week in one of her favorite haunts, Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne and wowed an audience of Central Oregon climbers with her smooth powerful moves.
Later, the top ranked female rock climber in the world drove into Bend to give a slide show and lecture on the growing popularity of so-called “sport climbing” competitions in the United States and Europe.
Her presentation, which drew a large crowd of climbers from across the region, was sponsored by Chouinard Equipment Co., an international climbing equipment manufacturer, and Tri Mountain Sports, a Bend outdoor store.
In an interview that afternoon at the base of a towering rock formation at Smith Rock, Hill talked about the surge of interest in her sport and the possibility that one day rock climbing will be an event in the Olympic Games.
“It’s an exciting time because there are a lot of new opportunities in rock climbing” she said. “The sport is heading in a direction where it will have widespread appeal.”
Nov. 5 election
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On the ballot
• Measure 9-96: Increase the transient room tax outside incorporated areas by 1 percentage point, from 7 to 8 percent.
Deschutes and Crook counties
• Measure 9-95: Form Alfalfa Fire District and create a permanent taxing district at a rate of $1.75 per $1,000 assessed property value.
Deschutes and Jefferson counties
• Measure 16-69: Renew operations levy for Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District at a rate of 69 cents per $1,000 assessed property value.
• Measure 16-70: Levy a five-year jail operations tax of $1.24 per $1,000 assessed property value.
• Measure 16-71: Approve $8 million in bonds for repairs and improvements to schools in the Culver School District.
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