100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 5, 1913
When County Judge Springer made his voluntary effusion at Laidlaw last Thursday, inflicting upon the audience personal politics and a rough-shod attempt to stem a growing unpopularity, he stated in no unpositive terms that he had been grossly misrepresented by the press of Crook County. Only about four papers in the county have been honest enough to speak their opinion of our county judge, so of course these must stand the brunt of the judicial attack. Be it added that but one paper has ever ventured even a halting defense of Mr. Springer.
Of course The Bulletin is the chief target for Mr. Springer’s criticism, for this paper has been unkind enough, or straightforward enough, as you care to consider it, to say exactly what it thinks of our chief executive. Its opinion has not been complimentary. It also has reported, faithfully and accurately, some of the absurdities of the Springer regime and has allowed its readers to know, so far as it could, something of the peculiar gyrations of the judge.
Even he saw that his anti-good roads stand would land him in the political junk heap faster than is otherwise inevitable, and so he “flopped.” He now announces himself a dyed-in-the-wool good roads enthusiast and a worker for the bond issue. We are sincerely glad that Mr. Springer will aid this movement and this excellent work, for he can be of assistance. But we do wish to state again that if at any time Mr. Springer has been misreported, it is simply because no newspaper can be sufficiently agile to keep abreast of his many shifts from one side of the fence to the other.
At Laidlaw, Mr. Springer further stated that he could get no hearing in the local papers because, chiefly, none is Democratic. That is absurd. For instance, while The Bulletin is not a Democratic paper in the straight meaning of the term, it did support Wilson to the best of its ability, and in county politics, it worked for Addie Foster and for Warren Brown, both Democrats.
In county affairs, it is not parties that count but personalities. If Springer was the right sort of man for his job, The Bulletin wouldn’t care a continental if he was a Democrat, Republican, Bull Mooser or Mormon. The Bulletin hereby offers the judge the free and unrestricted use of a column each week. If Mr. Springer has a message, here is his opportunity to present it to the people. The Bulletin is sending him an invitation today to utilize this space. Let us hope he will accept.
Note to readers: The Good Roads Bill is to raise $200,000 to build a good road from Madras to La Pine.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 5, 1938
Thousands of Americans gather in European ports, await ships
Thousands of Americans congregated at European seaports today, seeking hurried passage for home because of threatening war.
At Paris, the United States lines announced that the S.S. Washington, due at Havre tonight, would take on a capacity load of Americans, giving preference to women and children, and proceed at once to New York, canceling a scheduled stop at Hamburg, Germany, because of its full load.
Cots were being installed on the Washington and on the S.S. President Roosevelt, which sails Friday, to accommodate more passengers. Extra life boats and life preservers were being taken on. Only Americans were being given reservations and 1,000 had already signed on United States lines ships. Other trans-Atlantic lines were making no reservations beyond this week.
The American embassy at Berlin for the first time today advised all Americans who inquired for advice, to leave the country unless they had valid business there. The same advise had been given previously in Czechoslovakia, France and Britain.
It was estimated that 12,000 Americans and Canadians would leave various European ports for New York, Boston, Quebec and Montreal, before Monday.
Off on 600 hole golf marathon
Golfer J. Smith Ferebee, played 600 holes of golf from coast to coast in four days. His golf marathon began in Hollywood, Calif., at dawn Sunday and ended late last night in New York with the aid of a fire engine searchlight and railroad flares. Ferebee played in Hollywood, Phoenix, Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York, flying between points.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 5, 1963
Colorful Tex James dies at age 107
A pioneer of the American west, possibly the oldest, died in Bend this morning.
He was Robert C. (Tex) James, 107 years old, who rode with General George Custer on the Western plains and was taught by Custer’s wife how to read.
Tex James was born somewhere along the Kickapoo River, in Southern Texas, and for a time served with the Texas Rangers. Many of his most exciting adventures were in the Panhandle country, but his field was not limited to Texas. He rode herd on dogies in such distant places as Mexico, the Philippines and Australia.
Tex James carried a scar, which he said was the result of a knife fight in Mexico. He didn’t look for trouble, but he handled it when it came his way.
Longtime friends of Tex James in Bend recalled his most familiar story: He was kidnapped by Comanches when he was eight years old. Four years later, he escaped from the Indians, when the tribesmen got drunk on a weed they had brewed in the Indian country. A scout for Kit Carson, Jim Williams, found young Tex wandering through the desert and took him to a frontier fort.
Since 1927, when Tex brought his saddle and blankets to Bend, he was a familiar figure around town. Tall, slender, dressed generally in Western garb and wearing a wide-brimmed hat, he daily made his rounds of town, greeting friends. He was quiet, and did not speak until spoken to.
In 1960, Tex packed his belongings and moved to Sunset Home, from a little cabin down by the railroad tracks. He reached the end of his long trail at Sunset Home this morning.
Since 1960, Tex was one of the most beloved characters at Sunset Home. He enjoyed company, and liked to tell his stories, as his clear, blue eyes sparkled with mirth. His stories mostly centered around his frontier experiences and the days when he battled around with immigrant trains and trail riders.
Members of the Sunset Home staff and physicians said the pioneer’s “ripe old age” had been definitely checked to within one year, and none of his intimates doubt that he was not 107 years old.
After Tex checked in at the Sunset Home, he was honored by a birthday party and cake each year. Papers he had indicated that he was born in March, 1856 — in the decade prior to the start of the Civil War. A nephew, Everett Thomas, lives in Homing, Okla. Funeral arrangements have not yet been set. The Niswonger & Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Oct. 5, 1988
Tyson gets okay to resume boxing
A psychiatrist who examined Mike Tyson pronounced the heavyweight champion fit to fight a newspaper reported today.
The New York Daily News said Tyson was examined Tuesday for 30 minutes by Dr. Abraham Halpern, who concluded the boxer is not a manic-depressive, is not in need of medication and should be allowed to fight as soon as possible.
The newspaper also reported Halpern said the psychiatrist who initially diagnosed Tyson as a manic-depressive has reversed himself.
Halpern’s diagnosis contradicts the publicly stated opinion of Tyson’s wife, actress Robin Givens, and her mother, Ruth Roper. Tyson, Givens and Roper appeared on national television last week, where Givens and Roper told ABC’s Barbara Walters that Tyson was a “manic-depressive” who pushed her around and was “scary” and “frightening.”
“There will be no medication; he showed no signs of manic-depression,” said Halpern, chief of psychiatry at United Hospital Medical Center in upstate Port Chester. He was hired for the examination, by Tyson’s manager, Bill Cayton.
Cayton promptly announced the Dec. 17 fight with Frank Bruno in London was now “on,” and Tyson would commence training Monday in Catskill, N.Y.
Tyson must undergo a routine neurological exam before stepping into the ring.
To control Tyson’s moods, doctors prescribed lithium.