100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 28, 1913
Collins does Horatius at the Bridge stunt
Sam Was Gatekeeper at the County Fair and Mean Enough to Make County Judge Pay Admission.
Sam Collins At The Gate. (With apologies to “Horatius at the Bridge.”)
His Honor’s eye was sad, His Honor’s speech was low.
Darkly looked he at the gate where one must pay to go.
“Forsooth should I not enter without a measly fee?
For I am County Judge, sir,” to Collins, so quoth he.
Then out spake brave Sam Collins, the Captain of the Gate,
“Nay, Guyon, at this turnstile you’ll pay as sure as fate.
For two-bits is a quarter which looks right good to me.
And nary Judge shall pass me by ere his good coin I see.”
Then up spake Jimmy Hayes, too, a good Prinevillian proud was he.
“Lo, I will stand at Sam’s right hand fair justice for to see.
For how can men do better than to make another know,
That even a judge must pay his way to witness this here show.”
It came to pass in this wise. Sam Collins was the casus belli, or whatever you choose to call the fellow who made the trouble. Sam was head gatekeeper and money-taker-in-chief at the county fair.
Which means that his main mission in life was to collect the admission coin. So naturally Sam was peeved when County Judge Springer assayed to walk into the fair grounds without paying admission. Sam says he made the Judge come through and made him pay just like any common ordinary individual. Then later, adding insult to injury, Sam was mean to the Judge again. For His Honor drove his team into the enclosure where teams weren’t allowed, and nobody dared tell him where he got off until Sam got busy and directed Jim Hayes, policeman of the occasion, to get busy. Hayes ousted the trespasser.
All of which probably means that Sam will be as popular hereafter in the County Judge’s chambers as are about all of the county officials.
But Sam says, “I should worry.”
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 28, 1938
New ski grounds being prepared
Oregon ski enthusiasts are to have a new “ski bowl” this winter, in the Santiam pass country just west of the Suttle Lake divide. This new bowl will provide Central Oregon residents with two fine ski centers, one on Tumalo Creek only 10 miles west of Bend, and the other in the Santiam Pass region.
Officially, the new Cascade ski bowl is to be known as the Santiam Pass recreation area, but to the majority of skiers it will be called the Hoodoo Butte winter playground, because of a well known landmark in that area. The Santiam area was selected for extensive development by the Willamette National Forest last March following a survey of the entire forest.
Several Willamette National Forest officers believe that the new area provides winter attractions unsurpassed in the entire Pacific Northwest, and predict that in time it will draw hundreds of winter sports enthusiasts from Albany, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Sisters.
Mussolini will decide (Editorial)
As matters stand today, it appears that the face-saving opportunity needed and certainly desired, by Adolf Hitler to avoid a troop movement into Sudetenland on Saturday has been provided by President Roosevelt’s second appeal to Hitler to continue negotiations for the settlement of the Czech controversy. The Roosevelt appeal was wise, timely and efficacious.
At tomorrow’s meeting it is likely that the result will rest with Mussolini. Hitler will stand on the record, Chamberlain and Daladier will urge moderation and a softening of the German terms. Mussolini will, as he sides with Germany or the democracies, determine the issue.
Assuming that the Italian dictator uses his influence on behalf of peace brought about by Mussolini and Roosevelt, an odd result but one quite acceptable to the world. The world wants peace and will acclaim the leader who brings it.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 28, 1963
Picturesque cove, deep in river gorge, had role in shaping region’s frontier
Deep in the gorge of Crooked River, near where the Deschutes slashes in from the south, is a picturesque spot with a pioneer history. It is the old Cove orchard.
Soon, water backing up behind the Round Butte Dam will cover the orchard area to a depth of some 200 feet.
First settlers in Central Oregon found the Cove an inviting area. It could be reached only over a trail, leading down from high rims. Clark Green Rogers liked the sheltered Cove, and accepted its challenge. He filed on the Cove Ranch in 1879. Since there was no road into the gorge, across which stretched the long shadow of “The Island” in early afternoons, Rogers and his son-in-law, George Osborn, built a trail into the canyon, some 1,000 feet deep. Over that trail a sure-footed horse could travel.
The Rogers family saw the possibility of a home in the inviting Cove. First, a tent was carried down from a high rim to the east, where columnar basalt resembles closely stacked giant fence posts. Later logs were hauled to the rim from Grizzly Mountain, then rolled over the rim and down into the canyon. From those logs, the Rogers built a log cabin — which was to become the nucleus of a new home on the Central Oregon frontier.
Rogers saw the possibility of an orchard in the sheltered Cove, and made a planting. The trees were “toed-in”, and were the first planted in Central Oregon. A luxuriant garden was raised even in the first season of occupancy of the Cove. Fruits and vegetables were taken by packhorse to the little village of Prineville.
Rogers obtained a patent to the Cove Ranch in 1886. Later F.F. McCallister acquired title. In 1888 William Boegli, a lad of 12, reached the ranch, from an orphanage at Salem and was reared by Mr. and Mrs. McCallister. Through hard work, Boegli acquired a good education — and proved that the Cove Ranch could produce men, as well as fine fruits and choice garden produce. He was Crook County Superintendent of schools prior to the creation of Jefferson County, and when Jefferson was created in 1914, he was named that county’s first judge.
Yearning to own the ranch at the Cove where he spent his boyhood, Boegli purchased a quarter section and moved his family there. It was Boegli, now a resident of Prineville, who developed the fine orchard that won for the Cove the title of “fruit basket of Central Oregon.” The Boegli family lived on the Cove Ranch until it was acquired by the Oregon State Highway Department for park use.
There will be a feeling of sadness among old timers of Central Oregon when huge, three-pronged Lake Chinook covers the Cove bottom, and boats of anglers drift over this cozy canyon that was the home of pioneers who shaped the Mid-Oregon frontier.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 28, 1988
Cowboy lifestyle suits Japanese visitor
Yugi Tamura of Japan has taken the reins of the Central Oregon cowboy lifestyle and found that he likes it.
“I’m just like a cowboy, but no cowboy hat,” Tamura said. Instead, he sports a baseball cap.
Tamura will be staying one year with Doc and Connie Hatfield on the Hatfields’ High Desert Ranch north of Brothers. He will learn ranch management, beef processing and how they raise their “Country Natural Beef” — beef grown without hormones and antibiotics.
“He’s learning everything in the cattle business — chasing cows and branding,” Doc said. “He’s a pretty good cowboy.”
Although Tamura came from the outskirts of Tokyo, with a population of about 35 million, he is fitting in well in Brothers, which boasts a population of about 35.
The Hatfields’ animals that Tamura is caring for are fed hard yellow grass and placed in the feedlot for only a short period. The shorter the stay in the feedlot, the less fat buildup in the meat.
Tamura was sent by his company, Kyotaru Co. Ltd. — a 680 restaurant chain — to see the whole picture of cattle marketing.
Since the Kyotaru chain has become aware of the health risks associated with agricultural chemicals, it is seeking alternatives. Hiroshi Tanaka, the company president, was a guest of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and spent some time at the Hatfield Ranch. He was impressed with the concept of Country Natural Beef and decided to send Tamura out to learn the process. The company soon will provide certificates proclaiming that its imported products, including beef, are chemical-free.
Connie Hatfield said she and her husband became interested in Country Natural Beef when she got tired of hearing people say, “Don’t eat red meat: It’s bad for you.”
After talking things over with a friend who keeps informed on health issues and hearing him say that eating lean beef three times a week was actually good for a person, Connie got to thinking about the natural grasslands the ranch offers — excellent feed for raising lean beef. The couple talked to a few people in the beef business and found there would be a market for such meat.