Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 14, 1913
$35,000 loss caused by fire
Shortly before midnight Friday night fire broke out in the rear of the Patterson Drug Company’s store on Wall Street, and before the flames were extinguished the Patterson building and that occupied by the R.M. Smith Clothing Company were completely destroyed. Everything in the Patterson store was lost, but a large portion of Smith’s stock was rushed out by volunteers. How the fire originated is not known.
The value of the property destroyed is roughly estimated at between $26,000 and $35,000.
Most effective work was done by volunteer fire fighters, for although water was not on the blaze until the Patterson was a furnace, the flames were checked after a hard struggle at the south wall of the R.M. Smith building although first indications were that the N.P. Smith store would also go up in smoke. Fire chief Roberts handled the blaze well. Owing to the fact that at one time six hose lines were connected up, as well as much garden hose on neighboring taps and two two-inch stand pipes in the O’Donnell and the Mannheimer buildings, the water pressure was not at all times as strong as it might be.
The blaze was first seen in the rear of the Patterson store. A half dozen men, first on the scene, attempted to do something with the chemical engine, which was housed next door, but about the best they could accomplish was to save the chemical from being burned up with its house.
Much of the Smith stock was carried across the street and finally taken in Wenandy drays, which were quickly on hand to the Johnson building.
The paint shop of N.P. Weider was destroyed with all its contents and the garage used by Drs. Coe and Ferrell and C.S. Hudson was also burned.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 14, 1938
Ancient man is called doodler
Ancient man was a “doodler” de luxe — and his idle scribblings on cliff walls still perplex many laymen and scientists, according to the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Lulian H. Steward of the institution’s bureau of American enthnology reported that the bureau receives a steady stream of inquiries about carvings and paintings on cliffs and boulders.
Various lay and scientific theories contend the drawings are part of a lost Indian language, fragments of the European alphabet brought to America by pre-Columbian northmen, or cryptograms giving directions to buried treasure.
Steward, after extensive study of petroglyphs, reported that many of the crude pictures and geometric designs were fraudulent.
He said an even larger portion of the genuine ancient drawings, however, represent “idle scratching” and early forms of “doodling.”
Supporting his “idle scribbling” theory Steward said:
“In view of the great trouble which white men frequently take to deface rocks and trees with names and initials, especially where other persons have done so before them, it would be foolish to suppose that the motives of the prehistoric Indians were not sometimes equally trivial.”
“It is a safe guess that a large number of petroglyphs were produced by persons amusing themselves during dull hours.”
He said other drawings represent religious objects, portray events, or give directions not to buried treasure, however, because “North American aboriginals attached no value whatsoever to our conception of ‘treasure.’”
“It is easy enough with a little imagination,” Stewart said, “to detect forms of European letters in petroglyphs. It would be remarkable if there were not such coincidences.
“On the whole, however, the subject is worthy of comprehensive study. I urge persons running across such rock drawings to photograph them, if possible. What is without meaning now may fit into a comprehensive pattern later.”
The supply of gold
Nervous inhabitants of war-threatened nations of Europe are playing safe by sending their gold to America, and as a result the amount of monetary gold in this country has amounted to 55 percent of the world’s supply, according to estimates made in the national capitol.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 14, 1963
Editorial: College Football’s Color Line
Another break in college football’s color line is coming up this fall — this time in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Darryl Hill, a Negro, is due to start at wingback for the University of Maryland, Saturday, Sept. 21, in a home game with North Carolina State. No trouble is anticipated then or a week later when Maryland travels to Columbia, S.C., for a conference game with the University of South Carolina. Maryland coach Tom Nugent served notice some months ago that “Any team that plays us plays the best men we have.” Hill will be the first Negro to compete in a major sport in the Atlantic Coast Conference (North Carolina had a Negro tennis player four years ago).
Even in the Southeastern Conference, where resistance is high because of official attitudes in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, change is inevitable. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Bernie Moore is quoted as predicting that Negroes will be playing for the conference in four years. Kentucky and Tennessee are expected to be the first to implement the open-door policy.
Wife ties her hubby to chair, then leaves him
“Honey I want to show you a trick I saw on TV the other night,” a wife said Sunday as she carefully tied her husband hand and foot, in his chair.
“You’re supposed to be able to get free,” she said, “so try as hard as you can.”
The husband tried, then conceded he just couldn’t make it.
“Are you sure?” He was.
According to police, who withheld the couple’s names, the wife then lifted her husband’s wallet and the car keys and exclaimed: “I’m leaving you — and taking the kids and the car with me.”
She still was missing today, police said.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 14, 1988
County ‘picks’ Dukakis
Cancel the debates, tear up all the ballots and send all the pollsters on vacation, because the 1988 presidential election is over before it starts.
Based upon some remarkable survey results announced in Prineville on Saturday, and the uncanny ability of Crook County voters to mirror national election results, the election is nothing but a formality: Michael Dukakis will win by a landslide.
The survey, which included responses from 1,054 Crook County residents, indicated 57 percent of voters will vote for Dukakis.
Although the results of a survey from a single count may seem like measly evidence on which to base such a grandiose claim, Crook County voters have an unprecedented record in past presidential elections: They have selected the winner of the national popular vote in every presidential election since the county was formed in 1882.
“Many conservatives might have dumped their surveys in the garbage,” said Paul Rowan, a retired Prineville resident who has donated money to the Bush campaign. “I’m still hoping that Bush will win.”
Rowan said he was “very surprised” about Dukakis’ margin of victory. “We are a bellwether county, and if this survey is valid, I just wonder what happened to all the Bush supporters.”