100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 7, 1913
Public Park on Metolius (Editorial)
Over on the Metolius River government employees have been busy this summer, and still are, making a land classification — in other words, they are making a thorough study of the soil of land that is now within the Deschutes National Forest to determine its value for agricultural purposes. This land is now covered with a fine growth of yellow pine timber, but people of that section have examined the soil and, believing it capable of producing good crops, have made applications for homesteads. Through this territory runs the beautiful Metolius River, a stream that is fast becoming noted for its delightful recreation opportunities.
What the outcome of the survey will be is, of course, as yet impossible to predict. However, it seems reasonably probable that a recommendation will be made to the Washington officials to open the land for settlement, after the timber has been sold by the government, cut and removed. This will require some years, no doubt, but is not too early for Central Oregon people who do not wish to see one of the finest outing places of the state destroyed, to begin thinking the matter over and planning to preserve a strip along the river as a national park. Under the big pines, by the crystal clear and cold waters of the Metolius is an ideal place for camping trips. The fishing is good, the air is incomparable, and the sunshine and shade make it delightful for testing the mind and body and forgetting the cares and worries of the world.
There will be some, naturally, who will oppose such a proposed park. It may mean that they will be deprived of a small strip of land that they might otherwise homestead, while the general public will share the benefits from that land. But there will be other land available for raising crops, whereas if the outing possibilities of the Metolius are destroyed, there will be left a void that cannot possibly be filled — there is only one such stream and one such a place for recreation. The government sets aside other less favored spots for public park, and there is no legitimate reason, it seems, why such action not be taken in this case. If the matter is ably presented to the proper officials, when the time comes, favorable results may be the outcome.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 7, 1938
Hate Preserves Dictatorships (Editorial)
Outwardly powerful, the fascist dictatorships of Italy and Germany are inwardly weak, and the proof of this is found in the fact that in each country it has been found necessary to warm a cooling patriotism at the fires of hate.
In Germany rather a steady fire has been kept going since the beginning of the Nazi regime. Hatred of the Jews, first encouraged, then made official has served to divert the attention of the other Germans from phases of Nazi government which would have warranted dissatisfaction. Should there be no more Jews left to hate in Germany, one might shudder at the thought of what could happen to Hitler.
In Italy war on Ethiopia was the fire at which Mussolini warmed his people. It was a war which Italy was certain to win, and which may have prolonged the fascist rule for many years. But there is need of more fuel, and now Mussolini is following the example of his friend Hitler. He is encouraging his people to hate the Jews. He has started it by banishment of all Jews who became citizens after 1919.
Both Hitler and Mussolini are prolonging their reigns through hate. But they cannot ensure indefinite continuance of power by such means.
Jewish haven hard to find/Nazi-fascist policies create problem
Where can the Jews go?
That question is plaguing hundreds of thousands of European Jews today as they study the dwindling area on the world map which offers a refuge from the racial programs of totalitarian government.
As the fate of the Jews becomes increasingly harsh in Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, the problem of finding a new home for these 20th century wanderers in Europe becomes increasingly grave.
The inter-governmental committee on refuges estimates Jewish refugees from Germany will total 550,000. A preponderant percentage are without sufficient funds. On the average Jews are deprived of 94 percent of their property when they flee Germany.
It is believed 50,000 Jews will join the homeless procession as a result of the anti-Semite policy adapted by Premier Benito Mussolini, Where can they go? The answer can almost be counted on your fingers: The United States and the British Empire including Palestine, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Rhodesia and other British colonies would accept the most with a few allowed in South America, Africa and the West Indies.
The committee has decided against any policy that would attempt to set up a new Jewish state and, except for mass migration to Palestine, it will depend entirely upon infiltration methods in settling the refuges. They hope to make arrangements with Germany for a regular outflow of 100,000 refuges annually over a period of five years.
Until these arrangements are completed and the question of removing Jewish property from Germany is solved, the committee’s problem must remain extremely grave.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 7, 1963
Relocation of cove park is snagged
Relocation of the Cove Palisades State Park before water backs up behind the multimillion dollar Round Butte Dam apparently poses a considerable problem as the result of action taken by the Oregon State Highway Commission in Salem on Thursday.
The commission rejected bids for the project, because they were above the engineers’ estimates, about $350,000. The lowest bid received was $389,918.
Actually, when bids were opened earlier in the week, a proposal that appeared within range was submitted but the firm failed to submit a signed bond and the bid was not considered.
With bids rejected and no further meetings of the commission to be held until late September, the problem now faced is that of starting work in the Cove area before water backs up. All existing facilities must be removed before the man-made lake forms.
Depth of water at the present park site will be 200 feet. Gates of the new Round Butte Dam will be closed and water will start backing up the Metolius, Deschutes and Crooked River canyons in November.
All existing facilities in the present park must be removed before the area is flooded. The present park site, at the old Cove orchard, will eventually be under some 200 feet of water.
AAA applauds rising hemlines
You always knew there were sound reasons for looking at a pretty girl’s legs, didn’t you? Your wife had you all wrong.
Well, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has come to your aid. The AAA applauds the rising hemlines of women’s skirts and calls for more of the same.
The AAA says it’s “not blind to the beauty of the fair sex,” but the reason it wants as much leg as possible to show is because of traffic safety.
The AAA noted that automobile headlights readily pick up the stockings or bare legs of woman pedestrians at night.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 7, 1988
Journey to 2000 begins for class
The class of 2000 arrived this morning, as the latest wave of the baby boom crashed into first grade.
Among Janet Roberts’ 26 youngsters at Buckingham Elementary School, the first day of school sparked mixed emotions.
“I don’t want you to leave,” one first-grader whispered to his mother, batting his eyelashes fiercely.
Once most of the youngsters became intrigued by the activities the room had to offer, however, they set themselves to making the most of it. And by the time the first hour of name tags, introductions and getting settled in lockers was over, most were ready to pronounce some sort of verdict on how school rated.
“It’s fun, and we’ll get to read a lot and stuff,” said Lindsay Roshak.
“It’s kind of embarrassing, because I don’t have any friends yet,” said Molly Patrick, adding that she expected to have plenty by the time the day was over.
Erick Redwine, on the other hand, was busy making the rounds — and new friends — from the moment he entered the room. Erick said he was looking forward to “working on everything” in school and learning how to read.
“I like it,” said Ben Swanson, while tapping away at a typewriter in one corner of the room.
“It’s fun,” said Amy Rice, who admitted she was little nervous about her first day of class. “You should see my lunch pail. It’s Alf.”
Amy added that she expects school to include a lot of play and work, as well as giving her a chance to learn “good things.”
“It’s great, because it has big kids,” said Justin Conrad, “But I am looking forward to recess.”
“How many recesses do you get?” Shane Fields wanted to know, conceding that he liked school “a little” so far.
Roberts told the children that they were a special group because they are the class of 2000.
She was met with a roomful of confused looks. She went on to explain that this is 1988, and 12 years from now when the current crop of first-graders graduate from high school, the year will be 2000.
“When we graduate from college, will it be 3000?” queried Ben Anderson in response.
“I hope,” said Roberts, chuckling to herself softly, “that it doesn’t take that long.”