100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 31, 1913
Seattle paper exploits Bend
In the Sunday issue August 24 of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Bend was given a prominent notice, this being a result of the excursion run from that city here. On the first page of the real estate section of the paper were six cuts showing power, irrigation, timber and other views, and there was an article of a column and a half written by the P-I staff man who was one of the excursionists. The following are extracts from this article.
“A thousand miles travel in three days through one of the most potentially rich section of the almost inexhaustible country of the Northwest could not fail to establish interest and to hold it when thus established. Seeing is believing, saith this old adage, and the truth of the proverb was never, perhaps, better exemplified by the ‘before and after’ attitude of mind of the excursionists.
“The trip is indeed inspiring. There is a country, 50,000 square miles of land for homes of the future where there seems to be nothing lacking. Power is provided by the falls of the Deschutes. Timber is within easy access of Bend. A sawmill is operating within its limits. Under the Carey Act thousands and tens of thousands of acres of arable land is being brought under water. Under the soil lie unknown mineral resources. Three thousand feet in the air on the upland plateau there is sufficient chill in the air to impart to the fruit there grown that delightful flavor which can hardly be attained in the subacid species, such as apples, in softer climes. Yet the warmth is ample to ripen tomatoes at this early date.
“Nor is there any lack of transportation. The Hill and Harriman systems are both taking care of the new region which will soon link with the California lines.
“A town of yesterday, Bend is already noted throughout the Northwest, just as Central Oregon is attracting great attention in the minds of dwellers in the East and Middle West who are longing to indulge the centuries-old desire of making their home in the Golden West.”
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 31, 1938
War in the offing? (Editorial)
Europe’s international complications, casting longer and ever longer shadows on world peace, are earning eight-column headlines in the news these days.
There is no need for war, it is true, and none of the European powers is especially anxious for war, but a false step, an ill-timed move might easily precipitate general conflict.
Most disturbing event of the year has been the seizure of Austria by Germany. It caused comment, but the comment was chiefly by way of wonderment and warning as to what might happen if like tactics were used toward Czechoslovakia or Poland.
Cumulative events since then foreshadowing an appropriation of Czechoslovakian territory by the German Hitler are far more serious. Gradually an international alignment not greatly different from that existing at the outset of the World War has become apparent, with Great Britain, France and Russia as the prospective opponents of Germany (including Austria), and Italy as an ally of Germany.
North sea maneuvers of the British fleet are the answer to Hitler’s order that 1,500,000 German troops be placed on a war footing. It is a significant move indeed, and will generally be interpreted as one taken in deadly earnest, although it is not so greatly different in its inception from the futile gesture made by the same nation when British ships were sent to the Mediterranean at the beginning of Italy’s “punishment” of Ethiopia. In that earlier case Britain was out-bluffed. It is still to be demonstrated whether Hitler is the equal of Mussolini in this respect.
Unless he is the complete madman, he will think twice before making the irrevocable move on Czechoslovakia. For there is Russia, directly concerned with maintaining the integrity of a buffer state.
It might be argued that Russia has not proved an especially valuable ally to China, but it is apparent that, from a cold-blooded, international viewpoint, Russia has little immediate cause for worry in the Sino-Japanese situation, that the German seizure of Czechoslovakia would be far more serious. Russia has dodged major conflict with Japan, at a time when that conflict might be pursued with real success, and is ready for action in Europe. Time enough for far east activities when the German menace is under control.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 31, 1963
Jean Saubert ... truly an Oregonian
Were it any other group, a person would say, “what a swell bunch of youngsters ...“
But they aren’t just any bunch of kids ... they are the members of the United States 1964 alpine Olympic team that will carry the American hopes at Innsbruck, Austria this winter.
Happy, enthusiastic, and sparkling are all adjectives that apply to this group of youngsters that have been gathered from all over the country.
All of these, however, are most personified in Oregon’s Jean Saubert, the only team member from the Pacific Northwest.
Jean, a student at Oregon State University, has gained much of her skiing skill right here on Bachelor Butte. This week she is at home with the Olympic skiers who are trekking the mountain trails that run in all directions between Bachelor Butte and Elk Lake where they are lodged.
Jean is 21 and a senior at OSU. Her father, Jack Saubert, has been an employee of the United States Forest Service. Jean was born in Roseburg but before very long her family moved to the community of Cascadia, a small town on the South Santiam.
Jean grew up there, and because of its close proximity to Hoodoo Ski Bowl, was introduced to the alpine sport at an early age. She went her freshman year to Sweet Home High School, but in the summer of 1957, her father was transferred with the Forest Service to Lakeview. Jean moved her ski enthusiasm to Bachelor Butte soon after it was opened, while she was at Cascadia.
She finished out her prep days at Lakeview, and though the Warner Canyon ski facility was nearby, she still did most of her skiing on Fujiyama-like Bachelor Butte.
When did she become interested in the Olympics? All will agree that she was headed somewhere in the skiing world at an early age, but she never set her sights on the Olympics until she won the Junior Nationals for the second time in 1959.
Jean is impressive ... she can capture you with a warm personality with a feminine aura that belies her athletic prowess. Her eyes sparkle and she views life with enthusiasm.
Right now she is concentrating on the Olympics and after that getting her degree in elementary education. Jean said this week that she thinks this could be her only Olympic year.
“I’ll always be a great ski enthusiast ... but there are so many things in this world that I want to do.”
Jean comes to the Olympic team as one of the six female members. On the basis of previous competition, Jean rates as perhaps the number one U.S. hope among the girls. However, Jean hastens to point out that she is merely a team member.
Note to readers: Jean won two medals at Innsbruck ... a silver and a bronze ... and then went on to become a very successful teacher.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 31, 1988
Her memories reach back a century
Isa Corum Freeman’s friends and family met this past weekend to celebrate the Bend woman’s 100th year and to recount some of the favorite stories of her life during the past century.
She lives with her daughter Lena Myers, one of her seven children. On Saturday, Myers and other friends and family held a party for her at the Son’s of Norway Hall in Bend.
One of Freeman’s 12 grandchildren Lana Parnell, brought along a 13-page history she wrote describing the many things Freeman has done or witnessed in her life and retold to her 27 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
The written history talks about how young Isa Corum loved to ice skate on a frozen swamp near Silver Lake each winter, and how she and her younger brother, Jewell, carried hard boiled eggs in their pockets to keep their hands warm on their way to school.
It also recounts how Isa was one of the few girls in Silver Lake to play baseball with the boys, and she once angered one of the best players by running down a long fly ball that he had hit.
Some of the later stories tell about the times when Freeman would chase porcupines out of her garden, and how she once saved one of her grandsons who had fallen through the hole in the family outhouse.
She has done much traveling during the past 15 years, including two trips to Alaska — the second at age 94. The last trip she also traveled some 13 miles by dog sled.
While her life has been chock full of memorable events, none is as spectacular as the story of the Christmas Eve when tragedy struck the community of Silver Lake.
Isa Corum who was born in a log cabin near Silver Lake, was 6 years old the night the entire community gathered for a Christmas Eve celebration.
The family dressed for the event and Isa’s father, Samuel Corum, hitched the family’s team in preparation for the trip into town.
However, Isa then revealed that she had a terrible headache. The disappointed family would have to skip the Christmas Eve festivities in town.
The party went on without them. But towards the end of the festivities, a man knocked over an oil lamp. The spilled oil ignited and within seconds spread across the hall.
The fire spread rapidly and the occupants of the crowded building panicked, according to an historical account in Oregon’s Big Country, a book written by Raymond Hatton, of Bend.
“People jammed the one exit door or broke windows on the south end of the building and climbed onto a small porch to escape,” Hatton wrote in the book. “The porch collapsed plunging people to the ground. Within two minutes the whole building was aflame.”
In the end, 19 women, 16 men and 8 children were killed in the fire, and nearly every household in Silver Lake was affected by the tragedy.
In a recent interview, Freeman recalled that her family knew nothing about the fire until her father went into town to see a man who had been expected to help him move some cattle.
Unbeknownst to the Corums, the man’s wife and young son were victims of the fire.
Once her father returned with news of the fire, the Corums packed up blankets and sheets and went into town to help the surviving fire victims.
She still remembers the day in 1898 when the community of Silver Lake erected a large marble gravestone that bears the names of the 43 who died in the fire.