100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 24, 1913
State’s voters nearly double — woman suffrage is responsible
That the total registration in the state will jump from 160,000, the number registered prior to the general election in 1912, to 250,000 or 300,000 before the next primary election, which will be held the third Friday in May, 1914, is the estimate of Assistant Secretary of State S.A. Kozer. Just what portion of this increase will be due to woman suffrage will be interesting information, which Kozer suggests might be secured if the county clerks will report to the Secretary of State’s office the sex of the voters who register.
Since the new permanent registration law went into effect 11,701 voters have registered, according to the reports of county clerks.
Grammar grade courses changed
Changes in the new course of study for the grammar grades of the public schools, as prepared by State Superintendent J.A. Churchill, are along the same progressive lines as shown by the changes recently announced in the new high school course.
“Training for good citizenship and efficiency is the keynote,” declared Mr. Churchill, “of the new course of study in the grades.” In this year’s course of study he is paving the way for a complete course in manners and morals, which he says have been neglected. The new course embodies a distinct course in civil government for the first time. The study of hygiene is given an important place, the idea being that a child cannot become an efficient citizen unless he has a sound body.
Florence is Bend’s seaport. In the course of a short time it will be connected with Bend directly by rail. If you wish to know more about this seaport, write GEO. MELVIN MILLER — Florence, Ore.
Court begins next Tuesday
The first September term of the Circuit Court for Crook County will be a comparatively light one from the standpoint of criminal work to be performed, and the indications are that the court will have concluded its labor within 10 days at the most.
Among the most interesting criminal cases to be tried will be the John McPherson and George Kentner indictments left over from the May term. McPherson was tried for the larceny of a mare and colt from George Millican at the last term of court. The jury stood all night 11 to 1 for conviction and was finally discharged without arriving at a verdict.
Kentner was tried for horse stealing and was acquitted at the last term. This defendant was involved in the wholesale horse rustling wherein three car loads of horses were shipped a year ago from Bend to points in Washington and which resulted in the conviction last May of William and V.R. Robertson, known as Bill and Punk Robertson. Kentner will be tried next week on another indictment pending against him arising out of the same transaction. Both Kentner and McPherson are at liberty under $2,000 bonds.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 24, 1938
Russia warns Japan war getting closer
Soviet Russia today threatened to abandon diplomatic fencing and resort to drastic artillery and aerial warfare to settle her Siberian frontier quarrel with Japan.
A four hour battle in the Changkufeng sector and another fruitless diplomatic exchange in Moscow shoved the far eastern border conflict to a new crisis after 11 days of sporadic but often severe fighting. Commissar Maxim Litvinov told the Japanese that hereafter the red army will strike with full power at any invader.
Russian frontier big battle scene
Japanese and Russian troops fought hand-to-hand on the Siberian frontier for 4 1/2 hours today, and casualties were heavy on both sides, a foreign officer spokesman announced this afternoon.
It was indicated that the engagement was the most important one in 11 days of intermittent battles on the Manchukuo-Korea-Siberia frontier.
Huge petrified forest found on Priday Ranch in Central Oregon
Discovery of an opalized forest, largest known area of petrified wood in Oregon was announced today by Dr. H.C. Dake, editor of the Mineralogist and co-editor of “Quartz Family Minerals,” a newly published book that devotes considerable attention to the Oregon country.
Oregon’s newly discovered petrified forest is on the Priday Ranch in the Trout Creek country of Central Oregon.
“Dozens of denuded trees in this fossil forest are standing in vertical position, and some of the trees are five feet or more in diameter,” Dr. Dake said. “In addition there are huge sections of beautifully opalized logs and considerable fragmentary material scattered over the ground.
Dr. Dake believes that the Priday fossil forest has attractions much superior to Washington’s far famed Ginkgo fossil forest, inasmuch as petrified in the Trout Creek forest are above the ground in most instances. Practically all ancient trees in the Washington forest had to be excavated.
“It is probable the Trout Creek trees grew along the shore of a shallow lake,” Dr. Dake added. Sufficient study has not yet been made to determine the age of the opalized forest, but there is a possibility that it is of middle Miocene age. That was the epoch when the Mascall fauna, including a diminutive horse that used one toe and carried two others as “spares,” ranged over Central Oregon land dampened by warm rains and abundantly watered by meandering streams.
One of the large petrified trees was found imbedded in sandstone indicating an aquatic habitat.
Because of the fear of vandalism, every effort is to be made to keep the exact location of the fossil forest secret until steps can be taken to preserve the area. Owners of the land appear eager to cooperate in action that would preserve the unique forest in its present state, just as petrified trees have been protected in the Yellowstone National Park and in other areas.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 24, 1963
Chamber directors visit Derrick Cave By Phil F. Brogan
A lava cave in Lake County was the meeting place of directors of the Bend Chamber of Commerce Friday, with a lunar geologist as their speaker.
The meeting place, unique in the history of the Chamber, was the Derrick Cave, where Dr. Jack Green, geologist for North American Aviation, Inc., is making studies which may be of real value to the first spacemen attempting landings on the moon.
Dr. Green believes the moon’s rugged features are the result of volcanism, and that caves existing there may be of value to the lunar explorers. This weekend Dr. Green is concluding the second phase of his studies of volcanic features of Central Oregon, in an attempt to interpret surface features on the moon.
One of the questions asked is: Can caves on the moon be located through pre-landing probes? Preliminary studies at the Derrick Caves indicate that they can be spotted from the lunar sky.
It also appears that surface hot or cool spots on the moon can be located from the Apollo vehicle which may be used in the lunar probe.
The Chamber directors, eating their lunch under a massive lava arch back in Derrick Cave, heard Dr. Green discuss the lunar probe and the purposes of the Derrick Cave studies.
Two tons of railroad steel taken into the cave were heated Friday, and flyover tests through use of a Pacific Northwest Bell plane were made in an attempt to locate the rail heat through the thick lava ceiling. Results of this study are not yet known.
Chamber directors made the trip to the cave in a large car provided by Pacific Trailways, with Marion Cady, Chamber manager, as the driver.
The Directors met Dr. Green and his assistant, Joe Kennedy, at the cave.
‘Treasure Hunt’ yields gold, silver
A “hidden treasure” in gold and silver was dug out from under a big boulder on Awbrey Heights by Sheriff Forrest C. Sholes.
The cache — approximately $50 in small change and about 10 gold nuggets in a pill bottle full of water — was buried by an 18-year-old boy, Eugene De Martin. He came North for a few days after a burglary in Vacaville, Calif.
The youth returned to California after hiding his loot. He was apprehended by officers, and appeared last week in Solano County Juvenile Court.
He told the court that he buried the plunder in Bend “next to a big boulder, a few inches below the surface” northwest of Vicksburg Avenue. He described houses and landmarks near the hiding place, and drew a map.
Solano County officers sent Sheriff Sholes the map, with a letter requesting his help. Last Friday, he searched the area, found what turned out to be the right boulder, and went to work with a pick and shovel. The spot was about 400 yards uphill from the junction of Vicksburg and Juniper Avenue.
Sholes unearthed a sack, filled with dirt and coins and containing the small bottle of gold nuggets — probably an eighth of ounce of them.
Sholes counted $25.05 in nickels, and took a cigar box full of pennies to a bank, to have the number ascertained.
A check representing the coins, and the small bottle of gold were on their way to Solano County today.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Aug. 24, 1988
Rattler enthusiasts line up for the kill
What do you do for fun in the middle of a dry, hot, dusty summer in a remote highway outpost in the High Desert of Central Oregon?
According to the owners of Hampton Station, you hold a rattlesnake killing contest.
The owners of the store, cafe and gas station about 65 miles east of Bend recently circulated handbills announcing the event.
The rules of the contest are somewhat confusing since the handbill notes that “all snakes must be in one piece,” but also adds that “heads must be cut off.”
Anyone with a dead rattlesnake — “Pacific Northwest or Great Basin rattlers only, please,” the handbill says — may enter the event. Each snake hunter must submit his or her name and address along with the snake.
Contestants will be awarded one point per pound and one point per inch of each snake. The name of the winner will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy at Hampton Station.
First prize in the event which is scheduled to end Oct. 31, is a heavy-duty drill valued at $125 that was donated by Waddell Electric Motors of Bend.
Second prize is 50 gallons of fuel donated by Traughber Oil Co. of Bend. Third prize is $25 cash.
Note to Readers: Many snakes were kept in a freezer until there was time for weights and measures.
Tasty new Central Oregon beers on tap
Good things come in small breweries.
That’s the philosophy shared by a growing number of home brewing enthusiasts in Central Oregon.
“Home brewing allows people to put a little of their own style into a beer,” said Peter Lepanto.
Lepanto has labored over lagers, dabbled in dark beers and even played around with pilsners, but he still enjoys the anticipation of achieving more brewing breakthroughs.
“You can always make any type of beer you want, and each time I brew something new it is another way of sharing with my friends,” said Lepanto.
Some of Lepanto’s friends, such as Michael Aid of Bend, are learning some of the techniques that have given rise to Lepanto’s libations.
“I’ve done one batch so far, and I’m calling it ‘Birthday’ beer because it will be ready to drink on my birthday. I’m going to brew some Christmas beer next.”
Both Lepanto and Aid said most people could learn how to brew delicious beer at home and the first place to start is by speaking with experienced home brewers and reading some of the books now available on the subject of home brewing.