Warehouse expanding due to amount of rail freight in 1913

Published Apr 14, 2013 at 05:00AM

Editor’s note: Information for the week ending April 13 was mistakenly printed last week. Information for the week ending April 6 is below.

Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.

100 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

April 6, 1913

More room for Bend freight

Because of the steady increase in the volume of freight handled at Bend, the railroad companies have decided to materially increase the capacity of the local warehouse, operated by the United Warehouse Company.

The inside dimensions of the big structure are already 60 by 210 feet. To this will be added a platform 90 by 75 feet, on the north end. Upon this will be stored machinery and goods not injured by being in the open.

The addition will do much to relieve the congestion of the last 60 days, for now the warehouse is literally jammed with freight, both the inside and the platform being heaped high. During the month, 440,000 pounds of freight has come in, and just now there is more than 150,000 pounds for Burns alone.

Double shift at power plant

Orders for the “juice” are coming so fast to the Bend Water, Light & Power Co. that it has begun to rush the work on its new power plant in order to get in position to take care of the demand. In addition to the regular day crew, a night shift has been put on and will be continued until the work is done, says local manager Foley.

Just now the new water wheels are being installed. With the arrival of the generator, now on the road from the General Electric Company’s plant at Schenectady, N.Y., all the machinery will be on the ground and it is expected by May 1 everything will be in working order.

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75 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

April 6, 1938

Editorial: The next war

In the event of a general European war — and right now it is hardly necessary to point out, there are the requisites for one — the western hemisphere will be cordially invited to join the party and help make it a world war. Certain of the old powers would fail to be satisfied by maintenance of a “quarantine.” Active participation of the nations of the new world would be much more to their liking.

The signs that the western nations, notably the United States, will be invited, are plainly to be read. There is, for example, a most pleasing friendliness now being manifest toward this country, replacing the sneering contempt which was America’s reward for pulling chestnuts out of the world war fire. Such friendliness cannot be explained on the basis of the debtor-creditor relation, for it was that relation that led to the unfriendliness of recent years. A nation placed under obligations, as an individual in like case becomes resentful of the benefactor. But a nation hoping for further favors may well assume rather convincingly the semblance of friendly interest.

Unofficial utterance implants the thought of inevitability of American participation in another world war.

“America will have to come in,” we hear from some, while another phrases differently the same idea by assuring us that “America won’t be able to stay out.”

Whether America will or won’t be able to avoid mixing again in the quarrels of others will depend on how many become imbued with these ideas. America will not have to come in unless it is educated to the belief that it must come in.

Resistance to such ideas is as important as resistance to an armed invasion. Right now, whether we realize it or not, a war is being waged — a war for the conquest of minds. If the attack is not repelled, then surely and bloodily America will accept the invitation to physical war when Europe beckons.

50 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

April 6, 1963

Phil Brogan given journalism award

Phil Brogan, associate editor of the Bend Bulletin, Friday night was given Theta Sigma Phi’s Edith Knight Hill award.

Brogan, a well known Northwest science writer and astronomy expert, was honored at the annual Matrix Table banquet at the Sheraton Hotel in Portland.

He was cited for making an “outstanding contribution to Oregon.” He was praised as “major source of Oregon’s past.”

Honors in recognition of his newspaper work and science interests are not new for Brogan, a 40-year member of the Bulletin staff.

One of his honors was the Benjamin Franklin award, in recognition of his work as a weather observer.

Brogan is chairman of the Oregon Geographic Names Board and director of the American Meteor Society in the Pacific Northwest. One of the highest honors he received as a writer of science articles was a citation from the Oregon Academy of Science.

Oregon’s top recognition in the field of journalism, the Voorhies award, was received by Brogan in 1954.

Recently he was recipient of the Oregon Historical Society’s American Heritage Award.

Two years ago, Brogan’s hometown friends honored him at a surprise dinner, with some 400 persons present from all parts of the state.

25 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

April 6, 1988

Blindness grounds golden eagle

It’s a brilliant Central Oregon afternoon — not a cloud in the sky, just a few birds circling gracefully above the earth on ever-changing drafts of wind.

Below the high-flying birds — at the Sunriver Nature Center — Jay Bowerman, president of the nature center, steps into a cage harboring a large bird and approaches it from the rear, stroking it gently on its neck to warn it of his presence.

Though it rocks back and forth nervously, the bird makes no attempt to flee. Bowerman reaches down to grab its legs securely and after some wing flapping, the bird relaxes in Bowerman’s arms.

This regal looking bird is a golden eagle brought to the nature center about two months ago from the John Day area where it had been found in a coyote trap.

Though it appears to be perfectly healthy, the bird probably will never catch a ride on rising air drafts again. It’s blind.

“We had had it for about four days before I suspected it had a vision problem,” said Bowerman. “When it appeared not to be able to see, I thought it was in a depressed state. It had gone two or three weeks without food.”

The problem, however, was not that the two to three-year-old female eagle was depressed. Bowerman believes that the bird suffered some trauma to the head either while it was caught in the trap or after it was freed. He believes the bird could not have thrashed around enough while in the trap to have hurt itself.

“It has a little vision in one eye. It can tell large obstacles. I believe it has roughly 10 percent of its vision in the left eye and none in the right,” said Bowerman, who had an ophthalmologist examine the bird.

While the bird would not be able to survive in the wild on its own, Bowerman said that in captivity the even-tempered bird could survive indefinitely.

“We get golden eagles regularly, one time we got eight of them in one year,” said Bowerman, who has worked with wild animals since he was a youngster growing up in Eugene. If the bird is easy going enough and adapts to captivity well, Bowerman said that the nature center would keep it “for a while.” The High Desert Museum, he said, has expressed an interest in the bird becoming part of its Birds of Prey exhibit as well.