1913 Crook County judge vs. birds

Published Jun 16, 2013 at 05:00AM

100 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 15, 1913

Game warden’s office to proceed against Springer —

Placing poison for birds and destruction of wrens likely to embarrass Crook County’s judge

There seems small doubt that Crook County is to be treated to another picturesque mix-up in connection with its judge, which may pale to insignificance such now historical incidents as cement yarns, auto affidavits, culvert controversies, county sewing contracts, Ananias club letters and the host of other official tidbits which have gone so far to make the name of Springer notorious.

This time it appears that a clear case is proved against Judge Springer for the willful destruction of song birds, and the setting out of poisoned wheat contrary to a specific provision of law. The state game authorities are proceeding against Mr. Springer, and if the case be proved, Crook County will have a county judge convicted of law breaking and, in all probability, one poorer by a goodly sum after the expected fine is paid.

Failing to persuade Janitor Clow to put out poison for the song-birds that live about Crook County’s pleasant courthouse grounds, Judge Springer put out the poison himself last week and heartlessly murdered several harmless wrens, according to Mr. Clow.

The janitor informed the judge that he had inquired as to the law with reference to the order to poison the song-birds and had found that it was a criminal offense, and refused to execute the judicial mandate. Whereupon, upon request, Custodian Clow delivered the poisoned grain to the judge who scattered it carefully on the unused approaches at the east and west ends of the courthouse, according to Clow.

Clow said he found several dead wrens lying near the poisoned grain which he gathered up and cremated in the furnace that heats the building. He says also that he saw one little wren sicken under the effects of the poison, drunkenly stagger around over the flagging for a few minutes then topple over and die. He picked up three wrens and is of the opinion that many others took the poison and flew away to die.

75 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 15, 1938

A welcome to trapshooters

There will be those who deny that the history of trapshooting goes back to that prehistoric epoch when cavemen sent showers of arrows into low-flying geese and watched their prey drop to earth from stately formation, but a few should disagree with the statement that the sport is venerable. In America, this form of marksmanship dates back to 1825. And it was more than 100 years ago, in 1831, that the first trap club was founded in America.

Actually, trapshooting probably originated when aboriginal marksmen of ancient Europe released five birds, then shot down the fleeing prey with arrows. In Great Britain, shooting at live birds still prevails, but is widely condemned. In the United States, the sport is almost wholly confined to shooting artificial birds.

The first inanimate targets used by marksmen were glass balls, catapulted into the air by spring board traps. Later these glass targets were improved through the enclosure of features inside the balls. When struck, these targets gave an impression of game. New model traps were invented and with them trapshooting passed from the glass ball stage to the mechanism which tossed saucer shaped clay disk, or “clay pigeons,” into the air. These targets were flipped at various tangents.

Such is the outline of the history of the age old sport whose disciples Bend welcomes this week for the Oregon State Trap Shoot of 1938. Followers of the sport say that the Oregon shoot is America’s greatest. And Bend this weekend will be host to many of America’s greatest sportsmen.

Challenged by mechanical improvements of the past century, trapshooters must depend on a steady nerve and a keen eye to improve their scores, and equal marks of great scattergun experts of the past. This challenge has created a type of sportsman that Bend is more than glad to welcome.

Trapshooters of Oregon and America, Bend is yours for the weekend. Shoot straight, and let your shot fall where it may.

50 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 15, 1963

Historic Haycreek Ranch sale exceeds two million dollars

Sale of Central Oregon’s historic Haycreek Ranch in Jefferson County at a price in excess of two million dollars was reported today.

The huge spread, with the home ranch in a broad valley 15 miles east of Prineville, is believed to represent the largest combination wheat and cattle holdings in the state.

The new owners are J.W. Chase and Son, a prominent Southern California firm of ranchers.

The holdings, just west of the Ochoco timberlands, with land spread over the Blizzard Ridge, Ashwood and Madras area, include some 53,000 acres of deeded land, plus 11,000 acres of leased timber summer ranch and 7,200 acres of crop land, with a wheat allotment of 2,700 acres.

There are two large man-made lakes, for irrigation and recreation, on the ranch. In the spread’s headquarters are six homes, and many other fine buildings.

The history of the Haycreek Ranch goes back to pioneer days, when Williamson G. Allen settled in the area, not far from the location of the first Central Oregon “settlement” — the winter quarters of Felix and Marion Scott on Hay Creek in 1862-63.

Allen sold his ranch to Dr. D.M. Baldwin, who founded the Baldwin Sheep and Land Co., brought his first sheep, registered merinos, from Vermont.

Eventually, the ranch was developed into one of the largest merino sheep stations in the world, with choice stock sold to Russia following the revolution.

Dr. Baldwin sold his holdings to C.A. and J.P. Van Houten and H. Loney. In 1898, John G. Edwards moved to the ranch as half owner, later assuming joint ownership with C.M. Cartwright and J.P. Van Houten. Edwards, noted in the annuals of the Oregon stock industry, obtained full possession in 1905.

Ike opposes costly race to the moon

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower said today “anyone who would spend $40 billion in a race to the moon for national prestige is nuts.”

Eisenhower made the blunt remark at a breakfast meeting with about 160 Republican congressmen. Those attending the gathering said the former chief executive drew sustained applause when he made his “nuts” reference to the Kennedy administration’s space program.

25 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 15, 1988

Helmet law draws ire, protests

Police and motorcyclists are getting ready to butt heads over Oregon’s mandatory helmet law, which goes into effect Thursday, and judging from the acrimonious language coming from both sides, everyone involved may need protective headgear.

“Everyone I know is going to resist to the limit,” said a Harley-Davidson rider and motorcycle mechanic in La Pine.

“It’s a violation of my personal rights and beliefs, and it’s discrimination,” he added.

No one is sure exactly what form the resistance will take, but some motorcyclists have been busy searching through the language of the law adopted by Oregon voters May 17 to come up with a legal method of non-compliance.

For instance, a motorcyclist who stopped at the Oregon State Police headquarters in Bend Tuesday reportedly wanted to find out whether the new law meant he had to wear the helmet on his head.

“It says you have to wear protective headgear, but it doesn’t say where you have to wear it,” the man reportedly said.

According to police, the biker refused to reveal which part of his anatomy he intended to use as a cranial substitute.

Others have chosen the term “protective headgear” as the basis of their protest.

“I’m going to wear a Snoopy hat — not a helmet,” said one woman, referring to the leather World War I-style airman’s cap worn by the famous cartoon canine flying ace during his duels with the Red Baron.

“If I get a ticket, I’ll fight it,” she vowed.

As determined as the motorcyclists are not to strap on the “brain buckets,” police are equally determined to crack down.

“Come June 16, anyone riding a motorcycle without wearing a helmet on their head will be cited. Period,” said an Oregon State Police spokesman in Bend. “If they want to resist, they can resist all the way to court.”

Motorcycle and moped operators who fail to comply with the new regulations will face a maximum fine of $100, and passengers without helmets could be fined up to $500.

Of the 74 motorcyclists killed on Oregon highways in 1987, reports indicate that 55 were not wearing helmets.

Nationally, 19 states require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, 26 states require limited helmet use — usually for minor riders — and five states have no helmet requirements.

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