Prineville judge surprises guests at party by getting married in 1913

Published Jun 23, 2013 at 05:00AM

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

100 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 22, 1913

Judge Springer is married

One hundred friends of Mrs. Rebecca Bayard were invited to attend a “party” at the home of Rev. Howard McConnell, pastor of the Christian Church, last night, and they were greatly surprised when they learned that the evening’s entertainment was a wedding.

After all the guests had arrived at the McConnell home, Mrs. Bayard retired to another room and in a short time reappeared in her wedding dress. Judge Guyon Springer of Prineville, also suddenly appeared on the scene at the same time, and before the astonished guests knew what was happening, Rev. McConnell was in the midst of the marriage ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Springer will reside in Prineville, the bridegroom being the Crook County Judge.

Bishop given warm welcome

As the guests of Hugh O’Kane and in honor of Bishop Charles J. O’Reilly of the Catholic church, 20 business men participated in a dinner at the Hotel Bend Monday night, the affair proving one of the most pleasant gatherings of the year.

Bishop O’Reilly had spent the day touring up river through the timber and under the guidance of John E. Ryan and accompanied by Fathers Luke Sheehan of Bend and C. Butler of Hermiston. Mr. O’Kane arranged the dinner as a token of welcome on the part of the town to the visiting dignitary of the church.

After an elaborate and excellent dinner, Mr. O’Kane called upon Mayor Putnam for a few words of welcome to the bishop and the latter responded with a glowing tribute to the possibilities of this country and the citizenship and promise of the town.

He spoke in admiration of the timber and boundless water power he had seen during the day, both evidently matters of great surprise to him, and said much concerning the constructive work the Catholic church has accomplished in Oregon in the way of colonization and physical, as well as spiritual, development.

A statement by the bishop of great interest to his hearers was that he entertains strong hope of being able to locate a Catholic hospital here.

As these institutions, conducted by Sisters, are notably successful and are always splendid assets to the communities in which they are located, much enthusiasm was expressed over the prospect and offers made of rendering all possible assistance by those present.

75 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 22, 1938

Swifter tempo planned this year in annual Mirror Pond water fete

Bend’s Fourth of July Mirror Pond pageant is to be speeded up this year, a committee decided at a conference last night when plans were approved for a swifter movement of the floats down the river. However, the general program will not be shortened. There will be a more elaborate opening ceremony, as bombs burst high over a great arch; entertainment features will be added to take up slack time as floats move down the stream, and there will be a final ceremony.

However, the decision to speed up the movement of floats as they glide into the lake, through the arch, has created a problem: A maximum number of floats, probably 18, will be required. So far only 14 have been definitely signed up. B.A. Stover, chairman of the floats committee, today issued a request that all organizations considering entering a float contact him at once. Plans for floats will be provided and other assistance given.

Last night, ideas for three new floats were worked out and will be turned over to sponsors at once. One of these depicts the “Tower of the Sun.” Another is “Summer Christmas Tree.” The third is “King Neptune and Mermaids.”

Following up invitations forwarded through the mail, telegrams were being sent by the Chamber of Commerce today to Portland, The Dalles and Eugene, urging that they enter floats in the Bend water pageant.

Redmond, winner of the Mirror Pond fete two years ago, is to have another entry in the pageant this year. There is also a possibility that Prineville, rangeland city that is rapidly changing to a mill town, will be represented.

As the Independence holidays approach, all Fourth of July committees are active. The Elks ballpark, to be the scene of a two-day rodeo, on July 3 and 4, is being enlarged and seats are being erected. Stock for the big rodeo are already on pasture near Bend.

Committeemen in charge of seating arrangement for the Mirror Pond Pageant have announced that more seating space is to be provided on Rocky Point, overlooking the bend in the river. This space will be reserved especially for out of town visitors.

Other than the need for more floats, the “situation is well in hand,” committeemen reported.

50 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 22, 1963

Prince nips brandy in Scottish pub

Prince Charles, the 14-year-old heir to the British throne, faces a possible caning because he nipped a cherry brandy in a Scottish pub.

But his school headmaster, Robert Chew of strict Gordonstoun, indicated the future king of England may be demoted instead. The incident has caused a royal commotion.

Charles took the drink Monday night in the bar of the Crown Hotel in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides.

“I cannot pre-judge the issue, but if he is guilty, the normal punishment for an offense of this nature is a beating or a demotion,” the headmaster said Wednesday night. “The latter is the likelier of the two.”

Gordonstoun rules permit no drinking. The usual form for a beating is with a cane.

Titled lady springs to Prince’s defense

A titled lady sprang today to the defense of Prince Charles, who caused a stir in palace circles and vast amusement elsewhere — by tossing off a drink in a Scottish pub.

A letter-writer to the Daily Telegraph who signed herself “Lady Playfair, Wife of a Scottish Knight” was sharply critical of those who “tattled” on the prince.

Because of Charles’ short snort of cherry brandy, newspapers have had a field day, two police officials are making a full investigation, and Buckingham Palace has apologized to the press.

Charles and a boatload of classmates from Scotland’s Gordonstoun school were on a training cruise.

While his bodyguard, detective Donald Green, was looking the other way, the prince slipped into the Crown Hotel, and ordered a 35-cent dram of cherry brandy.

It was presumably his first drink in a bar.

Witnesses said he drank at least part of it before Green showed up.

A London newspaper got hold of the story, which was denied the next day by the palace; a few hours later the palace reversed itself and apologized for its denial after learning the story was true.

Chief Police Supt. Albert Perkins, the palace security chief, flew to Scotland to find out why the bar sold spirits to an underage boy. The chief of Ross and Sutherland County police went to the Isle of Lewis to make his own investigation.

25 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 22, 1988

Grad goes on ‘peace mission’

The ink barely was dry on James Kuykendall’s high school diploma when he left this morning on an entirely new adventure.

That adventure will culminate in a visit to the Soviet Union in a sort of “peace mission” that focuses on getting to know the world’s inhabitants on a one-to-one basis.

Kuykendall, a recent Mountain View High School graduate, is en route today to Great Britain as he heads out on the first leg of a 40-day trip that will put him in six countries before he’s through. The worldwide jaunt links Kuykendall with 30 youngsters from the Northwest who are participating in the People to People Ambassador Service which was established by Dwight Eisenhower when he was president “to let young people travel around and meet other young people and see the world.”

Kuykendall, his fellow ambassadors and the three adults who accompany them will spend a week each in England, Ireland and Sweden. He said each youngster will stay with a family and take part in their normal, everyday lives to get a feel for the culture and lifestyle.

Next they will head to Denmark and Finland, ending with a four-day stay in Russia.

Kuykendall said the trip is a present from his grandfather, an avid traveler who favors each of his grandchildren with a taste of the world upon graduation. He said his older sisters took part in the ambassador program in past years, and each still corresponds with the friends she made while abroad.

Kuykendall’s own trip came as welcome news to the Bend native, who has never been out of the country. Before he returns, he hopes to explore London and Red Square and meet a representative sampling of the residents of Moscow.

Asked what he expects to learn on the trip, Kuykendall said “that people are probably the same all over the world and all want the same thing.” That thing, he believes, is world peace.

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