Night train brings Portlanders to Bend for weekends in 1913

Published Jul 7, 2013 at 05:00AM

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


For the week ending

July 6, 1913

Editorial: The Greenwood mudhole

The recent rains have again placed the street beneath the Greenwood Avenue railroad bridge in a disgraceful condition. Instead of a street, that particular piece of Greenwood resembles a combination mudbath and swimming hole.

The Bulletin thoroughly sympathizes with the east-of-the-tracks residents who object to a continuance of this state of affairs, which already has existed through practically the entire past winter. Also, it is aware that the attitude thus far taken by the railroad has greatly embarrassed the city officials who repeatedly have brought the matter to the railroad’s attention and have thus far obtained nothing at all satisfactory in return for the several equable proposals offered.

It seems fair to say that the time has come for a strong insistence on action of some kind and equally fair to hazard the guess that good business politics, if nothing else, demands some attention before the city officials and the people most affected get too wrathy.

The railroad has been treated with the utmost generosity and fairness here and always will be. Greenwood Avenue is practically the only street connection between the business district and the territory east of the tracks. Let us hope that a reciprocation of the just treatment that has been accorded the railroad will cause its officials who are responsible for the irksome delay to awaken to the fact that they have a duty to perform to the people of Bend.

Night train is boon, says Wilkes

Prediction of a greatly increased travel to Bend was the substance of comment on the new night train service to Central Oregon made by W.C. Wilkes, assistant freight and passenger agent of the S.P. & S. Railway when here last week.

Mr. Wilkes stated that already travel from Portland was showing considerable stimulation as a result of the night service and it is his belief that hundreds of people will now take a look at Bend who never before felt able to take the two days previously consumed by the journey. He also pointed out the advantage of the new service for immigrants, as now when they wake up after a comfortable cool night on the sleeper, they will look out upon the level country where hitherto they have sweltered for 12 hours up the desolate canyon, many of them getting discouraged because they thought that the land they saw was typical of all the interior.

“You would be surprised to know how many inquiries we are receiving from Portland fishermen,” said Mr. Wilkes. Already I know of 30 who are planing to take a weekend trip to Bend. By leaving Portland Friday night, they get two entire days at Bend or along the Deschutes, and get back for business on Monday morning. We shall pay special attention to this phase of your attractions in our publications and other publicity hereafter.”


For the week ending

July 6, 1938

Baby cyclone is reported here

A “baby cyclone” yesterday afternoon lifted a garage from its base at 617 Quincy Avenue, scattered wreckage over the side of Awbrey Butte and carried the roof of the garage more than 100 feet, plunging it into the side of a pine tree. Bill Friend, six-year-old son of Mrs. Billy Friend, narrowly escaped serious injury. He was standing in the lee side of the building when the freakish wind struck.

Blinded by dust, the little boy started running directly into the path of the moving building. He stopped and ran back toward the west side of the garage yard just as the building crashed down the hill, its flat roof sailing high into the air.

W.L. Sheets, Bill’s grandfather was nearby but escaped the fury of the blast of wind.

“I guess the wind just wanted to bring up some memories of old days for me — I used to live in Kansas,” Sheets remarked today.

The twisting wind came over the brow of a hill, struck, but did not damage the Otto Olson building, then carried away the garage.

Film star fishing in Paulina Lake today

Guy Kibbee, noted film star, was fishing today at Paulina Lake along with his friend Ed Tribby, who was celebrating his birthday, as a guest of Hal McCall of Crooked River, the film actor’s host on his present Central Oregon trip, his second of the season. Last week, Kibbee caught his limit on the upper Deschutes River.

Yesterday afternoon, Kibbee attended a part of the Bend-Toledo baseball game but left after the Elks scored eight runs in the sixth inning. However Kibbee did not get to see much of that hectic inning — he was kept busy accommodating autograph hunters.

Since coming to Central Oregon on his present trip, Kibbee has been a guest at the McCall ranch. He came here from the McKenzie River.

Kibbee is to be grand marshal during the Rose Festival parade in Portland and plans to leave for the western Oregon city tomorrow.


For the week ending

July 6, 1963

Drake Park takes water pageant form

Bend’s Pageant Park, a quiet, green spot on the Deschutes River at the west end of Drake Park footbridge, suddenly came to life this morning.

Work preliminary to the presentation of the 1963 Mirror Pond, set for the nights of July 26, 27 and 28, was started.

Styrofoam to be used in booms was moved into place. Barges for floats were unloaded. Work preliminary to construction of a big arch was started.

Heading the volunteer workers was Lyman C. Johnson, chairman for the Bend Chamber of Commerce.

Missing from the river scene this year are the old, water-logged booms of former years. Taking their place will be a boom of boards floating on great chunks of Styrofoam, a light, plastic substance. Nine-foot sections of the Styrofoam are being cut into three-foot lengths, to place under the 2-by-10 inch boards.

A deck 28 inches wide, much larger than the narrow space on the old booms, will be provided. Workers will move along this deck in moving floats downstream on pageant nights.

The river walkway will be about 1,000 feet in length, reaching from Pageant Park to a landing opposite the Drake Park point.

Work preliminary to the construction of an entirely new type of arch, to be made of steel paneling in place of the muslin of former years, was to get underway today.

Also hauled into Pageant Park this morning were the empty oil drums which will serve as floats for the barges.

On hand for the early work was a large crew of Jaycees.


For the week ending

July 6, 1988

Summer course hitting the nail on the head

The dank odor of turned earth rises from the overgrown lot on Williamson Blvd., spiced with the pungent aroma of crushed sage.

Rock music blares from the open doors of a dusty station wagon parked amid the growing piles of gnarled, uprooted juniper branches. Nearby, a scattering of orange-handled hammers and leather tool belts form an eclectic collage on the trampled ground.

By the looks of it, nothing much has happened on this parcel during the last few years, even as developers peppered the area with new homes. But this week, Bend and Mountain View High School students armed with shovels and hoes began changing all that, as 10 of them inaugurated a summer school class in building construction.

Official groundbreaking began Tuesday when a local excavation company crew brought in the heavy equipment needed to clear brush and lava rock and cut the earth to grade. That work is one of just a few jobs assigned to subcontractors, however. From start to finish, the students will have the primary responsibility for construction of the project.

The task at hand is to build an 1,800-square-foot, split-level home, complete with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, a three-bay attached garage and three exterior decks. The Bend-La Pine School District, which borrowed $85,000 to finance the construction, expects to pay off the loan by selling the completed home at a break-even price or perhaps turn a slight profit.

“We hope to be finished by Christmas,” said Al Huntley, the Mountain View industrial arts teacher who is instructing the class and overseeing the home building.

Huntley said that during the summer and through next fall, students will work on all phases of the job, which began with blueprints drafted in an architecture class by 1988 graduate Kelley Mingus. Three or four students then learned about the process of getting licensed and bonded as a builder and how to go about obtaining a conventional loan, he added. They also solicited bids from subcontractors.

Huntley, who was involved in two previous home construction projects, said the exercise was a standard part of the school district curriculum years ago, but it has been 12 years since a similar project was undertaken.

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