Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Des Chutes County Historical Society.
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
June 14, 1914
A.R. Rogers is very optimistic
A betterment of national business conditions, with an accompanying improvement in local affairs and especially lumbering, is the prediction of A.R. Rogers, the Minneapolis timberman who was here several days last week.
Mr. Rogers is the head of the Rogers Lumber Company, one of the largest lumber-yard owning companies in the country, whose holdings adjacent to Bend embrace some 37,000 acres, all of which, he has stated, will be milled here when market conditions warrant. During his stay Mr. Rogers spent much of his time with his local representative, Paul Garrison and with John Ryan and J.H. Haner.
In the first place, Mr. Rogers congratulated Bend upon the progress it has made since his last visit, stating that while conditions here now might appear not over prosperous, in comparison with those of other communities, they were excellent.
“Bend is lucky,” said he. “The town is doing well, and has a great future. It is through no fault of local conditions that big growth has not come to you. The backing is here, and all that has retarded development is an unfortunate slump in national business, especially in the lumber line. It will all come out well in the end, and be all the more substantial for the waiting.”
When questioned, Mr. Rogers was frank to say that so far as his own interests were concerned, immediate milling could not be considered. However, he stated that he expected an improvement in the lumber market from now on, and added that pine lumber such as is produced here was rapidly gaining in demand and price, at the expense of fir and other lumbers.
Funeral was held Saturday
The funeral of George Brosterhous who met his death through a fall while working at the new school house Monday June 2, occurred last Saturday morning. The esteem in which Mr. Brosterhous was held by the community was amply testified to by the large gathering which filled the Presbyterian Church, where the services were held. During the hour of service nearly all the places of business in town were closed.
Mr. Brosterhous was a Catholic, and Father Sheehan of the Catholic church conducted the services, assisted by Father Murphy. As the Catholic church was not large enough to accommodate the gathering, the services were held in the new Presbyterian church, whose every seat was filled.
Father Sheehan delivered a forceful eulogy upon the deceased, drawing from his sudden death the lesson of the uncertainty of this life.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
June 14, 1939
Bend youth is ski champion
Cliff Blann of Bend, Oregon today held the Golden Rose ski championship as the result of his upset win yesterday with a field of veterans in his first try at senior competition.
The Bend youth defeated a field of the northwest’s best “downhillers” in the good time of 3:24.6 minutes over the treacherous Mount Hood course. The favorite, Olaf Rodegard, copped the place money before a crowd of 3000 ski enthusiasts who turned out for the last big tournament of the year.
Rodegard got off to a bad start when he was forced to stem widely on the first gate and he lost more time in a fall near the finish. By the time he could recover and pass the timers at the finish his score was 3 minutes 38.4 seconds.
Proud of him (Editorial)
Sunday was not the first time that Cliff Blann had competed over a ski course, but it was the first time that he had entered in senior competition. The down hill race at Mount Hood was by no means the first that he had won for he had been a state champion in the junior classification, but it was his first entry against veteran, seasoned skiers.
But as a result of that first entry he holds the 1939 Golden Rose ski championship. That is something to put in the book.
Blann is a Bend High School graduate, learned his skiing on the hills near Bend and is one of the outstanding athletes of whom the people of this community are quite pardonably proud.
Wandering Jews find temporary haven at last
All 907 German Jewish refugees aboard the liner St. Lewis were saved from being returned to Germany today by the intergovernmental committee of refugees.
The committee induced Belgium to grant temporary refuge to 250, The Netherlands 194, France 200 and Britain the remainder. The United States joint distribution committee offered to pay for their maintenance.
Refused refuge in Cuba or elsewhere in the new world, the refugees were being taken back to Germany. The captain of the liner had slowed down to create delay which might result in some such solution as announced today.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
June 14, 1964
Court members for the 1964 Bend Water Pageant, on a specially-prepared float with the swan and arch theme, are making their first out-of-town appearance this weekend. They were in the parade today at the Lebanon Strawberry Festival, and will ride in the Merrykhana Parade tonight in Portland. Princesses are Marina Meyers, Jean Kremers, Terrie Todd, Carol Stewart and Donna Holt. All are this year’s graduates.
Good for everyone concerned (Editorial)
The clearing and sale of the site occupied by Allen School until it burned last winter has turned out to be a good thing for everyone concerned.
It appears now that insurance returns, plus the value of the property sold, will more than take care of the needs of the Bend school district for a new school to replace the old.
Safeway stores got a prime retail location, in the heart of a new retailing area. It has space to build a new, larger store, with adequate parking. It is no secret the grocery chain has suffered both from lack of merchandising space and lack of parking space in Bend in recent years.
The new construction on the site, by Safeway and possibly others, will result in increased valuations, and therefore increased taxes. The school district got $264,000 for the site. It probably will get about 10 percent of that amount again, each year, as a result of increased taxes.
Massive earthquake rocks main island of Japan
A massive earthquake struck a 300-mile stretch of the west coast of the main island of Honshu today, shattering buildings, smashing bridges and setting off raging fires that burned into the night.
It was the worst temblor to this earthquake-prone country since 1923, when 143,000 persons were killed in the Tokyo-Yokohama area.
The earthquake in Alaska on March 27, which registered 8.5, claimed 122 lives.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
June 14, 1989
Clowns try to lasso laughs
At 4 feet 6 inches tall, Charlie “Too Tall” West does his part to make the Sisters Rodeo a laughing good time.
West says he’s the world’s smallest rodeo clown and chose this profession because he can’t play professional football or basketball with his small stature.
“I like to put a smile on people’s faces and make them laugh,” West said from behind the arena Saturday afternoon — the second day of the three day rodeo.
But clowning isn’t only for the short man. West says he knows one clown who is 6 feet 4 inches tall. West’s partner, Donny Landis, looks like a giant next to him, towering at a stately 5 foot 6 inches. “I was raised in a rodeo family,” Landis said, flashing his painted clown smile “I’ll be here til I die, and I hope I don’t die here.”
His father clowned for 25 to 30 years and also rode bulls. Watching him convinced Landis that this was what he wanted to do with his life.
He started clowning when he was just 13 years old and has stuck with it because “it’s a good living” and beat the hectic life-style of San Jose, California, where he grew up.
West also grew up around rodeos and said he hopped on calves and steers until his legs didn’t grow anymore. Then he knew it was time to stay on the ground and make people smile.
But clowning isn’t all laughs and good times. It can be a dangerous job.
Landis said in his 16 years of clowning he has broken six ribs, punctured a lung and broken both ankles at one time or another.
“A guy got hung up on a bull and I went in to untie him and got hit in the chest, the ribs broken and my lung punctured,” he said “But I do my own doctoring when I can. I set my ankles twice.”
In addition to doing a little personal doctoring on the side, clowning takes a good sense of humor and a bit of acting talent. There’s no college degree required, but a definite ad-libbing skill is important.
“People enjoy it most when you’re spontaneous,” West said.
Both live in Southern California and travel with their suitcases full of gimmicks to rodeos all over the country. They agreed that Sisters’ “Biggest Little Show on Earth” is a real treat because of its “laid-back” attitude.
“I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” West said.