Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at the Des Chutes Historical Museum.
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
July 5, 1914
Parade wins much applause
The Fourth of July parade was the biggest kind of success. The floats were good and the entries many. For town entries Mrs. McIntosh’s float won first place and the Bend Milling & Warehouse second. Out of town, Montelle Coe captured first place and M.S. Miller of Harper second. The cash prizes totaled $30, and the judges were J.J. Klein, L.J. Cody and John Cunningham.
The band played throughout the long route, with 16 pieces, and here as elsewhere during the day added greatly to the enjoyment.
C.W. Erskine and Miss Lela McRay on horseback led. Then came the machines of Dr. Ferrill and O.C. Henkle, with soldier veterans, and after them Chairman Eastes’ car with Chief Roberts in the back seat pulling along by a cord his little boy in a decorated go-cart labeled “Pinched for Speeding.”
Bend Lodge 889 of the Fraternal Brotherhood had a handsome float, and the Bend Hardware exhibit was a real pump pumping real water. Pete Lehrman had a forge, Bennott’s was well represented, the Laundry was there and Skuse entered a sure-enough camping scene, with tent, fire and all the rest of it. The “Brick Yard Ponies” were in the parade next, and Montelle Coe, out-of-town prize winner, appeared as the real thing in rubes, driving a single horse in a rig piled high with vegetables, some of which he threw at the audience.
R.M. Smith had a good float, using a pair of big logging wheels, and Mannheimers showed something new in the line of gilded donkeys. O’Donnell’s auto truck was arrayed in sausages, and Barney himself officiated at the chopping block. The Bend Milling & Warehouse Company had a flour exhibit and the Bend Company a huge log.
The Bend Insurance Agency was there with a big float advertising their insurance, the Bend Sign Company had an amusing float, the American Bakery toted a vast loaf of bread and the Patterson Drug Company a huge bottle, a dozen feet or so high.
Then came the winner, the float of Mrs. McIntosh, a “double decker” affair with many pretty little children in white, with ribbons and greenery. Sather was well represented, the Bend Hotel had a big decorated car and A.L. French was there with an entry.
The cars forming the rest of the parade were owned or driven by the following: H.E. Felton, J.H. Wenandy, Frank Dibble, H.C. Ellis, John Steidl, Floyd Dement, G.S. Young, E. Austin, M.S. Miller, Mrs. Arnold, C.S. Hudson, George Hoover, J.M Judd, A.O. Walker, F.G. Harris, J. Partin, W.D. Rose, Wm. Hahaffey, C.I. Bozell, J. McMickle and two cars entered by the Pilot Butte hotel.
75 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
July 5, 1939
Theft of horse is investigated
Deschutes County officers were called on this morning to investigate the theft of a wooden horse, located in a local display window following its disappearance from Bend several months ago.
Property of J.F. Van Allen, the miniature horse fashioned from twisted woods, disappeared several months ago from the Virginia Park court just south of town, apparently “borrowed” by some high school boys. It next showed up at the home of Tom Hawkins, in La Pine, and when found was outfitted with clothes of Mrs. Hawkins.
Next the “horse” found its way to Shevlin, and from Shevlin was brought to Bend by W.W. Wilson. In advertising the two-day stampede, members of the Cashman store staff decorated the horse and placed it on display, bearing the “brands” of Harold Kline.
The horse was finally discovered in the window by Van Allen, whose first thought was to locate the persons who took the horse from his property. Sheriff Claude McCauley was called in to investigate.
Following his discovery that none of the people who have had recent possession of the wooden horse had anything to do with its theft, Van Allen consented to have his prized “horse” take a part in the stampede advertising program.
Ah, that horse is still with us
Two Central Oregon men charged with “unlawfully making an artificial brand on a horse with intent to convert it for advertising purposes” were at large on their own recognizance today, but under instructions to appear before the Deschutes County coroner in the absence from the city of Circuit Judge T.E. J. Duffy.
The horse mentioned in the district attorney’s information is the wooden pony assertedly purloined several months ago from John Van Allen of the Virginia Auto courts. Later the horse showed up in La Pine, then in Shevlin, and finally in the display window of the Cashman store in Bend.
Van Allen at first sought official action, then, when he discovered that recent possessors of the wooden horse had nothing to do with its theft, decided to let the matter rest. However Fourth of July committeemen “demanded action” and the “investigation” by the district attorney and Sheriff Claude McCauley resulted.
The district attorney’s information states that the true meaning of the insignia appearing on the wooden horse is unknown “to all persons except M.P. Cashman and one Ah Wing.” Also Walter W. Wilson “alias Shorty Wilson, alias White Water Wilson,” is charged with “unlawfully concealing” the unbranded wooden horse.
50 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
July 5, 1964
Lots to do in area over 4th
By Phil F. Brogan
Varied events are on Central Oregon’s 1964 Fourth of July program, with Bend one of the few quiet spots on the tri-county map.
But even in Bend there will be some action, as more than 150 golfers compete in the annual Mirror Pond Golf Tournament. The tournament, with a capacity enrollment, will be Saturday and Sunday.
In downtown Bend few places of business will be open.
Outside of Bend, Fourth of July activities will center at La Pine, the Warm Springs Reservation, Prineville, and Camp Sherman.
La Pine, celebrating Frontier Day, will be in the spotlight. Throughout the afternoon there will be varied entertainment — even a rolling pin throwing contest for women. Decks will be cleared in the evening for an old-time dance.
The La Pine celebration is planned as that town’s biggest observance of the Fourth of July in years.
Youth activities will feature the July 4 program at Warm Springs, with a daylong program planned. A bar and beef barbecue will be served, following a parade. Youngsters will participate in games and races. There will be dancing, baseball and supervised display of fireworks.
Camp Sherman residents will host the second annual Ponderosa Pancake Breakfast, at the community hall. Last year over 400 persons attended the breakfast.
Even larger crowds are expected and outdoor service is planned, especially for late arrivals. Waiters will be dressed in western attire. During the breakfast George Churchills of Bend will keep the aromatic air filled with western music.
No special Fourth of July program is planned in Prineville, but Sunday will mark the windup of the 1964 Rockhound Pow Wow.
Neither Redmond or Madras plans any special observance.
Castro finds sister’s action bitter, painful
Cuban Premier Fidel Castro said Wednesday night the defection of his sister, Juana, to Mexico was “very bitter and profoundly painful” to him.
It was Castro’s first comment on his sister’s flight from the island which she described as “an immense prison”.
At a reception in the Canadian Embassy, Castro said Miss Castro’s charges against the Cuban government were “edited in the United States Embassy in Mexico.”
“They contain all the infamy which imperialism has conceived against the Cuban revolution,” Castro said in a written statement.
25 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
July 5, 1989
Course teaches ancient construction skills
Watching Carroll Vogel and his seven students move a 6,000 pound log by tugging at one end of a block and tackle, you begin to understand how the Egyptians built the pyramids.
Vogel and the men and women in his class grasp a rope like contestants in a tug of war, then strain to pull 80 feet of line through the block and tackle — an elaborate system of ropes, pulleys and cables. The log creeps a few inches.
“Okay,” Vogel says, “Lets take another bite,” and he adjusts the block and tackle to increase leverage working against the log. He figures the system multiplies his group’s strength by 20 times.
The block and tackle is anchored around a tree here at Quinn Meadows Horse Camp, where mossy fir trees hug the edges of a grassy alpine meadow in the Deschutes National Forest.
Fiddling with the system admits there are easier ways to move a log.
“We could bring some equipment in here and move that log with no problem,” he says, “but then everyone would stand around watching and nobody would learn anything.”
And learning is the point of this workshop which is being given by the Student Conservation Association, a non-profit national educational organization committed to conservation work. The weeklong session, which ends Friday, is designed to teach conservation workers and federal land managers about methods of construction that were among the earliest of mankind’s technologies.
During the week, the students will construct a bridge, improve trails, build a rock wall and rehabilitate overused camping areas — all with only hand tools and their wits.