Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Deschutes County Historical Society.

100 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 17, 1917

New telephone work started

Work began this morning on telephone line extension to accommodate 80 more Bend families, who have applied for phones.

With the addition of these phones, over 540 phones will be in operation from the Bend office. The principal extensions will be made along Revere and East Norton avenues and East Third street. Forty new lines have been installed in the Bend switchboard to accommodate the new phones, according to H.A. Wetterborg, wire chief of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company lines in this district. Due to the many new applications for service through the Bend office, this is the second time the construction crew has been called to Bend this year.

Millions must be subscribed

The people of America must subscribe 280 million dollars daily to the Liberty Loan for the next three days that the books are open in order to make the necessary total of two billion dollars. The total of unsubscribed bonds now equals seven dollars for every man, woman and child in the country.

It is the belief of treasury officials that the nation will meet the emergency, but money must come in at the rate of 10 million dollars hourly. The final drive to secure the necessary amount was begun today.

To the town of Pella, Iowa, composed chiefly of Americans of Hollandish descent belongs the honor of subscribing more than any other city. The total Pella subscription amounts to $40,000 for each family in the city.

In a statement urging the over-subscription of the loan, Herbert Quick, member of the Federal Farm Loan Board, today said that its failure meant a possibility that the war would be brought to the shores of America.

Bonds to pay bills

One way in which business men can help raise Bend’s quota of Liberty Bond subscriptions was found this morning by T.H. Foley, manager of the Bend Water, Light & Power Company.

Liberty Loan bonds purchased in Bend can be used as payment for bills owed to outside firms. Yesterday, Mr. Foley made inquiry by telegram of several Portland firms as to whether they would accept Liberty bonds on current bills. Most stated that the bonds would be acceptable as cash.

Mr. Foley will buy the bonds here and send them to Portland instead of a check. “If business men here take up this chance, Bend’s share of the loan will be easily raised,” said Mr. Foley. “It shows, too, that the Liberty Loan bonds are worth their face value and are readily convertible.”

75 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 17, 1942

Striped ‘cats’ worry crew in local plant

Workers in the Brooks-Scanlon box factory are on the alert these days, fearful of a gas attack, not from the skies, but from under the noisy plant.

Recently a family of skunks established home under the plant, and now Mr. and Mrs. M. Mephitis are proud parents. Workers know this because the mother and a kitten recently strolled down an aisle in the molding department.

When the skunks appear around the plant, all work momentarily halts, for it is the desire of the men not to offend.

The woods kittens’ home appears to be directly under Taylor Rhoades’ tool box, under the main floor.

Germans say Japanese landing in Alaska

A Tokyo dispatch broadcast by the German radio today, quoted reports that strong Japanese forces had landed on “the two most important Aleutian islands,” including Unalaska on which the U.S. naval air base is situated at Dutch Harbor.

Headlines:

America loses carrier in Coral Sea battle, but takes big toll of enemy — Germans, Reds in fierce fight in Sevastopol — Nippon losses in Midway Island and Coral Sea declared huge — Japanese war fleets renew attack on Australian city of Port Darwin — Great naval battle believed brewing in foggy Aleutians — Soviet armies halt Germans’ fierce drive — British admit El Gazala lost to Axis army in Libyan desert — Crippled British ships reach Gibraltar — Axis sub follows ships to port and sinks 2; Thousands of persons at Virginia seashore resort see torpedoing — Russians hold Nazi hordes at Sevastopol — Pacific victories heartening, but not final, official warns.

50 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 17, 1967

Charlie Feltman’s hot dog marks 100th anniversary

From Coney Island comes a reminder that we are celebrating this month the 100th anniversary of the invention of the hot dog.

Historians tell us it was Charlie Feltman, a boardwalk salesman, who first put a hot sausage in the middle of a toasted roll.

But as with many of history’s other golden moments, most of the details surrounding the genesis of the hot dog have been lost in the mists of time. Which is a pity.

Coney Island, as you may know, regards itself as the spiritual home of the hot dog. For it was on the boardwalk in that long ago summer of 1897 that the hot dog came into being.

Once we have accepted Feltman as the father of the hot dog, we find ourselves thirsting for other data. Most of all, we would like to know how Feltman got the idea in the first place.

I like to think that Feltman was a member of the program committee for the 1867 Fourth of July celebration at Coney Island. One of the orators came to him for advice.

“Charlie,” he said “in my speech I want to put in a plug for Coney Island. I thought I would say Coney Island is as American as something or other. What would be a good comparison?”

“Why don’t you say that Coney Island is as American as apple pie?” suggested Feltman, who being a pie salesman himself, naturally thought in terms of pastry.

“That does have a nice ring to it,” said the orator. But wasn’t apple pie originally an English dish? For this speech I need an authentic native dish.

“Okay,” Feltman said. “I’ll get to work on it.”

Feltman tried various combinations. A cold sausage in a toasted roll. A hot sausage in an untoasted roll. He was about ready to give up when he suddenly hit the right formula.

“I’ve got it,” he told the orator. “What is it?”

“I call it a frankfurter.”

“Why do you call it that?”

“Because I’m a native of Frankfurt, Germany.”

All of this is, of course, pure speculation on my part, but it may explain why Feltman’s creation later became known as hot dogs.

On Independence Day, it doesn’t sound too good to say something is as American as frankfurters.

Duck faces eviction from proposed Bend parking lot

It looked like a good place for a nest. And ducks don’t pay attention to proposed parking lots anyway. So this duck built her nest on the spot where the City of Bend plans to construct an off-street parking lot.

“I saw her wandering around and wondered what she was doing,” said Leroy Fassett, who discovered the nest.

Fassett said the duck has ten eggs. “We expect the eggs to hatch abut June 27,” he said, “which should give her time to get out before the city starts work on the lot July 1.”

Fassett said the duck’s mate has been staying pretty close to the nest. “They honeymoon on the lawn every morning,” he commented.

City manager Hal Puddy said the city will have to move the duck if she is still there July 1.

25 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 17, 1992

Rockies’ debut thrusts Bend into spotlight

For one night Bend was big league.

The Bend Rockies’ season opener — the first game in Colorado Rockies’ franchise history — brought to Central Oregon the unmistakable flavor of a sports mad major-league town.

A live television broadcast. A dozen members of out-of-town print media. Four Denver television stations. Two Denver radio stations.

Everything about Tuesday’s Class A Northwest League contest between the Bend Rockies and the Boise Hawks screamed big-time.

Even the ending.

Catcher Will Scalzitti , who earlier had the first base hit and the first defensive error in Rockies’ history, also hit the franchise’s first home run — a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth that lifted the Rox past the Hawks 6-4.

It was a fairy-tale finish to a night that Colorado baseball fans and Rockies officials have long dreamed about.

“Now we really have a Rockies team in place,” said Bob Gebhard, Colorado’s senior vice president and general manager. “This is a big league game.”

Not quite. Gebhard and the Colorado Rockies have to wait until next April until the major league expansion team takes the field. But the bright lights of the media — which dwarfed the spotlight a short-season minor-league game usually draws — showed Bend what Denver can expect.

All four Denver television stations sent crews. The game was televised live. Denver’s newspapers sent reporters and photographers.

Media members and Rockies club officials weren’t the only Coloradans among the 3,125 in attendance at Vince Genna Stadium either. Several Rockies fans, unwilling to wait until next spring for their first fix, traveled to Bend for the franchise opener.

The crowd got what they wanted. They witnessed several Rockies firsts.

The first Rockies run was scored by lead-off hitter and short-stop Jason Bates.

Scalzitti got the franchise’s first hit earlier, when he singled to left field in the first inning.

It was a prelude to a much bigger blow later in the game, just as Tuesday foreshadowed a much bigger night in Denver 10 months from now.

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