Compiled by the Deschutes County Historical Society from archived copies of the Bulletin at the Deschutes Historical Museum.

100 Years ago

For the week ending

May 18,1919

Mill workers build homes

Expressing a keen desire to be home owners, more than 70 employees of the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber company are either living in their own homes, erecting their own homes for early occupancy or are contemplating construction within a few weeks. The company is aiding in every way possible its employees who desire to become home owners and its work is beginning to bear fruit in many sections of the city. One of the remarkable features of the activities is that in almost every case the homes that are being erected are substantial throughout. The men are building the homes for some years to come. The smaller bungalow, sufficient to meet every need of a small family is the type to which they are turning. It is found that the small residence will suffice and will do much to meet the so-called high cost of building.

Redmond track meet hopes rest on Tuck

Following the showing made by Arthur Tuck of Redmond at the state interscholastic track meet at the University of Oregon, other high schools of Central Oregon will have only second place to contest for when the tri-county meet is held in Madras. Tuck, who is only 17 years old, took the state meet single handed from the pick of the prep school athletes of the state, winning seven firsts, one second and smashing three records. His points totaled 38. New records Tuck established were in the 100-yard dash, in which he ran in 10 seconds, the javelin throw, which measured at 174 feet 8 inches, and the discus throw, 123 feet 10 inches. The 220-yard dash, shot put, 120-yard high hurdles and high jump were his other firsts, while in broad jump he pulled down a second place.

Photographs show scenic beauties

As a demonstration of what can be done in the way of stimulating travel through Bend by means of outside tourist agencies, W.C. Birdsall, manager of the Pilot Butte Inn, has assembled a series of typical Central Oregon scenes, 16 in number. Similar views will be sent to Salt Lake City, if it is decided by the Commercial club to establish a tour agency there.

75 Years ago

For the week ending

May 18, 1944

$2,000 available for playgrounds

An additional $2,000 will be available next fiscal year for the improvement and equipping of the Allen school and Harmon playgrounds, as a result of action taken at a meeting last night by the city’s budget planners. The funds were allowed following the appearance before the budget body of Rev. R.H. Prentice, chairman of the Bend recreation activities and Claude Cook, in charge of recreation activities for that group. Cook explained that most of the $4,000 fund for the fiscal year of 1943-44 had been earmarked for the playgrounds improvements, and that further monies would require to carry out the recreational program for children during 1944-45 fiscal year.

Big trout taken from Elk Lake

Believed to be the biggest trout caught in the Cascades this season, a rainbow weighing 7 pounds and being 28 inches long, was being proudly displayed by Vernon Carlon, city fireman. The huge trout, along with sizable others caught by Carlon and Fireman Vance Barber in Elk Lake, were placed on display in the hardware window of the Midstate Hardware company. The anglers said that the road into Elk Lake was in good condition, except for the last mile which was a little muddy. Besides the large rainbow, Carlon and Barber caught their limit in a few hours including brook trout weighing 3.5 pounds.

KBND to carry invasion news

KBND, as a Mutual-Don Lee affiliate, will carry full invasion news coverage when operations are begun, it was revealed today. Networks, according to Broadcasting magazine, have agreed to combine their operations and will pool their copy. A reporter who happens to be on the scene will be picked up as a commentator for the combined American networks and will so announce himself. Mutual’s London chief, John Steele, and his assistants, Arthur Mann and John Thompson, will be aided in their invasion reporting by the British staff of the Christian Science Monitor. Royal Arch Gunnison, Charles Hodges and Cecil Brown will carry the brunt of invasion commentary for Mutual from New York. In addition, full United Press wire service will furnish the station with complete news coverage.

Water users warned

The county court today reminded users of irrigation water that a fine of $100 and 30 days in jail may be imposed on any who allow water to run onto county roads until they are damaged. “We wish to remind these people that it is not fair for one to cause damage at the expense of the taxpayers,” the court stated.

50 Years ago

For the week ending

May 18, 1969

College computer used to track 2 satellites

Three Central Oregon Community College instructors have teamed in the use of the college’s IBM computer to come up with a forecast that two earth-circling satellites will be in the sky over Oregon at the same time tonight. Providing skies clear briefly, the show is expected to attract much attention. Taking part in the early night rendezvous will be Echo II, now nearing its death plunge, and Pageos. Directing the COCC computer project are Boyd Wolf, assistant professor of electronic technology, Ray Haertel, mathematics instructor, and Robert Powell, instructor in physical science. As feed for the computer, the trio obtained the basic raw date on satellite orbits from the Independent Tracking Coordination Program in Washington D.C. The COCC computer came up with the information that the two satellites will not only appear in Central Oregon skies at about the same time, but will be traveling in the same direction. They will pass over this area moving from south to north. Pageos will appear first in the south at 9:30 p.m. It will be about as bright as stars of the Big Dipper, and will not be too easy to spot. It will alternate between dim and bright because the huge Mylar balloon is no longer spherical, and is tumbling. Echo II will appear in the south at about 9:43 p.m., and will be quite bright. Echo will move across the sky rapidly and overtake Pageos as Pageos passes near the star Mizar in the handle of the Big Dipper. Pageos will be at this point at approximately 9:45 p.m. Echo at this time will be passing between the Big Dipper and the bright star Arcturus. Actually, the satellite will be over the Rockies. Although in the sky at the same time, and moving in the same direction, the satellites will not be close. The COCC instructors suggest that persons wishing to spot them first locate the Big Dipper, then “slide down the handle and along the curve to ruddy Arcturus.” Scientists recently announced that Echo II apparently is nearing the end of its many sweeps around the Earth. Echo I has already burned in the earth’s atmosphere. The sky will be moonless tonight, and if clouds clear, the COCC computer promises a real show.

Astronaut Cernan was a mid-Oregon visitor

A man who walked over the rugged surface of Oregon’s “moon country” south of Bend is scheduled to dip within 9 miles of the cratered face of the real moon this coming week. He is Eugene A. Cernan, one of the three astronauts ready to ride into space atop a Saturn 5 rocket. His companions will be Thomas P. Stanford and John B. Young. Blastoff time has been set. A major goal of this flight, in advance of an attempt to land two men on the moon, will be to test the lunar landing module in the moons environment. To make the test, CERNAN and Stanford are to detach the LEM from command ship, piloted by Young, and descend to within nine miles of the surface of the moon in the areas of the Sea of Tranquility. Two astronauts hope to land there in July, as man makes his first try to walk over the moon’s airless face. After making the near-landing this coming week, Cernan and Stanford are booked to return to the “mother ship” for a long cruise home. Cernan was with the group of American astronauts who spent several days in the Deschutes country in 1964, and again in 1966, getting acquainted with volcanic features of the area. In the spotlight on the mid-Oregon visits was Walter Cunningham, whose walk over cutting lavas of the McKenzie Pass country made world news. In Central Oregon, the astronauts not only learned of the volcanic geology of the region, but got the “feel” of the lavas, cinders and pumice.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

May 18, 1994

Grandma gets into heavy metal

Joyce Hamblin is too shy to stand up and address old friends at a class reunion. Too shy to wear a bikini on the beach. About the only time Hamblin, a 51-year old Bend grandmother of six, confronts her fear of crowds is when she climbs onto a stage and takes aim at another powerlifting record. “I’m terrified when I get up in front of people — even at meets,” Hamblin says. “I make myself do it.” Fear isn’t the only thing that Hamblin conquers when she lifts. In less than a year and a half of competitive powerlifting, she has hoisted weights that a few female masters before her have lifted. The 5-foot-6, 150-pound Hamblin has re-set the state bench-press record in the 165-pound-and-under class three times already this year. Her latest record came in the Northwest Region 8 Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships late last month in Eugene, when she passed 170 pounds. Her next assault on the record books comes Sunday at the Shilo Inn in Bend. As part of the Budweiser World Record Breakers meet. Hamblin hopes to have the requisite judges on hand to certify what she hopes will be a U.S. women’s 165-pound masters record. “It’s really a man’s sport,” she says, “I’ve been trying to get more master’s women involved.” A 15-year Bend resident and secretary in the fine arts department at Central Oregon Community College, Hamblin started body building in 1985 — even though it involved posing in those bikinis that she shunned on the sandy beach. After winning several open and age-group events, she discovered she was more interested in powerlifting and launched her heavy metal career early last year. “One is strength, one is physique,” she says. “It feels good to lift that weight. It feels powerful.”

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