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

July 13, 1919

Thirty in county pass state exams

Thirty of the eighth grade students in Deschutes county who took the state examination made passing grades in all subjects, County School Superintendent J. Alton Thompson reports. The successful pupils are :

Theodore L. Negus, Eula Lillian Smith, Forrest Ehlers, Veerlaud Ridgley, Winifred Munz, Nancy Elliott, Franklin James Ladd, John Bates, Johnny Gomer, Hazel Caughey, Mary Meister, Redmond; Gerald Hicks, Rilda Steele, Tumalo; Crawford Donahue, Clifford Clow, Clyde Clow, Loretta Masten, La. Pine; Carleton Pellett, Leland Numbers, Harry Faucett, Terrebonne; Durward Leonard E. Howell, Pinehurst; Eda Towne, Florence Agnes Boles, Helen Newbold, Lower Bridge; Clyde Smith, Needra Toomey, Bend; Thomas Going, Bennie Graffenberger, Millican; Agnes Schreder, Gladys Meeks, Rolyat.

Power plant to be built by B.W., L & P.

Will double power

Preliminary engineering work for the construction of an 1800 horsepower plant on the Tumalo at the Columbia Southern ditch was started this morning by the Bend, Water, Light & Power Co., following the return of Manager T. H. Foley from Salem. The point at which the plant is to be erected, providing satisfactory arrangements are made with the desert land board, is seven and a half miles, air line, from Bend. The plant, it is estimated, would cost in the neighborhood of $125,000. Its capacity would equal the total horsepower of the company’s Bend plants, and construction would take from 10 months to a year.

Power development on the Tumalo was made necessary when plans for building a 5000-horsepower plant at Lava falls were canceled by the tying up of all Deschutes water rights for irrigation. At the time announcement was made in regard to this, several weeks ago, the power company was offered rights on the Tumalo, but those were somewhat involved, and the situation has just been clarified by recommendations which the state engineer has decided to make to the desert land board.

Ratification by eastern officials of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co. has not yet been given, but the preliminary work is being started to avoid any waste of time.

Road book is for tourists

The most comprehensive tourist guide book that has yet been prepared for Central Oregon, is the product of W. C. Birdsall, manager of the Pilot Butte Inn, who will soon have ready for distribution a pamphlet, the compliments of this hostelry.

The pamphlet not only gives information, milage and routes for the main highways north and south through Bend, but gives valuable data regarding the byway roads out of Bend to the summer lands to this part of the state. The state highway map of Oregon, together with the map of the Deschutes National forest supplement written information.

Mr. Birdsall has spent several months in the collection of actual data, which he will forward to all parts of the Pacific coast for guide to motor tourists coming via Bend this year.

Mexican trade with America important

Greater part of all imports made during past year ordered from this country.

Mexico City, — The treasury department today published a report showing that during the year 1918 Mexico imported from all foreign countries a total of $162,470,035.47 worth of good. The greater portion of these importations was from the United States the total reaching $141,157,846.32. From European countries the amount was only $16,058,716.12.

The export statistics are not yet completed, but it is believed that they will show a total of at least one hundred millions more than the importations. The value of the petroleum exported alone is placed in the neighborhood of $145,000,000. While fiber and metals also show high valuation.

75 Years Ago

For week ending

July 13, 1944

Four Central Oregon men win high honors in war

Four of Oregon’s outstanding heroes of the present world conflict are residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, it is revealed in an article, “Gallantry In Action,” appearing Sunday in The Oregonian. Among Oregon’s outstanding heroes are Sgt. George Mirich, who was promoted on the field of battle in Attu; Sgt. Leroy Norton, twice winner of high awards for heroism in the south Pacific; and Major Rex Barber, one of American’s air aces.

Both sergeants are from Bend and were each awarded the D.S.C. for similar feats of gallantry in eliminating Japanese. Mirich made sure that nine Japanese holed in permanently on Attu island, wiping out their foxhole homes at the same time. Norton, ex-member of the Bend national guard company, disregarded his own wounds long enough to push his patrol leader, shot through both legs, out of the line of enemy fire while advancing on Guadalcanal. About six months later in the sweep toward Munda air field on New Georgia island, Norton accounted for seven Japanese, three pillboxes and two machine guns.

An army air forces fighter pilot, Maj. (then captain) Rex T. Barber, of Culver, earned the navy cross, which corresponds to the D.S.C. Barber, attacking two Japanese bombers and six fighters along with marine fighter pilots, destroyed one bomber and one fighter in April, 1943. He was earlier awarded the silver star after flying his P-38 so low over a Japanese destroyer that the Japanese mast knocked off three feet of one wing tip.

Technician Arthur J. Miller, Paulina, also received the silver star for gallantry in action in the south Pacific.

Horses damage Bend cemetery

Not exactly ghouls, but a band of horses which made two raids on the Pilot Butte cemetery yesterday, did as much damage, it was reported today at police headquarters. Seven of the animals invaded the burial grounds in the morning, and a band of five returned in the afternoon, it was reported.

Several tomb stones were reported knocked over and damaged, police reports said. Officers said that they had located the man in charge of the horses on Bond street and ordered him to the cemetery to remove them.

Brooks-Scanlon fire controlled

Fire of undetermined origin late last night swept over 20 acres of the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company Inc. logging area, and today firefighters were standing by apprehensive that the blaze, although under control, might break its bounds. It was not until 10 0’clock last night that firefighters were able to halt the spread of the flames, eating their way through a large stand of green timber. The smoke from the fire was first sighted in the late afternoon.

Because loggers for the lumber firm were on vacation, difficulty was experienced in recruiting a crew to battle the fire. As there were no regular workmen in the area owing to the vacation, investigators were unable to assign a cause for the fire.

According to reports, the fire centered about three-quarters of a mile west of bull springs, not far from the Brooks-Scanlon logging camp.

Sisters prepares for 1944 rodeo

Plans for the Sisters Rodeo association’s annual western show, to be held this year on August 19 and 20, are taking definite shape, Carl Poschwtta, in Bend today from Sisters, reported. As a pre-rodeo feature, the association is to sponsor a series of dances on Saturday night, in the Sisters gymnasium.

Preparing for a show which association officials are confident will be outstanding, the sponsoring organization has purchased the rodeo grounds, a 10 acre tract, adjacent to Sisters.

In former years, funds from the rodeo were turned over to service organizations, but this year the returns will be used in paying for the newly acquired arena. Headlines: Big navy base in Japan bombed — 15000 school pupils moved out of London —FDR willing to accept fourth term nomination — Russians race toward German frontier — DeGaulle predicts German defeat near

50 Years ago

For the week ending

July 13, 1969

Black Butte site plans submitted to county

A preliminary site plan for the subdivision of the Black Butte Ranch has been submitted to Deschutes County Planner Lorin Morgan. The plan was drawn up by the new owner, Black Butte Development Corporation, a joint venture of Brooks-Scanlon, Inc., and Mountain Park Corporation.

The plan calls for four areas of single family housing and nine areas to be used for condominiums. The housing units and condominiums will be built behind trees that circle the rim of the meadow. The meadow will be left open, and will include an 18-hole golf course.

Morgan said the open meadow would be the main part of the development visible from the highway. He added that the use of open space is the most impressive feature of the site plan, since the meadow is more than 50 percent of the land area of the ranch. Morgan said the meadow would not have been usable for housing, however, because a high water table would hamper sewage disposal. The open area will enhance the beauty of the development, and serve as a recreational area.

“Preservation of the meadow,” he said, “shows the developers are concerned with orderly planning.” Housing will follow the “cluster” design with a common recreation ground for each housing area. The plan shows around 300 lots in the first phase. Each area will be served by a paved road that will circle the meadow behind the tree line.

Robert Harrison, Brooks-Scanlon land development manager, said the plan submitted to Morgan is a preliminary plan of development on the rim of the meadow. He said an additional 320 acres south of the meadow, and another 320 acres west of the meadow have now been added to the project. The additional land is owned by Brooks-Scanlon, Inc. Total area will be some 1,300 acres and plans are now being made for 1,000 homesites, he said.

Harrison said a site plan for the 1,300 acres will be submitted in September or October. He added that there will be a sewage disposal system and a water system for the entire project. Roads will be built and maintained by the Black Butte Corporation, and buyers will pay a maintenance fee. The development will try to offer a “package” to its customers of construction and financing, as well as water and sewage service. “We really don’t know what people want yet,” He said, “but we will try to offer as complete service as possible.” Harrison said construction would probably start early next spring with some models finished late in the summer. A golf course and tennis court will also be built next summer.

He added that the development corporation would discourage speculation buying. “Presently,” he said, “we haven’t thought of using a time limit on use of undeveloped land, but if it seems necessary, we will do it.” The developers also plan to widen Indian Ford Creek to create a chain of 20-40 acres of lakes in the meadow. The present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Morgan, will hold the ranch until October.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

July 13, 1994

Reverse mortgage used to finance home purchase

In what it believes may be a first for the mortgage banking industry, ARCS Mortgage Inc. recently announced it has approved and funded a reverse mortgage for the purchase of a home in the state of Washington.

Usually, a reverse mortgage is used by a retiree as a means of accessing the equity in a home to supplement income or to use for other purposes without having to worry about making payments. The loan is repaid from the proceeds when the home is sold, or when the borrower vacates, whenever that might be.

However, in this case, an 80-year-old woman seeking to purchase a home in a retirement community was able to use the home’s existing equity to apply for and receive a reverse mortgage on the property. She will make no payments on the home while she lives there.

Ken Keranen, an ARCS loan representative in Bellevue, Wash., who specializes in reverse mortgages, said that to complete the transaction and satisfy FHS requirements, the property was quit-claimed to the buyer for a 24-hour period. Final documents were then signed and the loan was fully funded after the three-day right of recision.

All of this was done with the blessing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) due to the fact that it was the first time it had ever been tried, said Keranen.

“This was an innovative use of the reverse mortgage program and, as far as we know, the first time it’s ever been used to purchase a property,” said David Rodgers, deputy regional director of the Office of Housing for HUD/FHA in Washington state.

Rodgers noted that ARCS Mortgage’s use of the program for this purpose was “very creative.” He also cautioned that both the buyer and the seller fully understood that some risk is involved until the reverse mortgage actually closes and monies are exchanged.

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