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

Oct. 12, 1919

Night school begins Monday

Any persons desiring to take up work in night school, will do well to register with City Superintendent S. W. Moore this week, as the evening classes will begin on Monday, October 13, Mr. Moore pointed out this morning. Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, from 7 to 9 o’clock. The courses of study offered will be as follows:

English — Introductory grammar, advanced grammar, commercial English, foreign English, English literature and history of English literature.

Commercial — Penmanship and spelling, typewriting, stenography, bookkeeping, commercial law, salesmanship, citizenship.

Languages — Spanish and French.

History — General history, and American history.

Mathematics — Advanced arithmetic, algebra, geometry.

Elementary — Reading, grammar, arithmetic, geography, penmanship and spelling, and civil service.

Science — General science.

Boxing smoker expected to draw huge crowd

Representatives of organized labor throughout the state, who are in Bend for the twentieth convention of the Oregon State Federation of Labor will be the guests of the Bend Ameteur Athletic club gymnasium, at one of the biggest boxing smokers ever put on here. The large number of delegates who will be in attendance, together with the excellence of the card will draw an overflow crowd it is confidently predicted by the boxing commission.

The main event will be fought out over a 10 round route by Fred Gilbert of Bend, and Lee Morrissey, of Seattle. The two men met at the Labor Day smoker here this year, the Seattle fighter winning a referee’s decision. At the close of the battle, however, Gilbert was apparently stronger than his opponent, and three more rounds might have reversed the decision on a knockout basis. The two will weigh in at 145 points each.

As a main preliminary, Speck Woods of Bend, will meet Battling Taylor, of Portland. Taylor has an unusually good record in the 135 pound class and will give the Bend boy one of the hardest jobs of his young life. The fight is for 10 rounds. The first go of the evening will be between “Frenchie” LeClair and “Kid” Taylor, both rather clever in the midget class with Taylor packing a man’s sized punch, in spite of his lack of height.

Willard Houston will referee the main bout and the main preliminary.

Firemen keep close guard

Six members of the Bend volunteer fire department will sleep each night in the new firehouse ready to respond to all alarms. Just as soon as the building is ready for occupancy, it was decided last night at the regular meeting of the department, held in the city restrooms. Six three-quarter beds and other furniture that will make the new sleeping quarters comfortable and homelike have already been purchased.

Engineer Stevens and Captain George W. Stokes, assistant state fire warden, were appointed to draft suitable house rules and offer further suggestions regarding comfortable conditions to prevail at the firehouse. Captain Stokes affirmed his statement made while here on a previous trip, that he would supply the department with a library.

Loggers of coast make visit

To see just how logging operations are handled by two of the leading pine milling companies of the United States nearly 150 lumbermen from all parts of the Pacific coast invaded Bend today for the final session of the tenth Pacific Logging Congress.

The first three days of the congress were held in Portland, to which the city representatives of the various coast timber districts will return tonight after completing their trip into the woods.

Logging experts who visited Bend were not limited to citizens of the United States, for among them were C. Brants Buys of the Indian National Forest Service, from Bultzenzorg, Java, D. Roy Cameron, of the Dominion Forest Service, British Columbia, M.A.F. Dijkemans, representing the government of Holland, and J.H. Layman Try’s, also of Holland.

Most of the members of the congress arrived in Bend by special train this morning, but others were on the regular Oregon trunk morning train, which, delayed by engine trouble, did not reach here until 10 o’clock.

In automobiles furnished by the Bend Commercial club, the lumbermen started out shortly afterward, taking a brief stop at the mills, and continuing into the woods, visiting the logging camps of the Shevlin-Hixon Company and the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Co., noting the methods of logging which have been found most efficient in harvesting the timber crop of Central Oregon.

At noon, luncheon was to be served at The Tules, the trip to continue immediately afterward, the schedule being planned to allow the members of the congress to reach Bend in time to catch the evening train.

75 years ago

For the week ending

Oct. 12, 1944

Route up butte closed to travel

Use of Pilot butte as a radio communications center by the army air force loomed today when it was reported at the local offices of the state highway department that the highway commission had granted permission for the closure of the observation hillock.

The permission was understood to have been granted at the request of officers at the Redmond army air field. All traffic to the observation point has been stopped. The army air force has erected a barricade across the roadway entering the park. The radio communications center atop Pilot butte will be used in connection with the accelerated air training program in Central Oregon, it was learned.

Hundreds sign up to vote Nov. 7

Late registrants, anxious to vote in the coming general election, swamped the county clerk’s office in the 13 hours it was open yesterday when 282 voters registered. From 8 a.m. this morning, when the office opened a steady stream of voters appeared, Mrs. Helen M. Daley, Deschutes county clerk, stated.

Publicity given to Deschutes area and landmarks

Deschutes county won nationwide publicity when copies of The County Officer, published in Salt Lake City, were circulated early this month, it became known today at the offices of the Bend chamber of commerce. Two copies of the publication, which has a circulation of approximately 50,000, featuring “the Oregon edition,” were received by the local chamber.

The frontispiece of the magazine is a picture of Mt. Washington, “in the Oregon Cascades,” taken from Big lake.

A full page is devoted to Deschutes county, and carries pictures of Mirror lake with South Sister in the background; fishing scenes on the Deschutes river, a picture of The Shevlin-Hixon Company mill, a large stand of Ponderosa pines and a scene of the potato harvest.

Librarians hold annual meeting

The Redmond library board and librarians were hosts to the Central Oregon association at a conference held here Saturday. Twenty-two library workers were in attendance at the meeting, which was presided over by Mrs. H.T. Ward, Redmond librarian, Miss Jean Webster, of Bend, acted secretary for the conference.

Mrs. Marcie Hill, head of the school reference library at Salem, spoke on state and local libraries and postwar library plans. Miss Eleanor Brown, Deschutes county librarian, spoke on the various classes of people not reached by libraries, and plans for postwar extension of library service in Central Oregon.


War casualties put at 417,085 — Document seized by Allies, shows German plan 3rd war — Air route over Alaska making USSR neighbor — America mourns Wendell Willkie — Cardinals win 1944 ball title in 3-1 contest

50 years ago

For the week ending

Oct. 12, 1969

Request for candidate’s signature recalls 1928 Mirror Pond tragedy

Relatives of a presidential candidate in Central Oregon have supplied an Ohio collector with a picture and signature of the candidate, long forgotten by many, but vividly remembered by old-timers here.

Charles Williams, Cincinnati, appealed to The Oregonian for help in finding a signature and picture of what he termed an “obscure” candidate on the Socialist Labor ticket in 1924 and 1928. He was Frank T. Johns, father of Mrs. Margaret Mickel, Prineville, and brother of Mrs. Harry Sly, Redmond.

Johns lost his life in May, 1928, in an unsuccessful attempt to save a small boy from drowning in Mirror Pond. He was in Bend on a speech-making tour just a week after receiving his party’s nomination.

For more than a year, there has been a move afoot in Bend to install a memorial marker near the site of the tragedy. Myra Hoover, retired president of Pacific Trailways, plans to return from California this week to help select a permanent location for the memorial. Aside from the Central Oregon relatives, there is a brother, Carl Johns, Portland, and a sister, Miss Martha O. Johns, Los Angeles.

Mrs. Mickel had lost most of her father’s possessions in a home fire several years ago, but supplied a signature and picture from his billfold.

Williams wrote that he had spent many years collecting signatures and pictures of all the candidates for president and vice president of the United States. He plans to present the collection to Smithsonian Institute upon its completion.

Citizens of Bend raised money for a funeral there before the body was returned to Portland. They also contributed to a fund for the widow and children.

Redmond voters face decision on activity center

Voters within the Redmond city limits will cast their ballots Friday on a $395,000 bond issue for creation of a municipal activity center. Funds would be used to purchase the old Safeway building on Seventh and Evergreen and remodel it to use as a library and house city offices. The present city hall across the street would be modernized for use by police and fire departments.

Cost to the taxpayers would be approximately $1.14 per thousand dollars true cash value, but could be less if federal funds are obtained to help pay for the library.

25 years ago

For the week ending

Oct. 12, 1994

Deschutes footbridge to be replaced

A troubled bridge over water — the Gilchrist Street footbridge — brought out a City Hall crowd intensely interested in the fate of the sagging wooden span over the Deschutes River, which was closed due to safety concerns last month.

Most in the crowd Wednesday night left happy with a 7-0 commission vote to replace the bridge, which has connected the east side of the river with Columbia Park for more than a half-century.

However, the city also will look into ex-Mayor Allan Bruckner’s claim that a tree toppled from private property beside the bridge four or five years ago damaged the span, and whether that homeowner should help pay for its replacement.

Some who testified said that if the city had done a proper job of inspecting and maintaining the span, a structural engineer would not have found the rot and warping that prompted its closure. “If this bridge had been fixed in the spring, it would have cost a lot less,” claimed Vern Frost. “At least 200 people a day use that bridge.”

Bruce Schafer, who lives on Riverfront Street and owns a duplex near the footbridge, said he has mixed feelings about keeping a span at the location. “I think the bridge is a pain in the butt,” he said noting the constant yelling and screaming from youth during the summer. Schafer urged a design that does not attract divers, and Commissioner Tom DeWolf said later that was a good idea. “Nobody jumps off the footbridge at Drake Park, because it’s boring,” DeWolf said, “If we take away the height, we take away the jumps.”

Park district planner John Simpson said police problems would only get worse without the bridge, since it would isolate a lower portion of Columbia Park. Lynn Fredrickson, who originally proposed the bridge’s removal, repeated his concerns about public safety and city liability if someone diving off one side of the bridge hits underwater boulders.

But Riverfront Street, resident Robert Needham drew applause when he said it would not be fair to deprive them any law-abiding footbridge users “because of some 12- year-old kids who really need some retraining by their parents.”