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

100 years ago

For the week ending

Nov 30, 1919

C.O.I district bond issue defeated by 323 to 39

By an overwhelming vote, the movement to vote bonds in the sum of $240,000 for the purchase by the C.O.I district of the Central Oregon Irrigation company’s holdings, was defeated in yesterday’s district election returns received today showed. A total of 323 negative ballots were casts with only 39 favoring the proposed bond issue.

In no community within the district was the outcome at all in doubt as is shown by the following record of votes: Redmond, yes 14, no 94; Terrebonne, yes 9, no 69; Powell Butte, yes 2, no 72; Grange Hall, yes 9, no 51; Alfalfa, yes 2, no 20; Deschutes, yes 3, no 17.

The question as outlined on the ballot, was for a $222,300 bond issue to purchase the holdings of the C.O.I company in accordance with the contract entered into between the district directors and the officials of the company last December, and for a $17,700 issue to provide a sum sufficient to pay the first year’s interest. Both bond issues were to have drawn interest at the rate of six per cent.

Plan improvements at city stockyards

That material improvements in the stock yards in Bend will be made in the assurance given by railroad officials, according to a report filed by R.A. Ward chairman of the Commercial club special committee. Out of the present budget, the ways and pens will be sanded, a dodge gate will be built, and a platform level with the car floors will be built to take the place of one of the unloading chutes. Lights will be installed if this is found possible.

Railroad representatives, however, state that it is entirely unlikely that scales can be installed at the present time, but that the matter will be presented to the proper authorities in order that a definite answer may be had. The committee reports that in the event of the railroad not putting in the scales, a location will be available for erecting scales which could be paid for by popular subscription.

During the committee’s investigation it was suggested by J.T. Hardy, traveling freight and passenger agent for the Oregon Trunk, that a collection be taken up among the stockmen for the purpose of purchasing land and erecting a feeding and holding corrals outside the yards proper. It is understood that Shaniko sheepmen would contribute $500 to $600 for this purpose.

Baby week in Bend begins December

Next week will be Baby week in Bend, when all mothers will have the opportunity of having their babies examined by competent physicians, and graded scientifically according to government standards, is the announcement made by Miss Margaret Brems, Red Cross visiting nurse. Miss Brems will be in her office in the Bend Company building from 8:30 o’clock in the morning until 4:30 o’clock in the afternoon every day next week, and the physicians’ schedule will be announced later.

Vanilla extract causes downfall

Over-indulgence in vanilla extract caused the downfall of Dick Seder, who was arrested Saturday night on a charge of drunkenness. Seder’s breath was still highly flavored when he was confined in the city jail, Chief of Police Nixon stated. A $25 fine for a previous offense of a similar nature, remains unpaid. No time for hearing has been set.

Minor cabin, early landmark burned to make movie scene

Realism for the American Lifeograph film, “The Clan of Timber Mountain,” was obtained yesterday afternoon when one of the landmarks of Central Oregon, the Minor cabin, nearly 16 miles to the south of Bend, was burned, making one of the most dynamic scenes in the entire photoplay. Walls were soaked with oil, and so rapidly did the flames spread that Manager Harold Grady, who was holding a flare in the back room of the house, found a rear window as his only means of escape. Three giant rats beat him in the race from the fire.

The fire, in the play, is set by a jealous half-breed Indian, as a wedding is taking place inside the cabin, and as the owner of the house, a white haired pioneer who has spent his life in this spot, leaves the burning building, he is shot by the incendiary. Others in the house are rescued. Assisting at the burning of the cabin were; Frank R. Prince, of The Shevlin-Hixon Company, and N.G. Jacobson, forest supervisor. A large number of Bend residents motored out to witness the destruction of the cabin, among them F.O Minor and his family, the former owners of the house.

Preparations for the filming of the big scene took three days. Clyde Cook, camera man, and G.W Hays, electrician, making their home at the cabin for that length of time.

75 years ago

For the week ending

Nov. 30, 1944

Farmer’s banquet held in Redmond

The Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s banquet and meeting was held in the Redmond hotel, Tuesday evening with 84 persons served. Each member of the chamber of commerce was permitted to invite a farmer friend for the affair. The program was in charge of the agricultural committee of the local chamber, County Agent Howard Smith, Marvin Davidson, James Short and Chester Weed.

Marion Coyner, president of the chamber welcomed the guests and each one was introduced to the group. William Tweedie , gave two violin selections accompanied by Mrs. Tweedie, M.A. Lynch spoke briefly and gave a bit of the past history of the chamber.

Other speakers included Fred Shepard, of Tumalo, representing the grange; Paul Spillman of Powell Butte, who spoke for the Powell Butte farmer’s club and James Underwood for the AAA organization.

Judge Allen also made a brief talk as did H.G. Smith, county agent leader from Corvallis. Rev. D.L. Penhollow sang two solos.

Smith Rock bore nears completion

A gap of only 350 feet today separates crews boring tunnel No. 1 of the North Unit project, and in the not distant future miners working in the 3,064-foot long conduit will meet deep in the earth, under an aged ridge of the Smith rock formation. Crews working from the north end of the tunnel are now 2,250 feet into the ridge and crews boring from the south approach are in 814 feet.

There is no competition between the crews, it was pointed out here today. On the “long end,” workers are using a miniature railroad to speed their work. On the “short end,” crews are with out the services of a railroad.

Work in tunnel No. 1 has been temporarily slowed by a soft stratum which requires timbering. A similar stratum was encountered in tunnel No. 2, boring of which has been completed.

Through these two tunnels and the “big cut” on the northwest face of the Smith rock formation will flow Wickiup water for the reclamation of North Unit lands, with the first segregation scheduled to be reclaimed in 1945.

Arrangements are now being made for the concreting of tunnel No. 2, with the bore being trimmed and a concrete plant being set up, in the Sherwood canyon area.

Free nursing classes to start Tuesday

The new “six-lesson” courses in home nursing will start in Deschutes county next week under the auspices of the Red Cross, Mrs. James A. Chamberlain, chairman of the Red Cross nursing committee, has announced.

The classes will be conducted by Mrs. Rachael St. Pierre Sawyer, a registered Red Cross nurse of San Francisco. Women wishing to take the new free home nursing course may telephone Red Cross headquarters here or attend a class in an outlying district. Classes will be held once a week in Bend- at the local Red Cross headquarters- and twice a week in other districts. Redmond or Terrebonne women who wish to register for the course may telephone Mrs. Frizzell at the New Redmond hotel or at the Red Cross dressing center, Mrs. Chamberlain stated.

Classes will be held in Sisters at 2 p.m. Tuesday; in Tumalo grange hall at 8 p.m., Tuesday; in the Bank of Bend building at 2 p.m. , Wednesday and — for working women — at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

50 years ago

For the week ending

Nov. 30, 1969

Beavers win war with Nehl’s kick

Last minute defeat for Ducks

Eugene — All year, Oregon Coach Jerry Frei complained about losing football games at the last minute. Saturday’s “Civil War” with Oregon State was no exception as Mike Nehl kicked a field goal in the last nine seconds and give the Beavers a 10-7 victory over the Ducks. The win makes it six in a row, and eight in the last 10 years for the Beavers in the oldest Pacific Coast grid rivalry. A crowd of 42,500 — largest ever to watch a sports contest in the state — was at Autzen Stadium for the contest.

Nehl, a product of Bend High School, had three earlier field goal attempts go awry — two being blocked by the Ducks. “I’m just glad I finally made that one,” Nehl, who admitted to being “really nervous,” remarked afterwards. “I was shaking and praying a little bit.”

Oregon scored first on a 16-yard pass from Tom Blanchard to Andy Maurer just before the half. The Beavers came back with a score in the third quarter, with sophomore Dave Schilling carrying 15 times for 68 yards. The TD was on a rollout pass from Steve Endicott to Billy Main, giving the Beaver halfback 27 career touchdowns for an OSU record.

Linebacker Tom Graham of Oregon was credited with being in on 41 tackles, including 24 unassisted, according to game films. Ironically, it was Graham that a blocked field goal by Oregon’s Jim Franklin with 19 seconds to play touched. Oregon State recovered and Nehl got his winning chance. Schilling was named back of the game. He had 115 yards in 31 tries.

The win left the Beavers in fourth place in the Pacific 8 conference behind Southern Cal, UCLA and Stanford. In the 73 games the two teams have played Oregon State now has won 33, Oregon 31 with nine ties.

St. Charles outlines rules concerning hospital visitors

Revised regulations for visitors at St. Charles Memorial Hospital have been issued by the hospital’s administrative staff in connection with inauguration of a reception desk staffed by members of a recently organized Hospital Guild.

Visiting hours for both general and maternity patients are now 2:30 to 4 p.m. And 7 to 8 p.m. Patients will be permitted only two visitors at any one time.

Guild members staffing the reception desk in the hospital lobby will issue passes which must be returned to the desk when visitors leave. If a patient already has two visitors, additional visitors will be asked to await their turns in the waiting room.

The hospital administration emphasized that the limiting of visitors is primarily for the welfare of patients. A patient’s recovery, a hospital spokesman said, can be adversely affected by unrestricted visiting.

With one exception, children under 16 years of age will not be allowed to visit patients. Under the revised regulations, children under 16 — if they are immediate members of a patient’s family — will be permitted to visit the final five minutes of each visiting period. The privilege, however, does not extend to the maternity ward, where, in keeping with a State Board of Health ruling, no children under 16 are permitted.

Visits to patients outside the regular visiting hours must have prior permission from the attending physician.

Staffing of the reception is handled by a guild committee headed by Mrs. Ray LeBlanc and Mrs. Clarence White. Approximately 40 women are presently participating and generally work in three hour shifts.

The women are on duty form 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. regular members of the hospital staff handle the desk on weekends.

Women interested in participating in the program or in other phases of the guild’s work may obtain application blanks at the reception desk.


Hidden White House Rooms Discovered — Apollo 12 Moon Journey Ends in Pacific Ocean — Nixon Orders Stop to All US Germ War Weapon Development — Nuclear Weapons Treaty Signed by W. German — Alcatraz Indians Receive Supplies During Take Over

25 years ago

For the week ending

Nov. 30, 1994

Dream for homeowners blossoms on farm

If you’re driving through southeast Madras and happen to notice a fellow wallowing in some farmland of McTaggart Road, don’t call the mental health folks. It’s just Omar Barbarossa doing his James Dean impression.

Like Dean, who plopped right down on the ground for a worm’s-eye view of his freshly sprouted beans in East of Eden, Barbarossa might just hunker down in the soil next spring and chat it up with the garlic and jalapeno chili plants he plans to grow on 67 irrigated acres.

Earlier this week the development agency Barbarossa heads, Hispanics Northwest, bought the 73-acre 2-Lazy-2-Ranch for $236,000 in a deal designed to eventually provide affordable housing and employment for Madras-area Hispanics.

In an interview Tuesday, the day the land deal closed, Barbarossa said he planned to be at the ranch Wednesday sifting his hands through the soil, throwing it up in the air, and yes, even kissing it.

On the six acres of the ranch that are zoned for residential use, Barbarossa plans to build 18 to 20 two- and three-bedroom homes with an average size of 1,400 square feet on his Rancho Barbarossa. A co-op will be formed to raise crops of garlic and jalapeño chilies that will replace the alfalfa and hay traditionally grown on the ranch. “That way the people can work and share in the profits and the same people that work there I can provide housing for,” he said.

Barbarossa said he has had his eye on developing the project in Madras for two to three years, but ill health postponed his plans by one year. He was the force behind a similar program in Boardman, where 66 homes are being built for Hispanic families and another 22 are on the drawing board.

The key to the project in Madras, Barbarossa said, is housing. “You’ve got to start with the basics, and the basic is a good home,” he said.

Creating opportunities for first-time Hispanic home-buyers will help break the cycle of Hispanics who don’t own homes and create a stable home environment, according to Barbarossa. “People who do not have a stable home environment do not have much hope,” he said. He is eyeing other properties in the area with the intention of building 100 homes for Hispanics over the next two years. The need for housing will increase, he believes, as Hispanics leave California after the passage of Proposition 187, which would deny illegal immigrants basic services such as health care and education.

Barbarossa predicts a northward exodus of Hispanic Californians. “People that come here in the agricultural stream will find that it’s pretty easy to make a decent living,” Barbarossa said. “It’s not just the harvesting. They’re getting into packing, warehousing and shipping.”

Barbarossa plans to work with agents from the local Oregon State University Extension Service and Hispanic families in Madras who have an agricultural knowledge, he said. “So I’ll look to them to provide me with input and knowledge,” he added.

The agricultural co-op is a natural for local Hispanics, according to Barbarossa. “Our people work the earth, “ he said. “Our people love the earth. We don’t destroy the earth, we have a kinship with the earth.”

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