Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Des Chutes County Historical Society.
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
June 6, 1915
Dam building begun Friday
Construction of the dam across the Deschutes at the Shevlin-Hixon mill site began on Friday. With men working at the dam on both sides of the river and a crew engaged in clearing on the bench land adjoining, a scene of activity is presented gladdening to all beholders. Other work in connection with the enterprise is going on in the woods.
The dam building will take about two months and 30 or 40 men will be employed continuously. A coffer dam was first to be built and the construction of this is now well along, the crew working from a temporary bridge which had been put across the river.
Ball team is organized
Bend is to have a ball team again this summer, organization having been perfected at a meeting Sunday afternoon. T.M. O’Donnell was reelected captain of the team and Elmer Ward, manager. According to the plan decided upon at the meeting support for the team will be sought in monthly subscriptions from the businessmen of the town until the team becomes self sustaining.
Following the business meeting a game was played between teams made up of married and single men respectively. The single men won the game 13 to 5, the victory being due to in a great measure to the efforts of pitcher Davis.
Memorial Day observed by ceremonies at church
With Memorial Day falling on Sunday the general observance of the day in Bend occurred Monday. By direction of the city council, Mayor Miller issued a proclamation calling on all business houses to close during the time of the memorial services and the request was generally followed. Both banks and the post office remained closed all day.
An audience comprised chiefly of women attended the services at the Baptist church. Rev. A.S. Black delivered the memorial address eulogizing the men who had died to save the Union. He spoke, also, of General Logan who conceived the idea of forming the Grand Army of the Republic following the close of the war.
Six members of the G.A.R. and one Confederate veteran marched in the parade to the church which was led by the Bend band.
The G.A.R. men were G.W. Shriner, O.H. Norcutt, J.H. O’Neil, J.M. Byram, Thomas Tweet and J.C. Thorp. The Confederate veteran was G.W. Triplett.
75 YEARS AGO
June 6, 1940
Pro-Nazi sentiment heightens in Japan
Sentiment favoring Japan’s active participation in the European war on the side of Germany — with the Netherlands and East Indies the Japanese reward for a totalitarian victory — reached increasing proportions today.
Several influential leaders and a number of newspapers joined a movement calling for abandonment of the Japanese policy of non-involvement, especially after Germany informed Japan that she is “not interested in the East Indies problem.”
Huge rooms built below Nazi city
A vast underground city — large enough to shelter 2,500,000 people and complete with operating rooms, police stations and food warehouses — has been built secretly under the German capitol, it was revealed today.
It is a network of miles of subterranean passages that lead to air raid shelters and is linked at key points with the city’s subway system, it is said.
Some of the passages, built under canals and under the Spree River, lead to wooded suburbs where Berliners would be comparatively safe from air bombing.
These modern catacombs, designed to permit life as normal as possible during an air raid, were built with the utmost secrecy and many people here do not realize that their homes and gardens rest above the passages.
All the average person knew of the underground system was that shelters were being provided under all new buildings as they were built.
Mock attack against Honolulu successful
A squadron of “invading planes” successfully “bombed” Honolulu and part of the battle fleet in Pearl Harbor during Army maneuvers last night although the city was almost completely blacked out.
Aided by bright starlight, the bombers dropped flares at their targets. They attacked from such a height that the noise of their motors was inaudible and searchlights could not pick them out.
Observers said that only scattered lights were visible in the Hawaiian group of islands during the simulated attack. Authorities said that the 15 minute blackout “unquestionably proved” the discipline of the civilian population, its main objective.
The maneuvers, in which more than 25,000 men are involved, end tomorrow.
1,000 planes a day possible says Ford
Henry Ford say he could turn out 1,000 war planes a day at his gigantic River Rouge plant, and that he is ready to throw the resources of this world’s largest factory into national defense.
Surveys of the plant have already been made by Army and Navy experts and fighting ships could be turned out at the 1,000 a day rate without adding any new buildings to it, Ford said.
Production facilities would have to be revised, company officials said, but within six months the entire plant, covering 1,096 acres and equipped with railroads, ships, blast furnaces, and more machine mechanics than any other industrial concern in the world, could be concentrated on output for airplanes, engines and parts.
50 YEARS AGO
June 6, 1965
Cassius capable of genuine compassion
Cassius Clay, the world’s unchallenged master of bluster, bravado and baloney, also can be capable of genuinely warm compassion as a pitifully humbled Sonny Liston is due to discover within the next two weeks.
Clay has made up his mind to “do something” for the beaten, nearly forgotten Liston and plans to pay him a special visit at Liston’s Denver home before leaving on a vacation with his wife either in South America or the West Indies.
“Nobody cares about him any more, but I do,” said Clay, referring to the broken, discouraged man he knocked out in a local ice hockey arena last Tuesday night.
“I don’t want to say anything about him,” the champion snapped when newsmen asked him whether he thought Liston was all through now. “You guys will take good care of that. But I’m gonna visit him in a week or so. I got something good for him. He’s really gonna be surprised.”
Prior to their first fight, Clay also paid Liston a visit at his Denver home. Clay came with his entourage late at night, horns blaring and arms waving and caused such a disturbance that Liston had to order him and his party off his front lawn.
This next visit will be entirely different.
“That’ll be another one of my surprises,” was the only comment he had on the matter.
Clay also has a long memory. He’s aware Liston never even paid him a courtesy visit while he was in a Boston hospital following his hernia operation last November. Sonny never even bothered sending him a card.
“Liston made a mistake right there,” said the man close to Clay. “Cassius kept looking for a card from him but it never came. If Liston would have sent one it would’ve made a deep impression on Cassius mentally.”
Performing service learned in youth
Larry Davis, Bend, is a two-profession man. He not only teaches school, but shoes horses. He learned the skill when he was 13, from his grandfather. Davis has been with the Bend School System since graduating from Eastern Oregon College in 1958. He lives on Hayes Avenue with his wife, two sons and three horses. He teaches the afternoon shift at Kenwood and will be at the new Pilot Butte School when it is completed. He says he has only one hobby — his horses.
25 YEARS AGO
June 6, 1990
Little lass lands largest lunker
One of the small fry caught the biggest lunker Saturday when more than 50 junior anglers tried their luck in the Bend Jaycees Kids Fishing Derby.
Three-year-old Cindy Heising took home the prize for the biggest fish after landing her trophy — a 13¼ -inch whitefish. In fact Cindy is a member of the prize-winning Heising family, which had two first-place winners in different age divisions and hauled in a total of 14 fish.
Earl Heising said his children owed their success to his secret weapon — the fresh caught crawdads he slipped on to their hooks.
Elsewhere in Drake Park, youngsters were tempting the trout and whitefish with everything from worms to white corn. All together, the four-hour contest produced 35 fish, one pair of pliers and a few tangled lines.
Parents stood by to bait hooks and untie knots, but it was the little nippers who were doing all the fishing. And when you’re that young, waiting for a fish to bite can be hard work.
“It is if you’re a kid. Sitting and waiting is real frustrating,” said Ed Neuwmann, whose daughter Kelly brought in a rainbow trout just in the nick of time.
“She caught it just in time to kill the boredom, otherwise they were ready to give it up,” he said.
Others had to get by with a few bites here and there to keep up their interest, although the bites weren’t always from the fish. Eight-year-old Anthony Heath had to vie with a hungry mink to hang on to his catch.
The derby, co-sponsored by Bi-Mart, radio station KICE and Trout Unlimited, wrapped up at 10 a.m., and by then the only thing left to decide is who gets to clean all the fish. For Susan Heising, it was an easy choice.
“He taught them all to fish,” she said, pointing at her husband. “So he gets to take care of all that.”
Smokejumpers unravel knots
What better way to work out seven months’ worth of kinks and stiff muscles than to parachute out of an airplane at 1,500 feet and aim yourself at a forest clearing the size of a baseball diamond.
At least that’s the way Jeff Robinson figured it Tuesday. The only catch was that he came in short of the soft grass at the center of the clearing and crackled his way to the ground through a maze of ponderosa pine branches.
“Right at tree-top level there’s a little wind,” Robinson said, assessing his jump as he packed away his parachute. “I think that’s what got me.”
Within a matter of half an hour Robinson and 14 other smokejumpers who parachuted into a clearing near Black Butte Ranch had stowed away their gear and parachutes, heaved their packs to their backs and gone on their way.
“If we’re on a fire and they call up and say we are bringing in a helicopter to bring you out, it can go even faster,” said Mike Fitzpatrick, operations foreman for the smokejumper group.
Tuesday’s parachute jump was part of a week long refresher course for the veteran smokejumpers who staff the U.S. Forest Services Redmond Air Center firefighting base each summer.
This first week is a taxing five days of training. Smokejumpers are firefighters especially trained to jump into remote forest lands in inaccessible areas, then to march out of the wilderness carrying 95 to 110 pounds of equipment on their backs.
And while Tuesday’s jumps might have seemed challenging to an untrained observer, they looked easy to a group of men and women who more often might face a parachute drop onto the spine of a rocky ridge — or sometimes into a dense timber stand.
That’s why the training involves more than a series of jumps. At the training grounds they also practice the “let down.”
The “let down” is a contingency plan used when a jumper ends up caught high in the branches of a tree, sometimes more than 100 feet above the ground. It involves attaching a 150-foot rope to the tangled parachute, clearing away loose parachute lines and slowly rappelling to the ground.