Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Des Chutes County Historical Society
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Jan. 2, 1916
Vagrancy ordinance to be rigidly enforced
In order to rid the town of any persons who it may be thought are undesirables, Chief of Police Roberts started this week to enforce the vagrancy law. Several notices were served on persons “without visible means of support” to leave town as soon as possible.
Chief of Police Roberts thinks that much of the petty thievery that has been reported to him by residents in various parts of town have been done by persons, principally transient, who have been out of employment. A thorough investigation was made before notices were served on unemployed men to ascertain whether they were attempting to obtain work. In those instances where it was found that some of the unemployed had not made an effort to find work they were told to leave town at once. Chief Roberts says that many have already taken heed of his warning.
In ridding the town of men who it is believed are undesirable it is thought that petty thievery as well as the burglarizing that has been going on for several weeks will be minimized.
To discuss gymnasium plans night
A meeting, the purpose of which is to discuss the plans for the proposed Bend gymnasium; will be held tomorrow evening in the Commercial Club rooms. All the subscribers to the stock are asked to be present at 7:45 o’clock.
It is expected that something definite as to the type of building will be determined at this meeting and the relative advantages and costs of frame and brick construction will be considered. The matter of a swimming pool will probably be taken up, unexpected interest being shown in this particular feature of the structure. It will be ascertained what the costs of such an addition to the proposed institution will be and an effort will be made to find out whether it can be financed in connection with the plans as they are now.
Owing to the holiday business rush which the business men have experienced, this meeting has been postponed by the men in charge of the gymnasium plans. It is believed that it is now opportune to commence definite work relative to construction and selection of property for the building. More than $3000 has been subscribed and sums have been promised by prominent persons in town in event that new features are desired.
Law prohibits all “near beer”
Further discussion on the part of the City Council as to the treatment to be accorded “near beer” dispensaries in Bend is useless, if the view of the law taken by District Attorney Wirtz finds favor with the Council. In a letter to Mayor Eastes Mr. Wirtz has explained that, in his opinion, the sale of “near beer” is contrary to law since it is a malt liquor, and the sale of malt liquors is unqualifiedly forbidden.
75 YEARS AGO
Jan. 2, 1941
Many developments in Bend seen in past year
The year just ended was one of the most significant in the 35-year history of Bend as an incorporated city, it was revealed today as developments of the past 366 days were studied.
During the year, Bend definitely established its rating as a city with a population of more than 10,000 people, took its place on a newly designated federal highway that reaches across the continent from Boston, MA to the Pacific highway at Albany. Bend was designated as central repair headquarters for CCC camps in all of eastern Oregon, which further established its position as the metropolis of the interior country and engaged in a building program greater than any undertaken here.
Also Bend provided physical proof that the city is the county seat as an imposing courthouse took form on a promontory at the Bond-Wall Street cutoff.
Local residents received another thrill when it was announced that the Central Oregon highway has been changed from a state to a federal route. Bend is now at the crossroads of two federal highways, U.S. Highway 97 and U.S. Highway 20.
The work that has made Bend the central repair center for two scores of CCC camps was progressive, and materialized on the completion of the big shops here. These shops were placed in operation late in 1940. The shops have not only provided Bend with a new payroll, but bring to this city representatives from the various camps. Practically all heavy machinery of the various camps is moved here for repair.
Bend’s interest in irrigation development continued through the year, as the United States Bureau of Reclamation, CCC crews and contractors extended work on the 65-mile long North Unit canal, added to the clearing work in the Wikiup basin and completed the Crane Prairie dam. Bend is the headquarters for the federal engineers in charge of this $8,400,000 job.
Mill activity in Bend during 1940 reached a high peak, as the big plants were called on to do their share in the national defense program. Prineville became a lumbering town of major importance as big mills continued their harvest of the mature pines of the Ochoco hills. Sisters grew from a village into a busy little town in the center of a lumbering region. Gilchrist, Oregon’s newest city, definitely took its place on the state map.
Redmond grew rapidly as new places of business were erected to care for expanding trade and new homes were built to accommodate the increasing population.
All communities of the Central Oregon country anticipate continued growth during the new year.
50 YEARS AGO
Jan. 2, 1966
Cigarette packs appear with health warning
The first packs of cigarettes bearing the new health warning appeared on the stands Monday. A check showed Liggett and Myers Tobacco Co. had begun releasing packs of its L&M brand with the warning.
The warning states: “Caution: cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health.”
Congress passed a law requiring cigarette companies to place the warning on the packs after a report from the surgeon general said evidence showed there might be a link between cigarette smoking and cancer. The warning must be on all packs after Jan. 1, 1966.
Madras pair parents of first baby
Mr. and Mrs. Carlon Kuhn of Madras are parents of the first baby born this year at St. Charles Memorial Hospital. This makes them winners of the 10th annual “baby derby” sponsored by Bend merchants. They receive a shower of presents ranging from baby food and milk to restaurant meals and home and automobile services.
The baby, a boy, is the third child for the Kuhns. He weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and had been named Kenneth Max. He joins two sisters, Carleen, age four, and Lynda, two.
The first baby of 1966 arrived at the Bend hospital at 11:26 a.m. New Years Day. Missing the New Year’s baby title by eight hours were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whitman of Bend. They are parents of a seven pound boy who arrived at 4 p.m. December 31.
Kuhn is a truck driver for the Madras Freight Lines. He and his wife have been Madras residents for five years. She is the former Katherine Gassner of Bend and attended local schools. Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn will receive 26 gifts with a total value of around $150.
25 YEARS AGO
Jan. 2, 1991
Museum acquires major artifacts
One of the most important American Indian art and artifacts collections in the United States will be housed in a new wing of The High Desert Museum.
The Doris Swayze Bounds Collection, believed to be one of the nation’s largest holdings of its kind, in private hands, will be housed in the yet-to-be-built “Hall of Native Peoples.” The collection includes several thousand objects and an exclusive research library.
Items associated with Chief Joseph and Chief Crazy Horse are included, along with leather clothing, beadwork, basketry, pottery, jewelry, weaving, carvings, bows and arrows, horse regalia, pipes, paintings, porcupine quillworks and photographs.
The collection represents the native cultures of the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Northwest coast, as well as those from the Great Basin, the Plains and the Southwest.
“This is of international interest, the scope of this collection,” said Donald Kerr, museum president. “This is really very exciting. It provides us with a whole new museum in a way, giving us a whole new function.”
Bounds was born in Indian Territory in what is now Muskogee, Oklahoma. She moved to Oregon as a child and has a close association with the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She also has close ties with many Northwest Indian tribes and is an adopted member of the Blackfeet.
Bounds has been collecting Indian objects for a lifetime, gathering items at a time when there was little interest in the subject.
Work on the new wing is expected to begin as soon as possible. Kerr believes the new wing will open in two or three years.
A portion of the collection was displayed last summer at the Museum’s Earle A. Chiles Center. Included were Yakima dresses, Cayuse and Umatilla bags, Nez Perce baby carriers and other decorated utilitarian and ceremonial objects from the Plateau tribes.
Other portions of the collection have appeared in feature exhibits at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, the Yakima Nation Museum in Toppenish, Washington, and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
The High Desert Museum, located 6 miles south of Bend on U.S. Highway 97, displays the cultural and natural history of the inter-mountain west.