Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Deschutes County Historical Society

100 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 18, 1916

Fats win big slugging fest

Contrary to the expectations of nine lean near-ball players, who were confident their agile limbs and absence of superfluous avoirdupois would carry them to an overwhelming victory, the opposing nine Fats swatting the spheroid like the onward marching Giants, slugged into ran into and plowed into a 19 to 13 victory Friday afternoon over the Leans.

When does a baseball game become a vaudeville, some of the closer observers of the game are asking since they sat through the six and a half innings of rib expanding contortions such as were perpetrated upon the public during the game.

But to get down to the facts. The game, so far as can be elicited from the records, ran something like this: The Fats deviously took what they thought were their positions in the field. Fat Connarn, an unknown quantity in baseball, took the mound with Fat Day behind the bat. With all the confidence of Christy Matthewson and the windup of G. Cleveland Alexander, said Fat Connarn shot a straight one to Lean Overturf, who entirely oblivious of the result, whanged out a high fly to center field that Fat Louis Doonar had to relay twice to second base on its homeward flight. There was much acclaim in the Lean camp. Lean Overturf circled the bases in true Ted Meredith style, scoring a home run on errors and bad throws. When the Fats got up to bat they had a big inning and the first inning ended up Fats 7; Leans 1.

The Fats led all the way but the Leans were closing in. Nearing the close. The crowd all in. The Leans batted in the first of the seventh.  For the third time Lean Overturf struck out. The story of this inning may be briefly told, for the battle had been won by the Fats, Lean Innes got a home run.  Lean De Armond a single and a score. Lean Knutson went out at third after connecting with Fat Smith’s solar plexus.  Lean Forbes fanned and Lean French and Young scored, on what the records do not show. Final score Fats 19; Leans 13.

Game was called on account of impending sunset. That dispensed with Shades of Captain Kidd and Florence Nightingale! It must have been the layout that the Fats possessed that threw fear in the hearts of the Leans.  Robert Louis Stevenson would have had fine physical material for a new “Treasure Island”; Ichabod Crane Eastes and his gang of stretcher toters were meek flying the red cross in the face of such a brigade.

Notes on the game: Fat Lara refused to play, charging himself with being too fat, and therefore kept the bench warm. The game was a cross between a football game and pasture pool. Spareribs Lean Eastes may be a good mayor and all that, but he has altogether too trusting a disposition on bases. The red cross was a most suitable insignia for the Leans. But aid did not come. Anyway the game netted $70.75 and no hospital bills to pay.

75 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 18, 1941

Neutral observers puzzled by massing of German Army

The sudden smoke screen thrown up over Germany’s supposed massing of troops along the Russian borders is puzzling neutral observers, both here and abroad, but it should not be allowed to obscure the fact that the real seat of war has not been removed from the Near East and North Africa.

Hitler’s objective is to take the Mosul oil fields and drive the British out of the eastern Mediterranean. His costly stab into Crete can scarcely be regarded as an idle experiment. 

It had all the marks of the opening wedge of a drive towards the Suez canal.

It is granted that Hitler covets Russia’s Ukraine granary but it also is obvious that Russia does not intend to give it up. 

Hitler has nothing discernible to offer Russia in compensation. Hence he would have to take on the soviet’s land and air forces if he tried to invade it.

Hitler is engaged in a death struggle with the British empire. He is occupied on far fronts at sea, on land and in the air. He has no surplus of resources to remove from that struggle for a vast new one.

It does not make sense that Hitler suddenly would relax his war on Britain and give her time to gain strength, including life saving supplies from the United States, while he concentrated against a powerful and valuable ally. 

United States orders Germany to close all consular offices in this country not later than July 10

The United States today ordered the German government to close all its consular establishments in the United States not later than July 10 on the grounds that their continued presence is contrary to the welfare of this country. It also ordered the closing of the German library of information in New York City, the German railway and tourist agency and the Trans-Ocean News service.

The new action represented an almost complete break in U.S.-German diplomatic relations.

Welcome to the V.F.W. (Editorial)

Of the many organizations that are holding their annual conventions in Bend this summer there can be none more welcome nor more honored than the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States whose 21st annual encampment has begun here today. Every member of the organization has a record of service in the armed forces of the United States beyond the borders of the country. There is not one to whom there is not due gratitude for his service and that gratitude is freely accorded.

50 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 18, 1966

Bend sailor spends nine hours in sea after fall from ship

A sailor from Bend sleeping on the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier Hancock rolled into the South China Sea on Saturday and spent nine hours treading water before he was rescued.

Roy Deardorff, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren A. Deardorff, a fireman aboard the USS Hancock, was asleep on the carrier’s deck wearing only his shorts when he pitched off into the sea about 4 a.m. Saturday. He lost his shorts when he hit. He calmly began treading water.

The destroyer USS Lofberg, two radar tracking planes and a helicopter swept over a 150 square-mile area for nine hours in search of the Bend sailor. At 12:35 p.m., Fire Control Technician Robert Jones of Abbeville, La., and Seaman John Fitzgerald of Bachanan, Mo., spotted the sailor.

Within minutes Deardorff was aboard the destroyer where he was reported exhausted but in otherwise good condition.

“I’ve been trying to catch you all morning,” Deardorff said. His first request was for a glass of water.

Deardorff, who attended Redmond Union High School, enlisted through the Bend recruiting office and was sworn into service on April 1, 1965. He shipped out for the Orient in November. The young sailor has three brothers and a sister.

“I got pretty tired, John”

A Bend man, Roy Deardorff, tells movie star John Wayne of his recent harrowing experience in the China Sea. Fireman Deardorff fell from the deck of the USS Hancock and was in water eight hours before being picked up by the USS Loftberg and returned to the Hancock by helicopter. Wayne, who was on a trip visiting troops and sailors, visited the ship shortly after the incident.

Dissatisfaction with Castro reported growing

If looks — or words — could kill, the State Department would be well on its way toward getting rid of Cuban Premier Fidel Castro. In a taunting statement the department said the bearded Cuban leader “has not been in the foreground of events” in his country since May 1.

It added that there is “growing popular dissatisfaction” in Cuba and that living conditions are unlikely to improve under Castro.

“The tragedy is,” the department said, “that were it not for Castro and those closest to him Cuba’s problems would by no means be insoluble.”

By suggesting that Castro was losing political control and also saying the United States from the beginning had backed the ideal of “democratic revolution” in the spirit of the Alliance for Progress. The department’s statement came close to inviting exiles or dissenters within Cuba to move against the regime. The statement, it was learned, had been toned down from an earlier draft, which would have sounded more like incitement of revolution.  

The department said there was “wide-spread speculation inside Cuba” about Castro’s “whereabouts.” Actually, it was not that Castro had been absent, but rather that he had not appeared in his usual prominent role since May 1 when he spoke at a May Day celebration.

25 YEARS AGO

For the week ending

June 18, 1991

Like father, Like son (Pictures)

Every year — on the third Sunday in June — we remember.  Central Oregon, perhaps because of its half-rural, half-city lifestyle, seems to have a more varied group of father-and-son teams that one would find in an urban area.

Shown above are

JERRY AND JAKE FIRCUS: PLUMBERS

Jake, 21, a graduate of Bend High, will get his business degree from Western Oregon College this summer. And then he’ll become one of 17 employees in the firm his dad started in 1981.

Jake, who has his father’s build — both were offensive linemen on football teams — will start at the bottom, as an apprentice. “That’s how I want it,” Jake says. “I think it’ll work very well.”

BOB THOMAS JR. AND SENIOR: AUTO DEALERS

The Bob Thomas car business, started as the Bend Garage Company by Bob’s father-in-law in 1916, is one of Bend’s oldest firms.

JOHN, HARRY, WADE, HARRY JR. AND NEIL FAGEN: LOGGERS

John was a logger in Minnesota before coming to Oregon in 1950. His son Harry, born in Minnesota, is now a logging contractor. Harry’s sons, Wade and Harry Jr., are timber fallers. And Neil has yet to buy a saw.

BOB, JACK, RICHARD, TED, MIKE AND MARK EBERHARD: DAIRY PRODUCTS

The family-run Eberhard Dairy is among Redmond’s oldest businesses. John, born in Switzerland, emigrated at age 14 and founded the firm in 1951.

RAY AND SCOTT MIERJESKI: LITHOGRAPHERS

Scott is one of five apprentices in a five-year Bulletin press-man training program. Between midnight and 2 a.m. this morning he helped print this Father’s Day edition.

LYNN AND JUSTIN MILLER: RANCHERS

The Millers (including Lynn’s wife, Kristi) live on a remote family-size ranch in Jefferson county. Their main interest is horses. Justin, 16, gets his education by mail. He’s completing a correspondence degree from the American School in Chicago. Besides ranching, he likes art.

ROBERT AND MARK OLSEN: CLOTHIERS

Robert gave the familiar downtown Bend haberdashery a new name when he bought the business in 1975. The store celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year. Mark helped start a second store in the Bend River Mall.

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