Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Deschutes County Historical Society.
100 Years ago
For the week ending
Jan. 19, 1919
Rooms are free to returning soldiers
Returning soldiers stopping in Bend while making connection by stage or other means of transportation to interior points need have no worry in regard to expenses while here. W.C. Birdsall, manager of the Pilot Butte Inn, announced this morning that no charge for rooms would be made at the inn for men returning from the service who are forced to remain in this city while waiting for transportation to their homes.
Bay rum popular with the thirsty
If bay rum would cause hair to sprout, many a human alimentary canal in Bend would be lined with a luxuriant hirsute growth.
This is the belief of Chief of Police L.A.W. Nixon, who bases his opinion on the number of empty hair tonic bottles he has found in various places about the city and on the fact that cranial baldness here is not decreasing in the least.
The activity of county and city officials in running down bootleggers this winter is thought to be responsible for the increased consumption of substitutes, and the scented preparation designed primarily for external use with its 50 percent of alcohol, is proving a sore temptation to the thirsty.
Chief Nixon is planning to ask the City Council at its next meeting, Tuesday night; for an ordinance,, which will eliminate this variety of alcoholic beverages.
Must prevent war in future
Warning that Germany may attempt to force a second world war within a few years, Marshal Foch told American newspaper correspondents that France must hold the entire west bank of the Rhine to protect herself from further aggressions. He called upon the allies to establish a new “watch on the Rhine.”
Foch talked of his warm appreciation of the American armies, declaring that “nobody will ever forget what America did.”
“We must make peace absolute,” said Foch. “Our success must guard us against future aggression. France has the right to take effective measures of protection, after her formidable efforts to save civilization.
Her natural frontier, which will protect civilization, is the Rhine.
It is on the Rhine that we must halt the Germans. It is by using the Rhine that we must make it impossible for Germany to repeat the coup of 1914.
Foch asked who could say whether Germany, where democratic ideals are so recent, will not within a few years attempt a second world war.
75 Years ago
For the week ending
Jan. 19, 1944
Nazis use rocket planes in attack
The Berlin correspondent of the Aftonbladet reported today that German rocket planes attacked the British bombers over Germany “with devastating effect” last night.
“This new defense weapon apparently will play an increasingly greater role in the air defense of Germany,” the dispatch said. “It’s speed, like its firepower, is terrific.
“While the ordinary fighter squadron needs perhaps a quarter of an hour to be prepared for air battle, the rocket plane squadron can reach a height of 7,000 yards within two minutes, taking off at an angle of 45 to 60 degrees.”
100,000 planes for 1944, Wilson claims
Chairman Charles E. Wilson of the aircraft production board today estimated that this country will produce more than 100,000 planes in 1944 and said that schedules call for a 50 percent increase this year in the output of combat aircraft.
Wilson said the 1944 program will include fewer trainer planes, and will emphasize increased production of B-29 “super fortresses” and the introduction of other new high performance planes.
He said 1944 schedules have been arranged to place “tremendous emphasis” on combat planes which will be “very substantially larger” than the models they supplant.
Churchill takes over duties on eve of invasion
Prime Minister Churchill, bronzed from the African sun and completely recovered from his attack of pneumonia, returned to London today and went directly to commons to resume full leadership in the midst of allied preparations for the opening of a western front.
He told a wildly cheering house that he hoped to make a statement in the near future on the progress of the war including the campaign in Italy, but asked to be given “some latitude” regarding the date.
50 Years ago
For. The week ending
Jan. 19, 1969
Crowd watches wrestlers defeat New Zealand
More than 1,000 people turned out last night to watch the Central Oregon All-Star wrestling team down the New Zealand All-Stars 35-19 at Bend High School.
It was one of the largest crowds to watch a wrestling match in Bend.
One bit of tragedy marred the proceedings, however. Paul Ragg, New Zealand’s 195-pound wrestler, suffered a back injury in his loss to Jim Hagen of Crook County and had to be taken to the hospital.
Ragg will be confined to the hospital for a couple of days and then will stay with a Central Oregon family until he is recovered. He will rejoin the team when it swings through the area later this month.
One of the highlights of last night’s matches was a Maori Haka performed by the New Zealand team. “A Maori Haka,” said Bend track coach Pete Smith, a native of New Zealand, “is a native war dance which is performed by all New Zealand athletic teams before competition.”
Following the dance, four Bend wrestlers, Steve Eldridge, Bob Gotchy, Bill Shaffer and Ed Bonn, did a Maori Haka of their own led by Smith. The New Zealand team was surprised and pleased that Americans knew some of their customs.
Bend Mayor Robert Bristol presented team manager H. Fenton with two books (“Oregon” and “Steens Mountain”) as a remembrance of their trip to Central Oregon. New Zealand team captain gave Bend High School a book, “Portrait of New Zealand”, to be placed in the Bend library.
The New Zealand team was taken to Bachelor Butte. The squad will leave for home in February after watching the Oregon State Wrestling Tournament in Corvallis.
One-third of the visiting wrestlers stayed in Redmond, another third in Prineville and the remainder in Bend last night and tonight. They will leave for The Dalles on Saturday.
The tour is being sponsored by the New Zealand-Oregon Cultural Exchange program. A team from Oregon will travel to New Zealand this summer.
25 Years ago
For the week ending
Jan. 19, 1994
So where is Oregon’s winter?
Craig Clasby lately has sold more building materials than tire chains and antifreeze.
One customer who probably hasn’t been through many Central Oregon winters even came in to the Coast to Coast Store in Bend to ask about paint for an outdoor project.
“It’s pretty wild,” said Clasby, the store’s sales manager.
“People don’t know what to do. I don’t know what happened to winter, either — I guess it’s in the eastern U.S.”
A lot of persons have been wondering the same thing: Where’s winter?
Last year, mountains of snow and bitterly cold temperatures prompted a rash of T-shirts with messages such as “I survived the winter of 1993.”
This year, snow shovels are hanging unused on garage walls as bare ground is showing where only white could be seen last January.
Temperatures, while below normal in October and most of November, have been above average in December and so far this month. On Saturday, unseasonal Central Oregon highs ranged from 47 degrees to 55 degrees.
And the situation may not change for a while.
So is winter gone for good? Not likely, says Central Oregon weather expert Ray Hatton.
He pointed out that the lowest temperature ever recorded in Bend — minus-26 degrees — came on Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, 1933.A low of zero came as late as March 20, in 1917.Moreover, Bend has been hit with single-day snowfalls of more than 10 inches in February and even March several years.
“Oh, my not,” Hatton said. “Winter isn’t over yet.”
Freeze defies description
It was so cold, they stopped making beer in Milwaukee.
People in Atlanta were asked not to bathe.
And a town in West Virginia just shut down today because of the cold.
Across most of the eastern United States, record low temperatures closed schools, businesses, roads and airports. The mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, sent government workers home and asked businesses to close.
Thousands of people have been without electricity or drinking water.
At last 69 deaths have been blamed on the cold snap since Friday.
Most of the victims were killed on icy roads or had heart attacks shoveling snow. Some froze to death in record 25 below zero weather.