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

100 Years ago

For the week ending March 23, 1919

Schoolchildren strike to avoid vaccination order

FREEPORT, ILL — An anti-vaccination strike took nearly a thousand students from the Freeport school today. They were led by 24 teachers who rebelled against vaccination orders issued by the city board of health in an attempt to ward off a threatened epidemic of smallpox. The children paraded the downtown streets after leaving their classes.

Safety must be the aim of autoist, declares police chief

Instructions for auto owners and pedestrians, with the object of minimizing accidents, were given today by Chief of Police Nixon in an interview given to a representative of The Bulletin. The safety first movement in regard to autos is to be a feature of the policy of the police department of Bend, he declares. In this connection, he has secured a motion picture film produced by the Universal Film Co. at the instance of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., and is desirous that every man, woman and child in Bend shall see it when it is shown here on April 10.

“The man on foot has a responsibility as well as the vehicle driver,” declared Chief Nixon. “While the former has the right of way, he is expected to use due caution and discretion. It will go hard with any policeman who fails to perform his duty in suppressing reckless and criminal speeding on the streets and highways of Bend. Never in history of mankind was human life as precious as today.

“Here are some specific rules that I wish every person in our community would clip out and keep before them. Don’t cross the street between blocks. Remember, vehicles have just as much right to the road as you have.”

“Never carry on a conversation while crossing a street. Never try to read while crossing a street. Never hold an open umbrella so you cannot see approaching traffic. Never alight from a moving automobile. Wait for it to stop. Always observe the movement of traffic when alighting, before crossing to the walk.”

“Warn children not to hitch on automobiles or other vehicles, or play in the path of traffic. If you drive a vehicle, learn the traffic rules. Remember, the pedestrian has just as much right to the road as you have.”

“Don’t disregard danger signs; they are put up for your protection. Carry a warning signal of some kind, and use it. Stop before you cross railway tracks. Examine your brakes and steering gear frequently.”

“If you must drink to excess, don’t drive. If you see a drunken driver have him arrested for your own safety and his. Speeding will only get you to one place quicker — the grave. Lighting your head and tail lights at dusk may prolong your life. When the street are wet and icy be sure your tires will not skid. This caution protects you from possible imprisonment or death.”

“Never attempt to run a vehicle until you are entirely familiar with its operation and hold a license giving you the right.

If for some unavoidable reason, you happen to run down some one, don’t run away. If you do you become a hunted murderer and it goes very hard for you when you’re caught — and you will be caught.”

Explosives order relaxed

Persons using or having in their possession explosives will no longer be required to take out licenses, with the exception of alien enemies, to whom the ruling of July, 1918, still applies. This information was received by the county clerk today from the bureau of mines.

75 Years ago

For week ending

March 23, 1944

Riders reported using bridge

Reports that horses are being ridden across the Gilchrist foot bridge today brought a warning from Chief of Police Ken C. Gulick that ordinances forbidding the practice will be rigidly enforced. Bicycle riding on the footbridge is also banned by law, and officers were instructed to arrest any equestrian or cyclist found on the walkways across the Deschutes.

Officers were also asked to prevent that straying of horses in the vicinity of Columbia and Baltimore Streets, where they were reported to be a hazard to traffic.

Tired Lava Bears yield state title to Ashland team

Fighting back gamely until they dropped in their tracks, Bend’s Lava Bears fell victim to a fast, rugged, big red team from Ashland High in the finals of the 1944 Oregon high school basketball championships in Salem Saturday night. The Ashland aggregation roared from behind to overwhelm Bend high in the last quarter, winning by a 55 to 35 record score.

Claude Cook’s unsung golden boys from the highlands had amazing valley crowds who flocked to the Willamette court on previous evenings as they kicked over the dope buckets in downing Oregon City and Corvallis to gain the final round of the class “A” tournament. On Saturday, the Lava Bears were on their way to another upset and the state title for just about ten minutes before they tired beneath Ashland’s relentless slashing attack.

Parked car causes accident

Three driverless cars late yesterday figured in a freak collision near the corner of Bond Street and Delaware Avenue, it was revealed in police reports today.

Officers said that an automobile parked on the west side of Bond street, belonging to Mrs. J. D. Ratliff, 744 Colorado Avenue, moved away from the curb and rolled across the street, striking cars belonging to Joe Werner, 388 Dell Lane, and Les Croft, 449 Wall Street. Little damage resulted.

Mrs. G. L. Hopkins illustrates book

A new children’s book, “Mr. Bunny,” which has just been placed in bookstores over the country is illustrated throughout by a Bend resident, Mrs. Hildegarde L. Hopkins, who came here last spring with her husband, Lt. Stephen D. Hopkins of Camp Abbot. Author of the engaging little volume, copies of which are expected to reach the county library soon, is Janet Beattle, with whom Mrs. Hopkins has collaborated before.

Of the book illustrated by the artist of “First Steps” acclaim the publisher says: “Mr. Bunny had a cold in the nose. He also had a smart Aleck son, a fellow who could cure colds, dye eggs, compose symphonies, play gin rummy. But when Mr. Bunny, Jr., tried to cure his poppa’s cold the whole Easter egg dyeing industry becomes involved… A delightful story guaranteeing to have young children rolling on the floor with laughter.”

An exhibit of Mrs. Hopkins’ work was held at the county library.

50 Years ago

For the week ending

March 23, 1969

Kiki first in slalom race

A smiling Kiki Cutter of Bend, Oregon, winner of the Dumaurier International Cup in the Women’s Slalom competition at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada, holds her prize during awards ceremonies Sunday. The young Bend skier defeated France’s Ingred Lafforgue by a mere one-hundredth of a second. Her combined time was 1:09:80. Miss Cutter had a time of 36.02 in the first run down the 1,350-foot slope. “I felt I was going to fall all the time,” she said, “but everything went fine the second time around.” Her time on the second run was 33.78.

County decides to abolish Civil Defense

Deschutes County Commissioners voted 2-1 today in favor of abolishing the county Civil Defense Department, come June 30. The votes came shortly after William James, director of the Department, announced his intention to resign on that date.

Commissioners, D.L. Penhollow and G.W. McCann concurred on the motion to close the doors to the Civil Defense office. In stating reasons for his vote McCann said, “The department has caused budgetary problems for the past five years, and a lot of people feel the department is unnecessary.”

Commissioner Dorothy Smead opposed the motion on the basis that more time was needed to explore alternative facilities for emergency relief. “I want to keep the channels open to the Civil Defense offices in Salem,” she said. “This can be planned as a nonpaying volunteer agency under the direction of local ham radio operators.”

Asked if emergency radio communications might become the province of the County Sheriff, she replied, “that is another possibility I want to investigate.” Mrs. Smead said she will continue to explore possible alternatives despite the vote.

The sometimes controversial Civil Defense office houses the county communications system, recently purchased by the county for $25,000. Mrs. Smead this morning requested that James submit a full inventory and report on the radio equipment and communications network. Commissioner Smead has long been on record in opposition to the Civil Defense radio network as currently established. During the county court meeting today James said of his 10-year Civil Defense directorship: “Nobody will take the job because it is too unstable and there is too much change from year to year.”

25 Years ago

For the week ending

March 23, 1994

Cancer gene discovered

Scientists in Oregon and elsewhere have found a second gene — and possibly a third and fourth — that causes a form of inherited colon cancer, an advance that should help detect the disease in early, more treatable stages.

“This is a major triumph for science,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. “Doctors will be able to save countless lives.”

The new report comes just three months after scientists announced finding the first known gene for the disease, which produces an estimated 9,000 to 15,000 cases a year of colon or rectum cancer.

Forest may close Bend Pine Nursery

A Forest Service tree nursery on the outskirts of Bend may be closed or given a new mission as a result of a precipitous decline in Northwest logging.

The Bend Pine Nursery, managed by the Deschutes National Forest since 1948, could become a casualty of Oregon and Washington harvest levels that have dropped to less than a third of where they stood just five years ago, officials say.

“We really can’t sustain the nursery loads that we had in the past,” said Sally Collins, supervisor on the Deschutes. “We just don’t need to grow that many trees.”

The agency’s other nurseries in the region, J. Herbert Stone in Central Point and Wind River in Carson, Washington, could shut down as well. Together, they produce more than four times the seedlings produced in Bend. “We basically have four choices: retain all three, keep two, keep one or don’t have any,” said Fred Zensen, a reforestation and nursery specialist at regional headquarters in Portland. “If the numbers don’t warrant the operation of a facility in an economic manner, we’d do what other places have done: close the nurseries and start looking for other sources of seedlings,” such as other federal nurseries in the West, state-run operations and private contractors, he said.

Officials are studying the $7.2 million tree-growing program in the Northwest to identify where cuts can be made. They declined to say which of the nurseries are most likely to close or when a decision may be made.

Collins said she doubts all three will close. “More than anything, I think there’s talk of two of the three phasing out.” Demand for seedlings to reforest areas hammered by wildfire, drought, insects and disease has been growing. However, overall seedling orders have dropped since the late 1980s as chain saws have been silenced in spotted owl habitat, old-growth territory and other reasons of environmental concern.

Forest Service records show that commercial logging on national forests in the two-state region has fallen from 5.2 billion board feet in 1989 to 1.6 billion board feet last year, requiring millions fewer seedlings for reforestation.

Ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine have been the major crops at the Bend Pine Nursery, on Deschutes Market Road northeast of Bend. Seedlings grown there are shipped throughout Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Northern California. It continues to produce 5 to 8 million pine trees a year but recently has begun to diversify, growing such nontraditional species as alder, mahogany and bitterbrush for forest health restoration projects.

In a 1992 analysis of the nurseries, Forest Service officials recommended that the Bend Pine Nursery be converted to be the Northwest’s seed extractor where workers retrieve seeds from cones. “I think that’s still a proposal that’s pretty strong,” Collins said. But the fate of the Bend nursery remains unclear, she said.