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
April 20, 1919
Larson purchases A.M. Lara house
A real estate transaction of considerable importance was closed this morning when J. Edward Larson, of the Bend Laundry, purchased the A.M. Lara house in Park addition for his own occupancy. Built before the coming of the railroad, the house was for many years the largest and most costly residence in town and was one of the show places of the city. In spite of the construction of the past few years it still remains as one of the larger houses here. An especially fine view of the mountains is had from the grounds.
The house is now occupied by L. B. Baird. Mr. Larson has not yet decided when he will move to his new property from his present residence on Kenwood.
The purchase price of the house has not been stated, but is understood to have been well in excess of $5,500.
Fire lookout in Bend suggested
If some property owner on Awbrey Heights will donate the use of a lot to the forest service, Bend will have a combination observatory and fire lookout this summer. This was the declaration this morning of Supervisor N.G. Jacobson, of the Deschutes National Forest, who believes that an ideal lookout can be established within the city.
If the desired site can be obtained, the forest service will build a 40-foot tower and will build and maintain a first class auto road to the base of the tower, adding another spot of interest for visitors in Bend. From a forest standpoint, the establishment of the station would make possible the elimination of the Lava Butte lookout, as the territory now
Missing fingers identify friend
Two fingers missing from the right hand of Elmer Hoskins yesterday enabled Hugh O’Kane to recognize the Lower Bridge rancher as an acquaintance whom he had last known in eastern Montana, 35 years ago. It was while riding a horse belonging to Mr. O’Kane, that Mr. Hoskins, then a lad of 12, suffered the loss of the fingers when they were caught in a lariat with which he was roping a steer.
They met yesterday and in the course of their conversation it developed that they had both lived in the same section. Finally, the incident of the roping was referred to by Mr. Hoskins. “Let’s see your hand,” demanded the Bend man and brief inspection was sufficient to renew the acquaintance which had lapsed for over three decades. Mr. Hoskins has been ranching at Lower Bridge for the last four years.
Lightning strikes Terrebonne school
School was closed at Terrebonne today as the result of an electric storm Saturday night. Workmen were busy today restoring the damage done. In spite of the substantial stone construction of the building, a “V” shaped fragment was torn from one of the walls and most of the windows broken when lightning struck.
The huge electric spark failed to set fire to the school, and it is understood that classes will be resumed tomorrow.
8,000 Hello Girls quit switchboards
BOSTON, Eight thousand telephone operators in New England struck today, demanding increased wages. There was no disorder.
75 Years ago
For week ending
April 20, 1944
Bend makes bid for air service
Making its bid for postwar airline service, Bend’s chamber of commerce today dispatched voluminous data to Washington, D. C., for use in a pre-hearing conference on franchise appeals pending before the civil aeronautics authority. The conference at which time data from Bend and other cities will be studied, is scheduled to take place in the nation’s capital April 27.
Three airline companies, the Southwestern Airways, Western Airlines Inc., and United Airlines now have requests for franchises to operate after-the-war service through Bend and Central Oregon. It was understood that showings made by various cities as to the urgency of plane service after the war would have bearing upon the CAA granting franchises at a later hearing, possibly in San Francisco. The information concerning Bend and its urgency for airline service was contained in an envelope weighing 11 ounces. It was forwarded by Del Hale, director in charge of the chamber’s aviation committee, and Tom Brooks, its chairman.
Nazi prisoners reach Oregon
Medford, Oregon, April 17. One of the first prisoner of war camps in the west for captured German soldiers today was in operation at Camp White, Oregon, following the arrival of a contingent of Nazi prisoners at the post Saturday.
Brig. Gen. Amos Thomas, post commander, said most of the internees would be employed on the post pending orders to hire them out as agricultural workers later. Regulations permit this, Thomas said. The camp will intern enlisted men only.
B.H.S. students elect officers
Phil Brogan, junior and member of the Army Air Corps Reserve, is the new president of the Bend High School student body, it was learned this afternoon when the nearly 700 votes cast by the students were counted. Bill Plath, also a junior ran in second to rate the post of vice president
Wayne Halligan was named treasurer and June Alfrey secretary in the election — one of the “hottest” the school has ever known. Campaign managers this morning put on a last minute drive for their candidates, who also spoke for themselves at an all-school assembly.
The race was so close for two offices that a recount is necessary, R. E. Jewell, principal, revealed, and said the announcement of whether Charles Christofferson or Janet Johnson is paymaster, and Virginia Russell or Madeline Wing, sophomore yell leader, will be made tomorrow. Jack Fread is the new senior yell leader, elected today.
50 Years ago
For the week ending
April 20, 1969
Baby found abandoned at Spring River home
The practice of leaving unwanted infants on doorsteps is usually relegated to fiction magazines, but that is exactly what happened at the home of Leland Mathews yesterday in Spring River.
Mathews, 56, discovered a smiling infant placed on a chaise lounge inside his trailer door about 4 p.m. Monday. A box containing several paper disposable diapers was left next to the child. Mathews notified his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Mathews, Tumalo, who in turn called the Public Welfare Commission in Bend.
Child welfare caseworker Robert Griffin described the waif as male, long hair and blue eyes, approximately eight months old. An examining pediatrician said the child is apparently in good health.
When found he was wearing a blue corduroy jumper. A note was found on Mathews’ table scrawled, “You take care of it.”
The baby spent the night at the William Mathews’ residence but was transferred to another foster family in Sisters this morning, where it will await a juvenile court hearing in three or four weeks. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the child is urged to notify the Deschutes County Public Welfare Commission.
Court selected for Deschutes County Fair
Charming royalty selected to promote the 50th annual Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo are, Princess Rita Young, 16, Queen Barbara Strickland, 18, and Princess Vicki McNulty, 16. The princesses are juniors and the queen a senior at Redmond High School. They are daughters of Don Young’s, Lee Strickland’s and Ralph McNulty’s. The girls have scheduled scores of appearances this summer, beginning with the Sisters Rodeo June 14 and 15.
25 years ago
For the week ending
April 20, 1994
Redmond chooses new superintendent
Calling him the best fit for the Redmond School District, the board has chosen skier, fly fisherman and Black Butte property owner Jerry Colonna as its next superintendent.
Colonna, 49, director of secondary education in Eugene, edged fellow finalist Elaine Taylor, 46, deputy superintendent in Lake Oswego. He spent much of the day Saturday in Redmond discussing the board’s proposed three-year contract.
Colonna currently earns $70,251, compared to Gregory’s $72,101. He has agreed to a salary of $73,645.
Staff and public input strongly favored Colonna and the board made him a unanimous choice. A few contract questions remain, but they are minor and should be worked out by mid-week.
“I feel really good,” Colonna said. He promised to do his best to live up to the vote of confidence.
Colonna, who applied only to the Redmond School District, said he’s looking forward to living in a smaller community and working in a less bureaucratic district.
“I like the openness and I like the community. There’s an opportunity for a superintendent to know people well … and effect meaningful change,” he said.
Bend attorney Brady named to county bench
Alta Brady, a Bend attorney and municipal court judge, has been named to the Deschutes County Circuit Court bench by Gov. Barbara Roberts.
Brady, 38, will assume the seat being vacated by long-time Circuit Judge Thomas Mosgrove, who plans to step down at the end of the month. She was one of two candidates for the position.
The Governor’s office notified Brady of the appointment this morning.
Her appointment officially takes effect May 1.
Brady has served as municipal judge since 1990, following two years of fill-in work. She has been a partner in the firm of Merrill, O’Sullivan, MacRitchie, Peterson, Brady & Dixon since 1988.
Before entering private practice, she served as a prosecutor with the Multnomah and Deschutes district attorney’s offices. At Merrill O’Sullivan, she works in the areas of general business, employment, divorce and real estate law.
Roberts selected Brady over another Bend attorney, Judy Stiegler, who also serves as the county’s juvenile court referee.