The March 26, 1919, edition of the The Bend Bulletin featured stories about the Bend City Council’s “heated repartee” while discussing how to finance the city’s debt, the inability of a coroner’s jury to determine if the death of “a wealthy hermit rancher living near Sisters” was intentional or accidental and final plans for a free campground for auto tourists.
Our goal with these sections is to replicate the experience of reading the newspaper 100 years ago. Listing historically significant events, as The Bulletin does regularly, is a useful, but limited, exercise. A digest of highlights doesn’t tell you which films were playing locally 100 years ago, which products businesses were advertising and who was staying at local hotels. Only reprinting the entire paper can do that.
The process of reprinting a century-old paper works as follows. First, we review our microfilm archive and pick an edition. Next, we transcribe news content and rebuild century-old ads. The Bulletin’s Creative Services team has chosen fonts similar to those used 100 years ago, reworked photos (where possible) and rebuilt all of the ads. The newsroom’s page designers have rebuilt the pages using text that has been transcribed.
(Click on the attached documents below to read the reproduced pages.)