Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Deschutes County Historical Society.
100 YEARS AGO
For the week ending
Sept. 8, 1918
Will consider night school
For the purpose of considering the advisability of establishing a night school in Bend during the coming school year to aid young men of school age working in the mills to complete their studies, a meeting is to be held at the high school auditorium next Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock. Superintendent Moore will have charge of the meeting.
The proposition of establishing a night school here was taken up at a recent meeting of the school directors. At that time two propositions were put forth, one being the establishment of a night school, at which special subjects would be taught, and the second consideration being the partial school attendance plan. Under this plan boys of school age would be permitted to work in the mills part of the day and would attend school during the other part. In the latter plan it would be necessary for the mills to establish two shifts of four hours each with a different crew working at each shift. The result of the findings of the mill men will be reported at the meeting Tuesday night.
Mr. Moore this morning stated that it was the desire of both the directors and himself that all who are interested in the night school program be in attendance at the meeting.
German people wonder where retreat ends
From the Belgian border to Rheims, the three principal groups of the German army, Crown Prince Rupprecht’s, Von Boehm’s and Prince Wilhelm’s, continue to retreat, while all of Germany is at the ebb tide of depression, wondering when and where it will stop.
Almost daily the great drama offers a fresh sensation. Foch’s lightning like blows are forcing withdrawal after withdrawal. Now in Artois, now Champagne, now Flanders and then Artois and Champagne again, and sometimes in all of the districts together.
The pressure of General Mangin’s army toward the north has sent the army of the crown prince scurrying back across the Aisne, leaving prisoners, guns and material. Cavalry, part American and part French, have galloped into the rear guards, cutting up these straggling contingents. There is a shortage of food along the whole German front due to the enemy’s own destruction to prevent it falling into the hands of the allies, from whom they are retreating madly.
General Humbert’s forces are pushing toward LaFere and St. Quentin, while the British are improving their positions before Douai and Cambrai.
Yanks are now separate army
General March today told the senate that Americans who had been brigaded with the French and British have been generally withdrawn until now — nearly all of them are operating independent of the allies under General Pershing.
75 YEARS AGO
Sept. 8, 1943
Massacre survivors first whites to camp here
On an October day in 1851, a weary, dusty and saddened party slowly moved across Oregon’s “high desert,” guided to the cool Deschutes River and the present site of Bend by Pilot Butte. This was the ill-fated Clark immigrant train.
In the party was a girl, Grace Clark, 19, who had been shot and partly scalped by Indians. The party camped at or near Pioneer Park of the present, while the girl hovered between life and death.
The coming of that party to Bend is of historic interest because descendants of the Clark family, the Vandeverts, had a part in the later history of Farewell Bend and of Bend.
In Illinois, home of the Clarks, an immigrant train was made up and the party started the long trek westward.
As autumn came to the western country, the Clark party approached the Snake River. The Snake was reached at Devils Gate. Clark took his gun from the hack and went hunting for dinner.
Not long after Clark left, Indians suddenly attacked. Eight of them started for the place where the Clarks were camped. Mrs. Clark ordered the herd boys to ride back to the main party, and with her daughter, Grace, she went into the covered hack. Her son, Hutchinson Clark refused to join the other boys in retreat to stay with his mother and sister. The boy fell in the first volley of shots.
In the vehicle Mrs. Clark placed her arms around her daughter. A bullet which wounded the girl killed Mrs. Clark. Another shot passed through the girl.
Clark heard the firing and swiftly rode to the scene of attack, just as the Indians started scalping the partly dead girl. Dust made by Clark’s horse and his dogs led the Indians to believe that a large party was approaching and they galloped away.
The wounded girl was made as comfortable as possible in the hack, and the party continued westward. And as they moved into the heart of Oregon, they were on the lookout for a volcanic cone in line with the Three Sisters. Near the western base of that cone (Pilot Butte), Clark had been told, would be found cold water in a swift flowing river. The distant cone was finally sighted, but the party moving slowly, with the wounded girl, was eight days to reaching its base. And when the immigrants reached the cone, no water could be found.
But the thirsty oxen knew water was nearby. With tossing heads, they continued west, to reach the Deschutes.
At the river, the wounded girl rested, and the canvas covering at the rear of the hack was raised to permit her to view the swift stream.
From the present site of Bend the Clarks crossed the Cascades and finally reached Oregon City.
Grace Clark recovered in about a year, and eventually met Jackson Vandevert who she married in April, 1853. Mrs. Vandevert died in 1874 without ever returning to the spot where she was revived with cool water and a rest under the pines.
However, her son, W.P. Vandevert, returned to watch Bend grow into a city. Dr. J.C. Vandevert, Bend, is a grandson.
50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 8, 1968
Teevee jeebies (editorial)
Autumn is the time of year for new cars, new fashions, and of course, new television programs. Each year the public awaits the new shows cranked out by Hollywood, in expectation of something refreshing or at least different. Each year they are disappointed for the most part.
This season shows no signs of being different than previous years.
Short previews are now beginning to appear between the re-runs of last year’s failures. There will be more “shoot-em-ups,” more asinine comedies and even a horror series guaranteed to give your children nightmares. In addition to this hackneyed bill-of-fare, major networks promise to present an even greater number of grade-B movies than in past years.
There is no denying that the networks produce some good programs. But the good ones often take a back seat to the type of show in which a fellow’s mother travels disguised as an antique auto.
The first weeks in September will show for certain whether or not the networks will do any better this season. And, while ratings and time slots are being juggled, the country may once again discover art, music and books.
TV gets blame for modern ‘youths’ troubles
The trouble with today’s youth may be that they are the first humans to grow up having watched television all their lives.
Their rioting, drug taking, alienation and radical politics all may be unforeseen consequences of television’s radical reshaping of the environment.
This was the message today of the distinguished semanticist, S.I. Hayakawa to the 76th annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
He compared TV to a powerful sorcerer who snatches a child away from his parents for three or four hours a day, something like 22,000 hours by the time they reach 18.
“Is it any wonder that these children, as they grew to adolescents, often turned out to be complete strangers to their dismayed parents?” the semanticist asked.
The important fact about television, Hayakawa continued, is “you have no interaction with it, a child sitting in front of a TV set gets no experience in influencing behavior and being influenced in return.
“Is there any connection between this fact and the sudden appearance in the past few years of an enormous number of young people from educated and middle class families who find it difficult or impossible to relate to anybody — and therefore drop out?
“I am sure you have met them, as I have — young people not necessarily of the underprivileged classes, who are frightened of the ordeal of having to make conversation with their friends’ parents or anyone else not of their immediate clique.”
25 YEARS AGO
Sept. 8, 1993
Teenagers opt for comfort — ‘baggy reigns at school’
School’s back, and you know what that means.
No, not homework and exams! We’re talking clothes, new clothes, in the freshest style only.
So what’s cool this fall?
How about some tightly tapered jeans? (Yea, right!) Cropped pants? (You’ve got to be kidding!) Ribbons and bows? (Definitely — Not!)
If you really want to be in fashion this fall, just remember these three words: big, baggy and flannel.
Shannon Polk, owner and buyer for H20 Sportswear in Bend, describes it this way: “If you raided your dad’s closet, you’d notice a lot of stuff you could use.
And that goes for girls as well as guys, Polk said. Current fashion rules make no distinction. It’s grunge for everyone — in varying degrees, of course.
Fashion-hunters like 12-year-old Angie Hernandez of Redmond have no qualms about buying guys’ clothing.
Large-size guys’ jeans are popular among some girls because they give the baggiest look.
Even for guys, buying jeans three or four sizes too large isn’t uncommon.
Just cinch them up and you’re off to class.
Big is also best for hooded sweatshirts, flannel shirts and Looney Tunes T-Shirts.
Earth tones are hot — black, brown, navy and especially “forest green” — for jeans as well as shirts.
Of course, not everyone wants to be as “grungy” as the rest. Many teens are going for “relaxed fit” jeans — a little extra room in the behind and thighs but without that pesky crotch hanging down to the knees.
“Not baggy, baggy, baggy” explained one teen from La Pine, “just loose.”
But fashion may not be the only factor fueling the “bigger is better” trend.
As many teens pointed out, the new clothes are just a lot more comfortable. And of course some renegade teens are rejecting the trend altogether.
“It’s pretty sad,” said exasperated La Pine High School senior Jamie Large, as he wandered the clothes shops at the Mountain View Mall.
“We’ve been trying to find clothes all day,” Large said, “and it’s not looking good.”
Sophomore Cam MacPherson agreed.
“That (forest) green is nasty.”