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

100 Years ago

For the week ending

Nov. 3, 1918

Influenza in city spreads

Eighteen cases of Spanish influenza have developed in the city since Saturday, according to reports made to R.W. Hendershott, county physician, by the physicians of the city this morning.

The schools have been closed at La Pine. This order was made by Dr. Hendershott Saturday afternoon after a case had developed in that district.

Another order closing the schools at Tumalo was issued this morning following a report that residents of that vicinity had been stricken with the disease.

The city will remain closed and every effort will be made to stamp out the epidemic. The following were the number of cases reported: Dr. Vandevert (9), Dr. Hendershott (4), Dr. Norris (3), Dr. Cousineau (2).

May turn gym into hospital

The Gymnasium has been turned over to the health officials and will be used as a hospital during the influenza epidemic in this city. This decision was arrived at this afternoon, and cots and bed linen ordered by long distance phone. As far as possible all influenza patients will be placed here during the epidemic. The first patients are to be installed tomorrow morning.

Forty cots are at gymnasium

Forty cots will be installed and ready to receive patients at the Bend Amateur Athletic Club this evening.

The work of placing partitions, assembling the necessary bed linen and getting the place in readiness to receive patients at the earliest possible minute was commenced this morning.

Mrs. Birdsall, secretary of the Red Cross, and one of those in charge of the work equipping the building, stated this afternoon that help would be needed in caring for the patients. Three orderlies, either experienced or those willing to work under the direction of others, are asked to report.

The disease is continuing to spread. Additional cases are being reported daily.

The hospitals in the city have not the facilities for taking care of those who have the disease.

There will be no attempt to open school until all danger of spreading the disease is past. Teachers are prohibited from leaving the city without first securing leave of absence.

It is hoped in this manner to prevent any possibility of adding to the hazards of spreading the disease.

75 Years ago

For the week ending

Nov. 3, 1943

Soldiers to aid in potato fields

One hundred Camp Abbot men who have completed their basic training and are now awaiting assignments went into potato fields in the Powell Butte section of Crook County this morning, to do their bit in harvesting the crop of the nation for which they are also to fight.

The men were transported to the potato fields by farmers, who had requested assistance in the emergency. War Department rules provide that soldiers may volunteer to assist when there are critical labor shortages in agricultural areas.

The soldiers moved out of Camp Abbot this morning under full pack — as if moving up toward the front lines. They also carried their “shelter halves” and mess gear. They left camp on passes. The men will be paid for their work, and some of the best pickers will make from $8 to $10 per day

The mid-state potato harvest is now at its height, and farmers fear that a freeze following the present storm may result in some loss, unless the potatoes can be taken out of the ground at once.

Germans flee

Battered Germans flee in wild disorder — Yanks, British drive wedges into Nazi line — Japanese radio reports landing by allies on Mono Island, only 30 miles from big Japanese air base — Nimitz promises Pacific Action — Russian forces sweep over Steppeland — Soviets seal Crimea — German line in Italy beginning to crack — Allies edge nearer Rome; Soviets start new drive.

Witches and goblins receive warning

Witches and goblins and all those scary things that ride the darkened skies on Halloween night will have to restrain themselves this year, Chief of Police Ken C. Gulick warned today. So long as the war lasts, quoth the chief, roaming pranksters will have to curtail their activities.

Thus the chief ruled today that the time worn “trick or treat” means of celebrating the hallowed night is out. And this for one big reason — because those who are supposed to treat won’t be able to get the candy for the purpose. And the chief added that it wouldn’t be fair to play tricks on those so handicapped.

So Chief Gulick suggests that parents help soften the blow for the youngsters by aiding in the arrangement of house parties and the like.

While the chief believes that Bend children will cooperate with him in keeping down damage to property, he nevertheless is enlarging his force for that night.

And, he said he will prosecute anyone found engaging in the “willful and malicious destruction of property.”

50 Years ago

For the week ending

Nov. 3, 1968

Settlement of Vietnam war still a long way in future

The fact that President Johnson could announce a bombing halt over North Vietnam is a victory for patient diplomacy, but peace in Vietnam could be far away.

Korea provides the example.

Armistice talks in Korea began July 10, 1951, and were not concluded until July 27, 1953, after 575 meetings.

No South Korean representative was present at the armistice signing.

The Korean armistice provided that within three months a political conference should be held to negotiate the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Korea and a “peaceful settlement of the Korean question...”

That conference never was held.

A subsequent Geneva conference in 1954, which, ironically also took up the question of French withdrawal from Indonesia and marked the beginning of U.S. involvement there, settled nothing.

It called for a unified Korea through general elections to be held under United Nations supervision, The elections never were held.

The Korean war cost more than 33,000 American lives and it was less than a week ago, 15 years after signing of the armistice, that another American was killed there while on guard duty along the truce line.

The United States continues to maintain 50,000 troops there.

In South Vietnam, as in Korea, the South Vietnamese leaders will be but reluctant partners in the peace talks.

Interstellar voyages seen by 2168 A.D.

If he doesn’t bomb himself into oblivion in the meantime, man should be able 200 years from now to start bombing himself to new frontiers among the nearer stars.

With one-megaton hydrogen bombs as propellants it will be technically and economically feasible, according to Dr. Freeman J. Dyson, to launch spaceships on interstellar voyages by 2168 A.D.

Dyson was associated 10 years ago with the Orlon project to build spacecraft powered by nuclear explosions.

The government finally suspended the project but not before some scientists had concluded on theoretical grounds that bombs really could be used safely and efficiently to push ships through space.

It might take centuries to carry a colony to planets of the nearest stars, and a single launch might cost as much in resources as the total economy produced in any one year, but — it could be done.

Barring a catastrophe in the meantime, Dyson predicted that “the first interstellar voyages will begin in 2168”, and will make landfall on planets of the closer stars in about a century.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

Nov. 3, 1993

The ‘Prime Mover’

Friends and acquaintances of Bill Healy today mourned a man whose presence in Central Oregon loomed as large as the ski mountain that has become so important to the region.

“Last night I just felt this void because he’s no longer here,” said Neil Bryant, a Bend lawyer and state senator who knew Healy for more than 20 years. “He’ll be difficult to replace. It probably will take several of us.”

Healy was primarily known as the dreamer whose vision and persistence led to the creation of Mount Bachelor Inc.

“He was the prime mover all the way,” Don Peters said. Peters was the U.S. Forest Service employee who wrote the first special-use permit for Mount Bachelor in 1958.

“People said Portland skiers would not go past Mount Hood , mid-Willamette Valley skiers wouldn’t go past Hoodoo and Eugene skiers wouldn’t go past Willamette Pass to come to Bend.

But Healy also was an inspiration to the many persons who watched him carry on with life after being stricken with primary lateral sclerosis, the disease that eventually claimed his life.

Bryant said Healy’s sense of humor would come through at meetings in the written messages he’d display with his computer.

“Sometimes he’d use words you couldn’t print in a newspaper,” he said.” He’d erase them, then he’s sit there and his whole body would shake as he chuckled.”

Richard Kohnstamm, chairman of the board of RLK Co., the parent company of Timberline Ski Area, recalled a time he dropped Healy off at the airport and watched him refuse assistance.

“He was in a walker and had his speech assistance machine with him and he just walked off into the crowd with such self confidence,” Kohnstamm said. “You never get Bill down. He had great personal courage and a sense of humor.

“It was just an inspiration to know this guy. Excellence was his hallmark. Bill ran a very fine ski area.”

H. Dean Pape, chairman of the board, said the ski area would continue on the path that Healy designed.

“There will not be a hitch or bump in the road. Bill had the foresight to cover every base .”

Kathy Degree, vice president of marketing said working for Bill was never a chore.

“Bill was never a boss,” she said. “Bill was a leader who set the vision and encouraged you to stay on course.”

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