This reprint of the Oct. 16, 1918, Bend Bulletin is our fifth historic edition. (Click on the images below to read the reproduced pages.)
On the third Sunday of every month, we revive an edition chosen from the same month 100 years earlier. The effort is supported by contemporary advertising that appears at the bottom of the section’s pages.
We’ve chosen the Oct. 16 edition of the paper for its balance of local and national coverage. The first World War, then in its waning days, dominates the paper for good reason. Locally, the ravages of the Spanish flu force city officials to prohibit public gatherings. That’s something for anyone who grumbles about getting a flu shot to consider. Meanwhile, the almost comical war against bootlegging by local law enforcement officials continues. This month’s installment involves booze hidden under a barn, and even a “high speed” car chase reaching 40 miles per hour.
This month’s edition also offers a fascinating peek into the buying habits of Bend residents a century ago as well as their entertainment options.
Be sure to keep an eye out for next month’s historic edition, which announces the end of the war. A copy of the front page has hung in The Bulletin’s lobby for years, but we’ll re-create the entire edition.
Our goal 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 transcribed by news intern Ellen Chandler.