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

100 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 1, 1918

Women in box factories

In connection with the recent action of the Oregon welfare commission in respect to women working in factories, the following from the United States department of labor is of interest, especially in Bend, where the women who do factory work are to be found in the box factories: Box factories have discovered, according to information which has reached the United States department of labor, that women can very well replace boys and young men who can more effectively be employed elsewhere. The women already employed in a number of box factories have proved highly efficient and they can, in fact, do almost the kind of work that young men of a school age have been doing except some of the heavier tasks.

Because they are not adapted to heavy work, the young men have the advantage over them in respect to wages. It is rare, too, that women are entrusted with the operation of machines, for their lack or mechanical experience renders them incapable of making minor repairs in case of trouble.

“Ordinarily women wear coveralls or overalls while at work in the factories. For the most part the overalls are preferred, since they allow greater freedom of movement and are in general more serviceable. There has been no unfavorable comment on the wearing of overalls.

“Women employed in box factories say that they have no complaints to make regarding the treatment they receive, either from their employers or from the men with whom they work.

“They are paid ordinarily from $2.50 to $3.50 a day, better wages than they can make in most employments that require no special skill or preparation. They say that they find the work rather hard at first, but if they are in good health they soon become accustomed to it and eventually find it of real physical benefit.”

Eight flu cases are reported

Eight new cases of influenza have developed in the city during the past 24 hours and are to be taken to the Emergency hospital either tonight or early tomorrow morning. This announcement was made this afternoon by officials of the city at a meeting which had been called for the purpose of auditing the books and making preparations to close the institution the last of this week.

When the announcement was made of the development of new cases, it was decided that for the present at least there would be no attempt made to discontinue the hospital for an indefinite length of time.

75 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 1, 1943

Thanksgiving holiday in Bend to be quiet; many in service

Deschutes County and all Central Oregon today faced America’s second wartime Thanksgiving Day with the prospects that there will be at least one vacant chair in nearly every home, but with the assurance that America’s men and women, in far parts of the world, will be well fed tomorrow. For the majority of local people, the day will be really one of thanksgiving, for the tragedies of war so far have hit few homes.

Because Uncle Sam and the “folks at home” wanted to be sure that the boys and girls overseas had their “helping,” King turkey won’t be so much in evidence on family tables this years. But as those here offer Thanksgiving they will be cheered by the fact that turkey and all the trimmings will be enjoyed by “the boys” in south sea jungles, African sands, Italian mud and the icy wastes of the northlands.

Other than special services and the traditional dinners , nothing had been scheduled in Bend especially to mark the occasion. There will be no Thanksgiving football game or other gatherings to lure holiday celebrants.

Berlin again target of RAF; capitol is believed doomed

An hour long parade of Britain’s biggest bombers, hundreds strong, wrought staggering new destruction in battered, burning Berlin last night in the third assault of a concentrated offensive to wipe out the Nazi capitol.

An air ministry announcement that the Royal Air Force made “another heavy attack” on the German capital indicated that the huge raiding fleet may have approached, though probably did not equal, the upwards of 1,000 planes which dropped more than 2,300 tons of bombs on Berlin 24 hours earlier in the heaviest raid of the war on a Nazi city.

The tremendous weight of blockbusters and fire bombs dropped on the devastated capital last night stoked fires still raging from previous raids, set new conflagrations that painted the sky red and leveled blocks all the way from the center of Berlin to its industrial outskirts.

Headlines — Berlin bombed for 5th time in one week — Four Japanese war ships sunk by Yanks in running battle — Formosa hit by bombers Tokyo reports — Nazis evacuate Gomel as Reds break barriers — British eighth holds to gain made in Italy — U.S. subs hit close to Japan to sink 9 more Japanese vessels — Lisbon hints Churchill, FDR, await Soviet chief in Cairo.

50 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 1, 1968

Bend A.F. Parachute expert rescues downed U.S. flier in North Vietnam

A “maroon beret” parachute expert from Bend, who made national headlines last month for the rescue of a downed Air Force pilot in North Vietnam, will soon be back in Southeast Asia, after a visit here with his parents.

He is Airman First Class Barry D. Hebert, son of Betty and Fred Hebert. He has five months to go to complete a year of overseas duty.

“When I get out I am going back to college, Hebert said. He acquired some varied and specialized skills, in training for the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service “but they are not very adaptable to a civilian career,” he said. “Except maybe in the circus!”

The rescue that made headlines was when Hebert was lowered from a helicopter into a jungle tree, where First Lt. Darrell Richardson had spent the night dangling in his parachute harness. Richardson was piloting an F4 Phantom on a bombing mission, when the jet was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He bailed out but got caught in his parachute on landing.

Hebert rode a helicopter rescue sling to treetop level, directed the rescue helicopter to the downed flyer, and cut him free from his harness. Then both were lifted into the chopper.

“The weather was terrible,” Hebert said. “We were really lucky to make the pickup.”

The crews could see Richardson from a side view, but not from directly above because of the trees. One crewman made a futile try to grab the pilot with the hoist but was foiled by the trees. Then Hebert was lowered and the rescue was carried out.

The Air Force pararescue specialists are transported to the pickup sites in Sikorsky HH-3E helicopters called “Jolly Green Giants.”

Aerial rescues in a combat area have never before been tried on such a scale, or with such success as by the pararescue specialists.

“When a man is downed, he is far more than a statistic,” Hebert said. “He is a fellow American, with a family at home — a man in trouble that needs help fast.”

In addition to rescue in a war area, they are called on to recover astronauts returning from space flights.

Hebert is a 1963 Bend High School graduate (president of the senior class), he attended the University of Oregon Honors College for three years, majoring in economics.

His early athletic training was mostly in baseball. Ironically his most serious injury was not in air rescue but in a baseball game. He broke his arm while throwing the first ball in a Legion tournament at Roseburg.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 1, 1993

Fish caught at Spirit Lake

State researchers made an important breakthrough in their study of how a volcanic eruption affects a natural ecosystem: They caught a fish.

Jim Byrd, a state biologist, recently captured a healthy, 8-inch rainbow trout in Spirit Lake, which was filled with ash and debris after Mount St. Helens erupted. It’s the first confirmed capture of a trout in Spirit Lake since the 1980 eruption, state wildlife officials said.

Byrd, a Department of Wildlife employee at the fish collection station on the Toutle River, hiked down to the 2,500-acre from the Windy Ridge area and set two gill nets from an inflatable raft.

When Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, it leveled 230 square miles of forest, killed 57 people and spread volcanic debris over a vast area — including Spirit Lake.

Byrd said he did not see indications of fish but assumes more trout live there. “It would be a real shot in the dark to catch the only fish in this lake,” he said.

At the request of researchers, the Forest Service and its Mount St. Helens Scientific Advisory Board, the state did not stock Spirit Lake, once a popular fishing and camping spot.

Spirit Lake offers a chance to study a body of water that “had its biochemistry turned on its head,” said Peter Frenzen, a Mount St. Helens Volcanic Monument scientist.

The monument calls for no sport fisheries at Spirit Lake. The discovery of the trout does not change that, Frenzen said.

The lake was filled with a stew that included ash, trees and forest foliage. In the two years after the eruption, the water boiled with escaping carbon dioxide and methane gas as bacteria blooms created a lake devoid of oxygen.

Matchless cars and cheap, too

Not many folks can boast of a car collection like Dana Johnson’s.

“I own nine Rolls Royces, six Mercedes, at least a dozen Ferraris and a whole fleet of double-decker buses — and that’s just for starters,” he says. “How many people can say that?”

In all, the 39-year-old estimates that he owns about 2,000 cars. All of them fit nicely into an 8-by-10 foot room.

Johnson’s car collection is composed entirely of Matchbox and Hot Wheels diecast models, or their foreign equivalents. The toy cars, which Johnson says are now mostly made in Hong Kong, can still be bought for less than a dollar.

That doesn’t mean Johnson’s cars are just kid’s stuff. His oldest — a miniature Conestoga Wagon with a team of eight horses made in 1954 — could fetch round $500.

Johnson, who moved to Bend in 1985, says his collection started the moment his parents bought him his first Matchbox car when he was 8 years old.

By the time he was 15, Johnson already had about 200 toy cars.

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