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

100 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 22, 1918

Conference is regarded as success

The conference between President Wilson and Premier Clemenceau of France is regarded as most satisfactory from the American viewpoint of any inter-allied discussions yet held. The understanding displayed between the two is described as “wonderful.”

It is regarded as one of the most profitable hours the president has spent since the discussions opened.

Senator Lodge’s endorsement of the league of nations, apparently showing that the whole country is behind the president on this fundamental principle of peace settlement, is having a dampening effect on certain European circles which were nourishing the belief that this was not the case.

German fleet story ‘bunk’

A report that American commissioners have decided to advocate the sinking of the entire German fleet is “pure bunk,” a high official informed the United Press today. Submitting suggestions regarding the fleet, and guessing how it will be disposed of are favorite pastimes here.

The same statement applies to the disposition of the former Kaiser. As a matter of fact nothing regarding either has been decided.

Olson challenges wrestlers again

That he is especially desirous of meeting the winner of the Basanta-Gustavo match was indicated today by Charlie Olson, middleweight champion of the northwest, when he wired Bend renewing his challenge originally made before Gustavo and the Hindo wrestler staged their bout at the Hippodrome Tuesday night.

Olson’s challenge is for New Year’s Day in Bend, and will be by Gustavo for that date should the local mat artist win the decision in the Christmas day bout. If Basanta takes the match he will be unable to fill the New Years date as he has an engagement to appear in Astoria at that time. He has stated, however, that he will be willing to meet the middleweight champion at a later date in Bend.

75 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 22, 1943

Sweden hints Berlin may be evacuated

German authorities are on the point of ordering complete evacuation of Berlin to avert total destruction of the city by bombing, neutral diplomatic sources said today.

Only dissension between German Minister of the Interior Heinrich Himmler and Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbles was delaying a final decision on whether to evacuate, it was reported.

Goebbles reportedly has demanded that the bomb-wrecked capitol be evacuated immediately to avert a threat of widespread epidemics. For unknown reasons, diplomatic sources said Himmler opposed the move.

Nation honors plane inventor

Orville Wright, the one-time bicycle mechanic who has lived to see the “flying contraption” that he and his late brother, Wilbur, built grow into one of the most potent forces in war and commerce, was honored here today on the 40th anniversary of their historic pioneering airplane flight.

A quiet retiring man of 72, Wright came from Dayton, Ohio, at President Roosevelt’s invitation to receive the plaudits of a grateful nation. He made one condition — that he not be called up to make a speech.

Wright’s presence highlighted an extensive program for the celebration of that day 40 years ago on the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, when the two brothers made the first successful attempt to get man off the ground in a powered, heavier-than-air machine.

Germans praise U.S. bombers

American airmen in Great Britain have been bombing German targets with such deadly accuracy that even the Nazi Luftwaffe was moved on one occasion to congratulate them on “a job well done.”

The marksmanship which won the Germans’ admiration was displayed during the American attack on Regensburg.

The target, a German aircraft factory, was roughly rectangular in shape and, as aerial targets go, fairly small. In one corner of the target area was a plainly marked hospital. Although the Americans dropped hundreds of bombs on the factory, only two “fell over the fence,” and they did no damage to the hospital.

“The Luftwaffe sent General Ira C. Eaker of the U.S. 8th Air Force a radio message congratulating him on a job well done, and told him, we don’t see how you did it.”

50 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 22, 1968

Bear wrestlers get first in The Dalles tournament

A strong finish by the Bend Lava Bears gave the Central Oregon team the title in the annual The Dalles Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday.

“We needed a strong finish,” Hoiness said, “and we got it. Bill Shaffer and Bob Gotchy both won first places to cinch the title. Steve Eldridge won the final match to give us that extra margin of victory.”

Bend took the title with 91 points, followed by The Dalles with 83, Pendleton 80, and Hermiston 45.

“It was a close tournament all the way. Bend, The Dalles and Pendleton traded the lead back and forth all day. Eldridge did a fine job. He pinned two of the heaviest wrestlers in the tournament … a 280 pounder from The Dalles and a 250 pounder from Hermiston.”

In dual meet results, Bend defeated The Dalles 22-21, Pendleton 27-16 and Hermiston 36-15.

Individual champions for Bend were Tom Glazier at 130, Ed Bonn (148), Shaffer (168), Gotchy (191) and Eldridge (Heavyweight). Bend runners-up were John Marsh (106), Tim Smiley (123), Dave Michaelis (136), Scott Meyers (141) and Pat Kelley (157).

To date the Lava Bears in 39 matches have won 24, lost 14 and tied one. In dual meet competition, Bend is 5-1, while the Lava Bear JVs are 6-0.

Major Anders trained in mid-Oregon

By Phil F. Brogan

Scheduled to circle the moon ten times at close range over the Christmas holidays is an astronaut who received his “basic training” in the lunar-like lands of the Deschutes country.

He is Air Force Major William A. Anders, a native of Hong Kong and a graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Major Anders was in Bend in August, 1964, when astronauts that included Walter Cunningham were here for most of a week, to acquaint themselves with a type of terrain the first astronauts to land on the moon may face.

However Major Anders and his two companions, Air Force Colonel Frank Borman and Navy Captain James A. Lovell Jr. are not booked to set foot on the moon this coming week when Apollo 8 goes into space.

But the three astronauts are due to circle the moon 10 times in 20 hours at an altitude of 69 miles.

It was reported from Cape Kennedy today that the flight path will take the astronauts over an area near the Crater Censorinus in the vast Sea of Tranquility. Incidentally this is not a sea, but a great lava plain.

Anders and his companions will, if their mission is successful, describe the moon surface as viewed at close range. Pictures sent back to earth will supplement the description. Anders said the trio will photograph “extensively.”

25 Years ago

For the week ending

Dec. 22,1993

Skyliners lodge — 1927 idea gets a face lift

When it came to the outdoors, Emil Nordeen, Nels Skjersaa, Chris Kostel and N.J. Wulfsberg were four tough men.

Nordeen and Skjersaa several times competed in a grueling, 42-mile cross-country ski race from Fort Klamath to the rim of Crater Lake and back, and Skjersaa wasn’t far behind. All four plus other young Scandanavians who worked in Bend’s lumber mills in the 1920s, relished competing in all winter sports.

But no competition ever matched what the four went through in September 1927 — an experience that led them to start a sports club that would last for nearly 60 years, the Skyliners, and build historic Skyliners Lodge.

On Sunday, Sept. 5, 23-year old Hugh Cramer and 26-year-old Guy Ferry left Frog Camp, intending to climb the North Sister.

The next day, an early-­season storm dumped much snow on the Cascades and dropped temperatures to zero. The two didn’t return to their car.

A massive search began. Another foot of snow fell and searchers had to quit — all except Wulfsberg, Kostel, Nordeen and Skjersaa.

In a trip that has become the stuff of legend the four set out on a search of their own. In a raging blizzard, the men skied 12 miles to the mountains, climbed the North and Middle Sisters, and skied 12 miles back to camp, all in one day.

Despite searchers efforts, Cramer and Ferry never were found.

The tragedy prompted a group in Bend to push ahead with an idea that had been simmering for some time. They organized a club dedicated to promoting outdoor activities and being prepared for search and rescue operations.

The first meeting of what would become the Skyliners was held on Dec. 8, 1927.

In the early 1930s, the Skyliners, whose main winter playground was located just west of Sisters, began hunting for a different, better skiing spot. They settled on what now is known as Skyliners Hill, a 900-foot-high slope west of Bend.

In September 1935 the Forest Service announced that they would spend several thousand dollars to build a two-story log lodge for Skyliners near Tumalo Falls. Skyliners Lodge was born.

For decades, Skyliners Lodge was a social center for Bend, both as a headquarters for winter sports at the nearby hill and for dances and receptions.

But beginning in the 1960s Mount Bachelor became the hot new place to ski, surpassing Skyliners Hill.

Skyliners Lodge saw less and less use, and with age came problems. Rotting logs and vandalism was a constant worry.

Editor’s note: The lodge now hosts outdoor camps for kids as well as private events such as weddings and meetings.

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