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

100 Years ago

For the week ending

Jan. 12, 1919

‘Feeding Germany’ Editorial

A friend with the Twentieth Engineers has sent us a copy of “Jusqu’ au Bout,” the weekly paper issued by two companies of the first battalion, in which the feeling of the Yanks concerning the German food problem is expressed as follows:

“Lying helpless in debt, disaster and defeat, Germany is sending up a mournful howl for food to feed her starving millions. The surprising part is that she has actually touched the hearts of many Americans. But this is no time for maudlin sympathy. Why is Germany’s food situation so serious when but three months ago, she was boasting of her internal wealth in food and materials of war? Because in the mad desire of her people for world domination, she strained herself to the last crumb in the grim hope of crushing the allied armies with one big blow and forcing them to pay the cost of the whole war. When her hopes failed and her plans crumpled like chalk, naturally, she is foodless.”

“Let her stay foodless for a while; it will help to bring her to her senses.”

“The contention that hunger causes madness instead of reforms is not altogether true. The homeless refugees of Belgium and Northern France have been hungry to the very point of death, and they didn’t go mad. Besides, Hun submarines have sunk with grinning savagery millions of tons of precious food. Some of it would perhaps come in handy right now for the ones who sank it.”

“It may be Christian to love one’s enemies, but it is also very human to kill them if they are poisonous and treacherous.”

“When the people of Germany feel the gnawing pangs of hunger for a while, they will begin to realize what a monumental crime they have committed upon civilization by beginning this war and starving so many women and children to death. Then when they are getting off lucky, because by the law of retribution, we should drown and ravish a few thousand of them. But we’ll let our Christianity hang on this point and be diabolical on the other.”

Death comes in sloop to end eventful life of colonel Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep at his home this morning. The end came when no one was in the room except his valet. He simply ceased to breath.

The ex-president spent Sunday evening reading, conversing with his wife and the doctor and dictating letters.

Death brings grief to King

King George and Queen Mary expressed the deepest regret, and immediately prepared messages of sympathy to Mrs. Roosevelt.

The King’s secretary stated that the British ruler had known Colonel Roosevelt well and was very fond of him.

75 Years ago

For the week ending

Jan. 12, 1944

Klondike Kate

World Premier at the Tower Theater Tomorrow at 1 p.m. sharp — Friday and Saturday (First time on any screen)

Presenting the screen story suggested by the life of Kate Rockwell Matson (Our own Aunt Kate) The Original “Klondike Kate”: Queen of the Gold Rush. The most exciting beauty in the most exciting story to come out of the Yukon. A fabulous story of a fabulous era... and a fabulous beauty!

She mastered men who gambled for fortune and love! Miners! Renegades! Adventurers! She ruled them all... but one!

Starring Ann Savage, Tom Neal, Glenda Farrell and Lester Allen

(Bend’s Own Aunt Kate) Note “You will help us a lot in taking care of the crowds during this showing by trying to visit an afternoon performance.”

Berlin doomed, Arnold says; city now three-fourth razed

Three-fourths of Berlin has been destroyed and “we’re going ahead and complete the job,” Gen. H.H. Arnold, chief of the Army air forces, said at a press conference today.

“We’re picking them (war centers) out all over Germany and proceeding to wipe them out,” Arnold said. “Of course, it will take some time.”

He said that the minute Germany’s air force is knocked out, the Germans will know that they have lost the war.

“We knocked Japan’s first team out of the air, and we are rapidly working on the second team,” Arnold said.

“The German Luftwaffe’s first team is being limited almost entirely to stave off the American RAF bombers because the minute Germany is knocked out of the air — they now the war is lost then.

New jet plane to see combat soon

A jet-propelled fighter being hailed in some quarters as “the plane of the age”, already has been delivered to the royal air force, it was disclosed today.

E. Colston Shepard, secretary general of the air league, indicated the new secret weapon soon will be in action against the enemy in revealing that the concern which used to manufacture the now obsolete Gloster Gladiator had produced the plane.

50 Years ago

For the week ending

Jan, 12, 1969

Bhs student turns out batch of nitroglycerin in class

A Bend High School student’s experiment with chemistry yesterday afternoon caused a few anxious moments for administrators and firemen when he reportedly concocted a small amount of nitroglycerin. The student was identified as Ken Follis.

Donald Brown, principal, said “we were pretty sure it was nitroglycerin.” He said the youth apparently made the unstable explosive by mixing two acids with glycerin,

Fire Chief Vern Carlon said he was notified of the potential danger about 2 p.m. when Mrs. George Cook, a chemistry instructor, smelled “tell-tale-fumes” coming from a small rood off the main laboratory.

According to Brown, the lab was evacuated immediately. Follis was then told to place the mixture in a wastebasket and carry it outside to the softball diamond and leave it while officials decided what to do.

The State Department of Emergency Services was notified. It suggested contacting Prof. Bert Christiansen, head of the Oregon State University chemistry department. Christiansen said the first thing to do was “ to get everyone calmed down, and then get a demolition expert from the National Guard at Bend or from Fort Lewis.”

After deliberating for two hours as to how to dispose of the mixture, Mrs. Cook and City Fire Marshall Ron Van De Zande neutralized it with alcohol and then poured it on the ground.

Brown, who described the Follis boy “ as a very sharp student”, said the boy had been sent home from school pending an investigation.

Apollo 8 chosen as top 1968 news story

In terms of both headline value and significance, the Apollo 8 flight around the moon was judged No. 1 in the United Press International survey on the top 10 news stories of 1968.

The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy was the No, 2 story and the election of Robert M. Nixon as president was number 3.

1. Apollo 8 lunar flight, 2. Kennedy Assassination, 3. Nixon elected president, 4. Martin Luther King assassination, 5. President Johnson decides not to seek re-election, 6. North Korea seizes Pueblo and crew, 7. Soviet bloc invades Czechoslovakia, 8. Vietnam peace moves, 9. Student power: political, sit-ins, school seizures, youth revolt, 10. The Pope’s birth control edict and resultant church dissension.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

Jan. 12, 1994

Bend’s last sawmill fades into Central Oregon history

There are only echoes not at Bend’s last sawmill, like murmurs in a museum.

The saws and conveyors sit idle under rafters as thick as railroad ties. The aroma of oil and sawdust has already begun to fade. The scarred plank floors are bare.

The hollow silence belies the 70 years when logs rumbled like thunder through the mill, making it the backbone of Bend’s economy.

“My dad helped build this mill,” said Clint Walker who worked at the plant for 32 years. “We thought it would run forever.”

Forever ended Monday. Crown Pacific Ltd. of Portland, which bought the mill from DAW forest products Inc. Sept. 8, closed the plant because of a lack of timber.

“It’s hard to imagine that at one time the two biggest mills in the nation were right here, right across the river from each other,” said shipping supervisor Steve Gist who worked at the mill for more than 17 years.
The Shevlin-Hixon Co. and Brooks-Scanlon sawmills began operation on opposite sides of the Deschutes River in 1915. During their heyday, the mills employed more than 1,000 workers each.

Shevlin-Hixon closed in the early 50s. By the time Crown Pacific stepped in at the old Brooks-Scanlon site this summer, only 130 workers remained.

Teen boot camp eyed for COTEF

In the military, “about-face” means make a sharp turn in the opposite direction.

For troubled teen-agers in Central Oregon, “About Face” may soon mean the same thing.

The Oregon National Guard is hoping to open a boot camp for youthful offenders at the former Army night vision research facility east of Bend, according to Public Affairs Officer Lt. Col. Mike Caldwell. The pilot program, called About Face, would be one of just two in the nation.

Young men and women in trouble with the law would have the choice to attend the six-week program in exchange for a suspended sentence. Unlike traditional boot camps, About Face would focus more on education and leadership than physical exertion Caldwell said.

An alternative school, a satellite education center and a youth conservation corps are other prospective used for the building.

But whatever the site is eventually used for, it must retain a military purpose or revert back to its exclusive farm-use zoning, according to Dennis Maloney, Deschutes County Community Corrections Director and a leader of local planning for COTEF.