Compiled by Don Hoiness from archived copies of The Bulletin at Deschutes County Historical Society.
100 Years ago
For the week ending
Jan. 26, 1919
Juniper lumber has real value
The possibility that juniper lumber, abundant in Central Oregon, may have value from an industrial standpoint is indicated in a letter received by the Shevlin-Hixon Company from the International Lumber Export Company.
A correspondent of the Lumber Export Company, the Dalkena Lumber Company is desirous of getting in touch with individuals or a company able to supply small juniper logs.
It is explained that these would be used in the manufacture of pencil slats.
Bowling to start on Friday night
With four strong teams organized, bowling will be started at 7:30 o’clock Friday night at the Bend Amateur Athletic Club, in the form of a double header, W.R. Speck, manager of this form of club activity, announced today. The teams which will compete are from The Shevlin-Hixon Company, The Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company, and two drawn from the professional men in the city.
Cast is selected for library play
The Bend Library club will present the three-act Western drama, “The Girl of Eagle Ranch,” at the athletic club on Friday evening. This play is a comedy, replete with thrilling situations and side-splitting incidents. It has proven a big success wherever produced in the past.
Bend hit by record wind
What old inhabitants declare to be one of the hardest, if not the most violent, windstorm on record here raged yesterday afternoon and last night, and today changed to a heavy snow. Signs were blown to the sidewalk through the business district, awnings were torn and a plate glass window was crushed in by the terrific pressure of the gale.
Even motorists were not safe, for an unusually powerful puff of wind literally tore the top from County Clerk J.H. Haner’s car.
75 Years ago
For the week ending
Jan. 26, 1944
Germans prepare for war No. 3
Virgil Pinkley, European general manager of the United Press, last night warned a meeting of editors and publishers against the possibility of a third world war with Germany 12 to 15 years hence “if we permit the Germans to wage it.”
Speaking before the 19th annual institute of the state press association, Pinkley said the Germans already were at work to make their coming defeat as easy on the Reich as possible while they plan for the next war. The newsman said the Germans would like to wage their projected struggle within the next two decades.
War picture display in Bend declared “tops” in America
B.A. Stover, special fourth war loan drive chairman, urges Bend residents to visit and study the display of war pictures in the Bend Garage Company sales rooms, at the corner of Wall and Louisiana. Stover described the display as the “largest and finest collection of war photographs in the United States.” Several hundred people last week viewed the display, entitled “What Your War Bond Dollars Buy.”
More than 100 pictures are included in the collection, showing actual scenes taken during land action, bomber raids and raids by warships and submarines since December, 1941. Not only is the exhibit a vivid pictorial account of modern warfare, but serves as a “receipt” to patriotic bond purchasers, Stover pointed out.
Marines landing at Tarawa, the attack on Wake Island by our dive bombers — all of this action and more is included in the group, bringing home to Deschutes County residents an actual picture of World War II.
Russ steamroller plunges over titanic Nazi defenses — Germans massacred by tens of thousands as Russians speed up dash toward west — Allies land behind German lines in Italy — Rome hears roar of guns as Allies near aged city — Nazis face huge trap — Germans held in big pocket near red city — Hard fight for Rome near; Nazi retreat not expected.
50 Years ago
For the week ending
Jan. 26, 1969
LBJ, family bid farewell to White House, Washington
Lyndon B. Johnson, the nation’s 36th president, spent 5 years and 59 days at the pinnacle of power. Today, he was yielding the nation’s highest office to Richard M. Nixon.
He is leaving the Presidency with grace and style and a poignancy after 37 years on the Washington scene. “He is making a clean break,” said one aide.
Johnson’s final week in office was filled with drama, big and little successes and an outpouring of affection by big politicians and little people. They said he had been “a good President.”
The polls he prized so much, too much at times, were kind to him in the end. One showed his popularity had soared to 64.5 percent after his State of the Union address.
So low in spirits was he last March 31 when he announced that he would not seek reelection, he felt that if he “signed the Lord’s Prayer” he would be criticized.
His most fervent dream of a breakthrough in Paris and the starting signal for serious Vietnam peace talks came true in his final days in office. Because of that and much more, Johnson leaves with a sense of fulfillment and urging others to carry on.
Captain gave up Pueblo to prevent ‘slaughter’
Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher said today he surrendered the USS Pueblo without a fight because he felt that “any resistance would cause the slaughter of the crew.”
The skipper told of bringing his intelligence vessel to a halt after a dozen salvos of cannon shells had been fired at his ship by a North Korean submarine.
Bucher said he followed the subchaser into the port of Wonsan while at the same time his crew was furiously burning secret documents and smashing electronics and other gear with fire axes and sledge hammers.
The facilities for destroying classified information were not adequate, he said, and the central section of the ship became filled with suffocating smoke.
At the opening of the five-Admiral Navy Court of Inquiry, Bucher picked up his story of the loss of the Pueblo. It had been surrounded by six communist ships with two MIG aircraft overhead and machine guns trained from a distance of 30 yards.
Bucher said that within seconds of the firing of the first salvo he ordered the destruction of secret documents. The water in the area, he said, was too shallow to try to jettison papers in weighted bags because they could be recovered.
As the subchaser continued to shell the Pueblo at a distance of only 800 yards , Bucher finally decided his position was hopeless. He instructed the officer of the deck to bring the engines to a full stop.
“I raised a signal that I was protesting the entire action.” The subchaser signaled the Pueblo “follow me” and the intelligence ship steamed at one third speed back toward the Communist port with the torpedo boats still following on all sides.
Bucher said he thought it was “senseless” to try to man two machine guns when surrounded by four Communist torpedo boats, two warships with cannons and the MIG jets circling overhead.
25 Years ago
For the week ending
Jan. 26, 1994
Mug offer stamped out
Dan Piske of Bend and his father, Jim, are discussing what to do with a very valuable stamp. But they agree on one thing: a postal inspector’s offer of a $5.80 refund and a commemorative coffee mug is worth a laugh.
“I got a nice chuckle out of that,” the elder Piske said of the offer to his son.
Dan Piske mailed his sister in Georgia a package of Christmas presents last month. Since his father, a Salem stamp dealer and former mailman, was visiting there at the time, he requested special commemorative stamps at Bend’s post office, then stuck the entire 20-stamp Legends of the Old West sheet on the parcel.
When Jim Piske saw them, he knew they had been prematurely released. It wasn’t until after he loaned them to a stamp publication that the Postal Service announced an unprecedented recall and reprinting of the sheets. A stamp that was supposed to depict black cowboy Bill Pickett mistakenly pictured his brother instead.
Only one other buyer has surfaced. Jack Cook of Bend said he used the stamps to pay bills. Jim Piske said he was told the stamp could bring as little as $1,000 now, but $2 million or $3 million in 30 years, if it proves to be one of a kind.
Quake leaves ‘Big A’ with big bill to pay
The ‘Big A’ sign inside the stadium is down. The scoreboard and giant replay screen are in ruins.
Anaheim Stadium sustained about $3.4 million in damages from the earthquake that rocked Los Angeles.
The Stadium, home of the California Angels and Los Angeles Rams, is farther from the quakes epicenter than most of the Los Angeles area’s stadiums and arenas. Yet it was the only one to incur significant damage.
There will be a big bill to foot because the insurance deductible is $6.25 million, meaning the damages will not be covered.
Nearer the epicenter of the quake were Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles coliseum and Sports Arena, all near downtown Los Angeles, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Forum in Inglewood. All apparently had no major damage.