Compiled by the Deschutes County Historical Society from archived copies of The Bulletin at the Deschutes Historical Museum.

100 Years Ago

For the week ending Feb. 23, 1919

Mill will reopen a week from today

Fresh opportunity for returned soldiers to get jobs is offered by the Shevlin-Hixon Company

Another opportunity for returned soldiers to secure employment in Bend will be offered when The Shevlin-Hixon Company mill reopens on Monday, Feb. 24. The entire mill has been thoroughly overhauled and will be ready for work at that time.

A change to secure greater efficiency in handling lumber is a rearrangement to permit of one sorter instead of two being used.

Athletic club shows growth, benefits are being realized

Special privileges extended to men returning from service — class, work and indoor baseball to start next week.

Without any solicitation for memberships, the number of those belonging to the Bend Amateur Athletic club is steadily growing since the benefits offered by the organization have been learned. This was the report today of officials of the club.

Special privileges are being extended to returned soldiers, sailors and marines, who are invited to make use of the club for 30 days without charge, and may then, take out memberships without an initiation fee and merely on the payment of the dollar a month dues.

Beginning next Monday, a business men’s gym class will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Any member of the club desiring to join the class phone Black 1821.

All members may place themselves in good standing by paying at least three months or more dues, dating from Jan. 1, 1919. Dues may be paid at the club office during the business hours of the day and in the evening from 7 to 9.

Bend firemen are organized — T.H. Foley is chosen president.

Twenty-two charter members listed

Organization was effected and by-laws adopted by the Bend volunteer fire department, meeting last night in the city rest rooms.

The department approved the selection of Tom Carlon as fire chief and of Fred Ellenburg as assistant chief, and proceeded to the election of T. H. Foley as president. Other officers named are: W.H. Hudson, vice president; George Stokee, secretary, and W. McConnell, treasurer. Another meeting was authorized for 7:30 o’clock next Monday evening.

By-laws adopted are modeled after those in use by Corvallis, generally recognized as having the crack volunteer department of the state. A blue uniform was authorized for members of the force.

Charter members, in addition to those already named as officers, are W.R. Riley, H.W. Hunt, Cecil G. Summer, C.H. Young, George T. Sellars, Charles W. Saylor, Clay Miller, Albert Leistikoe, S.R. Seims, Speck Young, Robert Clark, Irvin Howell, Charles Dickson, D.T. Gilson, Harry Scholts and A.B. Estebenet.

75 Years Ago

For week ending

Feb. 23, 1944

Fair rent board warns landlords

Complaints from several renters that they have been ordered to move as a result of landlords being instructed to reduce their rents, today brought a sharp warning from the Bend fair rents committee that the properties could not be further rented unless the committee’s ruling is adhered to.

At a meeting of the committee last night in the city hall, it was the opinion of members that these landlords, refusing to lower their rents, plan to re-rent the properties at the same figure, believing they “could get away with it” without the committee’s knowledge.

“These particular landlords are certainly not cooperating with us, and they must understand that their movements will be observed, and if efforts are made to re-rent the property at the high figure, prosecutions will follow,” Craig Coyner, chairman, stated today.

Get orders to move — The committee heard several renters state that they had been given a 30-day notice to vacate after the owners had been ordered to reduce their rents.

At last night’s meeting the committee studied several requests for re-appraisals, and notified several landlords that they might increase their rents from $2.50 to $5.00 per month, providing they put their properties in a better state of repair. Three other owners were ordered to reduce their rents.

Beavers invade Overbay’s yard

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good.

Charles H. Overbay, 1024 Harmon Blvd., believed this today when he reported that beavers had raided his yard in the night eating a goodly portion of a popular tree he had fallen for wood. The animals had eaten a hole through Overbay’s fence, and consumed about 3-feet of the log.

“But I discovered that they liked the little branches too, so I’ll just feed that out to them and save me the trouble of carrying it to the dump,” Overbay grinned.

County asked for 2,794 pounds of fat

Of the 172,500 pounds of waste household fats which Oregon is being asked to furnish to the war effort monthly, Deschutes County’s share, per month, is 2,794 pounds, according to figures just released by the Oregon state salvage committee.

W.A. Lackaff, county salvage chairman, today urged all housewives not saving waste fats to begin doing so at once and reminded them that meat ration points are now given by all butchers for every pound of waste fats turned in.

Fats should be strained into glass jars, and amounts ranging up from one pound should be taken to the butcher as soon as saved, Lackaff said.

Four of family now in service

When Jimmy Chambers, 17-year-old Lava Bear football star and a junior at Bend High School, began his “boot” training last week at Farragut, Idaho, Naval training station, he brought to 100 percent the service record of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Cary Chambers, 117 Chamberlain.

Jimmy joins his two brothers and sister who are in the service — each in a different branch. Jack Chambers, 20, was serving with the Army air forces on the Philippines when Bataan fell to Japan and since being reported a prisoner, has sent several postal cards to his parents telling that he is well and safe. Jack graduated from Bend High School in 1941.

Bob, 23, is staff sergeant with a crack Army infantry unit in the South Pacific, and has seen action in the Solomons and New Guinea campaigns. Staff Sgt. Chambers entered service with Bend’s famed Company I and was one of about 15 local men transferred to his new unit when the call came for volunteers. Bob was a senior in Bend High School when mustered into service.

Mary, 19, is a member of the Army Cadet Nurses Corps at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, ready to do her part for her brothers upon graduation. She finished Bend High School in 1942.

50 Years Ago

For the week ending

Feb. 23, 1969

Snoopy aiding space program

Snoopy may never defeat the Red Baron in aerial combat, but when the first American lands on the moon the little beagle of comic strip fame can take a few bows. Since June 1967, he has been part of the “motivation program” carried on by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) among its workers. The sight of Snoopy clad in a spacesuit, his ears flopping inside a bubble-shaped space helmet and a happy grin on his face, is a familiar one on posters around plants that built Apollo program gear. More than 1,000 workers have been awarded special silver pins shaped like Snoopy the Astronaut for their quality work.

Lt. Gen. Samuel Phillips, director of the Apollo program, says there have been “impressive benefits” from use of the Snoopy symbol, “Motivated workers do better work, and they do it safer,” Phillips wrote NASA.

Snoopy, the creation of cartoonist Charles Schultz, already has orbited the moon. Apollo 8 crewmen Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders carried a Snoopy pin with them when they flew 10 times around the moon at Christmas.

In his comic strip, Schultz plans to start Snoopy toward the moon in a flying doghouse next month, so he’s apt to be the first earthling to get there.

Forest service officer lists safety rules for snowmobiles

Snowmobiling, a relatively new winter-time sport in this area, is capturing the interest of a rapidly increasing number of Central Oregonians.

A wide range of activities awaits the snowmobiler operator. The most common is playing around close to the bonfire and picnic table with members of the family taking turns driving.

For more thrills drivers line up for a race, squirrel or swerve up roadside snow banks. Cross Country travel and winter camping appeals to those with a wanderlust, while the prospect of pictures in an arctic setting invites the photographer.

Gerald Benson, recreation assistant for the Sisters Ranger District, himself an enthusiastic snowmobiler, reports that the district office is willing to be of help to the snowmobile fan.

Maps, advice on local conditions, snow reports and a list of areas most suitable for the sport are available from the office. About 12 miles of trail in the Cold Springs Picnic Area five miles west of Sisters have been marked by bright orange signs. Benson indicated that another 12 miles would be marked between Suttle Lake and Big Lake in the near future.

The Forest Service plows out some picnic areas when possible.

In turn, they ask that users cooperate by complying with rules and regulations. Cross-country adventurers should leave a travel plan with the district office and never be alone. Snowshoes, extra clothes and food, first aid supplies, an axe and matches on long trips are also advised. “Windchill” is an important factor to consider on an outing Benson reminded. While at a temperature of 25 degrees above zero with no wind, windchill is listed as “cold”, it drops to “very cold” with a wind of 10 miles per hour. A wind velocity of 40 m.p.h. will freeze exposed flesh at 25 degrees.

Drivers are requested to avoid running over brush in campgrounds. The resulting broken branches will show as scar next spring. When squirreling, choose a large open area. Racing should never take place in a campground area or on a traveled road. Travel should mainly be confined to roads and marked trails.

It is easier to get into a brushy area than out again, Benson pointed out. Snow drifts, cornices and cliffs can be disastrous to both machines and operators.

Operators may assist the Forest Service by helping to mark trails and by offering any new ideas they may have. Benson feels this is the time for clubs, agencies, and the public to work together on a suitable program for safety and conservation of natural scenery.

25 Years Ago

For the week ending

Feb. 23, 1994

Lillehammer ‘94

Stage is set for ice foes — Harding was followed by Kerrigan in their second to last day of practice

Hamar, Norway — They have one last big workout day together, one last chance today for Tonya Harding to do her in-your-face triple axels and Nancy Kerrigan to act so utterly indifferent. Psyche-out time ends and figure skating starts for real Wednesday, and if they’re going to win any medals they’d better get all their falls out of the way in the final practices.

The deadline that once loomed forbiddingly for Harding, the last day she could be thrown off the U.S. Olympic team, passed Monday with portents of good luck for her, a touch of drama and, inevitably, controversy. Harding claimed she was taking painkillers for her swollen right ankle. U.S. figure skating officials, at first, denied that, saying none of their doctors prescribed anything for her. Many painkillers, even some that are sold over the counter, are among the drugs banned at the Olympics, and it was unclear what Harding was taking or who prescribed it.

The mystery ended at night when a U.S. team doctor said Harding’s ankle is being treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

“Her ankle has improved and is stable. Her ankle should not affect her ability to perform,” said Dr. Hohn F. Meyers, noting that Harding sprained her ankle Dec. 24 and reinjured it two weeks ago.

Harding grabbed her ankle after one fall in practice yesterday, as she had several times in previous days, though she also landed two of her toughest jumps — triple axels.

Kerrigan skated in practice like a true gold medal contender, a relief for her coaches after a ragged workout the day before.

Theater-saving effort seeks help

Backers of a bid to revive the darkened Tower Theater in downtown Bend as a performing arts center are seeking to learn whether the laws of supply and demand are in their favor. They are asking groups and individuals to estimate how often they would use the site for various types of events or performances.

About 400 one-page questionnaires have been mailed out by Ira Allen, executive director of the Regional Arts Council of Central Oregon.

The return deadline is Monday, said Allen, who serves on a steering committee that was given 60 days to work out a feasibility study on the theater.

Last month, city commissioners agreed to provide about $4000 — rent and utilities for two months — so theater supporters could try to develop a budget and operating plan.

Act III Theatres of Portland closed the theater last fall due to a failing heating system. The movie chain recently sold the two–screen facility to a three-family partnership headed by lawyer Win Francis, who agreed to delay efforts to turn the building into office or retail space while the theater effort proceeds.

“Assume that your group can afford to use the Tower Theater,” the survey begins.

It then lists a number of activities, from meetings to benefits, film series, pay-per-view television, live performances or special activities.

An estimate is sought for each item in each of the next three years. The seating capacity is expected to be 400 to 500 seats in a completely restored auditorium, according to an information sheet sent out by the group. “Every seat will be a good seat for both sight and sound,” it claims. The stage could be used as a 1,200 square-foot, meeting space, and light catering equipment and space would be available. Allen said the second step would be to go back to the respondents and estimate a rental charge, to seek firmer commitments from potential users, and to get a clearer picture of what other funds would be needed. The committee hopes to pull the pieces of the study together by the end of March. “Projects like this don’t make money, any more than swimming pools or public parks do,” Allen said. The operating deficit for Portland’s downtown performing arts center is projected to be $1 million this year, but Allen noted that the facility also pumps $64 million into the city’s economy. “That is quite a trade off, but a lot of people can’t make that leap,” he said.

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