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

March 16, 1919

Mayor’s property is a fire hazard

As the first to comply with the provisions of the recently passed city ordinance condemning certain frame buildings in the business district as fire hazards, Mayor J.A. Eastes today ordered the tearing down of a shack belonging to him, located in the alley between Bond and Wall streets.

Cap and gown will be worn

Bend High School seniors decide on uniform garb

The senior class of 1919 will wear gray caps and gowns this year instead of the customary garb worn by the previous graduating classes. This custom will probably be adopted by all the future senior classes.

St. Patrick’s dance will attract many

Preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day dancing party to be given at the Emblem club are practically completed, and a large number will enjoy true Irish hospitality at that time is the prediction of the committee in charge of arrangements.

Roadster smashed, occupants escape

As the result of a collision with a juniper tree in the middle of Newport Avenue, several blocks out from the bridge, W.C. Birdsall’s roadster was put out of commission early this afternoon, while the occupants of the car, Mr. and Mrs. Birdsall and their guest, Major C.C. Campbell of Portland, escaped with practically no injuries.


Tunnel plans are approved, France gives consent to undersea communication with Great Britain — Germans’ map is remodeled, marked changes to be made on both east and west frontiers — Poland closed to Red Cross, Czechs refuse to allow members of American mission to cross frontier and Austrians deny them aid — Machine guns kill captives, 100 Reds are shot by Noske’s order — 1,419,386 now out of army, demobilization figures are given by Chief of Staff

75 Years ago

For week ending

March 16, 1944

Firemen to get first-aid work

Besides being fire fighters, paid members of the Bend fire department are also going to strive to be life savers.

This was revealed today by Chief LeRoy Fox, who announced that beginning tomorrow night the firemen will take a course in first aid work. The firemen will take a 20-hour course, meeting for instruction each Wednesday and Friday evenings until the studies are completed, Fox said.

Sisters camp to be torn down

U.S. army engineers at Portland today notified Supervisor Ralph W. Crawford, of the Deschutes National Forest, that they are seeking bids for the sale of the buildings of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Camp Sherman. The camp was the first CCC camp to be erected in Central Oregon, and was established in June 1933. It closed in May 1942, after operating 10 winters and several summers.

Bend merchants lauded for help

“Splendid cooperation from the local merchants and few price ceilings,” greeted members of the local war price and ration board and price clerks on their food check in Bend stores Tuesday, the group reported today. Such cooperation was extended by food dealers, the checkers disclosed that they will be able to wind up the check in the entire territory — including Brothers, Alfalfa, Lapine and Brooks and Shevlin camps — by tonight, thus eliminating the necessity for closing the ration board office again Thursday.

“Very few merchants were out of line on food items,” Mrs. A.T. Herrling of the price panel said today, “and in addition we found quite a number of grocery and meat dealers who were selling items under the OPA ceiling price.” Prices on 10 common food items and meats were checked by the group making the survey, who today urged consumers to familiarize themselves with ceiling regulations and assist in holding prices “to the line.”

More gardens on Pacific Coast to be sought in ’44

Pacific coast families probably will have a greater stake in seeing more victory gardens produced this year than those of most other regions because of the impending heavy troop movements in this area, it was decided at the recent regional victory garden conference held in Portland. This conference, attended by representatives of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada and Arizona, was arranged by the extension service at Oregon State college as one of a series of similar conferences throughout the nation sponsored by the U.S. department of agriculture.

Plans were agreed upon at the conference for enlisting coordinated aid of every public or private agency, club or group that can help insure the continued and even increased production of home gardens this year.

50 Years ago

For the week ending march 16, 1969

Board backs Brown on draft speaker

Student request denied

A decision by Principal Don Brown of Bend High School not to permit an outside speaker on the campus to discuss the military draft received the support last night of the Bend School Board. Several students appeared before the board and requested that the directors overrule the principal. Several other students spoke in support of the principal’s decision.

During a discussion of the matter, it was indicated that the speaker the students had in mind was a former University of Oregon student with a reputation for radical opposition to the draft. Brooks Hollern, one of the students speaking in support of bringing an outside speaker to the campus, said that after Brown had rejected the request, the students had suggested as an alternative a Quaker minister. He, too, was rejected by Brown, Hollern said. Brown, who attended the meeting, said he felt students could get the “legal answers” to the question of the draft from local draft officials.

The students had requested the speaker as part of an Honors English study they have been making of Henry David Thoreau’s views on civil disobedience. Their teacher, Norman Bethany, told the board he supported the principal’s decision.

Dr. William Guyer, a local physician, spoke in favor of the request for an outside speaker. He said he applauded the students’ initiative and felt they were “asking us if democracy really works.” Dr. Guyer said he believed students should be exposed to both sides of controversial questions.

The directors reached their decision in an executive session. Their decision was reported by Superintendent R.E. Jewell. He said the situation had reached a point where it “smacks of sensationalism” and for the present it was decided by the board it would be better not to permit any outside speakers on the question of the draft.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

March 16, 1994

Merchants fight downtown frills

Hal St. Clair has been selling saws and hammers on Bond Street in downtown Bend for almost 60 years. Dale Claypool has been selling ­sofas and dining room tables about as long from his Wall Street storefront.

Both merchants own the property where they sell their wares. And both are underwhelmed by city plans to spruce up streets and sidewalks in downtown Bend. “I was against it to start with,” said St. Clair. “I was against it before they loused up the Mirror Pond parking lot.”

Debates over a parking lot connector road and efforts to save the Allen-Rademacher House delayed work on last year’s $2 million riverfront project until the peak of the summer tourist season. Chastened city officials vow that won’t happen again with this year’s $2.3 million renovation of streets and sidewalks, due to get under way in early April.

Commissioners decided the work would be done at night, to ease traffic headaches. And they insisted construction cease from mid-June through Labor Day. Claypool, for one, will believe it when he sees it. “They told us they were going to do the parking lot in two phases until 30 seconds before they started,” he said.

Commissioners have a public hearing scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at City hall to discuss how to plug a $420,000 gap between funding and projected costs. The project would cost considerably less if the city used plain concrete. However, commissioners prefer costlier but sturdier concrete paving stones, similar to those used on the riverfront plaza.

The city is considering formation of a local improvement district that would enlist downtown property owners to help pay for the work. The amount of the district’s assessments would depend on whether the city made downtowners cover the entire $420,000 difference or only a portion of it. According to city estimates, Claypool Furniture would pay $1,500 to $3,077, depending on which option is chosen. Masterson-St. Clair Hardware would face a bill of $4,769 to $7,200. Low-interest bonds would spread twice-yearly payments over 10 years.

Downtown insurance agent Jerry Jackson said parking would be a wiser use of the money. “Why should they spend on sidewalks when we still have no places to park?” he said. Steve Miller, owner of the Frame Design and Sunbird Gallery on Wall Street, sits on a panel that advised commissioners. “We have tried to hold the costs as much as possible and yet not do a halfway project,” Miller said. “Everything seems to be expensive. I know that. But I think the numbers are pretty realistic.”

Fellow committee member George Thayer, who used a sharp pencil to slash a consultant’s $6 million street and sidewalk plan by two-thirds last year, said, “I just can’t imagine paying $1000 for a trash can.”

But City Commissioner Tom DeWolf said a $30 trash can from ShopKo just won’t cut it. You have to put a footing into the ground and attach the footing,” he said. “You think, ‘I could buy a drinking fountain for $500,’ but you have to lay a trench and connect the water line.”

Cloud-seeding plan all wet, critics say

Oregon’s first cloud-seeding proposal for tourism — not farming, water or hydropower — drew concern but also key support at a state hearing today in Bend. State Climatologist George Taylor of Corvallis said that with proper safeguards in place, he will recommend approval of a state Department of Agriculture license for North American Weather Consultants Inc. of Salt Lake City to seed clouds west of the Mount Bachelor ski area this fall. Taylor said he worked for the Utah firm 20 years ago in California cloud-seeding operations. However, he said state and federal officials would be able to halt the project if there is heavy snowfall or a potentially severe storm. A link has never been proven between cloud seeding and any severe rain or snowfall, but Taylor said officials will be cautious. “We’ll watch this project diligently,” he said.

Mount Bachelor Inc. wants to spend $10,000 to $30,000 to seed storm clouds west of the ski resort between October and December, boosting early-season snowfall. A small plane would drop dry ice pellets per mile through the clouds, causing more water crystals to freeze into snowflakes.

The company claims it could increase the snowpack by 10 to 15 percent, easing the resort’s concern for its crucial period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Oregon’s Department of Agriculture is responsible for issuing cloud-seeding licenses, but no one has applied since the mid-1970s, said agency official Chuck Craig.