Compiled by the Deschutes County Historical Society from archived copies of the Bulletin at the Deschutes Historical Museum.
100 years ago
For week ending
March 30, 1919
Woman travels to Bend on snowshoes
Mrs. W.H. Brock of O’Dell Lake is visiting in town for a few days with Mrs. H.G. Ferris. Mrs. Brock skied from Upper Lake to Crescent, a distance of 20 miles, over snow 9-feet deep. Mrs. Ferris will accompany Mrs. Brock to Portland.
600 rabbits killed in Terrebonne drive
Nearly 600 rabbits were killed in the course of a drive held yesterday morning and afternoon at Terrebonne was the report of Dr. J.C. Vandevert, one of the Bend delegation of hunters who took part in the drive. Another drive will be held next Sunday and the people of Terrebonne extend a general invitation to Bend sportsmen to attend. No corral is being used in the drives this season, but the rabbits are swept into a limited area by hunters spread out in the shape of a huge “V” and shotguns complete the work. An unusually large number of bunnies are reported in the Terrebonne country this year, and without the drives, which are being planned, crops would be seriously endangered, it is stated.
Lumber mill entire loss
A fire starting in the trash near the burner at about 9:30 last night, destroyed the McKinley Mill near the brickyard causing a loss of $5,000. The mill was not insured. Lumber in the yard, however, was saved. The mill had been running steadily since June with the exception of a three weeks’ shut down for repairs. The output was being purchased by The Shevlin-Hixon Company.
Trip could restore contact
Undeterred by the prospect of almost impassable roads, A.C. Dobson and A.A. Gilmore will start out with two loads of passengers to Burns tomorrow morning in an endeavor to reopen communication which has been cut off since the first of the month. A number of people bound for Harney County have been waiting in Bend for the past two weeks, and others have gone the long way round via the Oregon Short Line and Crane to reach their destination. If the Bend auto men find the trip profitable, they will continue to drive between here and Burns during the remainder of the spring.
McKenzie Pass Highway will be begun this year
Portland — The state highway commission and representatives of the federal government, in conference here yesterday afternoon, decided to build the McKenzie Pass road at a cost of $355,000. Work will be started this year with the grading of 15 of the 54 miles. Lane County will be traced $15,000 of the cost and Deschutes County $10,000.
75 Years ago
For the week ending
March 30, 1944
Signs to go up on park road
“No Dumping” signs are being erected on the Shevlin Park Road today by county road department employees, County Judge C.L. Allen has reported and explained that the work is in line with the policy of placing the signs along county roads where people are tempted to dump refuse, rather than driving to the city dump. Judge Allen also announced that city manager C.G. Reiter has agreed to have signs erected on city roads leading to the dump, directing traffic to the garbage grounds.
Pickett gardens to be reopened
Mr. And Mrs. Ivan R. Pickett, who for 20 years have been in the floral business in Bend, today announced that they will reopen their shops and gardens at 629 Quimby St. April 1. The Pickett gardens and floral shop have been closed for seven months while Mrs. Pickett was in Portland for her health.
Zoo short on snakes
Chicago — The snake house at the Lincoln Park Zoo is half filled because of the war. The zoo’s director, Floyd S. Young, said he formerly received snakes from South American Indians. But these Indians have turned to higher paying jobs in the war industry and no one has volunteered to take their place.
Bend flier leads planes on raid
A Bend flier, I.V. “Thommy” Thompson, band leader and a member of the staff of the Medo-Land creamery when he lived here, lead a successful flight of American war planes over Holland recently, according to overseas news. The flight was referred to as one of the most successful ever carried out over occupied Holland.
Headlines: Dewey declares newspapers denied right to use news — Nazi air force again refuses to battle Yanks over Europe — FDR renews promise to punish war guilt leaders — Promised land of peace is not far off
La Pine donates over $166 to Red Cross drive
A group of Red Cross memberships sent in to war fund headquarters this week from La Pine totaled $166.50, and gifts to the Red Cross drive from St. Francis parochial school in Bend were $36.78, to send the county’s total nearer to $27,000.
50 Years ago
March 30, 1969
Albertson’s plans to build market on East Third Street
Plans to construct an Albertson’s supermarket on East Third Street were revealed last night at the monthly meeting of the Bend City Planning Commission. Because of legal technicalities concerning publication of a proposed zoning change, however, no official action was taken by the commission. Approximately 20 area residents appeared at the meeting to listen to Albertson’s attorney, Robert Gould, describe plans for the new store. He told planning commission members the store would be approximately 20,000 square feet in size and would provide parking spaces for 173 cars. He said the store would employ about 40 people with an annual payroll of approximately $200,000. If the zoning change is made, the store would be built on Third Street between Kearney and Lafayette Streets. Albertson’s is requesting that the rear portion of the block be changed from residential to commercial. The Third Street frontage is already commercially zoned. There were no objections voiced concerning the proposed change by those in attendance. Last night was to be the first official hearing on the zoning change, but because of mistakes made in publication of the zone change notice, official action had to be postponed until April 7.
Drost ends 43 years of city service
W.P. (Percy) Drost, who served the City of Bend for 43 years and twice turned down offers to take the post of city manager, was honored here Tuesday night on his full retirement.
Present for the dinner were over 150 persons from all parts of the county, with a former mayor, Paul Reynolds, presiding.
Actually, Drost retired as superintendent of public works in Bend last July 1, but continued with the city to assist his successor, Harry Metke. Drost served as consultant for the past year.
A native of Hamilton, Montana, where he was born May 3, 1902, Drost came to Bend in the spring of 1919, to enter the employ of the Bend Water, Light & Power Company, headed by the late T.H. Foley. Those present for the dinner last night included Mr. Foley’s son, Circuit Judge Robert H. Foley.
Speakers noted that “assets” acquired by the City of Bend when it purchased the old water and power company included Drost, whose first work was confined to the water department. As an employee of the BWP & L firm, Drost was properly initiated into water maintenance work when the great storm of December, 1919, struck Bend. That winter, Bend streets were choked by more than four feet of snow. When the thaw came, the original Drake Park footbridge was washed out, carrying away the water main that served west-side Bend.
Drost recalled that twice during his long service, the frost line in Bend went down more than 36 inches, to leave much of the city without water.
Drost was with the City of Bend during the important years of planning, development and expansion. When he entered city service, local residents got their water from the Deschutes River. Now the city has seven reservoirs, but their combined capacity, slightly more than 11 million gallons, is hardly adequate to care for city needs on a warm day.
25 Years ago
For the week ending
March 30, 1994
Two high schools seek campus police
Crime plan moves forward
Concerned about violent crime and possible gang activity on campus, leaders at Bend and Mountain View high schools hope to acquire school police officers by the fall.
They cleared their first hurdle Monday when the Bend-La Pine School Board approved their search for grant money and promised to dedicate a total of $68,000 in district funds to fighting youth crime over the next four years.
A $68,000 investment for four years is cheap, said board member John Hopper, especially since funding projections are looking more positive.
Youth crime, on the other hand, has not been looking up.
“We’ve been experiencing a definite increase,” said Bend Police Chief Dave Malkin. There has been more violence and more weapons, he said, both on and off campus.
Two board members, Susan Hillesland and Jan LaChapelle, opposed the resolution. Both previously voted against placing armed officers in La Pine schools.
Slow police response to emergencies was a big factor in La Pine’s request for an officer. In Bend, LaChapelle pointed out schools have always enjoyed quick police response.
But Monday night’s action doesn’t guarantee the placement of officers. The schools, working on the grant with Bend’s Police Department, must first win the money. It totals about $400,000 over the next four years.
The schools, including local elementary and middle schools interested in using the officers, must complete safe-school reports. These reports are meant to show how replacing current safety managers with police officers would save the district money or improve conditions.
Both local high schools, though, intend to keep their safety managers if campus police are added, said Brian Lauchlan, secondary curriculum director for the district.
Safety managers enforce school rules and monitor halls, gates and parking lots. The two positions cost the district a total of $67,464 per year.
In the end, the board could still turn down, the officer request, even if grant money becomes available.
Overdue? You’ll be hearing about it
A Deschutes County Library computer could give your home a call soon. To cut mailing costs and free staff time, an automated system will phone library users to tell them a book they put on hold is in or a book they checked out is overdue. The system will make its calls between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., starting Friday. Because anyone might be answering the phone, the taped message also gives a phone number to call at the proper library branch. The message repeats for answering machines. Overdue books carry a fine of 10 cents a day for each day the library is open, typically six days a week. The library will incur long-distance costs for calls to outlying communities, but expects its postage and staff savings to more than offset the new expense.