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
April 6, 1919
School bonds carry easily
By a vote of 69 to 7, the election for the floating of $28,000 school district bonds carried easily Saturday evening at the Kenwood school. Practically all the voters were from the Kenwood side of the river, and a number desired to vote in favor of the bonds, but were not allowed to do so when it was found they were not taxpayers. Every effort will now be made by the school board to start construction work on the new Kenwood school which the bonds were voted to finance with the least possible delay. The old building is still to be removed, and as soon as plans and specifications for the new school are turned over to the board by Architect Lee A. Thomas, a call for bids will be made.
Unmarried women win indoor game
By a score of 43 to 26, a team composed of the unmarried women of the Bend Amateur Athletic club, defeated the married women’s team last night in an indoor baseball game at the club gymnasium.
Sheep ousted by cattlemen
Cattlemen in the Brothers section are intolerant of any encroachments by sheep owners on what is regarded as cattle range and have driven out several bands of sheep found grazing in that district, it was learned today. The action was taken on the authorization of homesteaders on whose land the wool bearers were grazing. A meeting was held by the cattle owners after it was found that the sheep had come in on the range, and on the following day the intruders were sent on their way. No resistance was attempted by the herders and the cattlemen found their task a peaceful one. In sharp contrast to the bitter range wars of a few years ago.
Many die after war’s end
Washington, D.C. — Since Nov. 14 a total of 12,533 American soldiers died of wounds received in action prior to the signing of the armistice, the war department announced today. There were 477 deaths last week from wounds received in battle.
Urge need of new library
Taking up the matter of securing for Bend a Carnegie library, members of the Bend Library club are planning to ask the city and county for $2,500 as a part of the conditions which must be met in order to obtain a donation for a library building. A building lot must also be furnished and the club members will endeavor to obtain one in the vicinity of the Bend Amateur Athletic Club. That the present rooms and stock of books are entirely inadequate when the needs of the city are considered was the statement last night of Miss M.E. Coleman, librarian. She declared that unless new arrangements could be made in the near future there would be serious danger that the library would close its doors.
75 Years Ago
For week ending
April 6, 1944
Oregon trail manufacturing plant gets U.S. assignment
Conversion of the Oregon Trail Manufacturing Co., of Bend, into a plant devoted entirely to the making of ammunition boxes will be started Monday, officers of the locally owned and operated firm announced today.
When the manufacture of the ammunition boxes gets under way, the present crew will be more than double, it was revealed. In charge of the Bend ammunition, box plant will be Chris Heindel, of Portland, who today succeeded Richard Withycombe, manager, while the Oregon Trail Manufacturing Co. was turning out specifically designed furniture in wide demand in western America. The change-over in production has been necessitated primarily by the loss of priorities for lumber needed in the manufacture of the Oregon Trail furniture, largely used in resorts, dude ranches and lodges.
This priority pinch resulted in the gradual decrease of furniture manufactured in the local plant, with tool chests and other government order articles being produced when steps were taken to convert the plant into an ammunition box factory.
Much new machinery will be required for the new government work, and this is to be installed as rapidly as possible.
Lava Butte gets forest lookout
The first fire lookout placed on duty in the Deschutes National Forest today occupied the station on top of Lava Butte, it was announced by Supervisor Ralph W. Crawford. The lookout is Clyde V. Young. Crawford said that a lookout would be stationed shortly in the Fort Rock area. Young said that 23 persons visited his lonely station on Lava Butte yesterday.
Torpedo blasts felt in Bend
Two heavy blasts at 5:50 a.m. today, which were audible to early risers and shook homes in Bend, were traced to the explosion by soldiers from Camp Abbot of Bangalore torpedoes in the vicinity of Lava Island falls, five miles south of the city. At Camp Abbot it was officially explained that the big torpedoes were discharged as part of regular maneuvers, and that such blasts may be expected each Tuesday in the future, around dawn.
10 dogs released from pound
A wholesale escape of imprisoned dogs in the city pound was reported by police today, who opined that the canine fugitives were aided and abetted by human friends. Officers reported that about 10 of the dogs “arrested” for violation of the city’s tie-up ordinance, fled during the night from the pound. Indicating that the dogs had outside help in making the break, officers said that one of the escapees had been released from a chain, which had been firmly attached to the collar.
50 Years ago
For the week ending
April 6, 1969
Egg hunt, band concert due at Juniper Park on Sunday
The annual Easter egg hunt for children, sponsored by the Bend Lions Club, will be held Sunday afternoon in Juniper Park, following a half-hour concert by the Bend Municipal Band. The public is invited to attend. The band concert will start at 2 p.m., under direction of Ed Kammerer.
The program will include several popular Easter numbers, including Irving Berlin’s famous “Easter Parade,” and one or two more serious selections associated with the religious holiday.
There will also be a variety of light popular music and traditional marches. At 2:30 p.m., roped-off areas will be opened for the egg hunt, and children in three age groups will search for the brightly-colored symbols of spring. In each age group, finders of three specially colored eggs will be awarded prizes. Hunting in separate areas will be children from 8 to 12 years of age, 5 to 8 , and 4 and under.
The event is an annual public festival traditionally sponsored by the service club.
25 Years ago
For the week ending
April 6, 1994
After a year of anticipation, work has begun on WalMart stores in both Bend and Redmond.
CSI Construction Co., the contractor for the jobs, has crews clearing land and installing infrastructure at the Bend store site between Pinebrook Boulevard and Badger Road.
The Bend WalMart is planned at 121,000 square feet, The Redmond site at the Yew Avenue interchange includes a 98,000 square foot store. Both are expected to open late summer or early fall.
Sisters man urges Bend to cap growth
It’s taboo, the most unspeakable of notions, to suggest Bend try clamping a lid on growth. Many say it would never work anyway. But Bill Boyer, who doesn’t even live in Bend, thinks it’s time to come out of the closet and begin talking about slapping a cap on Bend’s population. Otherwise, the Sisters resident fears a future metropolis. “If the present curve of population increase continues,” he says, “Bend could become a city of a million people later in the 21st century.”
Boyer, a teacher and writer affiliated with a local land-use watchdog group called Alliance for Responsible Land Use in Deschutes County, says, “The idea of controlling growth has been taboo in this area, but Bend residents need to ask themselves if they want to establish a population maximum before the process becomes irreversible.”
No one in officialdom is willing to back the idea, but even the executive director of the city’s chamber of commerce reacted with somewhat cynical sympathy to such talk.
“I think the business community and the chamber see a lot of pitfalls in growth,” said Gary Capps. “I think most of them would say that we somehow need to try and plan for growth. But I think most of them would say it’s impossible to stop it.”
City Manager Larry Patterson said population growth is a serious issue. “But you need a worldwide approach, rather than to just try to stop it in Bend, Oregon,” he said.
Developer Gary Hughes’s first reaction was “Oh my God!” But he noted, “I think there is some good in talking about those things.” He said, “We should plan and prepare for the problems that we are creating for ourselves. But I really don’t like the simplistic approach, that there is an absolute or easy way to do it, because there isn’t.”
Boyer will moderate a forum on growth set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Central Oregon environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave., under alliance sponsorship.