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 27, 1919
Bend to Klamath stage is started
The first trip of the season of the Bend-Klamath Falls stage line was made, starting from Bend today. On the main line this year, Proprietor I.C. Ricard will use a Hudson Super six. Three trips a week will be made from here, leaving on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
After a week of work on the La Pine road by a grader and truck, this road is in better condition today than ever, according to E.L. Clark of La Pine, who is in town today. Fifteen miles this side of La Pine have now been worked and the machinery is to continue on the job until it is finished.
Bend angler makes excellent catch
Forty-six trout, the largest 17-inches, and averaging 12-inches, were the result of a day’s fishing on the Metolius yesterday by L. Douthit. The trout nibbled most voraciously when stone flies, flying uprights and Wiokersham fancies were offered them.
Children find whiskey cache
The sight of a cache of bootleg whiskey accidentally discovered by three pupils of the Central School while at play yesterday, proved too great a temptation for the finders to resist, and a short time later a trio of very sick boys were taken to their homes and a physician called. Two of the youngsters were back at school today, but the third was still ill. The names are being withheld by the school authorities.
The liquor was found when one of the boys, reaching under a wooden sidewalk for a pine cone which had been thrown at him, drew out a quart bottle of whiskey, half full. Then he pulled out another. A dare was passed, and the youngsters imbibed freely, afterward caching the whiskey in a new hiding place. It was shortly after this that the effects of the alcohol began to be felt by the children.
City Superintendent Moore ascertained from the boys where they had hid the stuff, and the two bottles were turned over to Sheriff S.E. Roberts. School authorities are indignant over the discovery that temptation of this kind had been placed within easy reach of the pupils, and are determined to get to the bottom of the matter, if this is in any way possible.
‘Build or camp’ warning given by realty agent
“Build or go camping.” That is the advice of J. Ryan, prominent Bend realty operator, gives in outlining housing conditions, as they exist at present in the city, for renting is almost out of the question. A few houses come up from time to time, but they are snapped up almost before they can be vacated, with the result that new people coming to locate here may have to wait for weeks, or even months, before they can find a suitable home. That is why Mr. Ryan advises building even if expenses are a little high, and he is carrying out his own advice in starting an extensive construction program in Staats and Mill additions.
75 Years Ago
For Week Ending
April 27, 1944
Bend rink floor gets new surface
Sanding of the 4,888 square feet comprising the spring floor of the Bend Roller Rink had been completed today, Manager Claire Fuller has announced, and the big rink, one of the few spring floor type in the country, will be back in operation Sunday, following a dance on the newly surfaced floor Saturday night.
The floor of the local rink is of white maple. Sanding of the expansive surface took more than three days. After the Saturday night dance, a special preparation will be put on the renovated floor. W.B. Hamby was in charge of the sanding job.
To meet the critical transportation difficulties Bend City Bus is forced in the future to stop to pick up and release passengers only every two blocks. We thank you for your cooperation and feel sure that you will understand that this action is necessary as a wartime measure.
Dismantling of old camp started
Work of dismantling the old CCC camp at Camp Sherman is in full swing, with most of the buildings and other materials being bought by ranchers in the Culver-Terrebonne districts, it was disclosed today at the office of the Deschutes National Forest here. Two of the smaller buildings were purchased by a Bend resident.
The CCC camp, the first of its kind built in Central Oregon, became a noted landmark in the Sisters district. It recently was sold by army engineers to a Portland wrecking firm.
Redmond bakery to be repaired
Work of repairing damage to the Redmond Bakery, partly wrecked when a boiler exploded and started a fire shortly before midnight Thursday, was begun today, with Joe Shultz, proprietor, expressing belief that the plant would be back in normal operation soon. Firemen were still attempting to determine cause for the explosion and resultant fire which destroyed considerable material and damaged the rear of the building.
50 Years ago
For the week ending
April 27, 1969
Misses Winbigler, Douglass get four firsts in Bend victory
“Everyone was just great,” said a bouncing and happy Cheryl Petty following her team’s victory in a three-way track and field meet here Monday. Miss Petty’s Bend Bruinettes took eight of a possible 12 first places to win the meet with 66 points. Diane Hayes’ Crook County Cowgirls were second with 47 1⁄2 points, while Klamath Falls placed third with 18 1⁄2.
Noted for being a strong team in the sprints since the start of the season, the Bruinettes came up with some almost unexpected victories in the field events. “We did well in the field events,” Miss Petty said. “Lynn Winbigler and Regina Douglass really came through.” Misses Winbigler and Douglass were the only double winners of the day. Miss Winbigler won both the javelin and the shot put, while Miss Douglass took honors in the high jump and the 880-yard dash; Jan Hurst in the 220-yard dash; and the 440-yard relay team.
The usually powerful Crook County Cowgirls had only two first places in the meet. Karen Johnson, as usual, won the mile in the good time of 6:05.8, while Diane Ticoulot won honors in the discus.
Crook County is scheduled to meet Burns on Saturday, while the Bruinettes are set to travel to Madras for a meet next Monday.
FBI establishes Bend office, agent to take up residence
An office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been established in Bend and will be manned by Max Taylor, an FBI agent with 27 years experience with the bureau. According to Julius Mattson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Portland office, the bureau’s headquarters, Taylor replaces Frank M. Sellers who retired in January. Sellers’ office was located in The Dalles for many years. Mattson said the office in The Dalles will no longer be used “as the work load seems to have shifted more to the Central Oregon area.”
As resident agent, Taylor will handle cases involving federal violations in any of 178 categories in which laws have been passed by Congress. “This covers anything from kidnapping to threatening the President’s life,” Taylor said. He said his jurisdiction does not cover such violations as drug traffic and firearms registration, although he may be called upon to assist other agents in some instances. “The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division usually handles such cases,” Taylor said.
25 Years ago
For the week ending
April 27, 1994
Bend stores rain luck with lottery jackpots
In Las Vegas, luck comes on the roll of a seven or 11. In Bend Wednesday, luck was found at 7-Eleven.
Not only was a winning Powerball ticket worth $100,000 sold at one of the national chain’s Bend stores, but the winning numbers for the $3.5 million Megabucks jackpot matched a ticket sold at a sister 7-Eleven across town, lottery officials say. No one has stepped forward to claim either prize as of this morning. The big money— $126,000 after taxes annually for 20 years — will go to the bearer of a Megabucks ticket purchased at the 1185 S. Highway 97 store. The winning numbers were 4-6-10-34-35-36.
The Powerball payoff is for a ticket bought at the 1008 NW Galveston St. store. Winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were 11-12-22-24-26, Powerball 19. Marlene Meissner, Oregon Lottery’s public affairs assistant, said she couldn’t recall two jackpots previously being won in the same town on the same day.
Megabucks reverts to the $1 million minimum jackpot for Saturday’s drawing. Top money in the game hadn’t been won since a $4.75 million winner March 12.
Nixon’s home prepares for funeral
YORBA LINDA, California — Residents of this quiet suburb are preparing for the multitude of mourners who will come to pay last respects to native son Richard Nixon.
“I think the city is going to stand still for two days,” Mayor Barbara Kiley said Sunday. “It’s just going to be locked down.” Thousands are expected for the public viewing of Nixon’s closed casket on Tuesday and Wednesday. A small group of dignitaries, friends, family and news media from around the world was invited to Wednesday’s funeral. Police will work overtime patrolling the community of 56,000 about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, which boasts Orange County’s lowest crime rate. Stores will be closed, as will streets surrounding the Nixon Library & Birthplace.
Hundreds of people streamed to the library on Sunday, leaving carnations, roses and lilies. Nixon will be buried on library grounds next to his wife Pat, who died last year. “Now, the circle is complete,” said Kiley. “We are proud of him while he was president. We celebrated the day the library opened. Now we tend to his memory. Now it becomes our responsibility.”
President Clinton and the four living former U.S. presidents will be here, as will many foreign dignitaries. Television news producers expect to park at least 50 satellite trucks near the library.
Nixon, who died Friday in New York four days after suffering a stroke, was born Jan 9, 1913 in a wood frame house his father, Frank, built from a kit on a 9-acre citrus ranch alongside Yorba Linda Boulevard.
The family struggled to make lemon trees grow in the poor soil and sold the farm at a loss in 1922, moving to nearby Whittier. There, they operated a grocery store and gas station. Nixon graduated from Whittier College, getting a scholarship to Duke University law school partly on the recommendation of then-college President Walter F. Dexter. “I believe he will become one of America’s important, if not great, leaders,” Dexter wrote. Despite the 37th president’s rocky career, Yorba Linda residents hold a special place for him in their hearts and see the funeral as a historic day for the city of tract homes, mini-malls, condominiums and horse trails.
Mother Nature keeps her cool for Earth party
Despite threatening skies and a few sprinkles, Mother Nature generally was well-behaved Saturday for the Bend Downtown Earth Celebration. The festivities — music, food and entertainment — were held in the new Riverfront Plaza and the Brooks Street area, while speakers and videos were featured at the Curiosity Shoppe and Stuft Pizza.
In addition, downtown merchants got into the spirit of Earth Month with special sales, demonstrations and displays. The EcoTeam program, a project of the Central Oregon Environmental Center that tries bring a more ecologically balanced lifestyle into local households, was in the spotlight at this year’s downtown celebration.
Each component of the six-month EcoTeam program — waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, transportation alternatives and consumer choices — was highlighted for the crowds.
Scott Becker of Portland’s Garbage Gurus band showed how to make instruments from trash — what he calls “wastruments.” Then, playing their new instruments, the band and nearly 100 children and adults paraded through the streets.
Organizers said attendance was good despite the lure of Saturday’s trout season opener and pronounced this year’s Earth Month the best since the celebration began in 1990.