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
June 15, 1919
Fine lake photos taken by Symons
Probably the finest collection of photographs taken in Central Oregon were filmed by Myron H. Symons of the Central Photo company on his trip last week to Elk lake. Mr. Symons was able to go to Elk lake by auto to within six miles and hiked the remainder of the way, carrying his camera outfit.
Gasoline goes up 1 cent a gallon
Gasoline prices in Bend went up another notch yesterday afternoon, when local garage men raised the retail quotation from 30 to 31 cents. An advance in the quotations made by Standard Oil Co. is the reason given for the price change.
New teachers are elected by board
Routine matters in preparation for the annual school election to be held Monday were acted on by the Bend directors in special session yesterday afternoon, and in addition eleven instructors, including two alternates were chosen.
High school teachers elected are Eugenie Brandon of Chandlersville, Illinois, and Emma Snere of Creswell, Oregon, while those elected for the grades are as follows: Euphemia Lugnet, Astoria; Rochelle Rudolph, Beaverdam, Wisconsin; Lillian Van Riper, Klamath Falls; Alberta Dryden, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; Lois Holt, Evanston, Illinois; Olianna Olson, Toledo, Oregon, and Flora McCorkle, Calistoga, California.
The board accepted the bond of E. P. Brosterhous, contractor for the new Kenwood school.
Wool crop is best in years
“The Central Oregon wool crop is the best that it has been for 25 years,” said W. K. McCormack, well known Central Oregon wool buyer, who is in Bend this week. “A similar conditions seems to be apparent in almost every section of the state where I have been. Better shearing conditions and more careful management of the ranges are largely accountable.”
When asked about the prices that may be expected this year, Mr. McCormack said that Central Oregon wool men were prepared to pay prices upward from 45 cents. Prices have been accepted as low as 38 cents.
The Central Oregon wool crop coming into Bend will total this year about 450,000 pounds, of which approximately 350,000 pounds are now in the United warehouse, according to A. M. Pringle.
1919 will be year of road trips — Pacific Coast will see thousands
Improvement of roads, general prosperity of the people, the fact that everybody for the past two years has been confined to business, and the additional fact that Europe is still closed to sight-seers, will be reasons why the summer of 1919 is to be the greatest touring-by-automobile year the United States has ever seen.
More cars have been sold this spring and summer than for any like period in the history of the nation. People are fast beginning to appreciate that it is just as cheap to travel on rubber as on steel. Exploitation of the nation’s beauty spots on the Pacific coast will greatly affect the tourist caravan the country over.
Local automobile dealers, in talking to tourists enroute, both north and south from Bend, say that this summer will see more tourists coming via Bend than ever before. Literature regarding the natural wonders of Central Oregon, is reaching through California, and the California State Automobile association is giving Central Oregon more publicity than ever before. This part of the state is having difficulty in getting its quota because the stories told of Central Oregon roads have not been any too favorable in the past.
75 Years ago
For week ending
June 15, 1944
Forest gains 9,130 acres
The Deschutes national forest today stood enlarged by 9,130 acres as a result of the deeding of the property to the government by Anthony J. and Ann Connolly. The property is in the Tumalo creek area, and was some of the first timberland to be logged off by The Shevlin-Hixon Company when it first began operations.
The government acquired the land because of a promising growth of young ponderosa pine on it, according to Supervisor Ralph W. Crawford. Since being logged off, the land has been used for grazing of sheep. Consideration for the transaction was not made public.
Canning classes to be instructed
Deschutes county women are planning to preserve a good share of their Victory garden produce, according to Miss Elizabeth Boeckli, home demonstration agent, who is busy teaching classes in modern methods of home canning.
Bend men form singing group
Formed for the purpose of entertaining at different civic affairs, eight Bend men have joined in a singing organization called the Bend Gleemen, it was announced here today.
Directed by C. Dale Robbins, the Bend Gleemen consist of Ralph Bayley, Wayne Hamilton, Stanley Scott, Ted Sexton, Bert Moore, Al Eriksen and Floyd Burden.
50 Years ago
For the week ending
June 15, 1969
Seismographs to be placed at Pine Mountain location
Faint tremblings of Central Oregon’s volcanic “moon country” are to be recorded and studied, with central installations on Pine Mountain, site of the University of Oregon’s astronomical observatory.
Cooperating in the studies will be the NASA Manned Space Center and the Lockheed Electronics Co., working through the U. of O. Center for Volcanology. Three NASA families will live in Bend this summer while installation work is in progress.
Seismographs, devices used to record faint tremors in the earth, will be set up on a high rocky point on Pine Mountain about a quarter of a mile west of the observatory.
Fed to the Pine Mountain center through walkie-talkie equipment will be recordings made along the spine of the Oregon Cascades and other volcanic domes. The recordings will be made by portable seismographs.
It will be the first study of its kind ever undertaken in the area. The seismograph site will be on Forest Service land.
Yesterday two University of Oregon geologists, Gordon Goles and Dick Blake, visited the Pine Mountain area, to look over the site. With them was Bruce Julian, seismologist from Cal tech.
One of the purposes of the study will be to determine if the Cascade volcanoes, with roots reaching into deep magmas, are still “alive.” There has been no known volcanic activity in the mid-Oregon Cascades or the “moon country” within the memory of man, but the entire region had a volcanic beginning.
The research will be part of a continuing study planned by the U. of O. Center for Volcanology.
First studies at Pine Mountain will be preliminary in nature to determine whether the site is feasible. Even the swaying of summit pines could distort the microwaves recorded by the delicate instruments.
Geologists expect to obtain from the seismographs some information relative to deep-seated earth faults of the region, especially the great Brothers Fault, on which many of the small volcanoes of the area came into existence.
When the installation is complete, scientists will work in teams in using portable seismographs for studies along the Cascade crest. The information will be relayed by short-wave radio to Pine Mountain.
One of the problems the Pine Mountain installation may face may be the faint “tremors” set up by car and busses moving up the winding road to the observatory.
The installation will be near the site of the Pine Mountain U.S. Forest Service lookout, recently dismantled.
25 Years ago
For the week ending
June 15, 1994
Sad note in fire tragedy’s final act
Six times the bugler played taps.
Six families crossed the Tarmac of the Redmond Air Center, clutching each other as a hot wind blew from the west.
Silently, they received their loved ones — young women and men who died one week ago fighting a fire on a Colorado mountainside.
Nearly 50 relatives and fellow firefighters looked on, exchanging occasional hugs or dropping their heads in grief. Some sobbed as the first caskets came off the plane that brought them home.
As the DC-3’s engines wound down at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, an honor guard of Redmond hotshots marched forward, bearing flags of the United States and the green and yellow banner of the Forest Service.
They stood at attention as the five flag-draped coffins and one urn were lowered from the cargo plane and carried by relatives and surviving members of the Prineville hotshot team to six awaiting vans and hearses lined up near the air center’s smoke-jumper building.
The simple but solemn ceremony turned the final pages of one of the worst chapters in Forest Service history. In minutes, the wind-driven Canyon Creek fire near Glenwood Springs, Colo., killed 14 firefighters last Wednesday.
Nine of those were from the Prineville hotshot crew, a highly trained and respected part of the tight-knit firefighting community.
“This is the worst part of the deal right here,” said Brian Scholz, one of the 11 survivors of that crew. “It’s going to be good having them back home, but not being able to shake their hands is a raw deal.”
Returned to Redmond Tuesday were Kathi Beck of Eugene, Tami Bickett of Powell Butte, Terri Hagen of Prineville, Bonnie Holtby of Prineville, Rob Johnson of Redmond and Jon Kelso of Prineville.
The plane made four stops in Oregon to return fallen members of the Prineville crew to their home towns.
It landed first in Burns, where it delivered the body of Levi Brinkley. After leaving Redmond it took Doug Dunbar of McKenzie Bridge to Eugene and then Scott Blecha of Clatskanie to Troutdale.
The five other victims were returned to their families in Montana, Colorado, Idaho and Washington last week.
That the firefighters perished doing what they were trained to do and wanted to do may have given little comfort to the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who greeted each coffin.
Scholz, however, said he hoped people would remember the victims as they lived, not as they died.
“People should smile when they think of them,” he said.
Murder trial ordered for O.J.
LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson spent his 47th birthday in jail Saturday, facing a double murder trial after a judge found there was enough evidence to link him to the brutal knifings of his ex-wife and her friend.
“As you might imagine, it’s not going to be very pleasant,” lawyer Robert Kardashian said Friday after speaking briefly to his long-time friend before Simpson was led off to jail.
Simpson showed no emotion as Municipal Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell ordered him held without bail until a July 22 arraignment in superior court. Earlier, he cried while listening to a coroner describe how his ex-wife’s throat was slashed to the spine.
Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Goldman, 25, were killed June 12 and their bodies were found early the next morning outside Nicole Simpson’s Brentwood condominium, about two miles from Simpson’s estate.