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 29, 1919
History’s greatest war is formally ended when Germans sign peace pact
VERSAILLES — The greatest war in history formally ended today with the signing of the peace treaty by representatives of the allied and German governments. The ceremony in the historic palace of Versailles proceeded this afternoon with clock-like regularity. The German delegates, Mueller and Bell, were ushered into the Hall of Mirrors at 3:08 o’clock, and Premier Clemenceau of France immediately opened the meeting by assuring them that the treaty text before them was identical with the one which had previously been presented by the allies.
Mueller’s signature was placed on the document at 3:12 o’clock, and Bell followed. President Wilson, first of the allied delegates to sign, wrote his name at 3:14, and Premier Lloyd George signed two minutes later. General Smuts, representing South Africa, signed under protest.
The formal endorsement of the delegates was in the following order: Germans, Americans, British, French, Italians, Japanese and smaller nations. No Chinese delegates were present. They reported that they have sent to Pekin[g] for instructions.
Premier Clemenceau declared the proceeds closed at 3:50 o’clock, the entire ceremony lasting 41 minutes.
Fourth parade to be feature
Many organizations in Bend will take part — Miss Marie Fox is chosen by committee as Victory goddess
Unexpected interest is being manifested this week in Bend’s forthcoming celebration of the Fourth of July. One of the features that is attracting considerable attention is the parade that is being managed by E. D. Gilson. Mr. Gilson has been active in enlisting all fraternal, civic and labor organizations, business firms and individuals to make representation.
More than $300 has been set aside by the celebration committee for this purpose and it is expected that the parade will be larger and more elaborate than any ever held here.
An effort will be made at a mass meeting Monday night to make a real feature of the division of plug uglies. This meeting will be held in the city rest room at which time plans for this division will be made.
Miss Marie Fox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Fox, has been selected by the committee as the Victory goddess. The committee is now working on plans for an elaborate float which will be one of the features of the parade.
Early in the week Mr. Gilson will announce definite plans concerning the line of march for the parade and such other details as will give all entrants the needed information.
Bend to have boxing board
Petition circulated in city asking appointment of commission to legalize ring contests here
Asking the appointment of a boxing commission for Bend, petitions were being circulated today by Tom Carlon and others, and when completed will be presented to the city council for action. No difficulty was expected in securing the required number of signatures, as sentiment in favor of ring sports has always been strong in Bend.
According to the 1919 state laws, any boxing contest held without permission of a commission is classed as a prizefight and is forbidden under penalty of a heavy fine. A commission may be appointed by the major and consists of from three to five members, one of whom must be a practicing physician.
Members of a boxing commission serve without salary, but draw a certain fixed percentage from the receipts of each contest. This goes to make up a fund which may be used for the relief of the poor after it passes the $500 mark.
The appointment is being asked in order to legalize the boxing smoker which is to be put on the evening of Independence day at the Bend Amateur Athletic club gymnasium by the Bend volunteer fire department as one of the features of the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
75 Years ago
For week ending
Aged petrified tree emitting ‘lights’ found east of Bend
Something new in Oregon geology, a petrified tree that fluoresces under ultra-violet light and emits a glow of startling beauty, has been found in ancient lands east of Bend, it was revealed at last night’s meeting of the Deschutes geology club at the home of J. L. Carter, club president and discoverer of the ancient tree.
Carter located the big petrified tree some two years ago and brought several large pieces into Bend, but not until last night, when the “wood” was placed under an ultra-violet light by Hugh Brown, Seattle mineralogist, was it learned that the tree fluoresces. Activated by the ultra-violet light, the mineral emits at least two brilliant colors.
Carter reports that fluorescent petrified tree, location of which is not to be divulged for the present, protrudes from the earth at an angle of about 45 degrees. Its length cannot be determined until extensive excavation work has been done. It is believed that the tree is a remnant of the semi-tropical forest which covered much of eastern Oregon in ancient times, when redwoods and associated flora covered a region that is not “high and dry.”
So far, Oregon has yielded few fluorescent minerals — rocks that have the properties of emitting spectacular colors when placed under ultra-violet lights. Some of the activated rocks retain a weird glow even after the activating lights have been turned off, and in the dark appear as “ghost rocks.”
The tree found by the president of the Deschutes Geology club probably holds thousands of fluorescent minerals. Part of the tree has been opalized, and it is the opalescent bands that glow under the activating short wave lights.
At last night’s meeting of the club, Brown displayed several hundred pounds of rare minerals and an assortment of fluorescent rocks. Brown is a publisher of a mineral guide.
State car license for 1945 is sticker
Salem. Oregon’s 1945 automobile licenses will be new stickers, similar to those in use this year, it was announced today by the state department. The 1942 white on blue plates will continue in use, with the sticker to be used on the front windshield.
Steel priorities and lack of manpower prevent the return to the use of metal plates, the department said. The decision to use the stickers was made after investigation of various metal substitutes, including plastics. Motorcycle licenses, however, will be of metal as enough metal has been located to manufacture them.
Ex-Bend publisher is superfort major
Friends of George Palmer Putnam, former resident of Bend and publisher of The Bulletin have understood that he was with the superfortress bomber group that recently carried on the operation over Japan. Confirmation of the understanding is now found in an Associated Press dispatch from “Superfortress Base, Western China”, dated June 6. The dispatch reads:
“Major George Palmer Putnam, former publisher and husband of the late Amelia Earhart, is now intelligence officer for a superfortress group which has been pounding Japan.
“Putnam, over fifty years old, said: ‘This is the most interesting job an older man could get in the air corps. I feel lucky to be associated with a crowd like this.’
“Putnam, a native of Rye, N. Y., said that with only one exception every man in his command is ‘young enough to be my son.’
“That keeps an old fellow like me on his toes.’”
Juvenile flower raiders reported
A band of juvenile flower raiders are working in the city, according to a report made to police today. And like adding insult to injury, the youngsters knock loudly on doors to announce their depredations, reports showed.
J. M. Banks, 1668 Awbrey road, was one of the first to report that his flower garden had been raided, saying that he had seen a girl in the band.
50 Years ago
For the week ending
June 29, 1969
Dump closures faced July 1
Unless private operators can be found, nine Deschutes County dumps will be closed on July 1 as a result of the defeat this week of a special levy to continue the county’s solid waste disposal program.
“We’re still hopeful someone will come in and make us a deal, but so far nobody has approached us,” County Judge D. L. Penhollow said this morning.
Penhollow said the county court has issued orders to have the disposal sites “cleaned up and covered over” by July 1.
“It looks like we’ll have to put fences around the pits and inform the public ‘These Sites are Closed,’” Penhollow said.
Penhollow said he doubted that any single contractor would be willing to assume responsibility for all the sites. However, he said, it might be possible to consolidate the program into fewer sites or find several contractors to operate the present sites.
But Penhollow said he and other members of the county court are not optimistic about the situation.
Regardless of whether or not private operators are found, officials fear a serious litter problem as a result of Wednesday’s negative vote. They doubt that all present users of county dumps would be willing to pay the fee a private operator would have to charge to make his operation profitable. Some, they feel, would deposit their garbage at the first “convenient” spot along the road.
If the dumps are closed, they see an even worse problem from indiscriminate dumping.
Three of the sites are on land owned by the county. These are the Cloverdale (Fryrear), north Redmond (Negus) and Tumalo pits. Five are on land leased by the county from the Bureau of Land Management: Arnold Market Road, McGrath Road (near Bend Airport), La Pine, Lower Bridge and Alfalfa.
A ninth site is located on U.S. Forest Service property at Spring River.
A tenth site is presently operated by the county at Cline Falls, but Penhollow said it is questionable whether the county would have been able to continue its operation since there is a lack of earth in the area for a landfill operation.
The measure defeated on Wednesday would also have included county participation in the landfill operations of city dumps at Bend, Redmond and Sisters.
Hal Puddy, Bend city manager, said yesterday he anticipates a sharp increase in use of Bend’s dump if the county is forced to close its dumps in the Bend area.
Closure of the Arnold dump, in particular, he said, would “give us problems.” A recent count indicated that an average of 1,500 vehicles visit the Arnold site each week.
Puddy, too, foresees a problem from litter being deposited along highways and scenic areas of the county.
County Road Department funds, previously used to finance the county’s waste disposal program, will not be available after June 30.
Apollo 10 emblem given to Trowbridge
SISTERS. Rex Trowbridge of Sisters has received an official Apollo emblem from Robert R. Gilruth, Director of NASA Manned Spacecraft Center.
According to Gilruth, the emblems are not available to the general public. Trowbridge has corresponded with Gilruth and several astronauts and recently sent them a token depicting a space flight.
A name for the first landing spot on the moon was suggested by Trowbridge in a poem, “The Christmas Astronauts on their Epic Flight of Apollo 8.” The name, “Kennedy-Camelot” will receive the consideration of NASA, Gilruth said.
25 Years Ago
For the week ending
June 29, 1994
Tribes celebrate Pi-Ume-Sha days
WARM SPRINGS. Pi-ume-sha means “Let’s celebrate” in the native Sahaptin language of the Warm Springs Indians. And that’s just what they did for the silver anniversary of the annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days.
The weather couldn’t have been better for more than 700 dancers and drummers and thousands of participants in the three-day event, which concluded Sunday.
The celebration included a traditional parade through Warm Springs, an all-Indian rodeo, and food and craft tepees and tents.
The event honors the June 25, 1855, signing of a treaty between the U.S. government and the Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiute tribes. The treaty created a home for the tribes on a reservation of more than a half-million acres.
Brewers guild calls for logo entries
The Oregon Brewers Guild is looking for a logo, and the artist who comes up the best design will receive some of the Northwest’s microbrewed beer as a prize.
The contests is open to all professional and amateur artists of any age. The rules are: The logo design should be four-color, adaptable to two-color printing and suitable for use on T-shirts, brochures and other promotional materials. It should reflect the concept of brewing as a craft industry. Entries should be hard-copy originals, not slides or transparencies, and should be no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches.
The deadline for submitting entries is July 17. Results will be announced at the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland July 29 — 31. Local entries should be submitted to Gary Fish, The Deschutes Brewery, 901 SW Simpson, Bend, 97702.