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

July 6, 1919

Movie theater sold by Coble

O. M. Whittington and William H. Parkinson of Heppner, Oregon, today assumed the ownership of the Liberty theater, the deal for the purchase from Ward H. Coble, manager, having been completed yesterday. The new owners will start active management of the popular Bend movie house July 7, until which time Mr. Coble will be in charge.

It is understood that another deal of a similar nature is pending with the same parties, but will not be closed for a few days.

Mr. Whittington has been engaged in the business for some time in Heppner, but has recently retired. Mr. Parkinson has been a railroad man for several years in the vicinity of Heppner. Mrs. Parkinson has had considerable theatrical management experience and is an accomplished musician.

Mr. Coble has been manager of the Liberty theater for approximately two years. Two years ago this month he opened the theater in its present location. As yet Mr. Coble is not prepared to state what his plans for the future are with regard to business.

The new owner returned to Heppner last night and will prepare to move to Bend within the next week.

Booze runners find work is too hazardous

After a week of patrolling the various roads of Central Oregon by which it would be possible to bring liquor in from the south, Sheriff S. E. Roberts and Constable L.A.W. Nixon have come to the conclusion that the whiskey running business isn’t what it used to be. Where loads of liquid contraband were being picked up a few weeks ago with comparatively little difficulty, the two officers didn’t even smell a broken bottle, Sheriff Roberts reported on his return this morning.

The game is no longer worth the candle, one chronic bootlegger told the officials after they had stopped his northbound car and found it empty. Two weeks before he had gone to California with $5,000 which he intended to invest in a stock of wet goods. The liquor was in California all right, and it had dropped 50 percent in price on account of the rapidly approaching war-time prohibition, but close watch being kept along all roads through Central Oregon by county, state and federal officials acted as a powerful deterrent and the man who had set out to bring in a record shipment decided to let the stuff remain in California.

Record crowd expected for Bend’s Fourth

On the eve of Bend’s biggest and best Fourth of July celebration, all arrangements for the proper observance of Victory Independence day in the city are completed, and any idle minutes from the time the celebration starts in the morning until the last dance closes after midnight will be rare indeed, the committee in charge declares. That a record crowd will be in attendance was indicated today when hotels reported that they are already filled to capacity, with many reservations asked by those who will arrive in the city tomorrow. Booths for concessions were being rapidly erected this morning and afternoon, and many will continue to operate on Saturday, as the proclamation made yesterday by Governor Olcott sets the fifth aside as a legal holiday.

Portland girls out on strike

PORTLAND, Five hundred out of 900 telephone operators struck here this morning for increased pay and better working conditions. Leaders of the union claim that all the operators will be out by night. Companies are maintaining slow service.

Representatives of the electrical workers declared that at a meeting tonight they would vote to strike in the morning.

75 Years ago

For week ending

July 6, 1944

Bend stores to close on Monday

“Do your holiday weekend shopping now,” warn Bend merchants, pointing out that practically all retail stores in Bend will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

George Childs, chairman of the retail merchants committee, today said that several other Oregon towns have adopted a similar policy.

A survey indicates that Bend drug stores, on a staggered hours basis, will give patrons service from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, but will be closed all day on the Fourth. Barber shops have announced closing for both Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to being reminded to purchase all foodstuffs needed over the weekend, not to mention the miscellany of household goods and holiday playtime clothing, Bend’s citizens are informed by City Manager C. G. Reiter that the city hall will be closed both Monday and Tuesday. The Deschutes county courthouse will conduct “business as usual” on Monday, but will be closed up tightly on the Fourth.

The Bulletin will be published on Monday, but there will be no paper on Tuesday.

Forest crew is greeted by big Newberry bear

“Holy smoke! Lookit Bruin himself!”

The cry came from young Lawrence Sutton, as he and a forest service road maintenance crew were eating lunch in the Newberry crater area Friday.

The large black bear, ambling amiably towards the bulldozer, looked the party over, turned around, and meandered back to the weeds.

Other crew members, John Crampton, C. Victor Wiley and Ivar Iverson, yawned boredly. They’d seen bears before.

The men continued throughout the afternoon maintenance work on the Devil’s Horn road south of Newberry crater, principally repairing damage done by “strayed” army tanks during last fall’s maneuvers.

Meter mistake makes genuine ‘gas’ shortage

An error in reading the metering of the gas storage tank at the Mobilgas station, corner of Bond street and Franklin avenue, today caused approximately 35 gallons of gasoline to run over, sadly explained P. D. Lewis, operator of the Mobilgas truck for H. L. Armes.

Lewis called the fire department, and heavy fire hoses flushed the overflowed gasoline down an adjacent sewer, to prevent possible fires.

Potato beetles active in area

The injurious effect of the potato flea beetle on the growing crop can scarcely be estimated and, unless precautions are taken, an industry that yielded nearly $1,300,000 in Central Oregon in 1943 can be seriously damaged, Ben Davidson, shipping point inspector, explains.

The destructive beetles are already active in the Central Oregon potato belt, in greater extent than in past years, and unless control measures are taken the region will suffer a big loss, the inspector warns.


Yankees launch new Normandy offensive — Trade barriers between nations must go, says FDR — Nazi’s bombard London with winged projectiles

50 Years ago

For the week ending

July 6, 1969

Redmond attorney will be Foley successor

Gov. Tom McCall today announced the appointment of Redmond attorney John M. Copenhaver, 45, to the 11th Judicial District Circuit Court, succeeding Judge Robert H. Foley, who today took his seat on the newly created State Court of Appeals.

The 11th Judicial District includes Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Grant, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

After admittance to the Oregon State Bar in 1950, Copenhaver became affiliated with the Redmond law firm of Copenhaver, Larkin and Bryant.

In 1954, he left his practice to serve as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He returned to the firm in 1956. Copenhaver is presently director of the Deschutes County Fair Association and is active in the Oregon Reclamation Congress.

At 76, age hasn’t slowed busy mid-Oregon pioneer

Anita Endicott, 1114 Kingston Ave., is spending her 76th birthday today working on a pieced quilt for a grandson’s wedding present. She decided against going along with relatives on a deep-sea fishing trip over the Fourth, but thought she might accept an invitation to do a little arrowhead hunting, if one was forthcoming.

“I don’t enjoy the ocean any more when the weather is rough,” Mrs. Endicott confided. In fact, she hasn’t done her normal amount of fishing this season. Her last outing was to Paulina Lake for the opening of the high lakes this season. She got her limit the first day.

Mrs. Endicott, formerly Anita Campbell, was born July 1, 1893, in Prineville. In 1901 the Campbell family homesteaded at the mouth of Negro Brown Canyon, between the Agency Plains and the Deschutes River, now in Jefferson County. One of the Campbell sons owned a large spread there until four years ago.

As a girl, Anita “could knock a baseball farther than any boy,” old-timers recall. She and her brothers and sisters had their own teacher, who was just like a member of the family except that she was paid from $25 to $35 a month. The Campbell family built and furnished their own schoolroom.

Not far from the homestead, a small town named Vanora sprung up in 1911 with coming of the railroad. It was named for the founder, Ora Van Tassel. At one time, it had two stores, a post office, a grade school, a near-beer joint, the Van Tassel residence and a grain warehouse. May Campbell, Anita’s sisters, ran the post office for awhile. When the railroad was abandoned in 1923, the town withered and eventually vanished.

For many years, the Campbell family operated a ferry across the Deschutes about a mile upstream from the present highway bridge at Warm Springs. One of the Campbell girls and the school teacher narrowly escaped drowning one time when the ferry got off course and the horses had to be cut loose.

Anita was married in 1913 to Ben Endicott, who was foreman for the Jefferson County Road Department many years. He died in a construction accident in 1933. She recalls how they used to carry their three sons down the trail near Round Butte to fish in the river. That area was also their favorite deer hunting grounds.

To this day, Mrs. Endicott has never missed a deer hunting season. She cuts and packages her own venison, and keeps it in her freezer. “I’m not as good a shot as I used to be,” she admitted. “We older folks cheat a little bit — we’re not too much for walking, so we get off the back roads and stay on a stand.” Asked when she got her last deer, she almost took offense, “Why, last season, of course!” she tossed.

Poor shot, indeed.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

July 6, 1994

Bend gets caller ID

Beginning this coming week, Bend-area residents will be able to tell who is calling before answering the phone.

The tentacles of the much-touted information age are stretching into the Bend local calling area in the form of Caller ID — one of nine new services being introduced Tuesday by U.S. West. The services won’t immediately be offered elsewhere in the region.

With Caller ID, a small display unit shows the number the call was placed from and the name of the company or individual holding that number.

However, callers may selectively block display of name and number information at the other end, at no charge, by dialing star-6-7 prior to each call they wish to keep private. Alternatively, they may order U.S. West’s free line-blocking service, which automatically protects all calls.

Fourth of July was a perfect 10 in Central Oregon

A warm, sunny day and a clear night sky made for a memorable Fourth of July in Central Oregon.

The Bulletin’s evening fireworks show boomed over Bend’s Pilot Butte on schedule Monday, capping a day of picnics, parades and music.

Holiday revelers packed Drake Park in Bend to sample family games, concerts, a book sale, food outlets and art and crafts booths. A similar evening celebration attracted crowds at Bend High School’s football field.

Redmond merchants sponsored bathtub relays while at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds aspiring country singers competed for a recording contract.

In Madras, residents took part in a morning run at Sahalee Park and attended an evening fireworks display and dance.

A lack of fires distinguished this Fourth of July, with only a handful of small fireworks-related brush and grass fires marking the day.

Fire crews responded to 11 fireworks-related calls in Bend and two in Redmond.