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

Aug. 17, 1919

Nomadic Roma leave on command of mayor

On strict orders from Mayor J. A. Eastes, a band of 30 gypsies, who have been making their headquarters in Bend for the last few days, departed yesterday afternoon from the city.

They had come to Bend after being evicted from Burns, but where they went is not known to local authorities. The mayor’s action was prompted by a number of complaints of a series of depredations alleged to have been committed by the wanderers here, ranging from the purloining of gasoline from an automobile belonging to John Steidl to the theft of potatoes from gardens planted by residents of Bend. The gypsies were told by Mayor Eastes that they had until 4 o’clock to get out of town and the entire band was gone well within the time limit allowed. Two of the band had taken out licenses as fortune tellers.

Barbers demand new wage scale

Barbers of Bend, who are members of the local union, today demanded from their employers an increased wage scale following a decision reached last night. A $25 a day guarantee is asked, with the provision that all receipts running over $35 for the day’s work of a given individual shall entitle him to 60 per cent of the amount over. Supplementary scales for part time work are based on this.

Fire at carnival draws big crowd

Fire at the carnival grounds of the Apollo Amusement company on Bond street last night drew a large crowd to augment the throngs already gathered to take in the shows and concessions. It wasn’t a real fire, however, but just a red flare, and realism was added to the publicity device by the Bend firemen, who are receiving a portion of the carnival receipts, actually sounding the siren, and answering the call with the new fire engine recently delivered here. Many are turning out nightly to attend the carnival, and only favorable criticisms of the attractions offered by the amusement company have been heard.

City to have steel mains

To permit of forcing a greater amount of water through the mains in the business section of the city the Bend Water, Light and Power Co., will, in the near future, probably by the end of the month, begin the work of replacing the four and six inch wooden pipes, now in use by steel mains six and eight inches in diameter. This announcement was made this morning by T.H. Foley. He stated, in addition, that he has already ordered 80,000 pounds, aggregating two car loads and having a length of approximately a mile, of six and eight inch pipe from Portland as to the total amount to be used, he was unable to say definitely, pending a visit from a factory representative, who is expected to arrive in Bend in the next few days.

Not only does the improvement increase the size of the pipe used, but several cross streets in the business districts, which are now without mains, will have the six inch size and the most up-to-date block valve system, by means of which a given block can be shut off for repairs without impairing the efficiency of the service on the remainder of the street, is to be put in.

Wooden mains now in use have been in for many years, some of them since 1904, but are still in excellent condition. It is only the desire of the company to make available a larger water supply which makes the change necessary.

75 years ago

For the week ending

Aug. 17, 1944

Report: All dances not banned

Belief that the closing of one dance hall in Sisters meant that others in the district might be similarly effected, was clarified today by the county court which explained that other dances, properly conducted, may be held. The one dance had been closed, it was reported, because of asserted rowdyism on the premises. This means, it was pointed out, that the queen’s ball, set for tomorrow night, and the buckaroo dance Saturday night, featuring the Sisters rodeo, will be held as scheduled. Both dances will be in the school gymnasium.

25,000 Waves is latest Navy goal

So great is the need for women in the navy, that 25,000 more of them must be enlisted in the Waves before the end of the year, it was revealed here today by Walter F. Patrice, Central Oregon recruiter. Patrice said that the navy has set a goal of 97,000 Waves, and that 73,000 are now in the service. Oregon has contributed a substantial number of Waves to the national totals, Patrice said, adding that women enlisting from this state have an enviable record for obtaining higher ratings, greater ability, skill and efficiency.

Lt. Bud Stipe to get citation

Lt. Bud Stipe, Bend, has been notified that he will be awarded the presidential citation for a mission completed when he was in air combat over Europe, it has been learned here. In addition, Lt. Stipe has been awarded the distinguished flying cross, the air medal with four clusters and the European theater ribbon with battle stars. Let. Stipe is now operations officer at Great Falls, Mont.

Former bend boy guard for FDR

Pfc. Robert Bacon, former Bend boy, and nephew of Mrs. Anne Forbes of this city, was a member of the guard of honor for President Roosevelt on the executive’s recent visit to the Hawaiian islands, according to a letter received today by Mrs. Forbes. Pvt. Bacon wrote that he “felt quite proud to have the honor,” and added that he had another exciting experience. The soldier said that he had been chosen to present the traditional lei of Hawaii to Frances Langford, the actress, and that he received the usual kiss in return. He said that he held the kiss for “30 seconds and got razzed by the other boys.”


Paris defenses under attack — FDR intercedes to halt big transportation strike with ODT ordered to take control — Nimitz expects Pacific aid from European war theater — Actor Cary Grant to leave heiress — 296 Australian war brides reach San Francisco

50 Years ago

For the week ending

Aug. 17, 1969

Vince Genna rejoins city as parks, recreation head

After an absence of a year and a half, Vince Genna today resumed his old job as director of parks and recreation for Bend. He resigned in the spring a year ago to manage the lodging facilities at Mt. Bachelor, and since this spring has been managing Camp Paulina for boys. City Manager Hal Puddy recalled that Genna had been with the parks and recreation department since 1954 when he came here from Salem. In 1964 he took over as director. Puddy noted that during Gena’s four years as director, both the department and Genna were recognized for achievements. The City received a gold medal award in 1966 for having the best all round parks and recreation program and instructional development, Puddy said. Forty-eight-year-old Genna was president of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Society and the Northwest section of the National Parks and Recreation Society, the city manager continued. Genna was recognized by the Jaycees in 1955 as their Junior First Citizen. Puddy reported the Oregon Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association presented Genna a merit award for outstanding achievements and contribution to baseball, recreation and youth at their Banquet of Champions in Portland. Rounding out the list of Genna’s accolades, the Oregon Association of Health, Education and Recreation honored him for creating the state’s outstanding recreation program. As director of the city’s parks and recreation department and the city’s vast acreage of parks and play fields, Genna has a full-time staff of only six persons. This, however, is augmented by as many as 300 volunteers at times during the busy summer season.

Something new to see besides scenery

At long last, traffic signal at E. Third Street and Revere Avenue intersection is in use. One hundred ninety days after contract was let to Steeck Electric Co. of Medford, light went on Monday at 4:30 p.m. Cecil Smalley and Guy Salser of the Oregon State Highway Department’s Bend District maintenance crew were removing the old rubber “stop” flap this morning. State and City of Bend are sharing cost, something over $12,000. Intersection has been the scene of several collisions.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

Aug. 17, 1994

Lift ticket prices won’t be going up

Skiers won’t see price increases for alpine lift tickets at Mount Bachelor this coming season, the resort announced this morning. All-day adult ticket prices will remain at $33, with children’s rates staying at $18. The “Flex-time” point ticket will remain at $35 for 200 points, $69 for 400 points. After a series of price increases in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Mount Bachelor has raised rates only once — last season — in the past three seasons. Regular Nordic season passes increase form $195 to $209 this coming season. The daily Nordic rate will remain at $9.50 for adults. According to resort officials, the entire industry is concerned that the cost of skiing, from lift tickets to equipment, is pushing a large, less affluent, segment of the market away from the sport. “I know we get a lot of pressure here about how expensive it is to ski,” said Kathryn Omelchuck, Mount Bachelor’s public relations manager. “But I think for what we have, the number of lifts, this is one of the least expensive places to ski.” Mount Bachelor President Dave Marsh said the cost-control measures by the resort allowed it to maintain prices. This past winter, Mount Bachelor reported 553,000 skiers, compared to 594,000 the prior winter. “Actually that’s very comparable because we opened earlier and closed later” the proper year, Omelchuck said. “Two seasons ago we opened Nov. 11 and closed July 4. Last year we opened Nov. 24 and closed June 12.” Mount Bachelor didn’t launch new capital improvement programs this summer. Last summer it replaced or upgraded three lifts at a cost of $2.7 million. Alpine season passes go on sale Oct. 1 at the same discounted rate as last year, $684. On Nov. 1, season passes will increase to $760, again the same rate as last year. Omelchuck added that Mount Bachelor will offer a lift ticket program that will include discounts and incentives for local skiers. Details of the program will be announced at the end of September.