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. 31, 1919

Airplane will fly over city

That the first airplane ever to fly over Bend will make its appearance here probably on October 6, 7, and 8, is the information conveyed in a letter received this morning by The Bulletin from George E. Love, General Manager of the Ace Aircraft corporation, of Portland. The “Ace o’ Hearts,” is the name of the machine which will be sent here, and exhibitions of stunts flying, passenger carrying, and aerial transportation work, will be staged, according to Mr. Love’s letter. The stunts will include loops, nose dives, tall spins, Immelman turns, and flying with the plane in an inverted position. Residents of Bend will be given an opportunity of accompanying the pilot of the “Ace o’ Hearts,” on some of his flights. Mr. Love asks whether or not facilities for landing will be available here, specifying an open level space, approximately 500 yards square, with no obstruction, ditches, or holes, and having fairly solid soil.

Fire house is nearly ready

Building is progressing rapidly at the new fire station on Minnesota avenue, and with the floor in and the tower already up, the structure will be ready for occupancy by the fire department within the next two weeks, Chief Carlon declared this morning. By that time, he believes, the roof will have been completed. By the end of October, the City council will have moved from its present meeting place in the Sphier Building, and will make the firehouse its new headquarters, Mayor J.A. Eastes states.

Campfire is left burning

The second arrest of the season for leaving camp fires within the forest, without first carefully extinguishing them, was made yesterday, when Douglas Johnson, of the Deschutes National Forest, took Monroe E. Miller, of La Pine, into custody near East Lake. The defendant was tried before Justice of the Peace E. L. Clark, at La Pine, and fined $25. The fire was discovered in the early morning, Miller having made his camp and started on foot for La Pine to secure repairs, when his auto broke down. Finding the auto, the forest service man waited for nearly three hours, when Miller returned, and the arrest was made. Miller’s fine was remitted, as he contended he had drained his radiator in the effort to secure enough water to extinguish the fire before leaving.

Convict is taken near Bend today

Trapped by deputies who had awaited his coming at the Tumalo Creek bridge near the fish hatchery west of Bend, D.C. Brichoux, escaped convict from the state penitentiary at Salem, was taken into custody shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon. He offered no resistance whatever, although a desperate struggle had been expected, as Brichoux had been serving a life sentence for murder, and was known, to be a determined criminal. The arrest was made by a posse composed of Willard Houston, Frank R. Prince, Paul Hosmer, and Horace Turner. For days Brichoux has been endeavoring to make his escape from this section, but was prevented by injuries recently received, and went to the bridge this morning to meet Mrs. M. Keener, of this city, in order to send a letter addressed to Ed Staples of Baker, asking for help. Mrs. Keener however, informed the officials of the proposed meeting and the deputies were stationed about the bridge in readiness. She was accompanied by Sheriff S. E. Roberts and State Parole officer L. H. Compton, of Salem to within a short distance of the creek, when the officers made a detour to cut of escape in case their man should not be completely surrounded.

75 years ago

For the week ending

Aug. 31, 1944

Ruth Devereaux named ‘Miss Deschutes County’

Miss Ruth Devereaux, accomplished young vocal soloist, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Devereaux, 1057 Albany, Bend, was named “Miss Deschutes County” last night by a committee of three judges following. A KBND radio contest, sponsored by the Bend lodge of Elks, Harry Embry was master of ceremonies. The five contestants were judged by a point system on the following qualifications: ability, poise, personality, and presentation. The judges were Mrs. Wilson George, Mrs. Jerry Chester, and Mrs. Arthur Reed. Their spokesman said: “All five girls showed such exceptional ability that the winner could only be determined by a point system.” Helen Hudson, and Mary Twomey played piano selections, and Helen Bailey, Margaret Garske, and Ruth Devereaux were presented in vocal solos. Miss Devereaux will go to Portland next month to enter the contest, sponsored by the Oregon war finance committee, which will decide the winner of the “Miss Oregon” title.

Women help in Redmond cannery

Twenty-five Redmond and countryside women worked at the community cannery this week with 992 cans of fruits and vegetables being processed. J.V. Jones is in charge of the processing, since school duties will occupy all of B.F. Beck’s time in another week. A successor to Miss Mary Thompson, as supervisor, will be named also, as Miss Thompson is a member of the grade school teaching staff. Peaches and corn are being canned as well as meats and other fruits and vegetables.

Herbert Hoover fishes Deschutes

Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States, fished on the upper Deschutes this week and it was learned here today, had the best of luck. Included in the Hoover party was his son, Allan H. Hoover. The Hoover party left the train at Crescent lake about a week ago, and it was announced at that time that the former president was to spend his Oregon vacation at the mountain lake. However, as in past years, he went to his favorite spot on the upper Deschutes, established his headquarters at South Twin lake and daily drifted down the Deschutes by boat, with Lloyd and Fay Robideaux as his boatmen,. On Thursday, Hoover and his party passed through Bend, stopping here only briefly. From Bend, the Hoover party went over the McKenzie pass, to fish on the McKenzie. On the upper Deschutes, Hoover fished below the Wickiup dam.

Skull found here remains mystery

Mystery still surrounds the finding of a portion of human skull and other human bones, a week ago near the north Bend city limits, and east of the Deschutes river. Sheriff Claude L. McCauley said today that he had been advised by Dr. Joseph Beeman, of the state crime laboratory, that the bones sent him were fragments of a skull, femur and right ulna, and that they were evidently those of a young adult of average stature. The crime expert did not disclose the approximate time of the person’s death, and the sheriff said that he was going to write for additional details, likely to be brought to light by further laboratory investigation.


German garrison in ­Paris surrenders — Romanian troops ordered by king to quit fighting — 65,000 craft added to US. fleet in war — London reports Hitlerites planning use of poison gas — Total American casualties now 349,523 report

50 Years ago

For the week ending

Aug. 31, 1969

Survey: Rentals also hard to find in other towns

The availability of rental units in Redmond, Madras and Prineville is just as tight or tighter, than in Bend, according to real estate men in those towns. Two real estate brokers used the word “impossible” to describe the changes of renting a house in Redmond. “Some newcomers working here have to live in Bend or Madras temporarily until they can find a place here,” Les Crane, Redmond real estate broker, said “But now people are returning from Bend saying there’s nothing much there, either.” Redmond motels, he said, frequently have weekly and monthly renters. Real estate broker Elmer Mahaffey said people can generally find a $125 a month apartment unit to rent. “But most don’t want an apartment — especially at that price,” he said. Both men said it isn’t profitable to rent houses in Redmond. Crane added that a house that will rent for $100 a month in Redmond would command $140 in a metropolitan area, where people who can pay that kind of rent are more plentiful. Madras real estate brokers Don Johns and P.D. Lewis both said the rental situation there was bad. “There’s a lot of poorer quality apartments and houses for rent, but most are below the standards the majority of families would want,” he said.

Jerry Cox at the Western Real Estate office in Prineville said the office gets up to a dozen calls a day for rentals. There are neither houses nor apartments for rent, he said. A secretary at Gordon and Hill Realtors in Prineville echoed Cox’s words, saying “There isn’t a rental to be had. About the only way to get one is to be driving by the house when they put up the For Rent sign,” she said.

Brooks-Scanlon to build new mill for small logs

The Brooks-Scanlon, Inc., board of directors yesterday authorized expenditures of nearly $3 million for construction of a highly automated small log processing plant at the Brooks-Scanlon Bend manufacturing complex that will provide 37 additional jobs. When completed in the summer of 1970, the new facility will process lodgepole pine and smaller ponderosa pine. The new plant will increase Brooks-Scanlon production substantially, according to Michael P. Holler, vice-president and general manager of the firm. Construction of the new plant will begin as soon as contracts are signed and materials ordered, he added. The plant will be constructed adjacent to present operations on the Brooks-Scanlon property south of town.

25 Years ago

For the week ending

Aug. 31, 1994

Bend fans hopeful, but not optimistic

Fans of the Bend Rockies can understand why Jack Cain wants to move his Northwest League baseball team to Portland. “Obviously from a business standpoint it’s a wise decision,” said Pierre De Santis, president of the Rockies Booster Club, as he settled in to watch Saturday night’s 1994 home finale. “He deserves to get his money back.” Judy McMillan, who operates the beer stand at Genna Stadium, said the move would be good for the Cains. “They are from Portland and it would be easier on their lifestyle,” she said. Maybe that’s why this year’s final home game lacked the crazed enthusiasm of last season, when fans wore “Don’t go” T-shirts and a man streaked the crowd to protest the club’s possible move. “Maybe people have just resigned to the fact that there’s nothing they can do about it, “De Santis said. But, although the crowd was more tame this year, the thought of losing the team is just as discouraging for most fans. “Selfishly, I wish they would stay,” said Mike Chambless, who has been the official scorekeeper for Bend minor league teams since 1984. Jerry Taber, who takes his three sons to about 10 Rockies game a year, said he can’t imagine living in a town that doesn’t have a professional baseball team. “One of the reasons we moved here is because they have a minor league team,” Taber said. Rich Fielding said attending Rockies games is one of the few activities his family can do together. He takes his daughters to all of the home games and has traveled to Spokane, Medford, and Eugene to watch the team. “This is a family outing we will be without,” he said. Many fans hope that if the Rox have to leave, another team can take its place. “Without baseball, a town is lost,” said Tom Miles of Bend, “If they lose this I’m moving to Medford.” De Santis and other members of the team’s booster club said city leaders don’t realize the popularity of professional baseball in Bend. The town needs to build better facilities to keep teams here, they claim. This year, despite the team’s losing season, nearly 70,000 fans have attended Rox games, De Santis noted. That’s a much larger portion of the population attending games than in larger cities such as Eugene, he said. “We’ve got the attendance. We’ve got the business support,” De Santis said. Chambless said he would have liked to have seen someone in the community step forward to help Cain out. “I think people don’t know what a good thing they have until it’s gone,” he said. No one knows for sure where the Rockies will be next year. What matters most to fans is that professional baseball returns. “It doesn’t matter what the team is,” Fielding said, “It’s the game.”

Harley riders to rumble into Bend

More than 350 Harley-­Davidson riders will arrive in Bend Saturday as part of the Coast to Cascades Road Rally. This is the first year Bend has been included in the three-day rally starting today in Coos Bay. Participants will ride to Springfield for the first leg of the race. They leave for Bend Saturday morning and will arrive at Bend Recreation, 63500 N. Highway 97, in the afternoon. Motorcycle riders will spend the night at The Riverhouse. A dance is scheduled form 8 p.m. To midnight for participants. A Harley Davidson traveling museum arrived in Bend Wednesday to kickoff the event. The museum, a large semi parked at Bend recreation for the day, traces 90 years of Harley-Davidson history.