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

Sept. 7, 1919

Innes sells out interest in barber shop

Announcement was made this morning of the sale, by Joseph Innes, of his interests in the Metropolitan Barber shop to J.D. Davidson and E.C. Landingham, his former partners in the business. The consideration was not given. Shortly after the statement was made by R.P. Minter that he had sold his real estate business to Mr. Innes. Mr. Minter will leave next week for Lusk, Wyoming, where he is locating permanently.

Mr. Innes was associated with Mr. Davidson in the Metropolitan for the last 10 years, the firm being increased only a few months ago when Mr. Landingham purchased a one-third interest. The present owners plan a number of improvements in the establishment, including the addition of another chair.

Count is made at post office

How many people on an average enter the Bend postoffice to call for mail at the general delivery window?

This is a question, the answer to which will be of great importance in securing a city delivery system and one which will be answered by the end of the week. Beginning yesterday an accurate count is being kept, not only of those who apply at the general delivery window, but the number of names called for, Acting Postmaster W.P. Hudson stated today.

By this means will be ascertained the number of people who would be served by a city delivery, and with this information available, Mr. Hudson will ask that an inspector be sent to Bend to look over the local situation. He will endeavor to have the inspector’s visit set for six weeks from now in order that street improvements and sidewalk construction authorized by the city may be either completed or well under way as this point is also considered of much importance.

If a city delivery can be secured it will be largely in charge of L.C. Coleman, who has specialized in this branch of the mail service, Mr. Hudson states.

U.C. Coe residence on river is sold

Announcement was made this morning of the purchase by Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. King of the Dr. U.C. Coe residence on the river front. The consideration was not given, but it is understood that it will be in the neighborhood of $11,000. The deal was handled through J.A. Eastes.

Mr. and Mrs. King arrived in Bend only a few weeks ago, traveling from Boston by auto. Their new property is one of the finest for residence purposes in the city. Dr. Coe, the former owner, was in Bend for a number of years, but is now practicing in Portland.

75 Years ago

For week ending

Sept. 7, 1944

Burglar suspect escapes in wild Bend car chase

An 80-mile-an-hour chase in which a state police officer pursued a burglar-car thief suspect, early today resulted in the wrecking of the machine in Bend and the escape of the driver, police reported.

The chase and the resultant wrecking of the car brought to light that the occupant of the machine probably also was responsible for the burglary last week of the Al Newman clothing store in Redmond.

State Officer Floyd Chestnut reported that he was “cruising” about 1:30 a.m. on North Century drive when he noticed a large sedan ahead of him. The other car suddenly turned around and headed back toward Bend. Officer Chestnut gave pursuit, and even though he drove approximately 80 miles an hour, he was unable to overtake the fleeing automobile.

At the rapid pace he was driving, the suspect was unable to successfully negotiate the turn off Century drive onto Galveston avenue and the car crashed into a rock pile at the corner of Galveston and 14th street. The man fled and made good his escape before Officer Chestnut could halt at the scene of the wreck.

The car, belonging to W.H. Myers, general manager of The Shevlin-Hixon Company, was stolen from the Myers garage at 440 Congress avenue. It was badly wrecked.

Officer Chestnut immediately formed a posse consisting of Sgt. L.L. Hirtzel, in command of the state officers here, State Officer Ray Hafstad and Bend policeman Archie Pearce. The officers traced footsteps, indicating that the thief had started toward downtown Bend. In the car officers said they found considerable loot taken in the Redmond burglary, a pistol burglar’s kit and a quantity of groceries.

Army arranges sale of Camp Abbot properties

Final arrangements have been completed for the disposal of Camp Abbot facilities not utilized by the army, it was announced here today by officers from the U.S. district army engineers headquarters in Portland. By the end of the week, it was stated, soldiers of the 42nd engineers from Fort Lewis, who have been razing installations, will leave the camp.

Captains Clayton Morris and Carl H. Jordan and T.W. Eagssale, of the engineering staff of Portland, said that bids will now be sought for the sale and removal of remaining buildings at the post. Bids are to be made to William Kennedy, district representative of the Reconstruction Finance corporation, 444 Pittock block, in Portland.

As bids are approved, the property will be sold by the RFC, it was said. Capt. Jordan said that he would remain at the camp with a small staff for the purpose of maintaining and protecting the property until it is disposed of. He would also act as guide to prospective buyers, he said.


Verdun and St. Mihiel Fall — Russians Surge Toward Yugoslavia — Mrs. Dewey Finds Being Candidates’ Wife is Rigorous — Eisenhower Presents Paris Liberation Plaque

50 years ago

For the week ending

Sept. 7, 1969

Elk Lake Lodge’s rustic cabins attract many

Elk Lake Lodge is one of the eight resorts operating on the Deschutes National Forest by special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

It’s one of the more “rustic,” as opposed to “modern” lodges in the forest. Owner John Edwards was too busy to talk about his operation, but tax records show the basic lodge was built in 1924. The roof shows the strain of some of the heavy snowfalls in the past 45 years. The first cabins are estimated in the Deschutes County assessor’s office to have been constructed about 1934. Other more modern cabins have been constructed in the past few years.

But it’s the rustic, two-room cabin that lures the Nichols family to Elk Lake year after year from Portland. “We like the lake, we like the country around here,” said Mrs. Elaine Nichols. “We like the rustic old cabins, but we don’t like the fishing here this year.” The widow and mother of four children has been coming to Elk Lake for the past 12 years. This year two cousins accompanied the Nichols children.

Why does she like to return to Elk Lake Lodge: “I was raised on a farm, it’s like going back to my childhood for a couple of weeks. You know, feed that old wood stove, warm your front side and turn around and warm your backside. You go into a new resort and it’s the same old thing as home.” The Nichols come fully equipped. They brought a boat and motor for lake recreation and two motorcycles for trail riding. Seated around a burned-out fire near the beach with Mrs. Nichols were her son Mark,19, and two cousins, Ron and Gary Pfannas. Rob, 17, and Dan, 13, were out riding the motorcycles. Generally, the Nichols spend a lot of their time fishing while at Elk Lake.

The group was occupying two of the lakefront two-room camping cabins. Owner Edward’s brochure describes them as, “one large sleeping room with double beds, one room for kitchen and dining. Completely furnished, accommodates four persons. Cold spring water is piped to each cabin, electric lights, fuel and community flush type toilets are provided … “They rent for $7 a day or $40 a week. More spacious cottages with four rooms, modern kitchen facilities and complete indoor plumbing are available for $14 to $16 a day.”

Mrs. Nichols observed, however, “There aren’t as many people here this year, there are a lot more vacant cabins. Do you know why?” Maybe it’s because most people want more conveniences if they’re going to rent a roof over their heads instead of tenting or sleeping under the stars. This kind of question the Forest Service is trying to answer, so it has a guide in determining what future facilities should be built as existing resorts expand or new ones are established.

Augmenting the 16 to 20 cabins and rooms in the lodge are meal services, general store merchandise and automobile gasoline and oil. Boats and motors are available for rental. Elk Lake is the closest private resort to Bend on the Cascade Lakes Highway nestled south of the South Sister. A drive 31 miles from town can take you back 45 years, if you’re looking for a pre-­Depression style vacation.

25 Years Ago

For the week ending

Sept. 7, 1994

Albertson’s buys three Wagners stores

Family-run chain one of oldest in C.O.

In a surprise move, Wagners, a leading Central Oregon grocery operation for 45 years, has sold its three Deschutes County supermarkets to Albertson’s Inc. for an undisclosed price.

The 45–year-old family-run independent chain, one of the most successful independents in Oregon, sold two supermarkets in Bend and one in Redmond. Boise, Idaho-based ­Albertson’s is the fourth largest food and drug retailer in the United States with 91 stores. The sale is expected to close in early November.

John Overbay, president of I.N. Wagners Inc., said Saturday the family will continue to own the Wagners shopping centers in both Bend and Redmond. Tenants include PayLess, and now Albertson’s. “I will be 60 when the sale closes and it’s time to retire,” said Overbay. “The family will manage the three shopping centers with more than 40 tenants, and Albertson’s, with its future remodeling plans will be our strongest tenant.” The sale will make Albertson’s Bend with three stores and a market share estimated at roughly 40 percent.

In a statement Friday, Albertson’s said it will continue to operate its existing 40,000-square-foot supermarket at Highway 97 and Wilson Avenue. With the addition of the 32,000-square-foot Wagners north store, plus the 43,000-square-foot Pinebrook Plaza Wagners, Albertson’s completes a geographic sweep of the city.

The sale also gives Albertson’s a 40,000-square-foot supermarket in the growing Redmond market. Wagners Price Slasher, a warehouse-style supermarket in Prineville, is not part of the sale and will continue to be run by the Overbay family.

Wagner’s 315 employees found out about the sale Friday when they picked up their paychecks. A letter from Overbay, attached to their paychecks, began: “You will be terminated as an employee of I.N. Wagners Inc. as of Nov. 6, 1994.”

Laura, a Wagners employee for more than five yars, said as she headed home from the north Bend store that she was a bit bothered by how the news was delivered. Still, she said with a smile, “I’m open to what’s going to happen. The world changes pretty quick.”

Overbay, who occasionally fought back tears Saturday when talking about the sale, said last-minute delays with Albertson’s leases, coupled with a rush to meet 60-day federal notification rules, led to employee notices that were less sensitive to workers than he would have hoped. But he thinks Albertson’s will rehire most workers. “They like our employees, and I think just about everybody with exception of a handful will be absolutely interviewed by Albertson’s and probably rehired by Albertson’s,” he said.

The exception will be in Wagners departments that Albertson’s doesn’t want. These include Central Oregon Food Service, which provides meat to local restaurants. Overbay said Wagners will work with restaurants to find new suppliers. Also, Albertson’s doesn’t plan to operate Wagner’s in-store cafes, including Shelly’s and Irl’s place.

Shopper Maude Monical, 83, knew the Wagners themselves for many years and compared the selling of the stores to losing a friend. She said she hopes many of the same friendly workers will stick around after the stores change hands. “I think you get pretty good buys here,” Monical said, but she added, “Everything has changed in Bend.”

Overbay, who is the son-in-law of the Wagners founders, Irl and Bernice Wagner, noted that local stores which are large enough so they must compete with large corporations face troubling times in the ’90s retail environment. “We’re going out like Michael Jordan,” he said. “We’re going out while we’re on top.”