Compiled by the Deschutes County Historical Society from archived copies of the Bulletin at the Deschutes Historical Museum.

100 Year ago

For the week ending

Sept. 14, 1919

Seats taken from Central building

Preparing for the opening of school, the seats in the rooms of the second floor of the Central school building are being removed and will be used in the new Kenwood school. Because of the expense involved in remodeling the second floor to comply with the requirements of the state fire marshal’s office only the first floor of the Central building is to be used.

Rancher finds early grave

What is believed to be the last resting place of one of the first emigrants who travelled overland to the Pacific coast, was reported by Louis Young, rancher four miles from Bend on the Redmond road, after finding a long-deserted grave on his property, only a quarter of a mile from the old Oregon trail this week. The grave was found in a spot which has never been under cultivation, and which Mr. Young had intended to put into grass for pasture. In clearing the ground preparatory to sowing, he came upon a sunken spot in the earth, about four by seven feet, surrounded by a low border of rocks. It is the nearest point to the trail where digging would be possible, and Mr. Young believes that the rectangle of stones marks the spot where some emigrant was buried more than half a century ago. The rancher has given up his plan for cultivating this particular plot of ground, found, but will ask authority to open the grave to see if any information may be gained as to the identity of its occupant.

Work started for concrete sidewalk

Work started yesterday on the sidewalk construction authorized for the business section of Bend by the city council recently. The contract is held by Frank Miller, and the ripping up of old wooden walks is being rapidly accomplished, in preparation for the laying of concrete.

Cloverdale ranch sells for $14,000

One of the finest of the Cloverdale alfalfa ranches changed hands yesterday when Calvin Burnside sold his 160-acre property to A.L. Goodrich of Lake, Oregon, for a consideration of $14,000. The transaction was made through the agency of J.B. Miner. The ranch just acquired by Mr. Goodrich has been redeemed from the sagebrush in the last eight years by Mr. Burnside, and is now a highly improved property.

75 Years ago

For the week ending

Sept. 14, 1944

Redmond ‘gym’ contract let

Julius Johnson, Portland, has been awarded the contract for the construction of the new Redmond union high school gymnasium, a structure that is to replace the building destroyed by fire last spring. Johnson’s bid was $81,390. Plans for the gymnasium have been drawn by a Portland architectural firm.

50,001 sign up to start in county

Between 15 and 20 persons in Bend today began registering members in the republican “50,001 club,” for the purpose of fostering the Dewey-for-president campaign, it was reported. The local committee is headed by Del Hale and is being sponsored by the Deschutes county republican central committee. Plans for the signing up of the members for the “50,001 club” were laid at a meeting Saturday night in the office of Clyde M. McKay, at 801 Wall Street, with M. A. Lynch of Redmond, chairman of the central committee, presiding. William Hall was named to take charge in Terrebonne, Lynch will head the Redmond drive and Maurice Hitchcock will be in charge in Sisters. The “50,001 club” was organized in Portland and got its name from the fact that this number of persons wrote Dewey’s name in on the ballot in Oregon. Hale said that his workers planned to have the club members signed up this week. The roster of names will be taken to Portland and turned over to the candidate when he arrives there on Sept. 19. The club members will be furnished a card and button when they are signed up, and they may pay an “entrance fee” of $1 to aid the cause, McKay said. He added that the “writeins” may join the club by coming to his office. Others than those who wrote Dewey’s name in on the ballots may also join the “50,001 club,” the sponsors said.

Central Oregon league formed

Formal organization of a Central Oregon league for football, basketball and track competition was announced here this week. Dallas W. Norton, principal of Crook county high school, is chairman of the new league, which includes Prineville, Redmond and Bend high schools. Ernest Gettman of Bend high school is secretary. Uniform admission prices, uniform pay for officials and provisions for exchange of officials were agreed upon at a meeting held Saturday in Redmond, Norton announced. The league will offer championship trophies for football, basketball, and track, with winners to be determined on a percentage basis. A pre-season basketball jamboree, with Prineville as the host, is planned the night of December 8, with all league teams taking part. A fourth team, probably John Day, will be invited to take part. With each team playing each of the others one quarter, the jamboree will give fans the equivalent of two full basket ball games.

Anglers barred from Davis lake

All fishing in Davis lake has been stopped for the season, according to an announcement today by the state game commission. The closure was a result of the request of the fish and game committee of the Bend chamber of commerce, that the fishing be halted during the low water period. According to reports, the water in Davis lake is so low that a person may wade across the lake, and that some fishermen were reported to have been gaffing fish in the shallow pools.

Penicillin rushed to Bend patient

Speed and cooperation of the army may result in saving a man’s life in the St. Charles hospital, it was revealed here today by Dr. Harry Mackey. Stanley Mayben of Bend, a logging operator, was injured two weeks ago when a log fell on him. After being hospitalized, Mayben contracted pneumonia, and Dr. Mackey deemed it necessary to resort to the use of penicillin. The physician called Dr. C.P. Wilson, of Portland, who is in charge of distribution of the drug in Oregon, who rushed it to the Portland air base. An army plane speeded it to the Redmond airbase, and it was administered to Mayben within an hour and a half after Dr. Mackey put in the call. The doctor said that Mayben responded favorably to the treatment.

50 years ago

For the week ending

Sept. 14, 1969

Lots of double vision at Tumalo school

Seven sets of twins — two sets of them in the same family — are getting second looks at the Tumalo School, where the new term started last Monday. Michael and Kenneth Twiggs, second grade; Wesley and Lesley Rasmussen, first grade; Donna and Dana McLennan, second grade; Cheri and Cindy Twiggs, first grade; Lolita and Lorilee Stevens, fifth grade; Tammy and Denise Erickson, third grade, and April and Gerald Cartwright, fifth grade. In addition to the 14 twins, 160 other pupils were enrolled at the end of the week. Registration is expected to peak within the next two weeks, according to Rolland Rethmeier, principal.

Five vie for Miss Spud title

Five Central Oregon teen-age girls have returned home after a week at the State Fair in charge of the Oregon Potato Commission booth. They are Central Oregon Potato Festival princesses, vying for the title of Miss Spud of the 12th annual festival Saturday, Sept. 20, in Redmond. One will be named winner at a teen-age sock dance Saturday, Sept. 13, in the John Tuck gymnasium. Coronation will take place at 9:15 p.m. Student body cards will admit teen-angers from all area communities. Contestants are Karen Kaber, Madras; Linda Larkin, Redmond; Marcia Grove, Bend; Rocki Russell, Prineville, and Kris Wells, Culver. They were selected last spring by schoolmates.

Karen, a blue-eyed blonde, is five feet, six inches tall. She lives on a farm with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kaber. Karen, 17, has lived three years in Japan and two in Venezuela. A senior at Madras Union High School, she is a member of the Spanish and Drama Clubs and National Honor Society. Last year she was varsity wrestling cheerleader. Karen says she enjoys swimming, dancing, ping-pong, basketball, tennis and boys. She plans to study Spanish and physical education in an Oregon college next year.

Marcia Grove, a slender five feet, nine inches, is the tallest of the five princesses. She has strawberry blonde hair and blue-green eyes. Fond of all outdoor sports, she also is an expert seamstress and makes most of her clothing. Marcia, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Grove, Blakely Road, Bend, is a two-year member of the Bend drill team and is serving this year as its captain. Marcia plans to enter college next fall majoring in home economics or business administration.

Rocki Russell, five feet, six and one-half inches, has blue eyes and blonde hair. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Russell, she lives on a ranch in the Bear Creek area 40 miles southeast of Prineville. There is no electricity, so she makes all her clothing on a treadle sewing machine. Rocki plays the tenor saxophone in the school band and is a member of the acapella choir. She has four horses and a cross-eyed Siamese cat named Abernathy. She comes from Central Oregon Pioneer stock. Her great-great- grandfather, Roscoe Knox, homesteaded in the Post area in the 1880’s and her great- grandfather, George Russell, settled near Prineville in the early 1900’s. She plans to major in radio broadcasting or psychology in college.

Linda Larkin, daughter of Joseph Larkin, Redmond, is five feet, seven inches, with brown hair and eyes to match. She likes to swim and ski and is an avid football and wrestling fan. She says her hobbies are sewing and “spending money.” Linda is a member of the Honor Society, plays in the school band and is student body treasurer. She plans to enter OSU next fall.

The Culver princess, Kris Wells, is the smallest of the lot — five feet, four inches, with dark brown hair and eyes. Daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Leonard Wells, Culver, Kris was a delegate this summer to Girls’ State at Willamette University. A senior this year, she is beginning her fourth year as a cheerleader. She is student body president at Culver High School and incoming president of National Honor Society. Kris is on the tumbling, volleyball and track teams. She makes her own clothing and enjoys riding horseback. She hopes to major in speech, but hasn’t decided on a college.

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25 years ago

For the week ending

Sept. 14, 1994

Racing’s a drag for ‘Johnny 5’

At 72, Bend driver has a lot of track behind him — and ahead

Among the souped-up cars and young guns at Madras Dragway, 72-year-old, white- haired Johnny Jones and his purple Volkswagen dune buggy don’t exactly look threatening. Except from behind, which is the view other racers have been getting this year as Jones clinched the National Hot Rod Association/Madras Dragway points series in the Sportsmen’s Class last month with 3,900 points- 400 points ahead of his nearest rival. “I’ve been told I should retire,” said Jones, who lives in Bend, about remarks he’s heard from disgruntled also-rans. Any plans to? “Nope.” Jones and his car, built and owned by Volkswagen aficionado T.J. Hooker of Bend, head to Idaho this weekend for the NHRA Sears Craftsman E.T. Racing Series Division 6 Finals in Boise. Time trials will take place Friday. The Race of Champions is set for Saturday, with Jones scheduled to compete against the top two points leaders from 15 tracks located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and three provinces in western Canada. Sunday is the Division 6 Finals, with each of the 15 tracks sending 48 racers in six categories to compete for a title. Jones, a retired meat cutter, will be competing in the Sportsmen Class of the E.T. (Elapsed time) Handicap Series. In handicap racing, cars of different speeds can compete on an equal footing, much like golfers with different handicaps. With racing handicaps, drivers put down a time, or “dial-in,” they think it will take for their car to make it down the track. The car with the longer dial-in is allowed to leave the starting line first. If both cars should have a perfect start, and run their dial-in, the race would be a tie. Going under the dial-in is called a “break out,” and results in a loss. Sandbaggers, therefore, can’t win. The key to winning comes down to getting away from the starting line as quickly as possible without getting a red light and getting disqualified, and finishing as close to the dial-in as possible. The start is dictated by three yellow lights with half-second intervals that descend to a green light. But jones doesn’t wait for the light to turn green By the time that happens, he’s already started his run. That’s legal. Drivers can leave the starting line half a second before the green light. Timing devices at the track measure to the thousandth of a second, meaning a start of .500 ahead of the green is perfect. Jones comes so close to .500 so often that he is called “Jonny 5” by his rivals. Having a quick reaction time, as that’s called, and running as close to your dial-in without going under, means winning a lot of races. “I just have quick reactions and drive on the dial,” said Jones, who will reach about 109 mph on a quarter-mile track. What really aggravates younger competitors is that Jones uses his own innate sense to know when to pop the clutch, and he shifts through all four gears. More than 90 percent of his opponents are driving electronically equipped cars that require only the pressing of a button that signals the car what to do for the remainder of the race, while the driver just hangs on. Jones is able to shift so smoothly — about a tenth of a second — that other racers ask him if he’s driving an automatic. He’ll face more young drivers with sophisticated equipment in Boise, but more than a few of them will probably see the back of his purple VW Dune buggy. “You don’t think about them being younger or using electronics when you win,” said Jones. “You just know that you won.”

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