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. 21, 1919

Pupils crowd Bend schools

There will be no room to spare in the Bend schools during the present year. This much was established this morning on the opening day of school, when City Superintendent S.W. Moore found every building in the city well filled and some badly overcrowded. No figures on attendance were available today, but it is considered certain that a marked advance over registration at the beginning of the term last fall will be shown.

More than 150 children will have a vacation until Wednesday morning, and perhaps for longer than that. Because of the unfinished conditions of the new Kenwood school, only the first three grades intended for that building are now attending classes, temporary accommodations having been found for them in the old Kenwood building. It is hoped, however, that the new school will be ready for occupancy by the middle of the week. At the Reid school, accommodations for all classes above the fourth grade were insufficient. At the Central school the first grade was unusually large, the high school was full, and the junior high overcrowded.

Bend drug stores which had the agency for the new text books to be used this year had a large sized contract also, and on some of the books it was expected that there might be a shortage. In nearly all the rural and union districts, classes started in the Deschutes county school this morning.

O.A.C. graduates start cafeteria

As a departure from the general plan of restaurants in the city, Bend is to have an up to the minute cafeteria, with two graduates of the O.A.C., Miss Martha H. Bechen and Miss Maren Gribskov as active managers of the venture. After the purchase and thorough renovation of what was formerly known as the “Little Brick” restaurant on Bond, between Oregon and Minnesota. Miss Bechen announced today that the establishment would be open for business tomorrow, the first meal to be served at 11 o’clock in the morning. “Cleanliness, quality, and service, are our ideals in cafeteria management,” Miss Bechen declared, “and we will set a high standard, and maintain it.”

The interior of the building has been remodeled, entire new flooring put in, a large steam table installed, and tables and woodwork finished in white enamel.

The tray system will be used, economizing on time, and because of this the seating capacity of the cafeteria will in effect, be greatly increased. Electricity will be used in providing heat for the steam table, where a considerable variety of meats and vegetables will be ready for instant service. Only two meals a day will be served, the establishment being open from 11 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock in the evening. Unless there is a great demand for breakfast, there will be no change from this policy.

Miss Bechen, who will have charge chiefly of the business management, was formerly manager for a delicatessen store in Albany, while Miss Gribskove was in charge of the University of Oregon cafeteria, at Eugene.

Post members now over 100

Percy A. Stevens post, American Legion, now has more than 100 paid up members, which will entitle it to two delegates in the state convention, which meets in Portland Wednesday,

Thursday and Friday, when delegates will be selected to the national convention in Minneapolis on Armistice day and a permanent state organization effected. The local post started something in the way of a post-war check on German propaganda when it advised the Portland post to inquire into the activities of certain German societies in Portland promoting benefits for foreign aid. The local post was given credit for initiating the movement. The Bend post is receiving the cooperation of all the merchants of the city in plans for the big Revielle week fete, to be held here during the week of October 20-26.

Father meets child for the first time

Frank E. Chitty of Bend made the acquaintance of his 2-year-old daughter Ida May today when the young lady, accompanied by relatives, arrived from Spokane for the express purpose of meeting her father.

Mr. Chitty, who already had several years’ service to his credit in the U.S. army, enlisted when war was declared, and a few days later received the news of the birth of a daughter.

75 years ago

For the week ending

Sept. 21, 1944

Van Allen, Houk plan new store

Lease of the Burich building at the corner of Wall and Minnesota for the operation of a home and auto supply store was announced here today by William L. Van Allen, who will be associated with J.O. Houk in the downtown store.

Providing renovation work can be completed on time, opening of the store, to be known as the Van Allen-Houk Home Auto Supply, will take place next week. The quarters were leased from J.F. Burich.

A new floor is being constructed, a heating plant installed and fixtures put in place preparatory to the opening of the store, at present occupying quarters in the Houk Moto Co. building on Bond Street.

Trailways line to add 2 buses

Two new 35-passenger buses will be added to local Pacific Trailways equipment shortly after Oct. 1, according to William Niskanen, treasurer of the concern. M.P. Hoover, president, left Portland by plane yesterday enroute to Loudonville, Ohio, where he will accept delivery on a bus which he will later drive to Bend.

Prior to returning he will attend a St. Louis, Mo., meeting of the equipment committee of the National Trailways bus system at which postwar buses will be discussed. Jerry Chester, traffic manager, left by bus Sunday night for Chicago where he will attend a traffic managers’ meeting. He will later bring a new bus back to Bend.

Tri-county hunt by state police nets lost purse

“Just one of our many services,” Sgt. L.L. Hirtzell of the state police force reminisced this afternoon when it was learned that his staff had hunted though three counties for a lost purse and finally met with success.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Riddell, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed through Bend yesterday, then telephoned back to the state police force here that Mrs. Riddell had left her purse in a rest room at some point between Madras and Klamath Falls. The room was at a Texaco station, Mrs. Riddell said.

Officers got in touch with all Texaco operators along the route, but had no success. Today, there came a call from Vic Plath, operator of a Shell station in Bend. A patron had just turned in a purse, found on the station’s premises. State officers investigated. It was Mrs. Riddell’ purse. In the purse was $77.10 cents, in cash.

Bears and Panthers to meet tonight in gridiron rivalry

Bears and Panthers will face each other tonight under the lights of the Bruin field as the Bend and Redmond football teams renew an old gridiron rivalry following a break of several years.

The game will mark the opening of the 1944 football season in Bend and it will provide local fans with a pre-view of the Bear squad which this season faces one of the toughest schedules ever lined up for an Oregon prep eleven. Tonight’s game will get under way at 8 p.m., with Muriel Nehl, Bend, serving as referee, Dale Lewis, Powell Butte, umpire, and Jim Howard, Prineville, head linesman. It will be the first game of the season for either team, and there are no favorites.

Redmond, with nine lettermen in the starting lineup, could easily dump the Bears tonight and “ruin” the Bend season right at the start. However, Coach Peden of the Panthers asks that lettermen in his 1944 lineup not be considered too formidable, for Redmond last year played only three games, while Bend was playing the mighty of Oregon.

Bend will face the Panthers in the opening game with a senior backfield, but with a line weakened by the loss of tackles and vital reserves. Furthermore, the team that is to represent Bend this year is very light. Reports from both camps indicate that the teams tonight will uncover brands of football that will provide plenty of action.

The turf of the Bend field was reported in fine shape, and illumination will be the best since the installation of the lights. Neither of the teams has played under lights this season, with practice confined to the Central Oregon sunshine and evening shadows.

50 years ago

For the week ending

Sept. 21, 1969

Wild plum orchard in Culver area is Bend resident’s profitable longtime hobby

According to Cecil C. Moore, long-time Central Oregon resident, “It’s nice to have your own private wild plum thicket where you don’t have to think about a rattlesnake sharing it with you.” Moore, who has a acre and a half planted to wild plums in the Culver area, estimates that this year’s crop will total about three quarters of a ton, when the last two pickings are made within the next week.

The Pacific plum, native to Oregon and Northern California in several variations, is prized by knowledgeable cooks. The preserves are a delicious accompaniment for meats, particularly wild game. Moore has been experimenting with the plums for about 25 years. He has some 350 seedling trees in thickets three and a half miles north of the Crooked River Bridge. His original seeds came from the Lakeview area, where he found eight trees of excellent quality near the remains of an old homestead.

In the fall of 1943, he started planting plum seeds in his yard at 1132 Newport Ave. Although he has harvested plums there almost every year since about 1950, he says the growing season is too short in the local area for dependable production. Conditions are practically ideal, he says in the Culver area, where he started developing an orchard in 1943. Moore’ interest in the wild plums, at first mainly a hobby, has developed into a business sideline with interesting possibilities. “I feel sure that eventually, wild plum orchards will contribute substantially to Central Oregon’s economy,” Moore said. He plans to experiment with budding and grafting in the next few years. An old pioneer, Claude Lampson, first sold Moore on the merits of the wild plum. Lampson had spent one winter trapping fox and marten in the mountainous area near Klamath Lake, and dried wild plums were an important part of his diet. They were also a mainstay, along with venison jersey, of Northwest Indians. The plums from the Lakeview area, where his originated, are of superior quality, Moore says.

They may be frozen with excellent results. He and his wife, Charlcia, found no deterioration in plums they had kept in their freezer as long as four years. They wash and pit the plums and place them in baggies inside half-gallon milk cartons. Here are their favorite recipes, which are also used by their customers, including prestigious local restaurants.

Wild Plum Preserves

4 cups pitted plums

5 cups sugar

Dash of salt

Measure into large preserving kettle, bring to full rolling boil and boil five minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and seal.

Wild Plum Conserve

Wash plums and remove pits. Grind fruit in food chopper. To each 8 cups of wild plums add one lemon and two oranges (ground), a dash of salt and 10 cups of sugar. Bring to rolling boil and boil for five minutes. Add half a cup of chopped walnuts and seal in sterilized jars. (Raisins are an optional addition).

25 years ago

For the week ending

Sept. 21, 1994

It was a black day for last red highway

The last major remnant of cinder road construction in Oregon began to fade to black today on the Cascade Lakes Highway.

A paving crew this morning began applying a 3-inch layer of black asphalt over the 10-mile stretch of rust-red cinder highway between Mount Bachelor and the turnoff to Elk Lake.

The crew from Gladstone did some minor paving work on the highway Wednesday and Thursday. The $1.8 million Federal Highway Administration project is forging ahead despite a few protests from residents sentimental about the old red road. Cinder rock no longer is used in building roads in Oregon because the material is more expensive and less durable than conventional asphalt, engineers involved with the project say.

LeRoy Hackbart, owner of the Elk Lake Resort, spent most of the summer pleading to agency officials and elected leaders to save the old road, but he said the highway agency wouldn’t budge. He even gathered about 100 signatures from resort visitors who also want to see the red pavement preserved.

“We gave them a good run, anyhow,” he said Thursday after the road was sprayed with black oil in preparation for asphalt.

“The whole thing is a farce.” Hackbart still is trying to convince project officials to top the black layer with a final layer of red cinder asphalt which he figures would cost about $60,000. The paving is expected to take 14 days, including weekends.

Reed house rolled out of parkway’s path

The “vehicle” holding up traffic on Division Street this morning was quite a bit wider, taller and older than most: a two-story, 90-year-old house on the first step of its journey to a new home.

“I am so jazzed!” said 49-year-old artist Dee Ford Potter-McClaren, stomping her feet in glee as the so-called Reed House, named for original owner and occupant James Reed, began rolling a few hundred yards up the road to a temporary site.

Early next month, once the hole for a foundation is dug, Potter-McClarren plans to move the house a half-mile south to a large lot on Greeley Avenue, near a similar home she bought 20 years ago and renovated. Reed’s granddaughter, 78-year-old Madge Glasgow, recently sold the house to the artist for an undisclosed sum. Since it was up on railings and off its foundation for months, it was sold as personal property, avoiding the need for recording of a deed.

The state Highway Division paid $192,000 for the land beneath the house a year ago. But its move out of the Bend Parkway’s path ran into a series of delays, the latest over opposition by neighbors at a proposed site east of town, out of fear the house would block views and hurt property values. Potter-McClarren, a Bend resident for 31 years, called Glasgow an “incredible lady” and said she was glad to get a chance to save and restore a piece of history.” I want her to be proud”, she said.

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