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. 28, 1919

Teachers’ checks show an increase

Checks were made out yesterday for the teachers of the Bend schools, based on the new scale which provides for increases of not to exceed 11 per cent for any one instructor. Amounts added to contract salaries, according to City Superintendent S. W. Moore, averaged approximately five per cent.

$89,736 is bid on state road

Grading of The Dalles-California highway, from Bend to the Jefferson County line, will be done for $89,736, the amount of the low bid submitted by E.F. Logan, of this city, at the meeting of the State Highway commission in Portland Saturday, it was learned today. Work is to begin at once.

It is the intention of the commission to spend $1,520,000 in Klamath county. Of this sum $380,000 comes from the county; the state will put up as much more, making $760,000, and the government is to be asked to match this state and county money, making a total of $1,520,000. The commission will build a standard state road, which is 16-feet roadway, but there will be a 12-foot travel where the traffic does not justify standard width. Klamath county court submitted a proposition to build three miles of the Klamath Falls-Algona section for the cost plus of 10 per cent, and the commission agreed to accept the offer.

Bids will be called for the rest of the Klamath Falls-Algona road, the Klamath Falls-Dairy Road and the Klamath Falls-Maine road, this latter connecting with the California state lines. These roads are to be standard width, but beyond Dairy will be a 12 foot width. For Lake county the commission ordered for advertising the Lakeview-Crooked creek section.

Bend football man given high praise

Everett Brandenburg left last night for Eugene, where he will take up his studies at the University of Oregon. Brandenburg is captain of the 1919 Oregon football team and will begin training under “Shy” Huntington immediately upon his arrival at Eugene.

According to Coach Huntington, Brandenburg will be one of the sensations of northwest football this year if he has gained anything from his experience of the last two years. Brandenburg is a backfield man, and before entering the university was one of the best known football men in Central Oregon while in the Bend high school.

Bend High students now offered music and art classes

For the first time special classes are being organized this year in music and art, and in physical training in the Bend High school. Work started in these branches this week. The music and art classes were organized on Monday, and the physical training classes met for organization today. Miss Dews will Have charge of the physical training classes and Miss Bonnie Scribner will teach music and art.

High school students carrying music or art throughout the year will receive two-fifths of one credit.

75 Years Ago

For the week ending

Sept. 28, 1944

New chemical makes wood more usable, durable

Portland, Ore., — Development of a chemical for treating wood by a process which virtually transmutes lumber into a new material, has been announced by E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co., it was learned here today.

The chemical hardens woods harder, minimizes swelling, shrinkage or warping and improves durability and strength. The solution also reacts with the components of wood and forms a resin within its structure causing stiffness and density of grain. Among improvements brought to everyday life by the new process were greater beauty in wood products, longer wear in furniture, new colors and entirely new wood products, the company pointed out.

The chemical will enable manufacturers to utilize plentiful, low cost lumber instead of costlier varieties, in that treated wood may be worked more accurately and is more resistant to flame, pests and chemicals, the company stated.

Bend’s Wally Kremers is back in the States

Marine gunnery sergeant Walter S. Kremers, 26, whose wife, Mrs. Barbara Kremers, resides at 505 Franklin avenue, Bend, has been returned from overseas and is now stationed at the marine corps base, San Diego, Cal., where he is awaiting reclassification and a furlough.

Sergeant Kremers, a member of the famed Second marine division, fought in the Saipan and Tinian battles. He wears the presidential unit citation ribbon.

Sergeant Kremers is a former Spokane baseball player. Prior to his enlistment in the corps, he was employed by the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company Inc. in Bend, and is a former bend Elk player.

Record crowd at opening day of Deschutes fair

Reign of Queen Lorelei Hagman, attractive blond Culver miss, chosen last night to rule over the 1944 Deschutes county fair, opened under favorable auspices this morning when cloudless skies encouraged the attendance of the largest crowd in history on the fair’s first day.

Stores closed for six hours today, beginning with the closely observed time for the start of the parade, which swung down Sixth street at 10:30 o’clock. State police, Redmond chief of police Athel Dudley and American Legion color guard, Earl Wycoff, P.M. Houk, Marion Coyner and George Harford, led the parade.

Next section began with the Crook county high school band, followed by a squad of the Redmond CAP, boy scouts, cub scouts, Redmond union high school band and Pep girls, fire department and first aid car.

Queen Lorelei was on horseback and was attended by Frances Parkey, queen of the 1943 fair. M.A. Lynch, Howard Mayfield and Jack Hardison, officials of the fair association, followed. There was representation from the Bend Rimrock Riders, an ancient model “T” driven by Harold Doty, carrying Frank McCafferey, one of the early county fair promoters. There was a chuck wagon and Indian riders.

Sidney Elliott, carrying the American flag, was followed by more horseman, led by Dick Wood. Many of the business and industrial activities of the community were represented in the section of the parade, which followed. Program at the fair ground was starting immediately after lunch, but earlier the grounds were thronged by those interested in the exhibits shown.

Automatic garbage collector is one of few in the West

An automatic garbage collector one of the first of its kind on the Pacific coast, was brought here from Milwaukee, Wis., this week by J.L. Van Huffel of the Central Oregon Motor Co. for delivery to George Paddock, manager of the City Garbage Co. Demonstrated in front of the motor company yesterday afternoon, the new machine attracted considerable attention, with its huge light yellow body rising well above the Dodge chassis.

The equipment makes possible complete operation by one man. Refuse placed in a huge receptacle at the rear is automatically taken aloft and dumped into the main body of the truck, capacity of which is 13 cubic yards. When the truck is filled, it can be automatically dumped. The equipment is sealed when not receiving refuse, assuring complete sanitation, it is pointed out.

50 Years Ago

For the week ending

Sept. 28, 1969

Visitors tour new Sunriver Lodge

After 10 months of construction and a cost of $1.5 million, Sunriver Lodge opened to the public Saturday night at an informal ceremony attended by 100 representatives of the press and 300-400 business and civic leaders.

According to Dick Noble, general manager of the lodge, 400-500 visitors toured the new building at the opening ceremonies, which began Friday afternoon and ended Sunday morning, shortly before the opening of Sunriver’s first convention.

The lodge is made up of three levels with a total of 38,000 square feet of floor space. The lower level houses the golf shop, sauna baths, and lockers. The main floor contains the registration desk, coffee shop, dining area, lounge, and kitchen. On the third level are banquet rooms of varying sizes.

The opening of the lodge represents the opening of Sunriver’s convention center, made up of 77 privately owned two and three-bedroom condominiums, providing accommodations for some 400 persons. The condominiums, though privately owned, are rented for conventions when the owners are not using them. The conference and banquet rooms on the third floor of the lodge can accommodate groups of up to 250 persons, while the nearby remodeled officer’s club of Camp Abbot can accommodate up to 400 persons.

Roger Turk, in charge of conventions at the lodge, said conventions are scheduled at the center for most major weekends, in 1970, with a few scheduled for 1971.

He added the lodge will probably become the convention center of Oregon. Dick Noble, manager of the lodge, said in addition to providing a center for conventions, the lodge will provide a center for owners of condominiums and ultimately, an estimated 6,000 house owners in the development. “In addition,” he said, “we look for skiers and hunters to use the new building.”

Special mortgage burning planned at Lutheran church

The congregation of First Lutheran Church, Idaho and Wall, will celebrate with a mortgage burning Sunday. A special ceremony is planned for the 10 a.m. service.

The occasion marks retirement of the debt on Luther House, the $80,000 parish unit built in 1961. The Rev. R. Ylvisaker, now of Oregon City, will be the speaker. He was pastor of the local church when the building project was undertaken.

Others who will take part in the ceremony are Lester Wick, Dr. Edgar Timm and Mrs. Selma Larson. Wick was president of the congregation eight years ago, and Dr. Timm was building committee chairman. He is now president of the congregation. Mrs. Larson is a lifelong member of the congregation.

Young people of the church, who use Luther House for their study program will provide the music. Miss Ivy Grover will present a historical account, touching on highlights of the building year and events preceding and following.

After the service, the congregation will join in an informal dinner. Ray Deetz and Mrs. Grace Theige are in charge of arrangements.

In connection with plans for the mortgage burning celebration, members of Hannah Circle, one of the women’s groups, designed a unique rug for the Fellowship Room of Luther House. It was made entirely of new shag pieces, with the Lutheran emblem in the center, surrounded by sunbursts of white. The 11 by 11-foot circle is filled in with colors used in decoration of the large room. Mrs. Bill Ziegler and Mrs. Earl Ropp were the co-designers.


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25 Years ago

For the week ending

September 28, 1994

State revises Brookswood speed plans after outcry

Brookswood Boulevard may remain a 45 mph speed zone following an outcry from residents angry that the state had proposed setting the limit at 55 mph on the southwest Bend road, which passes an elementary school.

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced today it has revised its recommendation of a 55 mph speed zone on Brookswood between the Pinebrook subdivision and Baker Road. The agency now is proposing a 45 mph speed limit for the road, which currently has no official limit but which is posted for 45 mph.

“Because of the proximity of the school and because Brookswood is being used as the U.S. (Highway) 97 detour, I am submitting a revised report,” said Steve Wilson, an ODOT traffic engineer in Bend.

The higher speed recommendation was based on a field investigation that showed the prevailing speed on Brookswood is 52 mph. However, Wilson said Oregon administrative rules that dictate speed limits based on prevailing speeds also allow some leeway in special circumstances.

In this case, those circumstances centered around concern for the safety of children attending the Elk Meadow Elementary School on Brookswood. Even though the state proposes a 20 mph school zone past the school, many residents complained that 55 mph is too fast for either side of the school zone.

Deschutes County’s road department fielded 100 calls, all opposing the 55 limit, on Friday and Monday. Angry calls continued this morning, county traffic engineer Gary Judd said today. With that many complaints, he said, the county had planned to appeal the state’s first proposal.

Wilson said the 45 mph speed will require increased police enforcement to be effective, particularly during the first few months. The State Traffic Engineer has final approval of the speed limit.