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

Oct. 4, 1919

City engineer of Bend overworked

City Engineer Robert B. Gould, was in Portland recently, and was found at the Multnomah hotel by an Oregonian reporter. “During the war my job was about the least desirable in town,” Mr. Gould is quoted as informing the representative of the Portland morning paper. “Now we’ve got so much doing up there that it’s a wonder I ever get a rest,” he continued. “Ive got to rush right back now and look over the water pipes and cement sidewalks that are being laid.”

Move is made for district

The first step in the transformation of the Tumalo Irrigation project was taken yesterday afternoon when a petition signed by 74 property owners was filed in the office of the county court. It will be presented to the Deschutes county court on November 5, according to a notice which accompanied the petition. J.H. Upton of Prineville is the attorney representing the Tumalo ranchers in their move for organization under the state law. The petition which provides for the transformation of the project into a district, takes in land which aggregates upwards of 20,000 acres. The purposes of the change as set forth in the document are to “provide for the construction of works for irrigation and to provide for the reconstruction, betterment, extension purchase, operation, and maintenance of works already constructed and to assume as principal or guarantor indebtedness on account of district lands to the United States under the Federal reclamation laws.” The petition asks the court for the designation of a polling place and voting district and stipulates that the directors be elected at large.

Edgar Abbott has novel invention

C.S. Hudson of the First National bank of Bend, has just received the first sample of an invention being patented by Edgar Abbott, formerly of this city, and which is designed to eliminate the undesireable feature of the folding check pad. The invention consists of a celluloid clip which slides along the pad, smoothing out the fold when a check is being made out. Mr. Abbott is now in New York, where he is patenting this and other inventions.

Tourist route by air planned

Representing the Pacific Air Line Co., which holds the Curtis airplane agency for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, H.C. Charlton, for 18 months an aviation instructor in the U.S. army, visited Bend from Portland today in an endeavor to find a suitable landing field for machines which might make the flight to Central Oregon from the Willamette Valley.

The company of which Mr. Charlton is a member now has five two-passenger machines on the way from the east, he said. These planes are army flyers, and later will be replaced by large machines capable of carrying a pilot and eight passengers. By use of the large airplanes, fares charged passengers can be greatly reduced. Mr. Charlton estimated that Central Oregon would be visited to a considerable extent by flyers from the valley country during the winter months, because of the absence of rain. Regular flights will be made from Portland to Seattle and Tacoma, while emergency flights would be made to Bend. The passenger carrying business of the company will be emphasized from the tourist standpoint.

75 years ago

For the week ending

Oct. 4, 1944

Navy women’s reserves may now serve overseas

Women of Central Oregon who have a desire to “see the world”, now have that opportunity if they join the Waves, Chief Paul H. Connect, in charge of the Bend navy recruiting station said today. The recruiter made known that yesterday President Roosevelt signed a bill making it permissible to assign Waves to duty at American bases in Alaska, Hawaii, England, Australia and the Canal Zone. Previously Waves, Spars and women marines were prohibited from serving outside the United States. Under the new law they can serve in the specified territories if they volunteer for overseas duty, Chief Connet explained.

Californians buy resort at Odell

Sale of the Odell lake resort, which for years has been owned and operated by Ross W. Finley, of Klamath Falls, was announced here today. The new owners are Charles A. Porter and Wilson J. Wade, of Huntington Park, Calif. The Odell resort is situated at the east end of Odell lake, and a short distance off the Willamette highway. Finley said that he planned to return to Klamath Falls where he has other interests. Porter and Wade announced that they have plans for the extensive development of the resort after the war.

Army of red-hatted hunters pass through Bend for deer

An army of red-hatted deer hunters, greatest since pre-war days, passed through Bend today, en route to favorite camps in the Deschutes, Malheur, Fremont and Ochoco woods, and by nightfall it was expected that there would be little more than “standing room” in the better known deer areas. The migration through Bend lasted most of the night, and restaurants and service stations this morning reported a rush business. Many of the early hunters were en route to more distant woods. A light rain that fell over the forest generally improved hunting conditions, and cooler weather pleased nimrods planning on moving venison out of remote areas. Most abundantly hunted region tomorrow will probably be in the Shevlin country, adjacent to the Paulina game refuge. Hundreds of local hunters are planning on leaving here before daylight Sunday, confident of bagging bucks that have strayed out of the reserve and into the country open to hunting. The great majority of hunters passing through Bend today were from western Oregon, with Portland well represented. Despite the light precipitation of last night, foresters have warned hunters that they must exercise extreme caution with fire. Woods in all areas are unseasonable dry, and a grave danger exists, officials say. Hunters were also reminded that the season will not open until 6:19 a.m. tomorrow east of the Cascades — one half hour before sunrise. The bag limit for mule and black tail deer is the same — one buck with forked horns. There will be an open season on does in only a few areas in the state.

Run on coffee in Bend noted; butter sought

A ration scare gripped Bend householders Saturday night, and merchants reported a heavy run on their coffee and butter supplies. The “run” on butter continued in many stores today when housewives considered the proposed rise in four points for the product. Within a few minutes after a radio broadcast told of the OPA’s plans to again ration coffee, dozens of residents swamped the one store remaining open after the broadcast was heard. While a line formed outside the store on the sidewalk, one woman was seen to struggle out with a full case of the beverage making product. The report that coffee would be again rationed was termed a “false alarm” today in Washington, D.C., and officials said there were no plans to ration it.

Gregg’s bakery gets new oven

Installation by Gregg’s Banner bakery in Bend of a new oven, first of its type in the northwest, will take place in the near future, with delivery set for Oct. 20, Glenn H. Gregg, manager of the local bakery, announced today on his return from Seattle, Wash., where he joined other bakers in the inspection of the new equipment. Known as the Rainier traveling oven, the equipment will be capable of turning out 1012 loaves of bread an hour and will weigh 31,000 pounds. Featuring an automatic control that provides for a regulated, even temperature at all times, the oven on its installation here, is expected to attract the attention of many Oregon bakers, inasmuch as it will be the first of its type in the region.

50 years ago

For the week ending

Oct. 4, 1969

Nuclear shot goes off without hitch

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A nuclear device with the force of more than one million tons of TNT was triggered on the barren Aleutian island of Amchitka Thursday, creating little more than a mammoth underground cavern and “considerable ground roll.”

There had been widespread fears that the force of the blast might touch off destructive earthquakes and tidal waves, but the Atomic Energy Commission said no unexpected effects were observed.

The explosion occurred at 3:06 p.m. PDT. Henry Vermillion, an AEC official at Amchitka, said initial readings indicated only “background radiation” around the test site, indicating no radiation escaped from the bottom of the 4,000-foot shaft where the device exploded. The AEC said later in Washington the test went “just as we predicted,” and the commission was gratified by the technical reports from the island. The commission said the shock from the test registered precisely as predicted, with no earthquakes or tidal waves. No ecological effects were evident so far, the AEC said, and sea otters penned nearest ground zero — about 4,500 feet away — appeared to be uninjured. A group of 152 scientists, technicians and other personnel at a camp 20 miles from the explosion reported “considerable ground roll.” The blast measured 6.5 on the Richter magnitude scale on seismographs in California and Hawaii. There were no reports of the blast being felt in Anchorage or other major Alaskan cities. Amchitka is about 1,500 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The heat and power of the blast was expected to create a cavity 200 yards in diameter at the bottom of the hole. The AEC hopes to trigger at least two more devices at Amchitka, including the largest U.S. underground explosion ever. Purpose of the tests have not been revealed, but they were widely reported part of the development of anti ballistic missile warheads.

National Space Administration seismographs on Pine Mountain, 25 miles southeast of Bend, recorded the underground nuclear explosion at Amchitak yesterday. Keith Westhusing of the manned space craft center in Houston said the Pine Mountain instruments began recording earth tremors from the event 35 seconds after 3:13 p.m. yesterday. They lasted about four minutes.


Earthquakes rock N. California considerable damage reported — Marijuana prices same after border blockade — Brandt gets strong backing to unseat Kiesinger — North Vietnamese Say U.S. Prisoners of war being treated fairly — Canadians object to nuclear test

25 years ago

For the week ending

Oct. 4, 1994

At art center, many hands make fine work

Amid the paintings, carvings and other works that adorn Central Oregon’s newest, yet oldest art gallery, it’s hard to see all of the love and sweat that made it happen. But it’s there, nonetheless. Just ask project manager Kris Rees, who downplayed her role among hundreds who helped save the 87-year-old Allen-Rademacher House from the wrecking ball. She credited the dozens of woodworkers, electricians, stone masons, painters and others who stepped forward to lend their expertise to the project.

“It was truly phenomenal,” she said.

Others who will gather at the Mirror Pond Gallery for this evening’s celebration and Friday’s formal ribbon-cutting know that Rees is being a bit modest.

“This thing would have gone into the trash can without her,” said contractor Bill Perkins, one of more than 420 individuals and businesses who contributed time and materials, covering almost half of the project’s $220,000 cost.

More than two years after Bend’s city commission agreed to scrap demolition plans, and a year after it was moved 60 feet during parking lot reconstruction, the house is reborn as a showcase setting for the Central Oregon Arts Association, recipient of a $1-a-year city lease of the facility. There is still some stone work to complete around the front porch, and a donated view garden behind the house will take shape soon. Rees was constantly prodded during more than a year of restoration work when the place would open. Her common reply “It’ll be done when it’s done.”

She said she never thought about giving up or turning over the reins to someone else.

“Who would have been crazy enough to take it over?” She asked.

The occasional creak in the wooden floors speaks to the history of the craftsman-style bungalow, built by Brooks-Scanlon manager Herbert E. Allen and the only home left on the east bank of the Deschutes from Bend’s early days. The arts association will operate the gallery seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. More than 100 volunteer guides will assist gallery manager Barbara Munster with operation of the site, which includes a sales gallery, exhibit room and small coffee-tea shop. The home also may be rented for small group meetings or special events, said Norma Doyle, arts association president. The house also includes public restrooms, a longtime downtown need. They have been adorned with colorful ceramic tiles created by second-graders at Bear Creek Elementary School. Rees quoted builder Hap Taylor’s views about giving back to a community.

“This community has given a lot to me,” she said.

“I raised both my kids here. I hope people new to this area will realize this is what makes a community — giving and caring.”