Editor’s note: The following editorials appeared in The Bend Bulletin on July 31, 1903, Aug. 14, 1903, July 24, 1903, and Sept. 4, 1903.
Population of Bend
About 250 persons now reside in Bend. This does not mean merely those at the Bend townsite, but includes those at Sisemore’s, Deschutes and Lytle also, those included in the comprehensive community known for years as Bend. Neither does it include those staying here for a few days only. It is the actual resident population, as nearly as can be ascertained. Doubtless a number have been overlooked in so hasty a compilation. Of course, a great many get mail here, including a considerable settlement at the Tumello Ditch, but none who do not make the headquarters in or about the town … Awbrey … Brosterhous Hollinshead … Riley … Steidl. Any who have … been overlooked are requested to report their names to The Bulletin in order that a record that will have historic value may be made.
Silver Lake, with all its postmaster’s precautions against it, had the last case of smallpox in the recent epidemic. An explanation as to how the authorities managed to keep the matter in the dark for so long would be gratefully received by a suspicious public.
Church is built
Hurrah for the First Presbyterian Church of Bend! Who will build the next one?
Keep the river clean
There ought to be a special statement to prevent the pollution of the Deschutes River, and perhaps other Central Oregon streams. What would become of the people in the Deschutes valley if the river water becomes unpotable? There are no wells to supply the wants of people. It is river water or nothing. That stream, now so pure and cool and altogether delightful, is likely to become polluted in the course of time as the population of the valley increases and towns grow up on the edge of the river. It is now, under the circumstances of living on the Deschutes, a moral crime if not a legal one to make the river a dumping ground for undesirable matter from kitchen refuse to the carcasses of defunct animals. Neither ought this river to be paved with tin cans and old stoves. The law as it stands is not sufficient to protect the Deschutes. We must rely upon the decency among the people to serve until the proper laws can be enacted.