Bend Company is Organized

Portland, April 4.–Today the new Bend Company was organized, the $360,000 stock was subscribed, and officers were elected.

D. F. Brooks is President, Clyde McKay, Vice-President;  A. O. Hunter, Treasurer; Ralph Averill, of Minneapolis, Secretary, and J. M. Lawrence, General Manager.

The Board of Directrors is made up of the follwing: D.F. Brooks, H.D. Gipson, D.L. McKay, Clyde McKay, A.O. Hunter, D.E. Hunter and J.M. Lawrence.

On Friday the final actual transfer of the Drake property and execution of the papers will take place.

D.F. Brooks represents the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company in the deal; H.D. Gipson the Scanlon-Gipson Company; and the McKays the Christian-Mueller Company. this means that the three chisf owners of the timber near Bend now have a large interest in the townsite. The Hunters represent the D.E Hunter Realty Co. of Dayton, Ohio; they already have extensive properties at Bend.

 Source: Bend Bulletin

New Company Formed

On March 23rd articles of incorporation of The Bend Company were filed at Salem. The company is capitalized at $360,000. The incorporators are J. M. Lawrence, Franklin T. Griffith and Clyde M. McKay.

In the property which has been acquired by The Bend Company is included 3000 acre of timber land, 2000 acres of agricultural land, 1400 acres adjacent to town, 1300 platted lots, the P. B. D. Co. sawmill, the power and lighting plants, city water system and various water power and irrigation rights.

It is understood that J. M. Lawrence and A. O. Hunter will return to Bend the latter part of this week.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Bend Townsite Changes Hands

The Bend Townsite and its subsidiarity holdings has changed hands. An agreement was entered into  and a partial payment made in Portland on March 2nd, whereby the townsite, mill, power dam and electric equipment, and the water system, pass to the control of the Bend Company. A. M. Drake, and Frank Robertson, Vice President and President, respectively, of the present Bend Townsite Co., are completely eliminated.

It was found to be impractical  to handle the interests of Robertson and Drake separately, so the former’s fifth interest in the Bend Townsite Co. and half interest in the Water Company were taken and will be consolidated with the Drake holdings in the new corporation

According to J.M. Lawrence who returned to Bend Monday evening, the actual transfer of the property will occur on March 20th

“As yet the new corporation Is not organised nor its officers elected,” said Mr. Lawrence. “However, as soon as tho Incorporation is effected, and its officers elected, no time will be lost in inaugurating an active campaign of development. Among other things a new schedule of property values will be prepared and extensive publicity work will lie undertaken.”

It Is understood that A.O. Hunter will have charge of the realty and advertising end of the business, and that Clyde McKay, on behalf of the Mueller Lumber Co., will have charge of the lumber interest of the new organization.

Among the stockholders of the new company are, the D.E. Hunter Realty Co. of Dayton, Ohio, which already has extensive holdings in Bend, the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota,  Ed. C. Mueller of the Christian-Mueller Lumber Co. of Davenport, Iowa, J. M. Lawrence and others. Both the above named lumber companies have heavy timber holdings near Bend. Milling of their holdings at Bend naturally may be expected to follow their newly acquired realty interests there.

For more than a month A. M. Drake has been in Portland from his winter home in Pasadena, California, conferring with the other parties in the deal. Lawrence has been working on the proposition for several months, as has A.O. Hunter, and others.

Sam Brooks of the Brooks-Scanlon Co., together with Clyde McKay, was In Bend in the latter part of January with A. O. .Hunter, making a careful examination of the town and the property in which his company proposed to interest itself.

The present townsite company acquired its holdings early in the spring of 1910, A. M. Drake turning over the management of affairs to Frank Robertson. It is understood the holdings affected by the present transfer include all the unsold portions of the Bend Townsite, Center, Park, Lava Road and North Additions and some 100 acres adjacent; in the neighborhood of 5000 acres of Timber; the old Pilot Butte Development Co. lumber mill; and the properties of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co., including Bend’s water and light system, the power dam on the Deschutes, water rights, etc.

A. M. Drake came to Bend in 1900, the next year commencing the irrigation work, which in 1903 was taken over by the D. I. &. P. Co. Much of the townsite property was acquired through the application of script.

Source: Bend Bulletin

EXTRA! Townsite Deal Goes Through

Bend Company is Name of New Organization which Will Control Townsite Holdings, and Power and Water Systems.

The Bend Townsite and its subsidiary holdings has changed hands. An agreement him been entered into, and a partial payment made, whereby the townsite, mill, power dam and electric equipment, and the water system pass to the control of the Bend Company. A. M. Drake,and Frank Robertson, Vice President and President, respectively, of the present Bend Townsite Co., are entirely eliminated.

Below is the text of a message just received from J.M. Lawrence:

bend-soldAgreement for the sale of all interests at Bend of A. M. Drake and Frank Robertson has been signed, and partial payment has been made. It was found to be impracticable to handle these interests separately, so Robertson’s contingent fifth interest of the Bend Townsite Company and half interest of the Water Company are taken and will be consolidated with the Drake holdings in a new consolidation to be known as the Bend Company.

Neither Drake or Robertson will have any share in the new company. The purchase of the entire holdings required material modifications of the plan contemplated when negotiations were entered upon two months ago, but speedy completion of the detail is nowlargely a matter of routine.

A. O. Hunter and Clyde McKay have gone cast to close matters there, and I will push the work here at this end. (Signed) J.M. LAWRENCE.

It is understood, though as yet not officially announced, that among the stockholders of the new company are, the D.E. Hunter realty Co. of Dayton, Ohio, which already has extensive holdings in Bend, the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Co. of St. Paul Minnesota, the Mueller Lumber Co. of Davenport, Iowa, J.M. Lawrence and a number of Portland and other capitalists. Both the above named lumber companies have heavy timber holdings near Bend. Milling of their holdings naturally may be expected to follow their newly acquired realty interests.

Drake, who through nominally was not the head of the present townsite company, it is understood controlled by far the major part of the stock. For more than a month he has been in Portland fro his winter home in Pasadena, California, conferring with the other parties in the deal. Lawrence has been working on the proposition for several months, as has A.O. Hunter, and others.

Sam Brooks of the Brooks-Scanlon Co., together with Clyde McKay was in Bend in the latter part of January with A.O. Hunter, making a careful examination of the town and the property in which his company proposed to interest itself.

The present townsite the company acquired its holdings early in the spring of 1910. A.M. Drake turning over the management of affairs to Frank Robertson. It is understood the holdings affected by the present transfer include all the unsold portions of the Bend Townsite, Center, Park, Lava Road, and North Additions and some 400 acres adjacent; in the neighborhood of 5000 acres of timber; the old Pilot Butte Development Co. lumber mill; and the properties of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co., including Bend’s water and light system, the power dam on the Deschutes, water rights, etc.

A.M. Drake came to Bend in 1900, the next year commencing the irrigation work, which in 1903 was taken over by the D. I. & P. Co. Much of the townsite property was acquired through the application of script.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Robertson arrive in Bend tomorrow night. It is understood they will leave, after about a week, for Europe.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Electricity On

Bend is Lighted by Big Plant — No Hitch at Start —
New Water Pump to be Installed with Greater Capacity.

Last Wednesday* evening Bend’s first electric lights were turned on, and the initial water power to be harnessed from the Deschutes River was put to practical use. Bend now has In successful operation not only the finest electric plant in Central Oregon, but the local system in every respect is as thoroughly equipped as any plant of even larger capacity in the state.  There are now over five miles of pole wire strung upon 85 poles and another mile for connections with buildings.

The readiness with which the business men have contracted to wire their buildings is proof that Bend will be the best lighted city anywhere in Central Oregon. Equipment has arrived for 10 arc lights which noon will be placed on the principal corners, and It is understood that in a short time a lighting system will be devised for the residence districts.

It is understood that in the neighborhood of $40,000 has been expended by the Bend Water Light & Power Co. in the construction of the dam and power plant, exclusive of the installation of the very considerable outside wiring equipment. Many delays and difficulties were encountered and overcome since the inauguration of construction last October, freighting cement 100 miles at two cents a pound made one, not to mention the difficulty of securing labor in the early stages of the undertaking.

The equipment which has been installed to date consists of a 30-Kilowot exciter generator and a 100-Kilowot Bullock generator. The water wheel develops 264 horsepower, although the generators require but 135. The plant demands the services of two men, operating as it now is.

The station building is also expected to house the pumping plant, which will be installed as soon as the new 2-step 5000-gallon-per-minute pump arrives. This apparatus will double the capacity of the present water system, and by employing the pump now in use the capacity will be trebled.  There are already more than 375 lights in use, and as soon as the remainder of the buildings for which contracts have been taken can be connected up there will be over 500.

For the present the power will be on from 4:30 p. in. until midnight, and from 4 to 8 a. m. Thus far the following have had wiring installed:

Williams Bros., J. F. Taggert & Co., John Legat, Patteron Drug Co,, Biljou Theatre, Anton Aune, Linster’s Theatre, R. M. Smith Clothing Co., Star Bakery, Central Oregon Realty Co., E. A. Sather, The Home Restaurant, S, C. Caldwell, First National Bank, Pilot Butte Livery Stable, Bend Hardware Co.. Post Office, Hotel Bend, F. C. Rowlee, Hoteling 1 Bldg., Bowling Alley, Chapman Bldg., Aune’s Hotel, Eggleston Bldg., Johnson Bldg., K. of P. Hall, A. T. Frame, A. C. Lucas, A. M. Lara, Millard Triplett, L. R. Baird, Mrs. Waite, R. B. Matrig, Fred Hunnell and Austrivnako Svratiahte.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Mirror Pond Editor’s note: “Last Wednesday” is November 2, 1910.

Try Out Power Plant

The first Deschutes power for generating electricity has been used. Last Friday* water was turned into the flume and on to the water wheel In the new power house of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co. This was done to give the plant a thorough testing preparatory to starting the lighting system, probably next week. Everything worked smoothly, there being no hitch in the operation of the machinery.

As soon as an auto-transformer arrives from Portland, which probably will be brought ,in this week by Frank Robertson, all will be in readiness “to turn on the juice” and give Bend its first electric lights. The system and power equipment is the largest and most complete of any in Central Oregon.

Source: Bend Bulletin

* Mirror Pond Editor’s note: “Last Friday” is October 28, 1910.

Local Fleet Increases

Boaters paddle Mirror Pond in Bend circa 1910. Courtesy Des Chutes Historical Museum
Boaters paddle Mirror Pond in Bend. July, 1910.  Courtesy Des Chutes Historical Museum

local-fleet-increasesSaturday last witnessed the launching of Herbert Allen’s new craft, the “Elf,” upon the waters of the Deschutes. Charles Stanborrough built the “goodly vessel,” which is a clinker-built row boat 16 ft. in length, of beautiful design and workmanship. Despite the protests of interested friends no ceremony accompanied the launching, nor was any champagne or even near beer broken over the prow of the infant Dreadnaught as, sliding from the ways of the Stanborrough ship yard, she felt “a thrill of life along her keel.”

In the first days of this week two more boats have been added to the fast growing fleet on “Park Lake.” After a dusty cruise from Shaniko a row boat arrived for Mrs. Drake. Also a canoe, owned by J. T. Robinson and G. P. Putnam. Counting H.J. Overturf’s “Liza Jane,” formerly the property af A. F. Shireman, and “Cleopatra’s Barge,” as the work scow which has been at large on the pond since the completion of the dam is styled, the local fleet now numbers seven craft, not to mention several more which it is reported are under consideration.

Source: Bend Bulletin-1910-08-03

Big Fish For Oregon Car

big-fish-for-oregon-carLast Thursday J. N. Hunter, W. H. Staats, “Bill” Brock and Prince Staats returned from a fishing trip “upriver” in Mr. Staats’s auto. The chief purpose of the expedition was to secure a number of Dolly Varden trout to be sent to the Great Northern Railroad for exhibition purposes in the “Oregon Car,” that is to be sent out through the East, and elsewhere.

The party brought back a dozen huge “Dollies,” many weighing over ten pounds. These were boxed carefully, packed in ice, and sent by express to an expert in Portland who will prepare them for exhibition purposes, in large glass jars especially made for the purpose. These Deschutes “Dollies,” and other trout (as soon as they can be will be the only finny representatives of Oregon used on the publicity car, with the exhibition of some salmon from Astoria, says F. W. Graham, the G. N. representative in charge of the work.

Source: Bend Bulletin

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Install Plant.

Dynamo, Generator, and Wire Soon in Shaniko. Water Wheel Shipped.
Mains to be Extended At Once.

Portland, Or., June 26. — The next 60 days will see great activity in Bend civic improvement,  says President Robertson of the Bend Townsite Company who has been busy with plans since he came to Portland has accomplished a great deal. A 50-inch Samson turbine water wheel, to develop 210 horsepower has been ordered from the shops at Springfield, Ohio. It is now ready for shipment and is only waiting for the dimension of the pulleys, which is a matter of nice calculation.

A 100 KW generator and 7½ KW exciter, together with a complete outfit of station fittings have already been shipped from the shops at Milwaukee and should be in Shaniko by the end of this week. This will run more than 4000 16-candlepower incandescent lamps.

A carload of 4-, 6-, and 8-inch water main has been order for immediate shipment.

The electric will will use 125 horsepower, the flour mill 40 horsepower and the works pump 20 Horsepower, thus leaving a margin of 25 horsepower to take the capacity of the water wheel. This is with everything running at once.

With shops and transportation lines business, and the necessity for completion expert calculations specifications could be perfected, annoying delays have been encountered.

President Robertson will be for Bend in a few days, accompanied by J. E. Bade, the water works engineer, and by Photographer Gifford of The Dalles. Extension of mains will be taken at once. Gifford is to make a lot of new photographs of actual scenes in the Deschutes country for use in extensive advertising.

A traveler from Canada just arrived here says he firs; heard of Bend in Winnipeg and that every trainman he talked with between Winnipeg and Portland not only knew about Bend but spoke of Central Oregon as the coming country.

For the last week since the completion of the a force of 20 men has been engaged in preparing for the installation of the water wheel and electric plant. What with the sound of the blasting in this work and the railroad construction a taste of Fourth of July noise already is supplied. Three crews of men are engaged in erecting poles for the lighting system, and already 100 poles have been cut and placed in position along the alleys preparatory to being placed in the holes which been dug and drilled for them. The five miles of wire that will be strung on these poles is now in Shaniko.

Source: Bend Bulletin