Obituary: Virginia Wolfe

vwolfeMay 25, 1918 – June 5, 2012

Bend Water Pageant Queen 1935

Virginia “Ginny” was destined to live life as she saw it, mostly in interesting ways that we envied. She was a strong-willed girl who was fortunate to have parents that loved, and encouraged her to find her own path.

Born May 25 1918, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Greek and Lillian Beaston, they moved to Bend, Oregon soon after, where she was raised by her mother, and stepfather, Bill Anderson. She was athletic, and loved the game of tennis. After graduation from Bend High, she attended finishing school in Seattle, before graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Ginny’s beauty, and outgoing personality, were instrumental in her being elected Queen of the Bend Water Pageant in 1935.

She met and married the love of her life, Jake Wolfe in 1945. Jake was an Iowa boy, fresh home from the war. During the course of their 51 years together, they raised three children, Kim, Scott, and Marcia, who were with her at her time of passing in La Quinta, California, June 5, 2012. At one time she ran the Keystone Trailer park, helped start WB Anderson Trailer & Marine Sales, and was a strong supporter of Jake’s decision to found The Bank of the Cascades. Jake passed in 2001. He, equally supported her desire to open The Copper Room fine dining restaurant and bar, loving the experience and its patrons, becoming “Ginny” to all. They traveled the world in their later years and never stopped having fun while enjoying the spectacle of life and nature.

Her passing was a beautiful time, with her children at her side, holding her hand, with the strains of Amazing Grace in the background. Her dog “Woof” gave her one last kiss, and she slipped away.

Virginia Wolfe

Bend businesswoman dies at 94

Bend has lost one of its most vibrant characters as well as a part of its history.

“She was very flamboyant,” said her daughter, Marcia Wolfe. “She was the kind of person with a different drummer.”

Virginia “Ginny” Wolfe, a longtime Bend resident and business entrepreneur, died of natural causes June 5.

She was 94.

Born in Muskogee, Okla., in 1918, Wolfe moved with her family to Bend when she was 6. She graduated from Bend High School at 16, and studied premed at Willamette University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree. She came back to Bend and married Jake Wolfe in 1945.

The Wolfes started Jake’s Diner, WB Anderson Mobile Home Sales, and The Copper Room, a fine dining restaurant in downtown Bend, in the 1970s. Jake’s Truck Stop and Diner, now known as Jake’s Diner, used to be on South U.S. Highway 97 near Badger Road and was operated out of the house Virginia Wolfe grew up in. Jake Wolfe also helped start the Bank of the Cascades in 1976.

“They had a big part in the way that Bend was shaped,” Marcia Wolfe said.

At one point in the 1970s, the Wolfes were one of the larger employers in Central Oregon, employing more than 100 people, said Virginia Wolfe’s son, Kim Wolfe.

But Virginia Wolfe wasn’t all business. She had a fun-loving side, too. She was elected Queen of the Bend Water Pageant in 1935, and was a hand and hat model for a department store in Portland when she was young, her daughter said. Virginia also loved to wear bright, bold colors and wear flashy watches. Her grandchildren called her “Grandma Bling.”

“There was nobody that she didn’t love,” Marcia Wolfe said. “Everybody wanted her as a mom.”

Source: The Bulletin ©2012

Royal return: Teens vie for revived Water Pageant’s crowns

Ten teen-agers who just might restore a cynic’s faith in the “species” have been chosen to represent Deschutes County’s five high schools and vie for the queen’s and king’s crowns in a new feature of the revived, second annual Bend Water Pageant.

Nine of the 10 students, all from the Class of 2002, met with reporters and each other for the first time Wednesday morning at Pioneer Park (Justin Little of Sisters High was at work, alas). None appeared shy or embarrassed to be wearing the kind of satin sashes long associated with beauty pageants, and instead expressed pride in a chance to represent their school and promote an event they had known little or nothing about before.

The Bend Youth Crew, which puts on the event with coordinator Ethel Stratton of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, turned to teachers and counselors in a bid to find students to nominate for the honor. Criteria included character, a grade-point average of at least 2.5, participation in sports or the arts, community service/involvement and leadership qualities.

In a year of proclaimed drought across much of the state, it’s somewhat fitting that the Water Pageant court was named in one of Bend’s rainiest weeks in months – but that the sun shone through Wednesday as the participants lined up for photos and instructions from Stratton.

“We could not have been more blessed,” she said.

Unlike most events around the region, there are no corporate sponsors for the Water Pageant. Instead, it is the signature fund-raiser for the Victims Assistance Program of Deschutes County. The state-mandated program, overseen by the district attorney’s office, is the sole recipient of all proceeds from the event.

Judges will pick pageant king and queen; but don’t call them princes or princesses

A panel of judges, including local business people, will choose a king and queen from among the 10 teens to reign over the festivities, scheduled for Aug. 13-19. Last summer, the Water Pageant was successfully revived after a 35-year absence, featuring a newly built, giant swan float on Mirror Pond and the theme, “Rediscover the Spirit.” This year’s theme: “2001: A Water Odyssey.”

The members of the court are: Erik Berglund and Kat Leatherwood of Bend High; Joe Meredith and Mari Hickman of Mountain View High; Shane Van Matre and Kara Rasmussen of Redmond High; Brian Collins and Shandi Isaccson of LaPine High; and Justin Little and Jamie Cundiff of Sisters High.

Note that, while any of them 10 may be crowned Water Festival king or queen in August, they are not referred to in the meantime as princes or princesses, only as members of the court. Stratton noted that even the Portland Rose Festival has dropped the historic moniker of princesses, in favor of “ambassadors.” The royal element isn’t what’s stressed, she said, but that the young people “are representatives of their communities and the school.”

The Water Pageant court will march in the July 4th parade in Redmond and a similar event in La Pine on July 7, and also will make civic appearances before such bodies as the county commission and city councils.

Cundiff said she’s done community service projects before, but “not on a citywide basis” like her new role. Berglund said the first word each participant got was a phone call in which Stratton identified herself as being with the sheriff’s office. “So she scared us,” he joked.

The original Bend Water Pageant, begun in the 1930s, also had its queens (no kinds), and Stratton said it was “a very political” affair. Businesses, such as the sawmills and insurance companies, would select a girl and sponsor her in the event. “Then they had to sell tickets,” she said, “and the one who sold the most tickets was named queen.”

Scholarships may be in event’s future; parade, walk/run added this year

The old saw about the Miss America contest is that it isn’t a beauty pageant, it’s a scholarship competition. And Stratton said the Water Pageant organizers are looking for assistance with the idea that perhaps the court members, or just the king and queen, also could win scholarships. (The court will grow to an even dozen next year, after Summit High School opens, she said.)

The Water Pageant again will include some popular events from last year’s revival, including a downtown barbecue and old West shootout, the Saturday morning “gravity drags” soap box races, a tea and fashion show, “queen’s ball” (family dance) and a family picnic Sunday afternoon at Drake Park.

But there are new elements this year as well, including a 5K run/walk on Sunday morning, and a Friday night twilight parade, for which the event organizers are seeking participants, from musicians to clowns or jugglers. Contact Stratton at 388-6659 or .

Source: The Bend Bugle ©2001

Water Pageant back again: ‘2001: A Water Odyssey’

The Bend Youth Council is pleased to present to the residents of Deschutes County the 2nd Bend Water Pageant of this century, “2001: A Water Odyssey”. The pageant takes place in downtown Bend and on the banks of the Deschutes River. Honoring the Deschutes River as an intrigal player in Bend’s history we acknowledge our heritage this year with a “Water Odyssey”. Once again Bends rich and colorful heritage will unfold for our residents and visitors to our community.

In 1933 the first pageant grew from the creative minds of a few Bend citizens, graduates of the University of Oregon. Recalling the Canoe Fetes in Eugene they believed Bend could do the same but on a grander scale. A few thousand people viewed the first event “with a few small floats and a few pretty girls, drifting down the river.” By 1965 there were 19 floats, 20,000 people lining the banks of the Deschutes to view the event and a 90 foot lighted arch spanning the river.

The rebirth of the Pageant in 2000 was not designed to replicate the previous pageant but to acquaint current Bend residents with our history. Newcomers to the area never had the opportunity to participate in or experience the true community spirit of Bend in the early 30’s and 40’s, nor the extravagant Bend River Pageant. Today Bend is hailed for our livability, volunteerism and civic commitment. This certainly comes in part from the legacy left by the residents of this area in the past 90 years. Their spirit and civic commitment is not forgotten but cherished and reborn in this premier event.

“Rediscover the Spirit” in 2000 was a wonderful success. Collaborative thinking, creativity and the artistic talents of current residents made last year’s event a grand success. The weeklong pageant was presided over by the 1934 Queen Lois Maker Gumpert and the 1965 Queen Linda Mirich Williamson. Many court members from previous years were in attendance for the rebirth of this event. The community was treated to an old fashioned ice cream social; an old west BBQ and “Shoot Out” in downtown Bend presented by the Horse Ridge Pistoleros; a historic fashion show and tea set in the park featuring fashions from Bends past; and the presentation of a 30 foot lighted swan float, designed and built by community members. Over $100,000 of in-kind and volunteer labor went into the crafting and launching of this float. Court members from 1934 to 1965 gathered for a reunion at the famous Pine Tavern in downtown Bend and Saturday evening these court members floated once again down the Deschutes River to cheering crowds lining the banks of the river.

This event is “By the community – For the community.” There are no corporate sponsors. All events are “adopted” by or donated to the pageant by local businesses, agencies or individuals. We rely heavily on volunteers, in-kind donations and direct financial support. The sale of T-shirts, posters, prints and swan pins generate funds to defray the expenses of putting on a pageant of this quality and size. Our carver that produced the beautiful hand carved wooden swans last year has designed another beautiful piece for this year and we do have a few of the original 2000 swans left for purchase.

“2001: A Water Odyssey” includes new and exciting events. Kick off is Monday August 13th with the launching of the giant swan in Mirror Pond. Court members will be available . This year courts members come from local high schools in Sisters, Redmond, Bend and LaPine, having been nominated by their teachers and counselors. Final court selections will come in early June.

Tuesday August 14th the court will be making appearances throughout the county.

Wednesday August 15th brings back the sumptuous old time BBQ and the incredible Old West Shootout in downtown Bend. Come see the Horse Ridge Pistoleros with their guns blazing as they tame the old west. Two shows available.

Thursday August 16th the court will appear at Munchin Music in Drake Park.

Friday August 17th the Twilight Parade will wind through downtown Bend ending with the coronation of this years King and Queen.

Saturday morning the 18th dawns early with the running of the second annual Gravity Drag races. Children 8 to 14 will race in their derby cars down Revere Street to the cheering of residents and on lookers alike. The historic fashion show will be held in the afternoon; the day will closes with the Queens Dance–an event for the whole family.

Sunday morning the 19th join us for the first annual “Foot Race Classic.” Promotion and financial backing for this 5K-run/walk event comes from the Athletic Club of Bend. The excitement continues from noon to 5:00 pm with the Greatest Little Golf Tournament in the West. Join us for 10 holes of “Golf Around Bend”. We guarantee this will be a challenge for any golfer and the prizes at each hole are fabulous. Fun for the whole family! There will be an old fashioned hot dog and hamburger feed served family style, ice cream and drinks on the banks of the Deschutes.

Revival of the Water Pageant was designed as the Signature fundraiser for the Victims Assistance of Deschutes County. The Foundation is the sole recipient of all proceeds from this event. This state mandated program is carried under the District Attorneys office and provides a total support system for victims of all crimes in this county. We honor the work of these people and hope through community support we can present them with a generous check for their work next year.

It is important to note that this event is being designed and brought to the community by a dedicated group of local youth, ages 15 to 18. The work from the Youth Council last year set an example of quality, professionalism and true community spirit. Some of the youth from last year are returning from college to help out again this year with the event.

Source: The Bend Bugle

Reborn Bend Water Pageant floats gracefully into view

Lots of great things fade from view over time — but they all aren’t necessarily gone forever. Witness the past week’s return of a 30-year summer tradition that vanished 35 years ago – the Bend Water Pageant.

Hundreds of residents have taken part in or observed a wide variety of events, from an English tea and historic fashion show to a downtown Wild West shootout, an ice cream social and the biggest event of all — literally — the debut of a 20-foot-tall, 30-foot-long, 3-ton swan floating gracefully upon Mirror Pond, to the cheers of onlookers and the curiosity of its smaller feathered friends.

The attendance has been fairly light at some events, but Ethel Stratton, who led an army of volunteers that brought the pageant back to life, seemed happy with the results Friday as she busily prepared for a junior-senior intergenerational prom and Saturday’s final events: soapbox-style “gravity drag” races, an afternoon social at the Pine Tavern and the grand finale, a music and light show as the swan floats across Mirror Pond, carrying a bevy of past pageant queens and princesses. (Fire danger has prompted a scrubbing of a planned fireworks show.)

“It’s doing just what we hoped,” Stratton said of the event. “It’s gathering the community together.”

Blindfolds kept swan building site ‘secret’

A pair of reporters were briefly blindfolded a couple of weeks ago – more as a gesture, since the clues were obvious – as they were led into a large east Bend shop where the biggest single rebirth of the entire week-long event, the big swan, was being built by dozens of volunteers, young and old.

The first “River Pageant” was held in 1933, as a few University of Oregon graduates returned to their hometown and recalled Eugene’s canoe celebrations. The first pageant had a few small floats with pretty girls on them, drifting down the river as a few thousand people looked on. The very next year, the festival included 19 floats, a 48-foot-tall arch with elaborate lighting system, and over 12,000 people in attendance. By 1965, the year of the last Water Pageant, close to 20,000 residents and visitors were taking part, as local businesses and organizations designed and built floats and provided volunteers and donations.

Why did the long tradition die then? A variety of reasons, said Stratton, who has led the organizing of the revived Water Pageant as a fund-raiser for the Deschutes County Victims Assistance Foundation. The costs of the mid-’60s event were rising, and some neighbors complained of the impact on their private property (shades of the Drake Park/Munch and Music debates decades later). There also were relatively few hotel or motel rooms at the time to house the influx of visitors. But there also was another element, as Stratton has learned – “there were streakers” (years ahead of the ’70s fad) who apparently decided the big show was a good time to show off their own natural features.

The new pageant is a “first annual,” in a way. The focus is on a series of events that build a sense of community connections, Stratton said – from Monday’s ice cream social (Ben and Jerry’s, in typical fashion, donated 5,000 servings) to Tuesday’s cowboy poetry and chuckwagon BBQ, Wednesday’s “proper tea” and vintage fashion show, Friday’s junior/senior intergenerational prom and Saturday’s “gravity drag” race of kid/parent built soapbox style cars on Revere Avenue (an event not sanctioned by the Soapbox Derby this year, but that’s expected in 2001).

Swan builders race the clock

Volunteers raced the clock in hopes the floating swan would be ready to unveil Monday evening, but logistics and other issues pushed the debut back three days. A late, short shipment of foam that forms much of the swan’s shape pushed them back, but long hours were catching things up, said designer Peter Gramlich and project leader Dave Abramson, a juvenile counselor with Deschutes County’s Juvenile Justice Department.

“I think what has surprised me more than anything else are people who were saying, ‘You must be joking’ when we first hatched the idea,” Stratton said, “and now they are as enthusiastic as anyone and pitching right in.” Unlike the panoply of fund-raisers held around the year in Central Oregon, the Water Pageant is billed as a “sponsor-free” event – “we want it to be owned by the community,” Stratton said, so there’s no big banners or signs for each firm or person donating goods, services or money.

The funds are being raised in a variety of ways, from charging for the food and events to $5 brass swan pins, $12 T-shirts, $30 posters and $50 handcrafted miniature swans. An original Jennifer Lake Miller painting that combines images of the past and present Water Pageant activities will be auctioned off, as will a larger carved wooden swan and 14K gold swan pin.

The various events were detailed in the Web site at . The 12-member Bend Youth Council has played a key role in making several of the events happen. “It’s all exciting,” said Joan Hamby, an 18-year-old Mountain View High graduate.

The connection between this year’s pageant, wih its theme of “Rediscover the Spirit,” and the Victims Assistance Foundation isn’t hard for Stratton to espouse. “If we’re more connected to the community and to our neighbors, the impact (is that) crime is reduced,” she said. Stratton also hopes it will bring more locals to enjoy downtown shops: “It’s not just a tourist town,” she said. Former county commissioner Nancy Schlangen, director of the Victims’ Assistance Program, said “we want as many as locals as possible to participate” in the wide variety of events.

State Soapbox champ father/sons help new generation

Saturday’s events begin with the “Bend Gravity Drag” races of eight soapbox-style racers down the gentle hill on Revere Avenue between Eighth and Fourth streets. Two state-champion Soap Box Derby cars are on display at Jim Smolich Motors, thanks to brothers Matt and Brian Carlson of Bend and their dad, Ken Carlson, of Prineville. All three, along with Ken’s daughter, have been state Soap Box champions, when they lived in Boring, and all got to race in the national event at Akron, Ohio. The huge trophies up for grabs in this year’s inaugural event shine in the dealer’s display case.

“Big Brother” Richard Benson of Tumalo, a chiropractor by trade, was helping his “Little Brother,” 8-year-old Brandon Tovar, get to work on a car in the Jim Smolich service garage the other night. Another participant will be Luke Smolich, the car dealer’s 12-year-old and mechanically inclined grandson. “I’ve been around cars all my life,” the youngster said with authority, anxious to test out a car that weighs 250 pounds, rides 3 inches off the asphalt and can travel at speeds of 35 mph.

Meanwhile, out at the – well, we can’t say where – the new-generation swan took shape. In a fitting twist, Mountain View High student Ryan Moss, 15, suggested by his teacher for his computer-aided design proficiency, also found the fiberglass-reinforced composite deck and rail system used for the 10-by-20-foot base – on the Internet. “It’s,” he said with a smile.

Old swan, plans gone, so started from scratch

The old swan, which the queen and princess rode on, apparently was lost in a fire and the original plans were never located, despite extensive searching. So Gramlich said he spent hours photographing swans in Drake Park before turning to a computer for creation of the detailed sketches. Everyone involved held their breath recently when the base, complete with 2,000 pounds of steel, had a test float on a private pond – and by gum, it floated, with only some minor adjustments to be made.

The task has been more daunting, and technical, than first thought, so at-risk youngsters in the “restorative justice” program weren’t involved in the early stages. They were able to help with later stages, layering the concrete polymer that will make up the 34-foot-long swan’s final surface, before painting. The head and neck are detachable, allowing the swan to make it under the 14 ½-foot railroad underpass en route to Drake Park.

One other big difference from the original swans – most were built as stage props, so they could only be viewed from one side, much like the fake storefronts of low-budget early Westerns, Abramson and Gramlich said. The young queen used to ride on the large swan, followed by princesses on smaller cygnet craft. A half-dozen of the original queens, including 84-year-old Bend native Lois May Gumpert, serve at the honorary court for this year’s revived pageant. During a music and light show, they will ride in the swan, propelled by members of the county Search and Rescue Unit’s high-water rescue team. That’s right — “swan divers.”

Abramson said that despite the lost time for fishing or relaxing, the long hours everyone is putting in were worth it. “It’s so important to the community – that’s my adrenaline rush,” he said. For welder Jeremy Lewis, it also was simple: “Its seemed like a fun thing to do.” Or as Abramson said, “It’s been a lot of fun – and a lot of headaches.”

Source: ©2000

“New” Fete Off to Good Start;

Thousands on three nights over the Fourth of July weekend viewed and were thrilled by Bend’s “new” Mirror Pond fete.

It was a river show entirely different from pageants of the past, dating to 1933. The great arch of blending colors was missing. And so were the floats, with fete queen and princesses riding giant swan and cygnets into the dark river.

Yet the 1960 fete was a crowd pleaser. There was more applause Sunday night, when the seating area was packed to near capacity, than in all 26 previous fetes. People were awed by the earlier arch. But awe does not draw applause.

There was plenty to applaud this year. The dancing water feature, blending music with color and motion, was a beautiful show. The young dancers from Spokane, in their colorful outfits, earned the many rounds of applause they received. Miss America was gracious.

It was a grand show, under the July stars and a quarter moon riding over the pines.

Now the show is history, and Bend must plan for other fetes on the river. What of the future?

There are some who would like to see the colorful arch of Mirror Pond fame incorporated in future shows. This is virtually out of the question. The arch is too costly. Also, there has been evidence through local attendance in recent years that Bend residents have tired of arch and floats.

The river shows of former years had a rather simple start. The “new” fete in the aquatic cove facing Drake Park Saturday night had a fine start. From this auspicious beginning, possibly an even better pageant can be built.

Through the years, the Deschutes fetes have been held primarily for one purpose, that of calling attention of visitors in the vacation season to the beauty of the river as it sweeps through Bend. Up until this year, that beauty has been destroyed for periods of more than a month out of each summer by the construction of barges, arch and ugly booms needed for the three-night show.

This year, Bend visitors enjoyed the fete in the river amphitheater facing picturesque Drake Park. And they enjoyed the full beauty of a river unmarred by wreckage.

Pageantarians can start planning for their 1961 show with the knowledge that they planned well for the 1960 fete.

They presented a show that utilized, but still retained, the beauty of the Mirror Pond.

Source: The Bulletin ©1960

Memories drift to other years as Bend prepares to present its river pageant

Pageant days are here again.

Once more the spotlight turns on the Deschutes and beautiful Drake Park, locale of a three-night fete, on July 2, 3 and 4. This year, memories go back Into the past: The occasion marks anniversaries for both the Mirror Pond and for the park.

It was 50 years ago this summer that water backed up behlnd a new power dam across the Deschutes in Bend and a tree-frlnged, man-made lake formed. Forty years ago Drake Park, named for the founder of Bend, was set aside for public use.

Park and pond have provided for Bend one of the most beautiful settings In all America for a water fete.

Bend was somewhat slow in recognizing the pageant potential of the Mirror Pond, just as early-day residents apparently failed to recognize that the “lake” on the Deschutes would be one of the city’s greatest assets as a tourist attraction.

In distant 1933, the first “pageant” was presented on the Deschutes. It thrilled thousands, but It was crude compared with developments of later years. In that first river show, floats guided by boats moved with the river current. Illumination for  the prize-winnlng float was lantern, on a replica of a drifting covered wagon.

The beautiful arch or glowing hues was a development of later years. Gay floats moved through that giant arch.

They were guided by a long boom, and lighted by electricity.

Last year, it became evident that Bend residents were tiring of the costly arch and floats. Comparatively few local residents attended the 1959 fete. The pageant was presented “in the red.”

So a decision was reached for a change in “format”.. There will be no glowing arch or moving floats this year. Action wlll center on a double stage on the Deschutes, just off picturesque Drake Park. About the only carryover from the arch and float days will be the symbolic mother swan and her bood of six cygnets.

But the new show will be in the same colorful setting, the Deschutes River, under July stars. It was a river that was becalmed 50 years ago when the power dam was built.

Over the Mirror Pond as colored fountains of spray reach up from the river will hang a young moon, with brilliant stars of summer as its escort. In this setting, old pines reach to the river edge. Lawns of homes touch the water.

It is a beautiful show, in a setting with a long history. Bend is mighty proud to serve as host for the colorful pageant of the Deschutes.

Bend’s latchstring is out. May our visitors return in quieter days to view the Deschutes in other moods. They will be welcome.

Source: The Bend Bulletin ©1960

Mirror Pond Arch Nearing Completion

Bend’s massive Mirror pond arch, partly spanning the Deschutes river just below Drake park footbridge, was taking final shape today as busy crews prepared for the presentation of this city’s first post-war water fete one week from tonight. Most of the framework of the huge arch was completed yesterday, and the task of covering the structure was in progress today.

Through the river arch next Saturday night, July 5, with move a fleet of brilliantly illuminated floats, each lighted by a trolley contact being installed in a 1300 foot long boom that reaches from the arch to the Craig Coyner property, on the bend of the Deschutes. Heading the floats will be a huge make-believe swan, carrying the pageant queen, with princesses following on cygnets.

Rose Royalty Coming
It was announced today by Wilfred Jossy, in charge of special events, that Portland’s rose festival royalty will join in the Fourth of July celebration and will have a spot in the river fete. According to present plans, Portland’s entire court will arrive here early Saturday, to be quests of the Bend Stampede and Water Pageant association. A dinner for the Bend and Portland queens and princesses is planned.

A further reminder that the all-northwest celebration is just around the corner was provided local residents and visitors this morning when flags fluttered over the local streets. Some of these call attention to the water pageant. The streamers and flags were erected on Wall and Bond and on intersecting streets by the Wickland Sign Co of Portland.

Rodeo Advertised
Rodeo flags were erected over Redmond streets, calling attention to the junior rodeo to be held there on the afternoon of July 4 and 5, under auspices of the Bend Rim Rock Riders, with Rodney Rosenbrook as general chairman.

The celebration program has expanded so rapidly in recent weeks that three days packed with activity are now assured, Joseph G. Mack, president of the Bend Stampede and Water Pageant association, points out. These activities will start with the coronations of the pageant queen in the Elks hall on Thursday night at a celebration dance, and end with the air show at the Bend municipal airport Sunday at 1 p.m. A civic parade this year will be on Saturday, at 9:30 a.m., with the Jaycees in charge.

Several ball games have also been added to the three-day program. As an additional feature, the Eagles will present Portland Pal club boxers and wrestlers in a special event here Thursday night, at 7:30 in the high school gymnasium.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1947

Bottom Gates of Dam Closed And Pond Starts to Fill Again

Bottom gates of the power dam were closed over the week-end, backing water upstream partly to cover the mud bottoms that have been exposed in the Mirror pond basin of the Deschutes river for the past week. The Mirror pond will remain at its present level until work on the top portion of the dam is completed.

Racing incoming water, a crew under the supervision of W. J. Coleman of the pageant committee yesterday repaired the rock piers which for several years have provided anchorage for the pageant arches. An investigation revealed that the rock piers are apparently firm. A new foundation was erected on the piers. Earlier, plans were made for cement piers, but this proposal was abandoned.

Upstream from the Drake park footbridge, pageant booms are deeply mired in the ooze, but it is believed that incoming water will free the partly water-logged timber, permitting the booms to rise to the surface.

Ducks and geese were back on the stream today, apparently in considerable number. There is no way yet of determining whether there was a loss of ducks while the Mirror pond was drained. Some lovers of wildlife expressed a fear that the ducks would fly upstream and into the range of the guns of hunters.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1941

Rock Facing Built At Pageant Park

Taking advantage of low water in the Deschutes, result of draining of the Mirror pond, a city crew today was engaged in the preliminary improvement of Pageant park, facing the Deschutes from the west side of the river adjacent to Drake park footbridge approach. A rock wall has been constructed at the river edge, and low places in the new park were being filled. Willows on the river edge have been cut down.

Home owners whose lawns front on the Mirror pond from the west side are also taking advantage of the low water to repair and clean water fronts.

From city officers today came the complaint that some children are damaging the Drake park waterfront rock facing, by removing rocks. Some of these rocks are apparently being carried to the footbridge, to be dropped Into the river. Others are being pushed into tho mud.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1941