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Looking Back on April 21, Wasco County

Looking Back

April 21

20 Years Ago-1993

To assure the Crate’s Point Oregon Trail Exhibit is complete on time, The Dalles Convention and Visitors Bureau is facing the possibility of having to borrow money from the city’s general fund. The CVB took action Monday, authorizing Executive Director Ben Hart to borrow $80,000 from the city’s general fund if money for the project construction runs out before the end of the fiscal year. The loan would be paid back to the city out of next year’s CVB budget.

Oregon Trail pioneers would have been proud this morning as some 200 people of all ages turned out to pay them homage. It was county government day and most communities in the county set up displays on the courthouse lawns and in the street to showcase their past and present. Of particular interest early in the morning were wagons of yore created by Ron Oens of Shaniko. His wife, Mary Ellen, was busy explaining to fourth and fifth grade students from Joseph Wilson Elementary the particulars of an 1868 Concord Stage Coach Ron built and which will use at the county’s celebrated ghost town, Shaniko, for visitors.

40 Years Ago-1973

Flames that broke out early this morning destroyed the Dufur Pastime, a frame building that included one portion many decades old. The Dufur volunteer fire department was able to protect other nearby property successfully, and aid was provided by an engine and crew from The Dalles Flames were first noticed about 12:30 am by employee Kay Van Diest, who first heard what she thought was “hail hitting the roof.” Later when she went to the rear part of the tavern she noticed smoke and then flames. By that time the telephone was dead and she had to run out to her nearby resident to phone in the alarm. Leonard Gilbert, who has owned the business since 1969, said he plans to rebuild.

Leaders in the Mid-Columbia District of the Columbia Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America were honored at a recognition dinner at Dry Hollow School Thursday night. L.J. Dillinger of The Dalles and Sharon Williams of Goldendale were recipients of the top district awards, given by Roger Short, district Scout commissioner. Mrs. Williams’ husband is a Scoutmaster in Goldendale.

60 Years Ago-1953

A dental program for underprivileged children in this area has been launched by The Dalles Elks lodge in an attempt to supply financial aid to those children who would otherwise be unable to secure dental appointments or pay dental fees. Assistance under the program is open to any child, without regard to race, creed or fraternal affiliation living within the jurisdiction of the lodge who is accredited by the special committee set up by the lodge to handle the program. Most of the applicants for aid are expected to be recommended by welfare groups, county health officers, schools, juvenile authorities and youth organizations.

A former Dalles resident and Marine Corps recruiter for this area has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious action in Korea, the Marine Corps announced today. He is M/Sgt. George Edward Foster, who was the Marine Corps recruiter for The Dalles area about two years ago. Major General Robert Pepper, Third Marine division commander, presented the decoration to Sgt. Foster at a parade and review held recently at Camp Pendleton, California.

80 Years Ago-1933

Food for the kings is available at no cost in The Dalles. The collapsing of the walls of the Celilo canal recently uncovered large fresh water clam beds which were planted 18 years ago by the late F.A. Seufert and which are available now to anyone who takes the time to dig them. The clams should be soaked in fresh water with a little corn meal, before being eaten, according to advices from R.L. Hollenbeck, state police officer and connoisseur of clams. The clams are plentiful and a large sack full may be obtained after little digging, he said.

Increasing wheat prices today continued to change the tax collection outlook for this year. First indications were that the tax collections for this year would be far below those of preceding years, including 1932, but the gradual boost in grain prices is resulting in the loosening of tax money, Sheriff Harold Sexton said today. “Although I am not in position to make any predictions or offer any comparative figures at this time I believe, if wheat prices continue to increase, that more tax money will be collected this year than last year,” he said. “Also from present indications we believe more delinquent taxes will be paid this year than in the past.”

100 Years Ago-1913

The Dalles High School baseball team opened its season Saturday by defeating the Hood River nine on the local lot. The score was 9 to 6. Errors in the ninth inning were responsible for four runs made by the visitors. Steers and Huntington worked in the box for the locals and held the opposing stickers to six hits. Guy Elton carried off the batting honors, getting three safe swats. Steers and Philipot each hit safely twice and McDonald, Huntington, E. Elton, Wetle and Lewis connected with the offerings of Blagg, the Hood River pitcher, for hits.

For the past three years effort has been made by Secretary Judd S. Fish of the Business Men’s association to have the products exhibit by The Dalles and vicinity given a space entirely devoted to this district in the chamber of commerce exhibit room in Portland. Heretofore this could not be secured and the products sent from The Dalles were “pooled” with a number of other eastern Oregon exhibits and as a consequence The Dalles did not get as good a showing as it should have received. A letter has just been received by the association from William McMurray, general passenger agent of the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company, stating that Secretary Giltner of the chamber of commerce has allotted a space to be used exclusively by The Dalles for this concession there will absolutely be no charge and besides this the chamber of commerce will process the fruits and provide the jars and tale for the exhibit.

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