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Looking back at April 28 in Wasco County

April 28

20 Years Ago-1993

A partial restoration of inexpensive power means the expected 72 layoffs at Columbia Aluminum will total only 58, officials said. In its first ever power-related layoffs, the plant in late March identified 72 surplus positions, Plant Manager Bill Bell said. Of those positions thus far, 32 have been laid off, he said. Over the next 17 days, 32 downed pots will be placed back in production, Bell said, but 92 of the plant’s 526 pots will stay down.

If Oregon Trail emigrants had viewed Tuesday’s log raft launching, their jaws might have dropped. The 13-ton wooden raft was lifted with relative ease by the Honald Construction crane and placed in the pond, which borders the site of the Crate’s Point Oregon Trail Exhibit. The launching was a far cry from how the original settlers launched rafts from the mouth of Chenoweth Creek or at Rowena. But other than the launching, the raft itself would probably pass most 1840’s standards.

40 Years Ago-1973

Eighteen-year-old Hazlyn Ann Sasser assumed her new position as Northwest Cherry Sweetheart at a banquet in The Dalles Saturday night. Hazlyn, a tall blue-eyed blond, received the tiara symbolic of her status at a banquet at the Recreation Café. Selection of the Sweetheart came Saturday during a judging process that covered a considerable part of the day. Before the Sweetheart selection was announced, each of the four girls were escorted around the room and taken to the stage by a representative of the sponsoring organization, the Wasco County Fruit and Produce League.

The District 9 (Chenowith) school board Monday night accepted the resignation of Lee Brunquist, who has served the district as superintendent for the last five years. The resignation is effective at the end of the school year. Brunquist will assume the position of superintendent of the Junction City school district on July 1.

Sunday, May 6, has been designated as “Mortgage Burning Day” at the Dufur Christian Church.

60 Years Ago-1953

Bonneville Power Administration today announced it will open bids May 14 for construction of the McNary-Maupin 300,000 volt transmission line. The major transmission line will extend 104.4 miles in Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow and Umatilla counties. It will start about two miles east of Umatilla and end about 2 ½ miles northeast of Maupin. A total of 488 steel towers are to be erected, 294 single circuit, light type steel towers, 174 single circuit, regular steel towers and 20 lattice-pole type steel towers. The work will be divided into four schedules with 310 days allowed for construction.

The tightening home mortgage situation reported in Portland exists in The Dalles, but FHA mortgages still are being made locally a survey showed today. Both FHA-guaranteed and private mortgages are being filed in large numbers but the terms are higher than they were in the past. The “home loan crisis” reported by Portland newspapers apply to loan terms that have been rare in The Dalles for at least several years. An extreme case of the type of loan apparently no longer available in Portland was “Nothing down on a new home and 25 years to pay at four per cent interest.”

80 Years Ago-1933

Old-time residents of The Dalles remembering the flood days of 1894, today are anxiously watching the water level of the Columbia River as it continues to rise more than 18 inches every 24 hours. The water level of the river this morning was 14.7 feet. Climatic conditions this year have set the stage for a repetition of the flood of 1894, old timers believe, although the water stage today is far below that of the “big flood year.” The peak of the river rise is not expected until late in May or early June.

Regardless of the rapid extension of the barter system, dried prunes will not be accepted by City Recorder Judd Fish in payment of fines levied to recorder’s court. This was made clear today when Fred G. Miller, Cherry Heights fruit farmer was remanded to the custody of Chief of Police Frank Heater to raise $50 cash with which to pay a fine for reckless driving, following and automobile accident on Friday night.

100 Years Ago-1913

An enthusiastic meeting of the committees of the Rodeo and Wasco County Fair was held in this city Saturday at the Hotel Dalles. A few of the members of the various committees were unable to be present, but the large numbers that were in attendance were enthusiastic in every sense of the word. Practically every section of the county was represented at the meeting and according to the reports of the chairmen of the various committees the fair this year will surpass anything of the kind ever held in this city.

Paving operations of the Linden-Kibbe Company and J.G. Baker are progressing rapidly. The former is confining all of its operations just at present to the preparation of Union Street, from the railroad tracks south to the alley back of Fifth Street. Mr. Baker, the contractor, has Liberty Street practically ready for the laying of the five-inch concrete base and a crew of his men is rapidly getting Fifth Street into shape. Mr. Baker expects his concrete machinery to arrive tomorrow from Portland and a crew will immediately begin the laying of the concrete.

Looking Back is compiled by CeCe Fix of The Chronicle.

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