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Looking back, Aug. 25

August 25

20 Years Ago-1993

Susan Huntington thought a lynch mob might be looking for her because the food kept running out. Jerry Schubert, the Wagon Master of the official Oregon Trail Wagon Train, said the parade through downtown The Dalles was “the best production we’ve seen.” Eric Fishman, project manager of the Oregon Trail Wagon Train, said the parade, the crowds of people and the great evening all added up to one of the best events he had seen celebrating the arrival of the wagon train. The official Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial Wagon Train arrived in The Dalles Tuesday and thousands of cheering residents and visitors lined Second Street to welcome the wagon train participants.

More than just the name has changed for the former Petticoat Junction Restaurant & Lounge in Dufur. Now called the High County Café, the restaurant is scheduled to open Sunday, Sept. 5 with “family-style country cooking” on the menu, said Connie Jo McGovern-Webb of Albany. She and her husband, Roben, leased the business from new owner Ken Trefz of Gresham. To the constant question McGovern-Webb has heard from everybody, the answer is: no, there will be no strippers. For six weeks last spring, former Petticoat owners David and Bonnie DeSean had nude dancers, causing a furor in Dufur. The Petticoat closed April 17, and the business sold to Trefz in late July.

40 Years Ago-1973

About 100 friends and co-workers of Bob Chadwick, the Barlow District Ranger who is leaving to become a forest supervisor, attended a farewell dinner Friday night at the Tapadera Inn. Chadwick, 37, will become supervisor of the Winema National Forest, headquartered at Klamath Falls, on Sept. 2. He has served the Barlow District with offices in Dufur since February 1967. Chadwick is especially well known in The Dalles for his work with the city on the comprehensive watershed management plan.

As the Sept. 1 deadline nears, contents of the Seufert building are being removed and stored. This has brought closure of the Winquatt Museum operated by the Wasco County-The Dalles Museum Commission. Indian artifacts and other contents of the museum are now in storage. Books and cards that were on sale there are now offered at the Ft. Dalles Museum, the other museum operated by the commission in the Surgeon’s Quarters of the old fort at 15th and Garrison Street.

60 Years Ago-1953

A record high enrollment for District 12 was indicated today on the basis of unusually heavy first day registration by grade and high school students. At the high school, freshman enrollment on the first day of registration totaled 144, including six new students. Principal Clyde Beard said freshman registration on the first day last year was about 90. Grade school registration at the four elementary schools totaled 511 on the first day with registration continuing today and Wednesday. Frank Faught, Joseph G. Wilson school principal, said the 270 student enrollment the first day at Wilson was unusually high because it constituted about 50 per cent of last year’s enrollment.

Dalles merchants will present a city-wide fall opening beginning Sept. 11. Richard Rodman, chairman of the Retail Trade bureau, and Melvin Small, chairman of the bureau’s special events committee, announced today. Fall fashions in clothing and home furnishings will be presented through modeling and window displays. The presentation is designed to help buyers see what is available and to make The Dalles known as a shopping center. Plans for the fall opening are not yet completely jelled, but merchants have been asked to plan their window displays to fit the theme as closely as possible. The Retail Trade bureau committee on special events is expected to go into session sometime this week to iron out more of the program.

80 Years Ago-1933

Two sites are being considered today as locations for terminal facilities for the Port of The Dalles, which, with proposed construction of the Bonneville Dam, is expected to lend new impetus to business of this district. This was the announcement of Shelby Wiggins, legal adviser, and J.C. Stevens, engineer, now engaged in drafting plans for the district, to members of the Kiwanis Club at the regular weekly meeting yesterday. The benefits from the Bonneville Dam and the creation of the port district here will be noticed in every section of eastern Oregon and not alone in The Dalles, the officials said. The Columbia River is one of the greatest assets of the nation and its development looms large as one of the major advancements of the present day, J.C. Stevens said.

A survey of traffic conditions in the Mid-Columbia District around the Dalles will be made by the state highway commission in the near future, it was announced here today by George Flagg, who was a member of a local delegation that attended yesterday’s meeting of the state highway commission in Portland. The survey will be made to determine whether or not a bridge across the Columbia River here would be self-liquidating. The request for the span was filed with the state highway commission yesterday at the regular monthly meeting held in Portland. Miss Celia Gavin, city attorney; F. L. Phipps, county judge; Chris Fauerso, county road master; and Gorge Flagg, were included in the delegation which attended the session.

100 Years Ago-1913

Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Hudson returned Saturday from a two months visit in eastern cities, including Rochester, N.Y., New York city, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Chicago. Mr. Hudson was a delegate to the grand lodge of the B.P.O. Elks at Rochester as the representative of the Dalles lodge, number 203. While in Washington Mr. and Mrs. Hudson were the guests of Congressman and Mrs. N.J. Sinnott and Mr. Hudson is enthusiastic in his praise of the representative from this district. While in the capital city he met a number of congressmen who expressed the opinion that Congressman Sinnott is a coming big man in that body of national lawmakers and that the people of this district should keep him there.

Just as a sample of what The Dalles neighborhood can do in the way of fancy agriculture, Peter Kuehnling, manager of the Hotel Dalles, has sent to C.C. Chapman, manager of the promotion department of the Portland Commercial club, a crate of large cantaloupes of shapely contour and spicy odor. Specimens from this consignment are considered so excellent by Commercial Club attaches that they will be processed and placed on exhibition in the Chamber of Commerce display room.

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