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Looking Back on Dec. 22

December 22

20 Years Ago-1993

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at The Dalles Salvation Army post, which has been preparing all month for its food basket and gift project to needy families. Food baskets come in small, medium and large sizes, with the average medium basket weighing in at about 40 pounds. Each family is given a check to purchase meat for Christmas dinner, along with non-perishable foods. “It’s going great,” says Salvation Army Major Olga Vilen. “We’ll have food over, which we give out through the rest of the year.” The group packed 280 boxes for distribution Wednesday through Friday, although a few more orders were taken after the deadline.

The old way for a student to talk to a librarian or another student in school was face to face or maybe on the telephone, but thanks to a new networked computer system, students and teachers from Chenowith School District will be able to talk to each other from class to class and even building to building via computer by early spring. But faster communication is only part of the project. Voter approval of a $3.8 million bond for Chenowith School District last spring included $500,000 earmarked for upgrading technology within the district, primarily in computer instruction. Chenowith School District, along with many other schools across the country, recognized that students with good computer skills are better prepared for the job force.

40 Years Ago-1973

Mary Underhill, a Dufur high senior who has been active in school, 4-H and civic affairs, will go on to compete at the state level in the Elks Leadership Contest after winning first place for girls at the local lodge and district levels. She was introduced along with other winners and presented with a $200 savings bond at the Elks Temple preceeding the regular lodge session last night. Presiding was John Miller, chairman for the BPOE 303 competition. Also the winner of $200 as the first place boy was Philip Brady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Minor Brady and a senior at the Dalles high school, and Beverly Davidson of Wahtonka, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Davidson, the runner-up in the girls’ division.

Damage to property continued over the Christmas holiday, and a district 12 school bus was damaged by vandals for the second time since the beginning of the week. A school bus which had its lights broken out a few days ago sustained front door glass breakage this time at its parking place at 13th and Bridge Streets, police reported. Gas spout covers were broken open, with padlocks pried off. In another incident, a school bus as the C.H. Urness Motors parking lot was entered and contents of a fire extinguisher squirted over the interior.

60 Years Ago-1953

Dalles City council last night purchased a new fire engine and called for bids to be opened January 18 on the W. Scenic Drive paving project extending from 16th and Trevitt streets to the east boundary of Sorosis Park. The unanimous decision to proceed with the largest single street improvement in city history was made on the recommendation of the Public Works committee. Councilman Virgil Kelly, committee chairman, reported that the council as a committee of the whole considered the improvement an answer to the water runoff problem. Two sets of bids are to be invited. One is for all the work-storm sewers, curbing, base and paving, to be completed by June. 1

The men at The Dalles Municipal airport seem to be hoping for a big Christmas this year. Larry Moore, airport manager, plans to hang up a 12 foot long sock where Santa can see it easily. The sock is being made for the airport by The Dalles Upholstery Company. There’s just one catch to the sock. It has a 12-inch hole in the bottom and a good many presents that could slip through. The top hole is 36 inches in diameter. The sock, of course, is to tell aviators wind directions at the field. The old sock was whipped to pieces a couple of weeks ago during a heavy wind storm.

80 Years Ago-1933

Winning two first prizes, all three second prizes and five honorable mentions, the students of St. Mary’s academy took most of the honors in the essay contest which was conducted by The Dalles branch of the United States National bank of Portland. “History of the Columbia River and its future development” was the subject of the essay, and the judges had more than 50 papers to read before they could select the winners. The judges were Mrs. F.V. Galloway, Frank A. French and Ben R. Litfin. The contest was divided into three classes. High school students in the class “A” division wrote essays up to 2000 words. Junior high division, up to 1000 words, and grade schools were allowed 800 words. A first and second prize of $5 and $2.50 in each division was presented today by the local bank and the judges to the winning students.

With a two-day holiday in prospect, Dalles City residents today made their final preparations for the celebration of Christmas. Family gatherings, which have long been significant of the Christmas season, still top the list of holiday festivities and many such events will be enjoyed here during the next two days. Even in the needy families there will be cause for Christmas rejoicing his year as hundreds of baskets of food, clothing and toys have been made ready by the cooperative effort of every organization in the city, and will be distributed over the week-end.

100 Years Ago-1913

A big football game has been arranged for this city Christmas afternoon when Bob Murray will send a strong team against the fast East Side Athletic club aggregation of Portland. The locals will include Bradshaw captain of Oregon university this year; Hollis Huntington, “Funny” Mohr, Charles Huntington, Eugene Elton, Harriman, McInerny, Jarvis, and old Albany star; Griffith Jones, a former Whitman college star halfback; Bernard, Murray, Hendrix and other “old timers” who have won fame here in past seasons, besides members of Murray’s student team this season. The Portland aggregation is composed of college and ex-Portland high school stars, and one of the best contests ever waged here is expected.

The “Coffee Club” interest is crystallizing in The Dalles. The very successful coffee club at Eugene has awakened an interest for like clubs in quite a number of Oregon cities. Such clubs have become not only successful but very useful in a public and social way in a large number of California cities. The chief value of a Coffee Club lies in the social features and conveniences in connection-such as free reading, rest and game rooms, public lavatories and frequently free employment agencies. The coffee and light lunching features are only incidental. The free employment bureau connected with the Eugene Coffee Club has helped nearly 3,000 persons to find work since its organization last March.

Looking Back is compiled by CeCe Fix of The Chronicle.

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