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Looking back, July 8

— July 7

20 Years Ago-1993

Cannons, balloons, frontier-style demonstrations and a “Where’s Waldo”-type game are scheduled for the first ever Family Fun Days 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 10 at the Fort Dalles Museum grounds. Nine displays are set for the Fund Day, Kathi Engles, museum commissioner, told the commission. They are: mountain men, a teepee, cannon, a quilter, tatting, re-enactors from the First Oregon Regiment, a puzzle display (replicas of puzzles included in the purchase of wagons), a Native American trading demonstration, a musician, and a carding, spinning and weaving demonstration.

Seeping sap has delayed the Tree Ring historic labeling project at the Fort Dalles Museum, the Wasco County-The Dalles Museum Commission learned Tuesday. Plans are to place local historical anecdotes on corresponding rings of the stump of the 135-year old pine tree cut last year for safety reasons. Initially, plans were to have the first labels placed on the tree by Family Fun Day, this Saturday, July 10, said Museum Commissioner Kathi Engles. But sap has continued to seep out of the stump and Engles said she has broken a planer and “sandpaper got chewed up” in trying to prepare the stump surface.

40 Years Ago-1973

Passage of the bill in the legislature to permit use of state property as a site for the old Wasco County courthouse means that additional time is available for moving the building. The Dalles City Council had decreed that the building be razed “within 24 hours” if the Legislature adjourned without making a site available. The courthouse, constructed in 1858, is located on the Lewis and Clark monument grounds west of the Natatorium, an area which the council wants used as part of the Thompson park project. House Bill 3269, introduced by Rep. Paul Walden, cleared the Legislature well in advance of session adjournment, which occurred Friday. Promoting removal and preservation of the building is the Original Courthouse Preservation Corporation. This group has proposed that the upper part of the structure be removed to permit clearance under utility wires when the building is moved to a new location. Legislation in Salem was essential because a state-owned plot was recommended as a new location. The area proposed is above the Pioneer Cemetery and is a part of the property associated with Columbia Park Hospital and Training Center.

Getting a new coat of paint this summer is the old Petersburg School; Jack Queener, head custodian for the school, is in charge of the project. At one time the old school building, probably built sometime newer than 1892, was known as the Floyd-Roosevelt School. Sometime prior to 1905 the name was changed to Petersburg School and many of the parents and grandparents of present students attended school in this old one-room school building.

60 Years Ago-1953

In a routine meeting last night, Dalles city council heard recommendations of the planning commission regarding a number of zoning changes and took action on various petitions, ordinances, and resolutions. Prominent among the recommendations was one to rezone the area now occupied by St. Mary’s academy. The commission suggested that blocks five and six in that area should be re-zoned commercial. Painting will begin on the Civic auditorium, the airport building and city hall as soon as funds are available, the council decided.

Dalles city will drop its condemnation action against the Obarr hotel, Dalles city council decided last night after hearing the recommendations of Charles Roth Jr., fire chief. The proceedings were brought against the hotel in 1949, but were halted shortly afterwards by a temporary injunction filed against the city. The suit was never pressed and is still pending. The two top floors of the hotel were vacated and city officials were satisfied that much of the fire danger had been removed. Mrs. Katheryn McKee Carroll, the owner, was allowed continued use of the bottom floor.

80 Years Ago-1933

New city and county officials are to be inducted into office August 30 to guide the destinies of Fort Dalles during the four-day reign of the Frolics, annual American Legion production. The appointments were made today by Eugene Elton, commander of the local post. The Selections have been ratified by the directors of the annual celebration. Following are the appointments: Mayor-Guy E. Mathews, Councilmen-N.A. Bonn, C.P. Williams, W.V. Daniels, Guy Pound and Guy Eades, Sheriff-Ben R. Litfin, City Clerk-Ward R. Webber, Police Judge-George Fitzgerald, Recorder-John Adkins, Police Chief-Frank Cotty, Patrolmen-Joe Stadelman, Bob Crooks and O.D. Martin, Fire Chief-F.A. French, Constable-Joe Vogt, Jailer-Beryl Hodgen, Water Commissioner-D.J. Butcher, C.A. Borders, W.R. and Hal Auld. Plans rapidly are nearing completion for the staging of the celebration which will be the “loudest and funniest” of recent years, Commander Elton reported.

Members of The Dalles Kiwanis Club today are an integral part of the world-wide forces combined to offset communism and unrest. The campaign of “United in Kiwanis” to assist in the present reconstruction period and frustrate the united forces of communism and disruption, was the hope of Carl Endicott, who retired as president of Kiwanis International at the recent Los Angeles convent, F.L. Phipps, president of the local club, and delegate to the session, reported to the members here at the regular weekly meeting yesterday.

100 Years Ago-1913

Virgil Perrine, the youthful legman who robbed the State Bank of Milwaukie Saturday afternoon and was captured two hours later, when he confessed, is believed to be Adrian Schoonover, who broke out of the city jail here during the May term of court. Schoonover was held for attempting to blow the vault of the Mosier bank. He confessed that he participated in the attempt to rob the banking institution and implicated William Clark and Ed Gagnier, who are now in jail here. Sheriff Chrisman today received a message from the Burns Detective agency of Portland, stating that Perrine, alias Tom Reid, is believed to be the fellow who broke away from the local Bastille. His picture looks like “Schoonover,” Today’s Oregon says.

Seven applications for the widow’s pensions have been granted by the Wasco County Court under the act of the last state legislature. The law provides that $10 per month shall be given for the first child and $7.50 for each additional child under 16 years of age. When they become 16 they are supposed to become self-supporting and the pensions are annulled. The local court has turned down a few applications because the applicants have incomes amounting to more than $120 per year. The pensions which have been granted to date total $134.16 per month, which amount is expected to grow rapidly. County Judge F.S. Gunning believes the law is a good one. Only the worthy applicants are given aid. The expense is not as great as it appears on the face of it, as some of the people who will benefit under the new law have been receiving donations from the county court under the indigent law.

Looking Back is compiled from the Chronicle archives by staff member CeCe Fix.

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