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Looking back, July 21

July 21

20 Years Ago-1993

A lot of people in the Mid-Columbia and The Dalles are willing to help give an injured animal a second chance. The outpouring of concern and support following a July 14 story in The Dalles Chronicle, about an injured dog’s plight has been “fantastic,” say those handling the case. The story began in the Bear Springs area of Southern Wasco County where a blonde cocker spaniel was dragging itself down a road on its belly. A youth named Aaron Turner found her there-dehydrated, hungry and injured and took her home, fed her and then took her to The Dalles Veterinary Hospital. As it turned out, the dog was shot in the head. When the story hit the street, the phone began ringing at the Veterinary Hospital and the Wasco County Animal Shelter. Her vet bill was taken care of by Dr. Dan Davidson, Dinah’s Dog House groomed her and 32 people called to offer her a new home. “It does give you faith in people,” said Elaine Gaither of The Dalles Veterinary Hospital.

With a number of recent close calls here for youths on bikes, a bicycle safety program is set for 4 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at the Maupin grade school. Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Sackmaster will teach the free bike safety class, with a bike competition afterward. Prizes for competition winners will be donated by the sheriff’s office, and City Councilor Jan Hayertz. The main means of transportation for kids in the Maupin area is bikes, Sackmaster said, “And they’re not aware bicycles need to follow the same rules as motor vehicles.” The city is considering using a license system for bikes, Hayertz said. That way, a license can be revoked if a child violates a rule. “They need to know that they are like a car” and must follow rules, she said.

40 Years Ago-1973

A part of the 101 pots shut down by Bonneville Power Administration’s curtailment of the power supply are being restarted at The Dalles plant of Martin Marietta Aluminum. Similar conditions prevailed at the company’s Goldendale plant near John Day Dam, where aluminum output also declined Friday with cutback in interruptible power. About one-half of the supply which was cut off earlier to 19 industries was restored at 10 p.m. Friday, however, and this has permitted some of the aluminum reduction plant pots to go back in service.

Pacific Northwest Bell plans to remodel its central office at 203 E. Fourth Street to make room for equipment to bring improvements in phone service next spring for both The Dalles and Dallesport. Russ Farley, local PNB manager, said the company is requesting bids from contractors for the project which involves both interior and exterior alterations to the building. Partitions inside the building will be rearranged to provide space for the new equipment and for a conference room.

60 Years Ago-1953

A lone armed bandit who “shopped” until after closing time robbed the Safeway Store at third and Laughlin at 9:10 p.m. Monday, taking all the money in the store’s safe. The exact amount has not been disclosed but it is known that at least $600 in $1 bills was stuffed into a No. 12 brown paper sack along with other currency. The thief took not coins or checks. Dalles City police, state police from both Oregon and Washington and the sheriff and his deputies had road blocks thrown up on routes leading out of town within a half hour after the robbery. No trace of the man had been found by noon today.

Appropriation of $32,000,000 to continue work on The Dalles Dam was virtually assured today with agreement on that sum by a House Senate conference committee. The recommendation by this congressional group, whose action will not be overruled unless some extremely unusual circumstance arises, contains the proviso that the dam should start producing power “not later than November, 1957.” By requiring that funds for fiscal 1954 be so obligated as to put two generators in service by that time, the committee indicated it wants work on the giant Columbia River project east of The Dalles to remain on schedule. Fourteen units, each of 78,000 kilowatts for over-all capacity of 1,092,000 KW, are to be installed over a period of a number of months after the river finally is closed.

80 Years Ago-1933

The people of The Dalles took great pride and real pleasure in their boat line; this feeling of proprietorship was very strong and the river again took a predominate part in the commercial life of the town; excursions upon the boats were frequent and enjoyable. Whenever possible employment was given to the home town folk and particularly were the pursers were chosen. Quite a number of the Dalles boys had their first business training as pursers on the Regulator and Dalles City, among them being Truman Butler, later a banker in Hood River; John Hampshire, afterwards county treasurer of Wasco County and now a contractor and banker living at Grants Pass; Frank a French late mayor of The Dalles; Edward M. Wingate; to whom reference has already been made and the writer (Fred W. Wilson).

Melvin Betts, 41, who several weeks ago painted the city Bastille while serving time for an infraction of a law, today has an opportunity to do similar work on the county jail where he is serving a 30-day sentence for drunken driving. Betts was arrested by city police last night on a charge of driving an automobile while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and today was sentenced to jail and fined $1,090 by City Recorder Joe Steers, when he pleaded guilty to the count. Betts is the second drunken driver nabbed by city police during the last week. Eliza Smith was given a similar sentence several days ago when he pleaded guilty to the same charge. Justice of the Peace H.G. Meredith tomorrow will pass sentence on Fred G. Miller, hit and run driver who late yesterday was convicted by a jury of failure to stop an automobile at the scene of an accident and to render assistance to the person injured.

100 Years Ago-1913

The property of the Granddalles Orchard Company, consisting of 6000 acres across the river from this city, was sold by Deputy Sheriff Robert Ballou of Klickitat County at Goldendale this morning, to satisfy Leon A. Curtiss’ judgment of $67,000, and $5,000 attorney’s fees and costs. Mr. Curtiss, who owned the property before it went into the possession of the orchard company, bit it in today for $72,158, and is now negotiating its sale to Clifford L. Morgan of Seattle.

The residence of the Fifteen Mile farm owned by E.O. McCoy and occupied by Edward Campbell was entirely destroyed by fire about 5 o’clock Thursday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell lost all of their household effects except a sewing machine, stand, lounge and about a dozen chairs. Mr. Campbell and his men were preparing to haul hay and Mrs. Campbell was in The Dalles at the time of the fire. While at work Mr. Campbell noticed a smell of burning cloth and when he looked at the hose he saw flames coming from the windows in the upper story where the bedrooms were located.

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