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July 28

July 28

20 Years Ago-1993

Eldon Hult, a 16-year-old student at The Dalles High School, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to those involved in the program, the Eagle Scout Award. A member of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 352, Hult is one of approximately 2.5 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. ... Hult chose to do a project for the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District, which included painting the inside of the picnic shelter at Sorosis Park.

The Junior Rodeo will be held at the Fort Dalles Rodeo Arena this weekend. The events start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday morning will feature cowboys and cowgirls in the slack. Those events start at 9 a.m. With 241 competitors entered in the event, the slack will feature the overflow of contestants. Announcing the rodeo is Gary Rogers from Midvale, Idaho.

40 Years Ago-1973

Two children “camping out” got a little more fire than they had planned on Friday, and it took Wasco Rural Fire Crews most of the day to put it out. The fire, which started near 23rd and Mt. Hood, did little actual damage, but will prove somewhat costly in the man power that was needed to put out, Fire Chief Bob Wilson said. The fire brought another reminder to parents about the danger of letting children play with matches. This warning was coupled with an “extreme” fire danger situation.

The Dalles has its first National (that’s right, National with a capital N) champion. Kevin Kramer, who already holds a long list of state titles added a national crown to the group by taking the 154-pound championship in the National Junior Greco-Roman wrestling championships held here Thursday. Kramer, who graduated from The Dalles High this year, had six matches and won five of them. He goes into free-style competition in the tourney today and Saturday. If he wins that he will have a chance of making a trip with a United States team to Europe later this summer.

60 Years Ago-1953

The century-old surgeon’s quarters of old Fort Dalles at 15th and Garrison Streets will be reopened as a museum in about two weeks, V.B. Kenworthy, chairman of the Wasco County Dalles City Museum Commission, announced today. A curator from the Oregon Historical Society headquarters at Portland is scheduled to start work tomorrow morning classifying, cataloging and arranging the exhibits on the first floor of the building.

A group of counseling engineers, including the man who is reported to have drawn up the plans for the first proposed Dalles Dam in 1910, were to arrive in The Dalles early this evening for a tour of the dam site. Col. J.A. Graf, acting district engineer of the Portland district, will be in charge of the party of 22, consisting of consultants from the Chief of Engineers office in Washington, D.C., and from division and district offices.

80 Years Ago-1933

Leading merchants of The Dalles today were mapping out plans for participation in the recovery program outlined yesterday by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The blanket code agreements received by every employer in the city are being accepted and returned to the post office, Postmaster J.B. Kirk reported today. The first returns reported were received from the operators of smaller businesses such as service stations, neighborhood grocery stores and offices. The original plan was to send the code agreement to every businessman employing more than two persons. but later it was decided to give the notice to each businessman.

The Dalles port district became a reality today, when commissioners of the county court, meeting in special session, signed the proclamation which formally notified Governor Julius Meier the voters of this section had approved the project. Meanwhile plans for the organization of the district were being perfected by members of the port committee of The Dalles-Wasco County Chamber of Commerce.

100 Years Ago-1913

In its report of the fruit market ,the Portland Journal of last Friday night says that “peaches from The Dalles with worms in them have been condemned. Some of the peach offerings from that place are good, but the bulk of recent shipments have been so poor that most of the boxes had to be repacked.” Regarding apricots this same report said that “Front Street is complaining bitterly about the poor pack of some of the stock from The Dalles, the boxes being faced with large fruit while the small sizes are in the bottom of the package.” Edward Kurtz, a prominent fruit shipper of this city, said, “That if such shipments are being made to Portland that it is a very unjust thing for the shippers who are sending down good goods. An effort will be made to find out the names of the parties putting such goods on the market and if their identity can be ascertained they will be given some publicity.”

Al Nelson, proprietor of the Oregon Saloon, is having a hearing before a jury in Police Judge Hostetler’s Court this afternoon on the charge of violating that section of the saloon ordinance which provides that there shall be no door in a saloon except the front entrance and a side door which leads from the public street directly to the main barroom. This provision, however, does not apply to “entrances from the office or lobby or corridors of a hotel into the bar room of such hotel.” The object of the legal action against Nelson is to compel him to close the door between this place of business and the Albert Hotel.


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