20 Years Ago-1993
Two bills regulating adult businesses passed out of the House Judiciary committee May 27, giving local nude dancing foes cause to celebrate. “I’m just thrilled, overjoyed,” said Kathy Cantrell, a member of CANDI (Citizens Against Nude Dancing and Indecency), a Dufur Political Action Committee formed in March to lobby legislators for nudity regulation. The bill would give local communities the ability to regulate adult businesses, which studies have shown are directly linked to increases in crime — especially sex crimes — said Sonya Fischer, legislative assistant to Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Gresham, who introduced the bills.
When the morning of a scheduled state baseball playoff game appeared and field conditions were better described as a muddy swamp than a baseball diamond, something had to be done. In this case, supporters of The Dalles High Indian baseball team called in a helicopter. Paul Schanno made a telephone call to Shearer’s Sprayers, asking if Shearer’s could provide a helicopter to help dry the field. Without hesitation, John Shearer, Jr. said he would do just that, and at approximately 8:30 a.m. the helicopter was on the field at Quinton Street, its rotor going round and round. It worked to perfection.
40 Years Ago-1973
A standard of fluoride control for Oregon’s aluminum plants considerably more restrictive than that of any other state was announced Friday by the Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ Director Diarmuid R. O’Scannlain set the end of 1976 as the deadline for all existing aluminum plants to be brought under compliance with the new standard, which is emission of no more than one pound of fluoride per ton of aluminum produced. Oregon at present has two aluminum reduction plants, Martin Marietta at The Dalles and Reynolds at Troutdale. “While the best results, which on occasion have been emissions of less than one pound per ton, have come from the Martin Marietta Company, The Dalles, neither this company nor any other to our knowledge has been able to sustain an average emission level better than 1.7”,
The 17th annual Oregon Wheat Growers League Junior Livestock Show – the last one in the present facility – will open officially on Monday, but the Seufert Building will be a busy place most of the day Sunday. Included in the show are beef, sheep and swine in FFA and 4-H divisions. Virgil Choate is general manager of the show this year.
60 Years Ago-1953
Fans that turned out at the 16th Street ball park last night to help city softball association usher in it 1953 season were treated to some of the best men’s softball seen in these parts in a long time. All five teams of the circuit saw action in the jamboree and of the 13 innings played it was impossible to pick a “weak sister” out of the five teams. Pitching, for so early in the season, was the best that has been seen here in the past few years with all clubs boasting more balance than in past years. Last night’s jamboree proved, if it is an indication of things to come, this season will be a fight to the finish for all five clubs since all of them have good chucker’s who turned in good performances last night. And despite the early season start, there was little of the wildness so often seen from softball pitchers.
Wasco County’s “economic and physical” characteristics are being studied by a special consultant engaged by the county planning commission preliminary to preparation of a master plan covering zoning and other regulations. Walter Webb, commission chairman, said today that J. Haslett Bell of Portland, described as one of the outstanding men in the planning field on the West Coast, has been engaged on a per diem basis to prepare a series of reports and recommendations. Bell will be employed by the county “Seven or eight days” a month at a wage of $60 a day, Webb said.
80 Years Ago-1933
Taxpayers of Wasco County were considered today by Circuit Judge Fred W. Wilson when he formally announced he would assess the entire cost of the James L. Holt trial against the defendant, who was found guilty yesterday of assault with a deadly weapon. The formal sentence will be pronounced next Friday morning. The expense totals $387.70. Holt was allowed one week to obtain the funds. Holt was charged by the state with having assaulted Oliver Schadewitz, a Bakeoven farmer, and cut him severely about the head and face with a knife, following an argument over a reported $1 debt. The circuit court jury, which received the evidence, returned a verdict of guilty with recommendations for a suspended sentence, after more than 11 hours deliberations.
F.S. Rambo, property owner to the Tubbs Springs district, today is seeking by a circuit court suit to test the validity of a school law which governs the practice of students attending school in other than their own districts. The case, filed this morning by the local law firm of VanVactor and Childers, is directed against School District No. 89, which is the Tubbs Springs territory. The case probably will be tried during the next term of circuit court. According to the pleadings, the taxpayers of the school district voted in 1930 to discontinue the school during the 1930-31 sessions and Lloyd Rambo, son of the plaintiff, continued his schooling at Antelope, a nearby district.
100 Years Ago-1913
Improvements have been made on the road over Mosier hill between here and The Dalles which have eliminated the worst section of the road and make the highway now a fairly good one for automobiles. There has been considerable sentiment recently in favor of improving this road in order to encourage automobile tourists who have been shipping their cars from Portland to The Dalles to take them off here and make the trip from this city east, and vice versa. The most extensive improvement has been made on Stewart’s hill near the county line where there was a 20 percent grade and a soft, muddy road.
Nomination petitions are being circulated by friends of J.T. Rorick this afternoon and he will make the run for mayor. J.E. Anderson will oppose him, his petitions having been filed with city recorder George Ross this afternoon. Mr. Rorick has previously refused to become a mayoralty candidate, but he yielded today too many friends who urged him to make the race.
Looking Back is compiled from Chronicle back issues by CeCe Fix.