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June 16

20 Years Ago-1993

The Dalles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau heard from backers and foes of its program at last night’s commission meeting. The commission allowed the public 30 minutes addressing whether the CVB can still function effectively with Ben Hart as executive director. Hart asked Monday that public input be allowed on the agenda, despite the opposition of board Chairperson Colleen Underhill. Underhill and other commissioners tried to block public testimony, but after a 22-minute debate, it was decided to allow the public 30 minutes speaking. Many speakers wanted to know why and how the Crate’s Point overruns happened, with one gentleman asking who came up with the idea of an Oregon Trail Park at Crate’s Point.

Mosier residents here who want to taste their tap water without chlorine better get some empty plastic jugs. The Mosier City Council last night settled on a two-step fix to its water contamination problem. It will chlorinate the water to kill the bacteria found in water tests taken in May, but will also remove the unpleasant chlorine taste at a filtered water source at the Legion Hall. The cost of the two-step treatment should be under $1,000, said Matthew Koerner, volunteer head of the water department and a city councilor.

40 Years Ago-1973

The Wasco County Sheriff’s department’s new four=wheel-drive forest patrol truck was used in its first “rescue” Thursday. Hearing that the Klickitat County Sheriff’s office was having difficulty in arranging for removal of an injured young woman from a hilly area, Wasco County’s chief deputy, Dave Johnson, offered to go to the scene with the county pickup. Johnson drove the vehicle up an old trail where 20-year-old Joralee Justman was lying injured. She had been thrown from her horse while riding with her two younger sisters.

The Columbia River Gorge alone is “worth a trip across the country,” a sightseeing visitor from El Paso, Texas, averred Friday. As she has done on many previous occasions, Mrs. Kate Murphy, still full of enthusiasm at age 85, attended the Southern Baptist sessions this week in Portland. Before heading home she wanted to see the country, and there was a convenient bus schedule to and from The Dalles. Helping her get a good look at The Dalles area was Mrs. F.R. Leno, who gave Mrs. Murphy a ride when she was walking from the bus depot. Mrs. Murphy exulted in the gorge scenery, saying she was “thrilled by the beauty and majesty of God.”

60 Years Ago-1953

All tour bids for construction of resident engineer office building and facilities at The Dalles dam site on the Washington side of the Columbia River have been rejected as too high. Col. T.H. Lipscomb, Portland district Army Engineer, so announced today and said new bids would be invited June 17. Columbia Builders, Inc., of The Dalles was low on June 11 with a $108,127 bid. The government estimate was $88,780. The new bids would be in three parts with award of contract to be made separately by parts, by a combination of such sections or as a whole to one bidder, Col. Lipscomb said.

The $92,089.50 budget of the Port of The Dalles was adopted last night at a public hearing conducted by the port after no one appeared to protest the budget. The budget calls for a tax levy of $16,184 which is inside the six per cent limitations. In other business during the regular meeting the port reappointed Max Kaseberger and Thomas R. Hudson to the Citizens’ Budget committee. Port Manager Dolph Kimsey reported to the commission that a check for $4,863.50 had been received from the Harvey Machine company as the purchase price for 38.53 acres of port-owned land to be used in the construction of an aluminum plant.

80 Years Ago-1933

Danger of high water which would flood basements, clog sewers and result in heavy property damage, appeared imminent today as the rampaging Columbia reached 39.2 feet this noon, the highest mark of the year. Swollen streams in the upper Columbia and Snake River districts will bring the water level at The Dalles above the 40 foot flood stage tomorrow, Edward Wells, government forecaster of Portland, said today.

Service to the back country is the only means by which The Dalles ever will become a jobbing center of eastern Oregon, Francis V. Galloway told members of the Kiwanis Club at the regular weekly meeting yesterday. “When I came to The Dalles more than 20 years ago I asked why this city wasn’t a jobbing center for eastern Oregon,” Galloway said. “This question never has been answered satisfactorily, and if it had been several years ago, today The Dalles would be a larger and easier place in which to make a living.

100 Years Ago-1913

The Elks baseball team more than regained its laurels from the Eagles on the local diamond yesterday afternoon when it shut out the “feathered” players to the tune of 5 to 9 before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The game was one of the best of the season, some big-league plays being pulled off in fast form. McInnis pitched great ball for the Elks, allowing only three hits. His teammates gave him good support, only three errors being scored against them. White and Scott did the mound work for the Eagles. They allowed seven hits and five errors were chalked up against their teammates.

Members of the city library board and the librarian, Miss Corinne A. Metz, are aroused over two thefts which have occurred at the public institution recently. The first happened when someone entered the library while it was closed during the noon hour. About $5 was taken from the librarian’s desk. A clock was stolen off her desk yesterday while the library was open to the public. The library officials suspect a certain person of the thievery and are on the alert, expecting to catch the offender in the act of stealing something else.

Looking Back is compiled by The Chronicle’s CeCe Fix.


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