20 Years Ago-1993
Starting next year, students at the Petersburg School will be eating the same food and riding the same busses as their District 12 counterparts. Under an agreement hammered out between the two districts Monday night, The Dalles will provide transportation and food services to the Petersburg district. In addition, the D-12 board granted a one-year leave of absence to Dan Patton, allowing him to become Petersburg’s new principal. The granting of the unpaid leave of absence when requested is an automatic part of the contract the district has with its staff, but in Patton’s case was a special one as he had been granted a sabbatical leave for the1991-92 school year.
The Judson Baptist site will be the new home of Columbia Gorge Community College. Wasco County voters Tuesday authorized $7.88 million in bond sales to pay for the refurbishing of the site. Bill Bell, president of Columbia Gorge Community College, was elated by the election results. “It is going to be a big challenge,” Bell said last night. “I hope we live up to the community’s expectations. I think we can build a very good community college program for the Mid-Columbia region.” Bell said. “This was a big step for the development of the college and the community. We do appreciate the voters’ support.”
40 Years Ago-1973
Harvesting of this area’s extremely heavy cherry crop is now past its peak but will continue well into July. The fresh pack has been tapering, and part of the crop has been going in recent days to the canning trade. Both blacks and Royal Annes are being shipped to canneries. Cherries for canning have yielded a somewhat better price than fresh market fruit because of heavy fresh shipments to major markets, processors said.
Voters in Wasco County Union High School District No. 1 have rejected a move to oust two school board members. The vote Friday in the recall election of Maupin, Wamic and Tygh Valley polling places was an expression of confidence in directors John Conroy and Dent Crytzer. The ballot totals as canvassed Friday night by the school board in special session at Maupin were, for Conroy, 391 against the recall proposal and 115 in favor of it; and for Crytzer 392 no and 116 yes.
Jack P. Doan has been placed in charge of Martin Marietta Aluminum’s operations in the Northwest. Doan, a company vice president, will have responsibility for operating the primary smelters at The Dalles and near John Day Dam as well as a port facility at Portland. He and his family will reside in The Dalles area. Doan has been general manager of Martin Marietta Aluminum’s plant at Torrance, California. He is a native of Michigan and a graduate of the University of Michigan.
60 Years Ago-1953
The Army Engineers will not build temporary facilities as housing for workers on The Dalles dam with the possible exception of trailer camps. Maj. Gen S.D. Sturgis, chief of engineers, made this accouchement at a Monday noon luncheon held in his honor at Hotel Dalles by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce. Local groups such as The Dalles Community council were praised by the general for eliminating the necessity of constructing the facilities at a cost of four or five million dollars. “I am glad to have an example that it can be done,” the general declared in noting that he realized what it means to bring in a large labor force. The best way of meeting the problem, Gen. Sturgis continued, is for local and Army Engineer committees to work on the problem.
Change in ownership of The Dalles Dairy Queen was announced today by E.R. Boyles. Boyles announced that he had sold the business to Tom Foley of The Dalles, effective July 1. Foley, a life-long resident of The Dalles, plans to maintain the same hours and keep the same operating staff as Boyles.
Three Saturday night thefts, including a burglary which netted $163 in each, were on the books of Dalles City police today. The cash, two checks totaling $28, driver’s license and other identification and a Shell Oil company credit card were stolen from Mr. and Mrs. Verne Butler of McMinnville who were asleep in their unlocked room at Hotel Dalles.
A coffee pot intended as a prize for the VFW dance at the armory Saturday night was stolen from his car parked in front of the armory, reported Garnet Snider of The Dalles. Theft of a new tire and a tie wheel from his car parked at the circus Saturday night was reported by M.C. Stephenson, Hunt’s Trailer Court. Left by the thieves was the hydraulic jack used and bolt nuts from the wheel.
80 Years Ago-1933
Cattle and sheep owners today welcomed the announcement of J.W. Hoech, local banker, that the Empire Agricultural Credit Corporation, capitalized at $100,000, would open offices at Second and Washington Streets, July 5. The new organization will handle livestock loans principally, according to the announcement. No crop loans will be made at present Hoech said. Stockholders of the concern, all of whom are leading livestock men of the district, have paid in the capital stock, the report shows. Hoech is president and general manager of the new organization with
J.E. Hinton, vice-president.
County officials today are preparing to “draw straws” to decide the membership of the newly created board of zone directors for non-high school districts of Wasco County. The board will conduct its first meeting at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday in the office of County Superintendent T. Frank Braumbaugh. The membership problem was caused by a tie contest in the fifth zone when W.E. Hill of Lower Antelope and Martin W. Nill, of Clarno, each polled 13 votes. The officials decided today that if both candidates wanted the post, a drawing would be conducted. If neither of the candidates were anxious to serve, an outside man would be appointed.
100 Years Ago-1913
A merry crowd of 300 Elks, their families and friends boarded a special excursion train at the local depot at 9 o’clock yesterday morning, bound for the big Elks picnic at Bonneville. The amusement program was large and varied from dancing to a baseball game, foot races, etc. Another was enjoyment for the children, swings, and other games being arranged for them. What was supposed to be the big event of the day, the baseball game between The Dalles and Portland Elks, proved to be a fizzle. The Portland boys were either out of practice or had never worn a baseball suit before. A kangaroo court afforded fun during the entire day.
The party of business men who went to Maupin on Miller’s auto truck had the time of their lives during the trip, which included the return journey through the south eastern portion of Wasco County and the cities of Kent, Grass Valley, Moro and Wasco in Sherman County. One of the most pleasing incidents of the return trip was the courtesy extended to the party by Malcolm A. Moody. When the Millers Bridge was reached the party was informed that there was no toll charge for going over the bridge, and the Dallesites were presented with a 25 pound box of magnificent cherries, a gift of Mr. Moody.