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Looking back at March 24

— March 24

20 Years Ago-1993

Unstable power supplies, its cost and the depressed world price of aluminum will mean some layoffs at the Columbia Aluminum’s Goldendale smelter beginning next week, Plant Manager Bill Bell said this morning. Northwest Aluminum President Brett Wilcox at The Dalles this morning said no layoffs are planned at The Dalles plant. The numbers for Goldendale are being worked out, and Bell said he was developing the information so that he can talk to employees and the union. Some workers are on vacation, others are on medical leave and shuffling the number of people available to report to work with the number of things which need to be done will determine the number of layoffs, he said.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is checking into the ownership status of the Petticoat Junction Restaurant & Lounge, an OLCC investigator said. OLCC License Investigator Paul White sent a letter Wednesday to Bonnie DeSean, listed on the liquor license as owner of the Petticoat, asking her to describe her husband David DeSean’s role in the business. The Petticoat has come under close scrutiny since it began offering nude dancing March 2. Since that time, many Dufur residents have expressed opposition toward the establishment.

40 Years Ago-1973

Greg Keith of the Oregon Poetry in the Schools program will spend the week of April 2-6 working with students in grades 3 through 8 at Petersburg School. Poetry is a part of the language arts program at Petersburg taught by Lavilla Morrison, Florence Nelson, Karen Reese and Rhonda Schadewitz... Keith will work with the students in the various classrooms.

An Interesting relic of the days when The Dalles was a frontier outpost is on display in the Fort Dalles Museum in the old Surgeon’s Quarters at 15th and Garrison Streets. A heavy cast iron object, hollowed to receive an explosive charge, a cannonball, one of two which were found and turned over to the Wasco County-The Dalles Museum Commission by two boys, Roger Pearson and Danny Jensen.

60 Years Ago-1953

Harvey Machine Company today is the owner of the alumina plant at Salem that the Torrance, Calif., firm plans to use in connection with its proposed aluminum plant in The Dalles area. The General Services Administration at Washington said the World War II plant built by the federal government had been sold for $325,000 following several months of negotiations. Harvey’s high bid last December of $300,000 was rejected at the time because the firm bid on an all-or-nothing basis. It bid only on an alternate for the entire plant and did not submit an offer for the plant minus a kiln and allied equipment.

The drop in beef prices which has been delighting housewives for the past few weeks has gone about as far as it is likely to go. The government is moving in to support the cattle market for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Agriculture Department announced yesterday that it is ready to buy quantities of frozen boneless beef through regular wholesale channels to help stabilize prices. Department reports show dressed prime beef sold at wholesale prices of $44.60 per 100 pounds in New York a week ago compared with $59 a year ago.

Inland Navigation Company officials today were studying possible effects on barge traffic that may accompany fluctuations in the Columbia River in connection with the raising of the pool behind McNary Dam. The Army Engineers have announced that the pool behind the dam will be raised to an elevation of 310 feet above sea level, a rise of about 40 feet, between April 10 and 15.

80 Years Ago-1933

Beer in The Dalles probably will sell for five cents for a 10 ounce glass and 10 cents for a pint bottle. This was the indication today as prospective wholesale and retail dealers and parched residents looked to the city council for final sanction of the measure which passed congress this week. It was indicated today the council would meet in special session next week to establish regulations under which 3.2 per cent beer could be sold in The Dalles. According to reports of the council members this morning the city will demand a license from the wholesalers and retailers of the brew, but the fee will be reasonable. “We are going to have to make some elimination in this business,” one of the councilmen said. “It is not going to be run by everyone nor will we permit the return of the old saloon days. Beer will not be sold near school or to minors, regardless of what the federal law says.

That The Dalles Bridge commission is far from inactive and the outlook for construction of a bridge here is not discouraging, was the keynote of a meeting of The Dalles Bridge commission held last night. The attempt of the Dalles Bridge Corporation to get hold of the bridge franchise met with strong opposition and the adoption of a recommendation to the city council that the bridge franchise be held in control of the council. It was argued that the franchise is in reality the property of the citizens of The Dalles as a whole, to be guarded as such by the city council, and not to be released to any group or company for exploitation. Not until there is a concrete and definite plan to proceed with actual work will the bridge commission agrees to sanction transfer of the franchise.

100 Years Ago-1913

The fruit prospect for 1913, according to the expressed opinions of the largest growers of this district is the best since the spring of 1908, when one of the most phenomenal crops in the history of Wasco County was harvested. According to the fruit men the cold weather which has prevailed during the greater part of March has served to retard the fruit trees from budding. Several times during the past week the thermometer has fallen several degrees below the freezing point but it is declared that no damage has been done. One fruit grower from the Mill Creek district stated that there could hardly have been damage done unless to a few forward apricot trees situated in favored spots.

A number of men prominent in the affairs of Oregon have been scheduled to speak at the meeting of manufacturers, merchants and newspaper men to be held in this city. The talks during the meetings will be for the purpose of up-building Oregon industrially and commercially. There will be no politics, fads or subscription shares of any kind. It will be a grand rally for the up-building of The Dalles and Wasco County in particular. Mr. Phillip S. Bates of the State Press association and editor of the Pacific Northwest has 200 views of Oregon and puts on a fine show and lecture on good roads and scenic Oregon.

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