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Looking Back at March 31

— March 31

20 Years Ago-1993

Patrons of School District 12 Tuesday offered the school board some ideas on how to deal with a fund shortfall which is likely to cost at least 30 staff positions and all school-sponsored athletics. The about 50 citizens attending a town hall meeting Tuesday were asked for ideas on how to deal with the problem. They offered a list including trimming transportation, closing such things as the Resources and Materials Center, Learning House, looking or energy savings, freezing salaries and purchasing. A budget committee will get to work on it April 15.

Mike Fedderly bought the Judson Baptist College site this morning and Columbia Gorge Community College officials were to meet Wednesday night with the prospects of calling a bond issue for June 29 to buy it (from him). Fedderly foreclosed on Sho Ming Tsai who bought the property on contract sale from Fedderly in December 1991. Tsai had more than $1 million into the property, said Fedderly. Fedderly’s bid was $1,515, 780.18 at the sale conducted by Columbia Title Company. A lawyer and a man who had been representing Tsai previously were both at the sale, but did not bid. Asked if Tsai were out of the picture, the lawyer, John Parker, had no specific information and had no reports from Tsai, he said.

40 Years Ago-1973

For the first time since 1884, there will be no crew changes Sunday at The Dalles for main line Union Pacific trains. April 1 is the date of the long-expected change in UPRR operating procedures. Trains then will make the Portland-to-Hinkle run without stopping here except to drop off or pick up cars. Oregon Railway & Navigation Co. began its Portland-Omaha runs Dec. 1, 1884. In the early days of the steam locomotive as much as eight hours was required for the run to The Dalles from Portland. Present time for “hotshot” diesel trains is about two hours, 20 minutes.

Senior forward Keith Pridie was named the most valuable player on the 1972-73 Wahtonka High varsity basketball squads during last night’s Winter Sports Banquet at the school. Pridie was also presented the Young’s Sporting Goods outstanding basketball athlete award. Pridie, who also stars in football, baseball and track at Wahtonka, has led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding for the past two seasons.

60 Years Ago-1953

Members of The Dalles Business and Professional Women’s Club played host to their bosses last night and in the process staged a “senate” session for Wasco County, the boundaries of which were suddenly pushed back to their historic limits—the summits of the Rocky and Cascade Mountains. The Blue room of Hotel Dalles was filled for the occasion. It was the annual Bosses Banquet sponsored by the BPW, principally in recognition of employers. Speaker of the evening was Edgar W. Smith of Portland, whose remarks dealt with the “great cascade” of America for liberty and free enterprise in a world threatened by communism. He was introduced by Miss Celia Favin, local attorney, who served as toastmistress.

A three-day art workshop designed primarily for teachers in The Dalles system, although a limited number of non-teachers will be accepted, will be held beginning Tuesday at Joseph G. Wilson school. The workshop, supervised by Miss Clio Heller, will be held five hours daily. The idea behind the workshop is an opportunity for art teachers to learn by doing since all teachers attending the clinic will be required to participate in the work.

Two new assistant managers have been named at The Dalles Branch of the United States National bank, according to announcement by E.C. Sammons, president. They are E.L. Fagan and Clair A. Penners. Both men are natives of The Dalles and have been with the local branch of the U.S. National for a number of years.

80 Years Ago-1933

Wasco County unemployed, numbering several hundred, today are working for food and necessities instead of money, as has been the practice since the inauguration of relief employment. The new arrangement is being formulated under the direction of Governor Julius Meier’s unemployment relief committee which was organized here yesterday. The committee, complete with the exception of two members who are to be appointed immediately, includes Judge F. L. Phipps and Commissioners George Chamberlain and Mace Fulton of the county court; J.C. Branch, representing the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and H.A. Harden of the Red Cross, F.S. Gunning and Mrs. W.W. Belcher, originally appointed to the committee, have resigned. Mrs. Belcher is being employed by the committee to assist in the office routine.

Advent of legalized 3.2 per cent beer here within the next week has failed to slow down illicit traffic in intoxicating liquor according to results of police activity last night. Clyde Leslie Phillips, 35, was bound over to await action of the grand jury on charges of selling intoxicating liquor to minors, following his arraignment this morning before Justice of the Peace H. G. Meredith, bond was set at $1500. City and state police last night uncovered a small sized brewery in The Dalles Auto Park when they confiscated 60 gallons of beer, but failed to apprehend the two men who were reported to be the brew masters. According to the reports received this morning the police, acting upon information received late yesterday, raided one of the cabins, which was supposed to have been rented by two men.

100 Years Ago-1913

The Dalles manufacturers’ display, which has been placed in the Vogt Theatre, will surprise many of the citizens of this city. It portrays that a large number of articles, useful both in the household and on the farm, are manufactured here at home. Large quantities of food stuffs are also on exhibition. The articles are tastefully arranged on the stage and are suitably marked so that each article displayed is credited to the manufacturer. The retail dealers and the manufacturers met this afternoon, as did the editors but the principal meeting of the day will be the one which will be held this evening in the theatre.

Samuel Hill’s demand for removal of the O.W.R. & N. station from Biggs to a point near the water tank east of the town will come to an issue before the state railroad commission at a hearing at Biggs tomorrow. All the members of the commission, comprising Frank J. Miller, chairman; T. K. Campbell and C.B. Aitchison will be present, prepared to hear testimony to be offered on both sides of the question. The case promises to be an interesting one, and revives the subject of a promise that Mr. Hill says the railroad made several years ago, but the company denies having made the pledge.

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