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Looking Back on May 5

— May 5

20 Years Ago-1993

The newly formed the Dalles Mural Society hopes to line Federal Street with murals by July 4. “It’s doable,” said Society President Webb Petersen. “We already have sites lined up and artists ready to go.” The only thing stopping the new murals, Petersen said, is money, though he feels a new promotional campaign will soon eliminate the problem. The goal of the Mural Society is to line downtown The Dalles with murals in an effort to generate more downtown traffic and business, Petersen said.

Wasco County will begin using videotape to validate completion of road construction projects. Following citizen charges that work on a Wasco County road project was not completed, the county decided videotapes will be the best way to prove what it does. A group of residents on ThreeMile Road complained yesterday to the Wasco County Court that an intersection was not improved as promised. But Wasco County Director of Public Works, Dan Boldt, said it was improved, later he even showed the Court a letter from The Dalles Disposal Service, Inc., thanking him for fixing the “Y” intersection at Steele and Threemile Road.

40 Years Ago-1973

Many came early for today’s 51st annual reunion of the Old Wasco Pioneer Association, spending part of the forenoon visiting and viewing the hundreds of pictures lining the walls of The Dalles Junior High School gym. As old-time residents moved around the perimeter, women on the table committees busied themselves making the scene attractive for the dinner which was to be served at 11:30 am. The business meeting, with President Margaret Hix Stanley presiding, Bill Hulse of Dufur was the speaker of the day.

The Dalles Concrete Products Co. near the W. Columbia River Highway was the target of someone who used a tractor owned by the company to knock a hole in the front of a building and remove a large safe. A Wasco County sheriff’s deputy who investigated the crime Saturday said a chain tied to the bucket of the tractor was used in hauling out the safe. The tractor was driven too close to the edge of the embankment, however, and the weight of the safe caused the machine to go down a hill and tip on its side. A dump truck was in position for use in hauling the safe away but after the tractor tipped, an unsuccessful effort was made to open the safe at the scene by means of an oxy-acetylene torch, the deputy reported. Hinges were knocked off the safe. Total damage was estimated at $3,000 or more.

60 Years Ago-1953

Dalles City has stopped financing of sidewalk improvements pending creation of a sidewalk improvement district scheduled for sometime this summer. Lack of city funds to pay for individual sidewalk construction pending issuance of Bancroft improvement bonds has put sidewalk installation and repair on a private financing basis until the improvement district is created. When the district is formed, the city plans to call for bids on a substantial sidewalk construction program. Affected property owners then would have the choice of paying when the work is done or financing the improvement under the Bancroft bond system.

The enlarged Petersburg school district today advertised for bids on a $150,000 bond issue which are to be opened Saturday, May 23, at 5 p.m. The 10-year bond issue, recently authorized by district voters, will be used in construction of a four-classroom and multipurpose grade school opposite the site of the present Petersburg school.

80 Years Ago-1933

Three guesses—who is it, or what? Starting today, The Chronicle will present an original feature, consisting of pictures taken far in the past and also in more recent years. Rummaging through the “morgue” of old cuts the other day we came across a great number of interesting pictures. Some date back 25 years or more. From day to day we will run one of these pictures under the caption of “Who is it?” or “What is it?” Many local residents probably will be startled to see their likeness in print, as it was 15 or 20 years ago. We hasten to assure them that there is no thought of ridicule in presenting the feature. Rather the contrast between the present and the past is intended, merely for the sake of creating a feature that is “different.” Today “What is it?” is a picture of an institution once prominent in The Dalles—and quite popular, in the memory of old times is not at fault. Do you recognize it?

Jessie M. See, 19-year-old actress who occupied the circuit court for four days with her $30,000 personal injury claim against Guy E. Mathews and J.T. Moran, Granada theater operators, this morning through her attorney asked for 15 days time in which to file a motion for a new trial. The request came after the jury within twenty minutes after starting deliberations yesterday voted in favor of the defendants. The largest personal injury action tried here during the last several terms of circuit court resulted from an accident at the theater last July, when the plaintiff maintained she suffered injuries which would permanently affect her singing and speaking voice. Expert medical testimony offered by the defense purported to show the injuries were slight and could be relieved with few treatments.

100 Years Ago-1913

With the Methodist, Christian, United Brethren and Baptist churches as plaintiffs, a suit was filed by Bright, Bryant & Ellis, attorneys, in the circuit court late Saturday afternoon against Mayor Judd S. Fish, Recorder George Ross, Treasurer Edward Kurtz and members of the city council, as defendants, the object of the legal proceedings being to prevent the city from issuing saloon licenses in the future. It is claimed the council has no legal right to grant liquor permits because of a charter omission which was made when the state legislature re-enacted a section of the local charter in 1905.

Chenowith Cove Farm, the beautiful suburban home of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Hostetler, was the scene of a wedding, who’s every setting, was perfection, yesterday, when their eldest daughter, Miss Jessie, became the bride of Griffith Jones, formerly of Walla Walla, but now located in The Dalles.

A novel movement has been started among the women who are members of the Christian church in this city. Each has been asked to earn one dollar in some unusual way and the money secured in this manner will be applied to the fund which is being raised by the Methodist, Christian, United Brethren and Baptist churches for their legal fight which has been instituted against the local saloons.


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