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Looking Back on May 12

May 12

20 Years Ago-1993

Final numbers on what it would cost to buy the Judson Baptist College Campus, prepare it for occupancy, move and equip the community college are being ironed out with a meeting this evening on their status. At a preliminary meeting Monday, College Board members got their first look at numbers being prepared by a Portland firm represented by Kent Duffy, an architect who grew up in The Dalles. He is a member of a planning, engineering and architectural firm hired to inspect the property and prepare numbers. A tentative purchase price has been agreed upon by the College Board said owner Mike Fedderly. It was not disclosed pending the outcome of the engineering studies.

The state Department of Environmental Quality is clamping down on the amount of treated sewage the city of The Dalles can legally dump into the Columbia River. The proposed permit for the city’s waste water treatment plant calls for significant reductions in the amount of suspended solids and other pollutants the city may discharge into the Columbia River.

40 Years Ago-1973

The annual Council Fire of the Dalles Camp Fire girls was held Friday where beads and awards were given to the girls by their leaders. A special award was presented to Shauna Clark for selling the most boxes of Camp Fire candy during the candy drive.

One of the attention getters for all young people who finish the school year, usually in early June each year, is the annual Oregon Wheat Growers League Junior Livestock Show and Sale held at the old Seufert Cannery property east of The Dalles. During the 27 year history of the show many of our community’s leading citizens have been involved with it in one way or another. The show with its many facets of public participation, both adult and youth, including school age 4-H and FFA boys and girls, is said to be an important additional educational experience to supplement class room work.

A Wahtonka High School junior is one of 150 students in the nation to be accepted to participate in Jean-Michael Couseau’s Project Ocean Search, and about $800 may stand in her way of attending the summer course. The summer program is for young men and women exploring the nature of the sea and its relationship to man.

60 Years Ago-1953

It’s “Tom Carson Lodge” now instead of “Lodge 887” of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. The change in name took place last night at a dinner meeting at Hotel Dalles honoring the veteran railroader and brotherhood official, T.J. Carson, who retired here in 1951. Climax of the evening, which earlier featured praise of the brotherhood’s achievements and the foundation for progress laid by early-day members, came when an engraved plaque was presented to Carson. The presentation was made by Eldon Metteer, president of The Dalles Lodge.

Wasco County today issued a building permit to Walter Eschebeck of The Dalles to erect the Starlight Drive-In Theater east of the city limits near the bluff overlooking the site of The Dalles Bridge. The permit is for erection of a steel tower to hold the screen and 1,500-square feet block building to house the projection room and concession bar. Listed value of the building permit was $15,000. When completed, the Starlight will be the third drive-in theater and the sixth motion picture theatre in the immediate Dalles area.

80 Years Ago-1933

Taxpayers of school district No. 12 next month will be called upon to select new board members, possibly three, as well as determine the status of the high school printing department, according to indications today. The final decision as to whether or not the printing squabble would be placed on the ballot will be made next Tuesday night, Charles Roth, chairman of the board said this morning. The awarding of contracts for teachers for the coming term and the continuation of the debate on the question of abolishing the printing department was scheduled for tonight. The meeting was postponed, however, until next Tuesday when it was discovered Mrs. A.S. Roberts, member of the board, and a representative from the state department, who is to explain the various Smith-Hughes courses, could not be present.

Grand jurors of Wasco County will conduct more than 10 investigations, several of them secret, when they convene at the courthouse Monday morning as a preliminary move to the opening of the May term of circuit court. The investigations will be directed by T. Leland Brown, district attorney. Eight defendants, most of them now held in the county jail, are involved in charges which have been pending on the criminal records for several weeks. The secret investigations are expected to boost this number materially.

100 Years Ago-1913

Twenty members of the Old Fort Dalles Historical Society enjoyed a picnic at Big Eddy Saturday. They were very pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. George E. Goodwin, who was assisted by Mesdames Polhemus, Saunders, Woods and Maury. The employees over The Dalles-Celilo canal works and visited Seufert’s fish wheel number 5, passing a very interesting and enjoyable day.

Mothers’ day was commemorated at the Big Eddy Y.M.C.A. yesterday. Mrs. Hobert of the Olive Branch mission in this city was the speaker at the 11 o’clock meeting. Her topic was “The Kind of Mothers Our Country Needs.” The Rev. Howard McConnell, pastor of the local Congregational church, preached at 3 o’clock. His subject was “How Mother Excels in Housekeeping, Cooking, Love and Sacrifice to Her Children.” He told his listeners they could best honor motherhood by living good lives.

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