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Looking back at may 19

May 19

20 Years Ago-1993

Jeremy B. Hammel, a member of the class of 1993 at The Dalles High School, is one of 2,600 national winners of Merit Scholarships funded by colleges and universities. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation said the winners are among a total of more than 6,500 competing high school seniors who, this year, will receive Merit Scholarships. He was awarded a scholarship from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announcement says that Hammel plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Answer: four days. Question: how long does it take to disassemble 438 organ pipes, clean them and reassemble them in their loft at St. Peter’s Landmark? The organ-cleaning job began Tuesday, with a team of six volunteers assisting Marceau Pipe Organs of Portland on the sensitive job.

“This is touchy work, said volunteer Cecile Colcord, who fought over 20 years ago to save the 1898 church from a wrecking ball. The pipes rang from six inches long to eight feet long. All are part of a 1907 Kilgen organ, installed in the church in 1926.

40 Years Ago-1973

The new location for Roth Music Center, completing 22 years in the music retail and electronics business in The Dalles, is expected to be completed by August of this year. Work is currently in progress on the site, on W. Sixth near the intersection with Chenowith Road. The new building will have 7,600 square feet of floor space, of which 5,400 will be used for display and office facilities. This area will have a 90-foot frontage for window displays with a covered walkway for the benefit of window shoppers.

The Dalles Veterans Council, representative of all the veterans’ organizations in the area, is sponsoring the traditional public program for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. Lew Nichols and Harold Sexton are heading the planning group. Nichols said volunteers will place flags on veterans’ graves at three cemeteries in or near The Dalles. There will be a free ham and egg breakfast for veterans.

60 Years Ago-1953

Wasco County today issued the Harvey Aluminum Company of Torrance, Calif., a building permit to erect a $3,000,000 structure west of here as the first major unit of a projected $65,000,000 aluminum reduction plant.

The building permit was issued for construction of a steel frame building with aluminum walls and roof to be constructed on Harvey owned land west of The Dalles city limit.

Water restrictions were modified by Dalles City council last night to benefit two critical areas still short of water despite alternate day yard irrigation rules. The regulation permits daily yard irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the area east of Dry Hollow road plus the entire Riverview Heights subdivision. The regulation was adopted after Water Supt. Frank Johnson reported lack of water pressure in the two areas during the recently imposed yard irrigation periods.

80 Years Ago-1933

First steps were inaugurated this morning for the subscription of a fund to be used in properly marking the graves of 17 unknown persons, believed to be pioneers, whose burial plots were unearthed several days ago by a county road crew working on the Fifteen Mile road near Fairbanks. Coroner C.R. Callaway and Christ Fauerson, county road master, who officiated at the simple reburial services Wednesday, were the first to donate to the fund for the purchase of a marker for the graves.

The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Adkisson, four miles east of Dufur, was completely destroyed by fire at 10

o’clock last night while the family was attending the commencement exercises of the Dufur High School. Miss Laura Adkisson was class valedictorian. Origin of the blaze is not known. It was first seen my Mr. and Mrs. William Steuber, who called help from Boyd. Forest O’Brien spread the alarm at Dufur, but the flames had progressed so far that it was impossible to save anything. A cellar containing fruit and vegetables, adjoining the house, also was destroyed by the flames.

100 Years Ago-1913

It wasn’t Casey as the bat; it was Howard McDonald of the Walther-Williams nine. It was the last half of the ninth inning with the score 3 to 2 in favor of the Fletcher Furniture Company aggregation. There was no one on the circuit and there were two out and two strikes against McDonald. Many of the crowd thought it was all over but the shouting and started to leave the field when the crack of McDonald’s bat against the ball halted them and made it known that the hot contest wasn’t over. McDonald’s slam was just as good as a hit, for Pitcher Gill couldn’t handle it, making an error which landed McDonald on first. In an attempt to catch the runner napping at the first sack second baseman Perry threw the pellet over Christian’s head and McDonald went to second and he scored from the keystone station on E. McInnis’ pretty drive into the left garden. That tied the score, making it three all and the excitement was intense. The Walther-Williams team added another run in the tenth and won the game, 4 to 3.

The members of the junior class of the high school entertained the seniors and members of the faculty at the A.S. Bennett home last night, 40 being present. Miss Erma Bennett, the president of the junior class, welcomed the senior, whose president, Howard McDonald, responded. Miss Alle Miller, a member of the faculty, briefly addressed the seniors on behalf of the teachers of the high school. Guessing games and music were enjoyed and then the evening’s enjoyment was augmented by out-of-door amusement features.

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