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Looking Back on May 26

May 26

20 Years Ago-1993

Murals on Craig Office supply and Tony’s Town & Country were approved by The Dalles Historical Landmarks Commission Wednesday. Roger Cook of Sandy, the official artist of the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial will paint the 10x68’ Craig mural, said W.E. (Webb) Peterson, of The Dalles Mural Society. Also approved was a 40x26’ mural on the Tony’s building, to be painted by Robert Thomas of Idaho. The Mural Society applied for both murals. No drawings on the content of the proposed murals were presented to the commission, but submission of schematic drawings and proposed colors for the murals and a description of how the mural will be placed on the Craig building were among the three conditions the HLC attached to its approval.

Austin Abrams, who has served as managing editor of The Dalles Chronicle since June 1974, has announced his resignation from the newspaper staff. He said he will specialize in agricultural and natural resource reporting for regional publications and do public relations work. He will remain in The Dalles. Abrams will contribute material for The Chronicle’s agricultural and natural resource coverage. “Watching life from a newspaper desk is one of the most exciting experiences anyone could have, especially in rural America. The job of being a reporter for more than 30 years has offered many perceptions of the strengths of the country.

40 Years Ago-1973

In a manner child-like in simplicity and directness, some of the residents of Columbia Park Hospital and Training Center have been protesting the possibility they may be transferred to Fairview Hospital at Salem within the next two years. Closure of The Dalles state institution for the mentally retarded has been proposed for July 1, 1975.

The Dalles High made efficient, if not very elegant, use of some familiar tactics here yesterday to claw its way to the Class AAA varsity baseball title with a 5-3 win over Ontario at Civic Stadium. The Indians put together most of the things that got them all the way to the AAA final for the win-just enough good pitching, a few clutch hits and the alertness to seize opportunity. Junior right fielder Steve Comer seized the biggest opportunity of all for The Dalles. His full-count single in the bottom of the third with two out scored what proved to be the Indians’ two winning runs. The game was far from an artistic triumph for either team. “I don’t think it was one of our better jobs,” Bob Williams Indian coach said, “But someone came up with the key hit when we needed it. We’ve been doing that all year.”

60 Years Ago-1953

Honors for outstanding achievement were awarded during a special assembly Monday afternoon at The Dalles High School. First awards were pins for the student body officers during the two terms of the past year. Honored were: John Lundell and Bob Hyde, president; Cal Callaway and Don Page, vice-president; Margaret Preston and Janet Berger, secretaries, and Pat Turner, twice treasurer. Yell team awards were presented to Lee Agidius, Doug Keil, Pat Herbst, Donna Lee and Laurene Hazlett. Perfect attendance for four years was the usual achievement of Olivia Tharaldson and Dick Haynes.

A total of 80 voters braved drenching rains by noon today to cast ballots on the proposed $250,000 water bond issue to expand The Dalles City water system. Voting was slow at the county courthouse polling place before noon but is expected to pick up later in the day.

A warning against a miniature but deadly “toy” pistol was issued today by Wasco County Sheriff Ernest Mosier. The device is considered so deadly that the Portland city council has enacted an ordinance prohibiting possession or sale of the Japanese-made fire arm. Tests made in the sheriff’s office yesterday revealed a blank cartridge would leave deep powder stains on an object at least a foot distant from the tiny muzzle.

80 Years Ago-1933

For the first time in many years The Dalles, according to plans announced today, is this year to have a genuine, old time, all day celebration of the Fourth of July. Originally sponsored by The Dalles Breakfast Club, the idea for a city-wide celebration immediately found favor with business men and service organizations; it was declared today, with offers from every side for the fullest cooperation in making the event a success. Events tentatively listed on the program for the day include a mammoth downtown parade in the morning, a water carnival, speedboat races, a ball game, afternoon and evening dances and an attractive fireworks display. One division of the parade, according to present plans, will be a “pet division,” offering boys and girls a chance to compete for prizes in the exhibition of pets of every description.

Dalles City, through The Dalles-Wasco County chamber of Commerce, this morning, filed a request with Major O.O. Keuntz, head of the district office of the board of army engineers, asking for additional time in which to study the proposed plans for the construction of a bridge across the Columbia River at Big Eddy, before filing objections to the project.”We are not attempting to impede progress but at the same time we do not want to approve of anything that might hinder the proposal for the construction of the dams in the river. The Chamber of Commerce is acting in the name of Dalles City in this matter and is seeking to gain all information possible on the proposal.”

100 Years Ago-1913

The Oregon Fruit Cleaner Company has received its cleaning machine from Hood River and it is now being demonstrated in conjunction with the grader which was received several days ago. The demonstration, which is being made at the H.E. Willerton implement store, shows the machine to be a vast improvement over the first one built by the inventor, O.K. Porter. Mr. Porter thinks that in the completion of the new grader, he has perfected a machine which will be hard to improve. Fruit growers who have seen the grader is operation say the machine fills a long-felt want among the fruit men.

Arrangements have been made for four concerts during the coming Chautauqua by the Maude Stevens Concert Company. This is a company of three young women, all musicians and entertainers of high rank. Edith Welch is a violinist, a former pupil of Max Fischel who says of her: “Having had personal experience in playing before Chautauqua and knowing that only the very best artists are in demand. I can most heartily recommend Miss Edith Welch. She also studied under Gertrude Paradis who says: “It is a pleasure to state that Miss Edith Welch has been under my personal instruction and I take pride in commending her work to the music-loving public.”

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