20 Years Ago-1993
“Two months down, four to go” or maybe “keep holding your breath” could be the motto for employees and temporary directors of 911, the emergency information dispatch service in The Dalles. After the resignation of director Bob Delaney two months ago, Capt. Jay Waterbury of the city police and Gary Crow, undersheriff at Wasco County Sheriff’s department, agreed to take on administrative duties for six months while an evaluation determined what direction the department should take to work efficiently and stay on budget. Waterbury and Crow may have their hands full with 60 hour-a-week jobs in addition to responsibilities at 911, but the agency keeps rolling on. “We can’t continue doing this full time,” said Waterbury. “Our jobs at our respective departments will suffer.”
A parade, potluck dinner and rededication ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial near Sorosis Park will recognize Veterans’ Day in The Dalles this Thursday, Nov. 11. Events begin with a parade, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. near the Civic Auditorium, heading east on Third Street to the old railroad depot. It’s the tenth anniversary of that commemorative marker, and Wasco County Judge John Mabrey — who was mayor at the time the memorial was placed here – will be on hand to provide opening remarks for this rededication ceremony.
40 Years Ago-1973
Wasco County Employees Association filed a petition in Circuit Court Thursday for binding arbitration of the longstanding dispute over salaries. The County Court offered the employees a 5.5 per cent pay increase for fiscal 1973-74 but the association contended the raise should be considerably larger. At one point spokesman for the employees said they would be willing to accept a straight 10 per cent increase. Various offers and proposals entered into discussions during and after the period in which the county’s new budget was under consideration.
Repaving of E. Second Street between Madison and Taylor Streets began this morning under direction of the State Highway Division as the improvement project in that area entered its final phase. The first application of asphaltic concrete is approximately two inches thick and a similar layer will be applied next week, probably on Tuesday. B&D Paving Co. is applying the new surface.
60 Years Ago-1953
The first buzzes of the portable X-ray machines clicked off at 1 p.m. today as miniature X-ray pictures of Dalles mayor M.A. Davidson and Police Chief Rex Thornton were taken. The two led off a group of about 10 persons waiting for the examination. Clerks kept busy helping the persons fill out cards while the X-ray technician, Cliff Young of Portland, lined the people up and snapped the button. It is the aim of the drive to have the chest of every adult in Wasco and Sherman counties X-rayed within the month the machines will be operating here.
Bids for the second series of highway and railroad relocation projects in connection with construction of The Dalles Dam will be opened Dec. 8 the Army Engineers announced today. The work consists of grading and draining 2.9 miles of Union Pacific Railroad track, two miles of Highway 30 and one-fifth of a mile of Wasco County road. The railroad and highway relocation in this project will extend from the easterly edge of Celilo to the banks of the Deschutes River. The county road to be relocated connects with Highway 30 near the mouth of the Deschutes.
80 Years Ago-1933
Billy Guyton, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Guyton, is just about the most disappointed boy in The Dalles today, due to the non-arrival of a live alligator which he has been expecting. Billy sent in a subscription to a boy’s magazine and as a reward for this service, he was to receive via the post office a live alligator, which to date has not arrived. The search for the missing pet gained considerable momentum early this week when a live alligator arrived in the mails at Cochran, Ore., and could not be delivered due to a faulty address. The instructions to “feed with raw meat,” however, were observed and the box was sent back to Portland where they had more and better books regarding the handling of live alligators. Billy’s hurried communication to the Portland postmaster, however, disclosed the fact that the alligator had been returned to the sender, and Billy still thinks that the stray pet should have been consigned to him. Owing to the cold weather, it is understood that they cannot be shipped after October and it looks as if The Dalles boy would have to do without an alligator this season.
A thorough examination of plans for navigation locks at the Bonneville Dam will be made at Portland tomorrow afternoon by five members of the maritime commerce committee of The Dalles-Wasco County Chamber of Commerce, C. R. Harding, committee chairman, said today. The examination will be made with Major Charles Williams, U.S. engineer for the Bonneville construction. The purpose of the journey to Portland will be to acquaint members of the local group with all details of the specifications as now laid out by the army engineers.
100 Years Ago-1913
The Dalles is going “dry.” Every saloon in this city will be closed. That is a startling statement, but this paper is willing to bet 100 to 1 that it will be proved true tomorrow. Why all this confidence? Because, the state law requires all saloons to be closed on Election Day, and The Dalles will be “dry” for one day at least tomorrow. Is the Dalles going “wet” or dry?” If you hear anyone talking about any other question today you may put him down as one who doesn’t live in this man’s town, for every Dallesite is debating the prohibition issue which, under the local option law, will be decided at the polls tomorrow. What is the answer? There are two. Jones says it’s a cinch that this city is going to stay in the “wet” column; Smith will tell you there’s nothing to it—the town is going to be awfully “dry” after the votes are counted tomorrow night, or rather about November 15.
Do you want to win free seats for the production of “The Havoc” which will be presented at the Vogt theatre next Saturday by Paul Gilmore and his strong company of Associated Players? The Chronicle has purchased six $1.50 seats for the big production and will give them to the persons who discover the most miss-spelled words in the “want ads,” “local reading ads” and in the press comments on “The Havoc.” Miss-spelled words will appear in this paper today, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Read all the advertisements and the reading notices about “The Havoc.”