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Looking Back on Nov. 17

20 Years Ago-1993

Construction contracts should be ready by early January as Columbia Gorge Community College renovates the former Judson Baptist College site near Sorosis Park, using bond monies authorized by voters this year. Architect Kent Duffy updated board members Wednesday night on the project. The college is scheduled to move onto its new campus in mid-August 1994.

The Dalles city councilors Monday night approved spending $33,900 on initial designs, site plan and engineering for the proposed 14th Street fire station. The move came amid vocal protests from 14th Street residents opposed to a relocated fire station in their area. The city wants to move the station to bigger quarters away from downtown traffic. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires city hall to add an elevator, further reducing fire station storage room. The city picked a site near the 14th Street reservoir for the new station, although design work must take into account potential geologic hazards there.

40 Years Ago-1973

Wasco County Intermediate Education District will leave $20,000 with the county treasurer for use of the individual school districts instead of utilizing it to meet administrative and service costs of the IED. IED Supt. Bob Montgomery said the district board made this decision at its last meeting. This came about, he said, because it was found that the IED had an income resource, representing money left over from last year, and $20,000 larger than had been anticipated. The $20,000 left with the county is equalization money and will be distributed on the basis of each school district’s ADM (Average Daily Membership.)

The Dalles Art Club will have its annual Art Auction Saturday at the Civic Auditorium. An attendance prize of metal sculptured flowers will be awarded. The variety of art objects will include watercolors, oils, tole painting, drawings, wood carvings and sculpture. Auction pieces are donated by members of the art club and by instructors including Phil Tyler and Sharon Smith.

60 Years Ago-1953

Voting in the special city election on the proposed $160,000 public safety bond issue started this morning with 129 ballots cast as of noon today. The election is whether the city should float a 10-year general obligation bond issue to finance construction and equipping of a residential area fire station and enlargement of city jail facilities.

Loans granted by the Production and Marketing Administration on Wasco County wheat have passed the $3 million mark, Leslie Fredrickson, PMA office manager said today. Wheat farmers have taken out 584 loans as of Nov. 15 on their 1953 crop, an all-time high, he said. Total value of the loans if $3,056,334. The rate of the loan procurement has dropped in the last month but it is expected to shoot up again after the first of the year, he said. The reason for the increase then is that some farmers will want to place the income on next year’s tax rolls, when farm income is expected to be lower, he said.

80 Years Ago-1933

The next 75 days will determine the amount of silver ore underlying The Dalles County Club property, as a result of fast progress now being made in the mine shaft. This was the word brought here this week by L.S. Harrison of Kellogg, Idaho, president of the mining company which has leased the club’s mineral rights. A second shift of miners was put to work in the shaft yesterday. Diamond drilling tests made last year have shown that a large ore body underlies the golf club, Harrison told club directors while here. The extent of the high grade deposit, some of which assayed in excess of $1000 to the ton, will not be determined until miners reach the main ledge, but tests revealed a huge body of lower grade ore, that can be mined profitably, Harrison declared.

Army engineers are planning locks to accommodate ocean going vessels past the Bonneville dam, according to purported statements of Charles I. Grimm, chief civilian engineer in charge of the project. Grimm’s statements were published yesterday in “Trade Lanes,” Portland transportation journal, copies of which were received here today by members of the Inland Empire Maritime conference, sponsors of the large locks movement. In case appropriation is granted for large locks, the engineers expect to proceed in their construction without delay.

100 Years Ago-1913

While government engineers detailed from the reclamation service and army engineer corps, in cooperation with State Engineer Lewis of Oregon, are making an investigation of the proposed gigantic water power project at Celilo Falls, on the Columbia River, Senator Lane will devote his time to working out a plan whereby this project, when outlined, can be built jointly by the states of Oregon and Washington, in conjunction with the federal government, says a recent Washington news dispatch.

The “Farmers’ Week,” school, at the Oregon Agricultural College, will in all probability have the largest attendance in its history, and Wasco County will be represented by its quota of agriculturalists. It will be a concentrated farmer’s institute at the seat of agricultural authority. The college invites all farmers interested in good roads, rural organization, cooperative marketing, cheese factories, and creameries, more and better fruit, grain, poultry or livestock; in sanitary, scientific and profitable farm dairying; in maintaining and increasing the productive capacity of the soil; in the spiritualization of the country home through indoor and outdoor environment; in devoting six crowded and absorbing days to the problems of how to enrich, beautify and broaden the practical opportunities of country life, to attend Farmers’ Week.

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