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Looking Back on Nov. 24

November 24

20 Years Ago-1993

The federal forfeiture law last week netted the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office $12,221, its share as one of four participating police agencies that helped bust a major cocaine ring, and the largest single disbursement the county has received from a property forfeiture. Police seized property from a former Hood River resident who was arrested this past January in Bend after a lengthy investigation, and pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in federal court.

It’s that time of year again when volunteers who have dressed dolls and teddy bears for the Salvation Army will have them displayed for the Annual Doll Tea. Awards are given in the categories of baby dolls, toddlers, teens and teddy bears, explained Wanda Esson, chairman of the toy shop for the last 30 years. The toy shop supplies these and other toys at Christmas to children in need.

40 Years Ago-1973

When enough water comes down the Columbia, The Dalles Dam will be capable of turning out electric power at the rate of about 2 million kilowatts. Generating unit No. 22, initially synchronized with the system on Nov. 14, is now producing commercial power. It is the last unit of the expansion project which has added eight turbines and generators to the original string of 14. The giant powerhouse at the project now is about four tenths of a mile long in excess of 2,100 feet.

A new, co-ed Explorer Scout Post being formed in The Dalles will have its initial meeting on Tuesday at the Wasco Co-op Electric Building. It will cover water skiing, swimming, skin-diving, canoeing, sailing, bowling, golfing, hiking, camping, mountain climbing, back packing, snow skiing and other activities. Mike and Doreen Harding of The Dalles will be the advisors for the group.

60 Years Ago-1953

The main section of The Dalles hospital does not meet “acceptable standards” of the State Board of Health despite expenditure of over $50,000 in improvements ordered by the state fire marshal. This disclosure was made in a letter today from George M. Shiffer, director of the State Board of Health’s hospital and facilities section.

School District 12 today called for bids on construction of the new grade-junior high school on E 12th between “H” and “I” streets. Bids will be opened at a special school board meeting. Construction of the three-building school will be financed with proceeds from a $785,000 bond issue authorized last May.

80 Years Ago-1933

Wasco County civil works projects will give 126 men work just as soon as they can be hired and put on the job, it was announced this morning by County Judge F. L. Phipps, upon his return from Portland with approvals for seven relief jobs in his pocket.

Urging members of the Elks lodge to double their efforts toward greater service during these times of retarded business and economic conditions, Walter F. Meier, grand exalted ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of elks, brought a message of cheer at a noon luncheon at the local Elks temple.

100 Years Ago-1913

During the rodeo this fall, two ladies spent an entire afternoon recounting the incidents of their long journey of 2000 miles by ox team over the old Oregon Trail across the plains from the Missouri River to the Columbia, when together they walked the entire distance ahead of the slow plodding oxen, and cooked bout the campfire at night. The younger of the two is Mrs. Z.F. Moody, wife of the senior ex-governor of Oregon, whose home is in Salem, and who visited her son, Mr. A. Moody, here during the rodeo, the other Mrs. Camilla F. Donnell, of this city. Both are natives of Indiana.

Penicellaria or Pearl Millet, one of the best forage crops known, is being successfully grown in Wasco County by F.A. Morrow of Tygh Valley. A sample of this millet has been sent to the Business Men’s Association by Mr. Morrow for exhibition purposes and it stands over six feet high.

In his description of how he raises this crop Mr. Morrow states that he plants in May after the tenth of the month and the better the ground the better the crop.

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