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Looking Back on Dec. 1

Sunday, December 1

1993 - 20 years ago

Counties, specifically in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, need to be assured they will not be held responsible for liability from federal regulations, US Rep. Jolene Unsoeld (D-Wash.) said Sunday. In White Salmon for a special reception, Unsoeld told an audience of nearly 40 that federal policies should not impinge upon local government, or put them at risk. “I feel it necessary that we look at ways to immunize local governments from liability for federal regulations,” said the Democratic representative from Vancouver.

Jeanie Thomsen, 11, The Dalles, recently earned runner-up honors in the “Make It Yourself with Wool” District 5 contest, comprised of entrants from Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties. Along with the runner-up ribbon, Jeanie was awarded a $50 U.S. savings bond at the Nov. 11 contest, held in Ione. At the contest, Jeanie modeled her outfit, while an announcer read: “Jeanie chose a Scottish plaid that’s 100-percent Pendleton wool. The vest is lined and has a loop which buttons in the front.”

The Mosier Food Basket committee is looking for help from the community in supplying local residents with holiday food supplies. The committee hopes to gather a variety of charitable donations, including monetary contributions, food, new toys, gifts for senior citizens, turkeys and hams, gift certificates for teenagers, new clothing and jackets for children and teens, slippers for seniors, candies and other donations.

1973 - 40 years ago

Plaintiffs in the Martin Marietta Aluminum tax refund case are seeking an injunction to prevent distribution of money in a “Special Reserve Fund” set up by order of the Oregon Tax Court. The Oregon Supreme Court, to which the case has been appealed, has issued a temporary restraining order requiring Wasco County Treasurer Freda Webb to keep the fund intact. This was done on motion of plaintiffs’ attorney Charles Phipps of The Dalles.

People who suspected that things were a little bit damp in November were right. The month’s rainfall total was the highest in 30 years for November, and was over twice the average for the month. The November rainfall totaled 4.82 inches, but the calendar year total is still almost three inches under the average.

Wahtonka basketball coach Don Myers will never be accused of hyper-optimism. He doesn’t believe in inflating egos. He won’t be caught fueling unrealistic dreams. “What we’re working with is one letterman off a 5-15 ball club, plus a transfer who didn’t letter, and three kids off a JV team that was just fair,” Myers admitted Friday. No more, no less. “We should be better shooters than a year ago, and I feel we’re quicker, so we expect to win more ball games. But don’t expect us to score as many points, and although we have better all-around size, other teams are likely to hurt us on the boards,” Myers indicated.

1953 - 60 years ago

Wheat can be one of the greatest pillars of national defense, Ed Ball, administrator of the Oregon Wheat Commission, told a capacity crowd gathered to honor Wasco and Sherman counties’ Conservation Men of the Year last night in the Hotel Dalles Blue Room. Payments to farmers from the government are no more subsidies than payments to General Motors or other manufacturers of tanks, planes and munitions, he said. Wheat is just as important a tool of defense as these products.

The burglar or burglars who broke into the Hoot Owl café at Second and Madison streets last night or early this morning must have worked up an appetite while going about their work. Emma Erwin, owner of the café, said the culprits devoured a half dozen doughnuts and fixed themselves some cold beef sandwiches while prying their way into a cigarette machine and music box. Damage to the cigarette machine, placed at about $75, was believed to be more than the amount of money and cigarettes taken.

The Mikkalo Grange celebrated its 25th anniversary Saturday evening at the hall with a banquet served by the Home Economics club to members and their families, past masters and their wives, 25-year members and charter members. Also attending were Mrs. Norman, State Grange secretary, and her husband and County Deputy Clarence Potter. Virgin Cason read a history of the Mikkalo Grange and Jean Cason and Dennis Potter lit 25 candles on a large birthday cake.

1933 - 80 years ago

A crew of six men working under the newly organized civil works administration went to work the last of the week lowering the water pipes of the city [of Wasco]. R.O. Scott of Wasco has been appointed disbursing officer for Sherman county and will put in his entire time on the work.

Silas Evans of Three Mile was called to the bedside of his sister, Mrs. Alice Cassidy, of Orting, Wash., last week. A brother, Charles Evans, of Centralia, also is ill and he is visiting with him. Neither brother or sister is expected to live and Mr. Evans expects to be gone several weeks.

The first basketball games of the season were played on the [Wapinitia] floor Friday evening with teams from Mosier, Wapinitia getting all the victories. Junior boys’ game resulted in a 9-5 score. The Wapinitia girls won by a 42- 19 score, while the high school boys defeated the Mosier high school 28-23.

1913 - 100 years ago

The Dalles council, number 1598, Knights of Columbus, initiated a class of 29 candidates yesterday. The occasion was celebrated in the morning by the candidates and members of the lodge attending service at St. Peter’s church when Right Rev. Charles J. O’Reilley of Baker preached. The team of the local lodge later gave the candidates the first degree. The Knights then adjourned for lunch. The team of the Portland council, immediately after lunch, gave the work in the second degree and State Deputy W.P. O’Brien and degree team of Astoria exemplified the third degree work. About 20 members of the Portland Council were present.

One of the finest pictures ever released, “Ivanhoe,” will be shown at the Casino today and tomorrow. In order to thoroughly enjoy and get the benefit of the picture, you should be there at the start of the first reel. Shows commence at 2:45, 4, 7:15, 8:30 and 9:45 o’clock.

Wasco county requires 163 sign boards and one county line post for county road purposes, sign boards to be clear pine lumber and to be made on boards 2x8x36 inches, to be painted white and lettering to be in black, letters to be 3 inches in size, county line post to be 6x8 inches by 13 feet and to be of cedar and to be painted white and to be lettered on two sides black. The county court will receive bids for the above up to Friday, the 5th day of December, at 5 o’clock p.m. at which time there will be no more bids received, said bids to be opened by the county court Saturday, Dec. 6, 1913, at 2 o’clock p.m.

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