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Looking Back on Oct. 20

— October 20

20 Years Ago-1993

Authority to regulate cable television rates apparently took effect Monday for the City of The Dalles, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) let stand a certification request submitted by city attorney Gene Parker last month. The move anticipates a petition circulating since last Wednesday evening, when an irate group of Falcon Cable customers filled the Wasco County circuit courtroom to plan a strategy for battling what they consider an unfair rate schedule announced in September.

City councilors Monday night approved a 79-unit mobile home park for the Chenowith Area – the first one in years for this area – with construction expected to begin as early as this winter. Planning commissioners attached 16 conditions to the approval, ranging from adequate building setbacks and tie-downs to landscaping, drainage plan and sidewalk installation. Twenty-five spaces must be prepared for occupancy before the park may accept residents.

40 Years Ago-1973

More than 100 Indians, all in full regalia, will appear in dances during a Northwest Indian Pageant to be presented at The Dalles Junior High School gym on Saturday, Nov. 3. Mary (Mrs. Alvin) Settler of The Dalles and Flora Thompson, widow of the late Wyam Chief Tommy Thompson, are in charge of publicity for the pageant. Thirty-six dancers from public schools on the Yakima Reservation will be among those appearing, and there will be dancers from Chemwa and exhibition performers from Warm Springs, Mrs. Settler said.

Newly revived plans for conversion of The Dalles High School to a four-year program apparently will not be put into effect for 1974-75. Though the District 12 school board did not formally make a declaration of that sort, Chairman Ken Shideler suggested that perhaps “it would be best” to postpone the conversion and begin planning for improvement of the high school plant. Development of some additional facilities is needed regardless of the form of school organization, board members indicated at their regular monthly meeting Thursday.

60 Years Ago-1953

Only one hurdle stands in the way now of adoption of a uniform building code for the whole of Wasco County. After a short public hearing last night the Wasco County Planning Commission adopted the proposed ordinance which calls for application of a building code throughout the county, rather than just in the northern part as former ordinance prescribed.

The Dalles City Council awarded United-Pacific Construction Company of Eugene the contract for the 1953 sidewalk program on a corrected low bid of $12,691.25, after no recommendations were heard at the public hearing. There were calls for bids on the purchase of the city-owned parking lot at First and Union Streets. Bids on purchase of this tract were rejected a year ago because they were below the appraised valuation of some $24,000. If approved by the voters, the 10-year bond issue would be the first for expanding public safety facilities since 1932.

80 Years Ago-1933

Additional support was lent the Inland Empire movement to secure large navigation locks at Bonneville Dam when delegations from four Columbia River communities met with The Dalles-Wasco maritime commerce committee here last night and expressed approval of the effort. Arlington, White Salmon, Goldendale, Hood River and The Dalles were represented at the meeting, a “Star Chamber” session to hear advice from W.A. Schoenfeld, dean of agriculture at Oregon State College. No public announcement of what steps will be taken next as the result of last night’s conference was made.

Twenty-two members of The Dalles High School football squad left here this morning, bound for Bend and ready to surmount the next-to-the-last barrier of their 1933 schedule with Oregon teams. They were slated to meet the central Oregon aggregation at 3 p.m. Reports from Bend said weather conditions for the day were good, with skies clear and the field dry. Bend may prove hard for the Indians to scalp today. On the face of it, the more deceptive and faster style of overhead play Coach Beryl Hodgen has developed in the Indian squad should be equal to the occasion. The Loggers are big and heavy, but slow enough to have difficulty in defending themselves from the Indian’s rapid-fire pass plays.

100 Years Ago-1913

Professing to be “black republican,” a “standpatter” and expressing her desire to vote for Joe Cannon for President of the United States, Mrs. S.A. Orchard, aged 86 years, registered at the city hall yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Orchard, who is the grandmother of Deputy Sheriff Glenn O. Allen, is well-known in The Dalles for her knowledge of politics as well as her mental and physical condition. Laughing and apparently enjoying the experience of registering, she approached City Recorder Hostetler with the request to be enrolled as an elector. When asked what her political affiliations are she answered: “I am a black republican, a standpatter, and I would like to vote for Joe Cannon for president.” Mrs. Orchard crossed the plains to Oregon 62 years ago, “doing most of it in my bare feet,” as she says. She has been a resident of The Dalles for 40 years. Her sight has not been impaired with age and she reads the newspapers, etc., without the aid of glasses.

The United Brethren church was crowded to the doors last night when the “dry” advocates held the first rally of the local option campaign. The audience, which was composed of voters, was about equally divided between men and women. W.P. Cragin presided. The church choir sang a selection after which the chairman introduced N.A. Rheinhart, formerly of the state land office, and now a lawyer in The Dalles. The attorney was born in Oregon, having lived in this state over 50 years. He closely held his audience with his description of the early days and the gradual improvement which, he said, had taken place due to increased prohibition sentiment. He said he had not intended to enter this campaign, but that it is now impossible “for a man with any manliness in him to keep out of it.” He advanced several arguments why The Dalles should go dry.

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