20 Years Ago-1993
Wasco County voters will join residents across Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in considering Measure 1, a sales tax aimed at creating a stable revenue base for public schools. Advocates and opponents both have assembled reams of statistics and arguments backing their positions, which will be presented here next week.
The Wasco Rural fire Protection District board met Monday, Oct. 25 to look over the options available to them, hopefully facilitating a solution to a recently discovered budget shortfall. In spite of emergency sessions and brainstorming between staff and board, the department still finds itself around $18,000 in the hole this year and no carryover fund for the next. Several options were recommended by Jerry Frazier, board chairman, but by the end of the meeting most board members and attending staff seemed to agree that entering into a contract with the city department is the most obvious solution.
40 Years Ago-1973
With operator assisted calls of the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Co. now handled in Portland, the space here in the plant office at E. Third and Court streets formerly assigned to operators has become available for installation of modern equipment. The project is scheduled to start about Nov. 1. By next spring this new equipment will make possible better service including touchtone (push button dialing) and the automatic identification of calling numbers. It will no longer be necessary for those calling long distance to give their telephone numbers to an operator.
In a move aimed at providing a stronger lure for tourists, The Dalles Chamber of Commerce board suggested Monday that the city change its name to Fort Dalles. The name of the old military post would be appropriate, in the opinion of the Chamber’s policy-making group, as a means of emphasizing historical values existing in this area. For many decades the official name of the incorporated city was Dalles City – this name persists on the seal at the front of the semi-circular table in the City Council chambers at city hall. But in June, 1966, a measure offered to voters to change the official name to City of The Dalles received approval.
60 Years Ago-1953
Official opening of the water grade Columbia River highway between Mosier and Rowena will take place at 12 noon Saturday, the State Highway Department announced today. Opening of the six-mile express route will permit motor traffic to by-pass the last remaining major bottleneck of the main Columbia Gorge — the Rowena Loops. The new highway is the third route through the Wasco County section of the gorge and the first one to be built on the river.
Construction of District 12’s $780,000 grade-junior high school was a major step closer today with awarding of contract for removal of the Terrace Gardens federal housing project from the school site. The local Public Housing Administration office announced that the government had accepted the high bid of $10,100 submitted by Gordon Westwood of Pendleton.
80 Years Ago-1933
The Public Works Administration is considering two Oregon bridge projects, according to word from the United Press Washington bureau. They are the Astoria Columbia River Toll Bridge for which a $4,500,000 grant and loan is asked, and The Dalles Columbia River Toll Bridge for which $600,000 grant and loan is asked. Both of these projects are before three technical divisions of the PWA in Washington.
Plans for dock facilities proposed here under the public works program of the government have been completed by engineers of The Dalles Port Commission and are ready for presentation to the department of interior at Washington, D.C., members of the port group said today. Application for the project is being delayed, however, until the commission reaches a decision on several matters which have to be cleared up before its brief is complete. Criticism of the dock as planned has been expressed by Capt. Arthur Riggs, veteran river pilot, who conferred with the commission this week.
100 Years Ago-1913
Dr. Hugh Logan, one of the best known physicians and surgeons in eastern Oregon, died at his home last night. His death resulted from pneumonia and heart trouble. He had been seriously ill since Friday night. The doctor had practiced in The Dalles for 41 years.
Jake Andrews, one of the best known Indians in this vicinity, ended his own life Saturday evening when he jumped into the Columbia River from a rowboat. His body has not been recovered. “Indian Jake,” as Andrews was well known here, had been experiencing domestic troubles for some time. The Indian had an ambitious desire to make money, and recent financial reverses, which caused him to be practically penniless, coupled with worries in his home life, and probably was the incentive for the suicidal act.
The committee in charge of the Elks big musical comedy, “The Elk’s Tooth,” has been most fortunate in securing the desired singers and comedians for both the cast and chorus. Among those who will sing the leading parts are Mrs. M.D. Rorick, Mrs. Carlton P. Williams, Miss Anne Hansen, Mrs. H.L. Edmunds, F.V. Galloway, C.S. Knight, Charles Lamb, Ben Litfin, Lew Cullins, S.E. Blunt, H.G. Miller, C.E. Fuller and C.L. Pepper.