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Looking back, Sept. 8

September 8

20 Years Ago-1993

November 15 has been the date set for a new committee to set the ground work for future tourism promotion in The Dalles. The City Council, in a unanimous vote last night, agreed to form a nine member committee whose sole purpose will be to “prepare a scope of work for the request for Proposals, which should identify the visitor and tourism services to be provided” for the city of The Dalles.

The Dalles Sea Scouts of the S.E.S. Pathfinder were not anticipating placing their marine rescue skills into actual service during their annual summer trip down the Columbia River. Every year the Scouts attend a summer regatta at some town along the Columbia River. There, the Scouts compete against Scouts from other ships in areas of navigation, seamanship, marine safety and general boating knowledge. On the events the local Sea Scouts placed first in the use of VHF Radio, said Scout Greg Cummings. It was these VHF skills which would later help the Pathfinder aid the U.S. Coast Guard in rescuing a stranded sailboat.

40 Years Ago-1973

Though they knew the level would be low, few of those who made this year’s City of The Dalles watershed tour escaped a feeling of mild shock when viewing Crow Creek Reservoir. The impoundment created after construction of Crow Creek Dam 20 miles south of here in 1968 has a capacity of 322 million gallons. Drawdown is proceeding at the rate of about 2 million gallons a day and there has been a vertical drop of nearly 20 feet in water level, city officials said. Inflow, meanwhile, has been declining during the warm, dry summer. Crow Creek is delivering only about a quarter of a millions gallon per day and the South fork of Mill Creek also is flowing much less than normal.

A check from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, coming from a Golden Eagle Fund set up by the Grand Aerie at its 1972 convention, is helping provide improved nutrition for senior citizens of this community. The Dalles Aerie 2126 applied for the grant which was approved by the executive board of the Oregon State Aerie. The check was presented to officers of The Dalles Aeries at the 1973 state convention in Grants Pass. The check then was presented to Meals on Wheels, Inc., The Dalles.

60 Years Ago-1953

Walton Lindley, 14, of The Dalles won the coveted purple ribbon and a scholarship to 4-H summer school at Oregon State College for his entomological collection, during the opening days of the state fair. Walton’s exhibit went on to the state fair after taking top honors in its division at the Wasco County Fair last week. He has competed twice at the state fair, both times being a runner-up. The youthful bug collector, who exhibited his collection, was in competition with 57 other 4-H’ers, scored 100 points, the highest score possible. Walton has advanced his entomology project to where he is now raising his own specimens, lecturing to fellow classmates at school and running surveys on the habits of insects.

Work on the overwater section of The Dalles Bridge entered a new phase today – spanning the main channel of the Columbia River with a cantilever span connecting the two existing sections. Judson Pacific-Murphy, the bridge subcontractor, announced that it will move its derrick barge into the main channel of the river this afternoon. River traffic is requested to use the channel passing under the Washington side of the bridge deck recently emplaced.

80 Years Ago-1933

Plans were being completed today for a record crowd at The Dalles-Benson Tech football game, to be played on Amaton field next Friday for the benefit of the Kiwanis club milk fund. Merchants of the city today decided to close all stores and offices at 3 p.m. the day of the game to permit employees to see the opening contest of the fall campaign. The decision of the merchants was reported today by Mrs. Helen Baker, of the local association, after the request was received from Dr. Thompson Coberth and T.F. Brambaugh, members of the Kiwanis club committee. The expenses of the contest are to be paid and the balance of the receipts divided equally between the milk fund and the high school athletic fund. This program is expected to net the milk program several hundred dollars.

With city officials withholding decision on requests for refinancing of Bancroft act mortgages under the new Home Loan act, home owners of The Dalles are expected to jam the circuit courtroom tonight to hear details of the workings of the federal program, designed to prevent mortgage foreclosures at this time. H.E. Walter, assistant manager of the act, for the state of Oregon will be the main speaker tonight.

100 Years Ago-1913

Work on the outside finishing of the new court house is now progressing so rapidly that it is hoped to have that portion of the work entirely completed before the winter weather is experienced. The granite work of the basement story is practically completed with the exception of the construction of the outside steps and buttresses of the main entrance. This granite is of a medium gray color and matches with the balance of the materials which will be used, the brick and terracotta. Last week the brick work was started and will be only a short time until the whole of the first floor will be enclosed.

Saving all of the peach, prune and apple crops has been the problem which has confronted the fruit grower for the past several years. In handling peaches and prunes in large quantities there was always a large amount of over-ripe fruit which went to waste or was fed to the hogs. To get away from this waste, a number of the prominent fruit growers of this district installed a Luther De-Hydrator in the old Dalles cannery building, and it is now in active operation. It being a new proposition and operated by inexperienced help, the output has been cut down somewhat to what is claimed for it, but it is thought that as soon as the proper system is installed that the capacity of 11,000 pounds of peaches or prunes a day will be easily handled.

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