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Looking back, Sept 21

September 22

20 Years Ago-1993

One way or another, the Pioneer Cemetery will be lit. The Dalles City Council last night decided that even if it has to take the money out of its own budget, plans to light the Historic Pioneer Cemetery will receive funding. In recent years, the cemetery – which contains the graves of some of the city’s founders – has been plagued by vandalism and neglect. Last year, Eagle Scout Geoff Davish took it upon himself to clean the property, which has never had lighting. With the help of several community volunteers, the job was completed and a request then came before the Council to install a new set of lights above the cemetery.

Awkwardly silent during the meeting, audience members peppered officials with questions about Dufur Pool after the Dufur Park Board concluded its meeting Monday. This summer, the pool was beset by chlorination problems and personality differences amongst the board members, staff and managers. In late July, the pool was closed for three days because of too-high chlorine levels. On August 10, two lifeguards quit, both park managers quit and a board member resigned.

40 Years Ago-1973

Two employees at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in The Dalles were injured in an explosion at that restaurant Friday night and were taken to The Dalles General Hospital with burns received in the mishap. The two were cleaning a chicken fryer when it blew up. Cause of the explosion has not been determined.

The Northwest Rodeo Association’s championship action will continue at the Fort Dalles Riders Arena tonight “rain or shine”. Several outstanding performances were turned in during Friday night’s opening round of activity, but the performance of the crowd wasn’t all that good when it came to showing up for the event. Poor weather conditions, a local football game and another local team playing just 20 miles away may have cut into the crowd.

60 Years Ago-1953

The Army Engineer hearing on flood control features of the John Day Dam will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the grade school gymnasium at Arlington. The hearing is part of a survey review of the proposed project located near the mouth of the John Day River, 31 miles east of The Dalles. Testimony to be presented at the hearing will aid in determining whether any modification of plans for the dam is advisable at this time. Flood control features of the dam have drawn the opposition of property owners and others who would be affected if the dam is built with a maximum pool level of 292 feet.

Although remodeling work is not complete, the new $80,000 addition to The Dalles branch of the United States National Bank was open to customers today. The passageway between the new and old quarters is not yet finished, but it was felt necessary to occupy the new room so that the final work could be accomplished. Five thousand square feet of additional space almost doubles the size of the present banking area.

80 Years Ago-1933

A safe robbery that netted a thief or thief’s cash and loot to the value of approximately $400 was discovered yesterday in the office of D.A.S. Esson, dentist in the United State Bank building. The robbery occurred sometime Tuesday night. A check-up of the safe’s contents revealed that $85 in cash, about $90 worth of gold foil, and two watches valued together at $220 were missing. An investigation by state, city and county officers disclosed that the outer doors of the office had not been jimmied, so that entry evidently had been made by means of a pass key. The outer door of the safe was not forced, and since Dr. Esson, says he is certain the safe was locked officers believe it was opened by working the combination.

A $20,000 damage suit against two prominent doctors of The Dalles was preferred in circuit court today Thomas A. Connolly, sheep rancher, who claims he suffered permanent injury to his right arm as the result of alleged negligence on the part of Drs. W. N. Morse and A.B. Stone when they set the arm, broken in September, 1931. According to Connolly’s complaint, filed by Lord, Mouton & Krause, Portland law firm, the two doctors failed to align the broken bone properly. As a result, it is alleged, the arm when healed was left “crooked, lame and weak.” Moreover, the complaint read, the two ends of the break when brought together were hinged on a nerve which caused Connolly great pain during and after the time the arm was healing.

100 Years Ago-1913

The students of the high school elected officers Friday afternoon, choosing Donald Lewis for president, Earl Overturf vice president, Alice Gunning secretary, and John Harriman treasurer. Erma Bennett was elected as editor-in-chief of the Crimson and Gray, the clever paper which is published monthly by the students. She has the authority to select the members of her staff. Frank Foster was chosen business manager of the publication, and he will appoint his assistants. The president of the senior class is Wilma Donnell.

The Rev. James Elvin delivered an illustrated sermon at the Congregational church Sunday evening on the subject, “From Scrooby to Plymouth.” Over 50 stereopticon slides were shown, depicting the early history of New England as it pertains to the Congregational Church, which was founded in America nearly 300 years ago.

Because the Wasco County Fair and Rodeo is going to be the biggest and most entertaining event of the kind ever held in eastern Oregon, the officials have planned one great big celebration to wind up the affair in a blaze of glory and hilarious, though refined, amusement Saturday night. The celebration will be in the form of a big dance, and will be held on Second Street, from the corner of Federal to Washington, where the band will be stationed.

Looking Back is compiled by CeCe Fix of The Chronicle staff.

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