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Looking back, April 6

April 6

20 Years Ago-1994

Local veterans and state officials alike pledged their support for building a new veterans care facility in The Dalles. In a meeting yesterday sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, veterans from The Dalles and Hood River said “it’s about time” the state got serious about housing a veteran’s care facility here. “I’m glad to finally see this,” said Florence Ryan of The Dalles Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary. She and her husband Leroy have been working on similar projects for many years. “We need this in this area. I hope and pray it goes in,” she said. Former State Senator Ken Jernstedt, himself a veteran, and one of three World War II Flying Tigers in Oregon, said “there is no doubt this area is due for something like this.”

With location playing a key role in where the state will build a veteran’s home, The Dalles has a decent chance of making the state’s “short-list.” “The team feels good about Wasco County’s proposal because the site criteria seems to match very well,” said Veteran’s Home Advisory Group Executive Director Lyall Fraser. “They have also demonstrated strong community support and interest and that is a key ingredient.”

40 Years Ago-1974

Proposed reductions in the 1974-75 district 9 school budget will be discussed at an open budget and election discussion Monday night at 7 in the Wahtonka High School Cafeteria. Since the defeat (by 31 votes) of the district’s operating levy, much controversy and a multitude of concerns have been expressed to the school board and administration, district officials said. The board will discuss these proposals, which are of concern to students, parents and taxpayers in the district.

Forms for the new 1,000 seat grandstand at W.E. Hunt park, the Wasco County fairgrounds at Tygh Valley, are now being installed by Cody Logging and Construction’s crew as the large scale improvement program continues. The stands will be one-third larger than the old ones, but the existing structure will be retained for a time because the lower portion provides needed exhibit space. The new grandstand will be metal with hardwood seats. A new quarter mile track is replacing the old half mile track, occupying a large part of the old parking lot. The project is financed by Wasco County with revenue-sharing funds.

60 Years Ago-1954

Population of The Dalles has increased 24 per cent since 1950 to a new high of 9,852 persons. The preliminary 9,852 count was given to Dalles City officials today by Guy E. Rainboth, U.S. Census Bureau supervisor, who conducted the special census of the city. Rainboth said the final certification by the Census Bureau would vary little, if at all, from the preliminary count, on the basis of past experience. Dalles City stands to gain $12,000 to $16,000 annually from the state in higher per capita highway and liquor allocations as a result of the new census. The census cost the city about $1,600. The 24 per cent gain since 1950 is based on an adjusted population of 7,933, which includes West Park.

Dalles City council took another step last night in formulating a policy to govern use of the watershed. City Manager Lee Swanson was instructed to get in touch with Portland City officials to determine how that city was able to have its watershed closed by act of Congress. Councilman at large John Skirving, who made the motion, indicated the action might speed up arrival of a proposed U.S. forest Service agreement covering the watershed. Reporting on the subject, listed as an item on the mimeographed agenda, Swanson said he had not yet received a draft of the agreement which was to have been submitted by April 1.

80 Years Ago-1934

Everyone from small tots making their first trip on a river boat to the old timers who could remember when the Columbia River and the vessels which plied it 40 or more years ago constituted the only means of travel between eastern and western Oregon—thoroughly enjoyed the “sea locks cruise” of the steamer Cascades to Bonneville landing and return yesterday. The first public river excursion to be staged on the upper Columbia since war days, the trip had a passenger list of approximately 250 persons. Leaving here early Sunday morning to the blare of band music supplied by members of the Dalles Junior band, passengers on the trip down the broad and sparkling expanse of the Columbia were treated to the ever-changing panorama of the gorge from a vantage point that was new to most.

A.J. Burritt, prominent geologist who is conducting an investigation into possible uses for the white “mystery metal” discovered on the Ed and C.H. Frantz mining leases west of The Dalles expects to be here next week in connection with the development according to a letter received today by Guy Pound of this city. Enclosed in the letter was a statement from M.W. Peart, Salt Lake City metallurgist, giving details of results achieved to date in tests made with the metal. Peart’s statement gives the most comprehensive information yet received here as to the mystery metal’s possible value.

100 Years Ago-1914

An interesting meeting of the East Hill Parent-Teacher association was held Friday evening at the East Hill school building, with about 25 parents in attendance. The meeting was called to order by the president, Henry Cramer, and after the reading of the minutes of the last meeting, an excellent program was rendered. The opening number was a recitation “Caesar Rodney’s Ride” pleasingly given by Miss Blanche Baker, followed by two delightfully rendered songs by Dr. Adeline Keeney. A talk was then given by Miss Cerinne Metz, the librarian of the public library, on the influence of good books in the lives of growing boys and girls, emphasizing the importance of storytelling and reading aloud in the home.

Wasco County is going to fall down awfully hard in registration unless a great spurt is made within the next three weeks. The registration in this county in 1912 was approximately 3,200. With the women voting, the enrollment should total at least 5500. The total registration to date is 2633. This means that there are about 2800 men and women who have not placed their names on the books. Registration has been slow in all sections of the county. The women of the rural districts have been particularly backward about performing their duty. Outside of The Dalles only 246 women have enrolled, compared with 759 men.

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