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Looking back, Aug. 17

August 17

20 Years Ago-1994

In the highest voting turnout in 20 years Columbia Aluminum Corp. employees rejected by a three to one margin a proposed contract. Per union rules, exact results of voting, which occurred Monday and Tuesday, will not be released until about noon today, a union official said. But, while precise results could not be released, vote-counters told officials the ratio was three to one against, said United Steelworkers America Local 8147 Vice President Warren Spencer. The rejection does not mean a strike is imminent. In fact, Spencer said it would take another vote to decide to go on strike. The union’s negotiating committee has the power to call a strike, but it will not do that without first asking the membership what it wants, he said.

Robert and Lisa Sudeith’s new store caters to people out for a good time. “The Dalles needed something fun and creative, said Robert Sudeith. “A fun shop; a party shop.” That shop is Party Pleasers, located at 714 West Sixth Street, just west of the Mill Creek Bridge. The store features a wide range of products designed to cover just about any kind of party, from a wedding reception or an over-the-hill party, to X-men and Animaniacs theme parties, and just about everything in between.

40 Years Ago-1974

Filming on a segment of the new NBC series, Movin’ On, will start Saturday morning, in The Dalles which is not quite where the film crews had intended to start work. Portage Inn, where the production crew of the TV program is headquartered, will be the area where the first film work will be done. That will start around 7 a.m. Later in the morning, the crews will be filming portions of the show in the Mill Creek area of The Dalles, Director John Peyser indicated. Filming of the rescue scene at Mayer Park viewpoint is to be done next week, as will segments of the program slated for Shaniko. Peyser also indicated that the public is welcome to come to any of the filming areas to see how a TV series is shot.

Nine of the original 16 The Dalles Swim Team members who plunged into the chilly Columbia River at dawn today were still in the water at mid-morning, making progress toward their goal of 25 miles. Team coach Milt Nelms led the group of three boys and five girls who were still in the running to complete the marathon swim to Hood River. They include Brad Wilcox, Trish McGrath, Joyce Schlichting, Christine Schlichting, Eileen Branton, Jay Martin, Jeff Mengis and Nancy Nunnally. The swimmers were seen around 10:30 passing by Rowena, which is the approximate halfway point in their marathon jaunt.

60 Years Ago-1954

The second in a series of anonymous “why” letters concerning alleged prostitution and related activities made its appearance in The Dalles today. As was the case with the first mimeographed letter, the one received in the mail this morning asked a series of questions. The new letter, titled “No. 2 Why?” concerned public officials and indicated more anonymous statement would be released.

Modernization of the water system to meet all foreseeable needs of a 20,000-population city for an indefinite period would be provided by proceeds from the proposed bond issue. Present and anticipated water department revenue is considered large enough to finance a 15-year bond issue, hence no jump in existing water rates is considered necessary, the report said. To attract a lower interest rate, it is proposed the bonds be made a general obligation issue. This was done with the recent $250,000 first phase capital expansion bond issue.

80 Years Ago-1934

A list of six projects for the improvement of the city, including widening of Third Street, construction of a public natatorium, additional improvements to Sorosis Park, straightening of Kelly Avenue, construction of direct entrance into the city from the Three Mile-Pleasant Ridge market Road and passage of a zoning ordinance, was laid before The Dalles City Council today by members of the city planning commission. Because of anticipated growth of the city, the planning body stated its belief that widening of Third Street is essential. It recommended establishment of a south property line along the street 18 feet farther back than the present prevailing line. Study of possible types, locations and operation of a public natatorium that would be available for use during the entire year was also recommended. Continuance of the present dip will be impracticable after the level of the Columbia River here is raised by the Bonneville dam, it was stated.

Formal notification that the state highway commission will hold a public hearing at The Dalles upon a proposed change in route of the Columbia River highway as it enters the western limits of the city was received today by Mayor Fred F. Thompson. Opportunity for all persons or groups who wish to appear in favor or against the change, which calls for construction of a new, direct entrance into the city by extending west Second Street, will be granted at the hearing, it was stated. The hearing probably will be held in the city council chambers.

100 Years Ago-1914

The construction of the federal building in The Dalles will probably be commenced late this fall. Congressman N.J. Sinnott is on the job all the time, and is doing effective work from his home town. Judd S. Fish received the following from the representative: “Last week I called at the office of the assistant secretary of the treasury to see if I could prod matters along on The Dalles Post office building and have just received a letter from the assistant secretary in which he writes. ‘Referring to your recent visit to this department relative to the status of the proposed new federal building at the Dalles, Oregon: The working drawings have been completed for the building at The Dalles, and it is the intention of the department to advertise for bids September 15. The bids will be opened about six weeks later, and if it is found that a contract can be awarded the work of construction at the site will begin at the earliest possible date.’”

Announcement of the placing of the steamer State of Washington on the fun to The Dalles completes the most notable week that the river steamboat men have had in years. The operation of the State of Washington on The Dalles run will make three or possibly four lines operating from Portland to The Dalles, the largest number to run there in years, says the Portland Journal. The State of Washington is owned by F.B. Jones, president of the Willamette & Columbia River towing company, who traded the tugboat Cruiser and a sum of money for her a few weeks ago. Since then she has been completely overhauled and placed in shape for the season’s run to The Dalles.

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