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Looking back on Aug. 24

August 24

20 Years Ago-1994

The Dalles Mayor L.D. “Les” Cochenour Monday said the tree ordinance, defeated by council earlier this month, will come back for another vote. “The tree ordinance and the public works advisory committee (another ordinance also defeated by the panel) should come back before the council,” added Councilor Bill Holt, who was absent for the original votes. The tree ordinance would establish a permit system and specific regulations governing the planting of trees in The Dalles. Along with establishing the rules for tree planting, a companion resolution would establish a community citizen tree board to oversee tree regulations and hear citizen complaints.

People planning open burns—from burn barrels to church candles—should get ready to pay for the flame. The Dalles City Council Monday night passed a resolution instituting a wide variety of burning inspection and permit fees recommended by the Dalles Fire Department. The fees, which are estimated to raise $35,125 in revenue for the city, range from $5 for a 30-316 open burn permit to $250 per response to false alarms if it is the third or more call to that location in any calendar year.

40 Years Ago-1974

Every Thursday Chronicle staff writer Elroy King makes a trip to The Dalles City-Wasco County dog pound for a picture of one of the lost dogs which he runs generally on page two each Friday. Last week, he came in with such fine pictures of a Boston bull, he published three of them. No sooner had the newspaper circulated than Lyle Eldrige of Dallesport showed up at the pound to claim the bull as his dog. Eldrige said he felt somebody stole the dog and it cost him $15.50 in fees at the pound.

Favorable seasonal factors were largely responsible for a decline in the Wasco-Sherman Counties unemployment rate to a 6.5 figure in July. That’s the report from the Oregon Department of Labor. In June the level of unemployment was 7.7 per cent. The civilian labor force numbered 10,500 in July compared to 10,340 in June and was down 90 from July 1973. Manufacturing had 7,280 up 90 from June and down 220 from July 1973; non-manufacturing, including government workers, numbered 5,780 jobs.

60 Years Ago-1954

The Office of Defense Mobilization today announced cancellation of the remainder of the “third round” program to expand U.S. aluminum production by 200,000 tons a year. The decision does not affect any aluminum plant construction now under way, or already approved by the government, said an ODM spokesman quoted by United Press. Harvey Machine Company thus is not affected by the decision, having received government approval over a year earlier for its proposed aluminum plant at The Dalles. The Torrance, Calif., company was the only firm to receive government approval for an aluminum reduction plant to be built as part of the “third round” expansion program.

The Wasco County sheriff’s office today continued investigating the theft of three saddles from the Fred Hovey barn following the finding of the third missing saddle. The third saddle, stolen sometime Friday, was recovered yesterday about a quarter-mile south of the Hovey house. The first two saddles were found earlier.

80 Years Ago-1934

Local and state police maintained an all-night vigil here after being notified that William Shepard of Umatilla had been shot by two men whom he surprised about 9:30 o’clock last night in the act of robbing his garage. Although the gunmen were reported to have headed west, no check of them could be made at Arlington or at The Dalles. Shepard, who was wounded in the left side, was brought to The Dalles on the early morning train and is confined to The Dalles hospital from where it was reported that he apparently had received only flesh wounds and was expected to recover. He is a round-house employee for the Union Pacific Railroad. The wounded man said he had heard a noise in the garage at his home and thinking that the marauders were boys, went to investigate, and shouting for them to come out. Apparently believing that they were trapped, the men fired several shots at Mr. Shepard in making their escape.

Everett Kemano, tall, fair haired, blue-eyed and pimply faced boy of less than 16 years, who already has a record of burglaries unequaled by many an inmate of the Salem penitentiary, was returned to The Dalles this morning from Walla Walla by sheriff’s deputies. Everett’s love of firearms prompted him Sunday night to break into Kuck and Bonney’s store and remove a satchel full of guns, one of which, a little short pistol, he especially wanted, he told Sheriff Harold Sexton and Chief of Police Frank Heater this morning. The other guns he expected to sell, he declared, and also told the sheriff about a cache of five rifles near his home in Portland, which he admitted stealing from a downtown store “so he could go duck hunting.”

100 Years Ago-1914

Two men took Alexander Fraser, rancher near The Dalles, automobile riding Monday afternoon and assaulted him at East Seventy-ninth and Klickitat Streets, taking $25 from the old man’s pocket, says the Portland Journal. Women in that vicinity saw Fraser wandering around and had him sent to the county hospital. Monday evening, Detectives Swenness and Maloney took Fred Crosby to the hospital, where Fraser identified Crosby as one of the men with him on the auto ride. Fraser came to Portland Monday morning. During the day he met the two men who took him riding. Fraser claims one of the men struck him on the head when he got out of the automobile on Klickitat Street, but cannot remember anything else.

A near jail-break took place at the county jail last evening just after 6:30 o’clock. Two Hood River county prisoners being kept by Wasco County divided honors as the villains and County Jailer G. L. Coleman had the leading role and thwarted the villains in their plans. The prisoners go by the names of John Smith and C. Jones, but it is believed they are acting under nom de plumes. These men have been prisoners in the Wasco County jail since July 17 when they were brought here after they had been indicted on a charge of burglarizing the store of the Stewart Hardware Company of Hood River. The men themselves acknowledged that they had been planning the escape ever since being brought here, but declared that Jailer Coleman was a hard man to fool as he was “on the job” all the time, and it was this strict attention to duty that saved the jail-break last evening. Coleman left the jail a few minutes after 6 o’clock to get his supper. Before going to supper he purchased a slate for one of the prisoners and went to the post office for the mail. At the post office he received so much mail that in addition to the slate he had quite an armful and he decided the he would go back to the sheriff’s office to leave his load before he enjoyed his meal.

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