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Looking back, Dec. 14

December 14

20 Years Ago-1994

The Dalles solidified its reputation as a running hotbed with the results of five local girls at the USATF Cross County National Championships held Saturday in Reno, Nev. With 17-degree temperatures and the added challenge of high altitude, the five runners each placed in the top half of their field. In the Bantam race Heather Fitz-Gustafson overcame a harrowing start to place 43rd. In the midget girls Mandi Fitz-Gustafson claimed All-American honors when she ran to 19th place. Beth Rowley claimed 54th in the huge field of 267. In the Young Women’s race Amber Wallace was fifth out of the field of 109 while in the Intermediate race, Ashley Wallace was 19th out of 170 as both girls also claimed All-American recognition.

It’s really going to happen. Six years after formation of a committee to do the job, the official report at the annual meeting of Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Board came: “We are at the point where it is really going to happen,” Scott MacFarlane, the project’s executive director who has been the sole staff member of the project since formation of the committee began. He was reporting Thursday evening to the annual meeting of the board and members of the Committee for the Columbia Gorge Discover Center.

40 Years Ago-1974

Another lawsuit seeking damages from the Martin Marietta Aluminum co. came to an end Wednesday when Circuit Court Judge John Jelderks signed a judgment on non-suit ending the lengthy litigation. The order was signed on a suit brought by Mr. and Mrs. Roberts S. Millard, local orchardists. They filed the suit on April 4, 1956 and sought $15,000 at that time, multiplied by two or three times because of Oregon trespass laws.

A summary of the consolidation questionnaire and a financial summary on it will be among the items on the agenda for the District 9 school Board when it meets tonight. Wasco Intermediate Education Board members spent most of their time working on the three “R’s” Wednesday night, but not the usual three “R’s”. Concerns the board faced were retirement, resignation and recommendations. The retirement was that of IED Superintendent C.R. (Bob) Montgomery, who announced he would be leaving that position when his current contract runs out next July.

60 Years Ago-1954

Six-month-old Joyce Hix of Dufur walked off with the $500 grand prize and huge loving cup this morning as the top winner in the Community Popular Baby Election. The brown haired, blue eyed daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hix amassed a total of 34,331,875 votes to win the first prize in the big contest. Runner up was Andrea Roberts, 15 months, who received $200 and a trophy as her awards. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Allyn Roberts.

The Wasco County United Fund drive for 1954 is almost over, except for one community, Dufur. UF officials expressed regret that the Dufur campaign is so late getting started and will conflict with the Christmas season. But they felt that the campaign should be held for the benefit of both UF and Dufur. Mrs. T. T. McKenzie of The Dalles pointed out that Dufur benefits in many ways from UF, as does all of Wasco County. Welfare homes for children, supported by UF contributions, have aided many children of the area, she said.

80 Years Ago-1934

A meeting of the members of The Dalles Cooperative Growers was held in the association rooms at 1:30 this afternoon, when checks for the final payment on the 1933 cherry crop were handed out.

The total distributed to the members was approximately $26,000. “Considering the fact that there was a heavy overproduction of cherries on the Pacific coast in 1933, and the buying power of the public was at a low ebb, as well as a very small demand by the canners for canning stock, the returns to the growers are very much better than might be expected under such existing conditions.

Arrest of two men who robbed the general store at Klondike, in Sherman County, of more than $500 in merchandise November 12, and recovery of about half of the loot, was announced here today by state police.

The men, Lee Russum and Ira Higgenbotham, signed full confessions, police said. The arrests were made December 4th at Grass Valley by state police and Sherman County Sherriff’s officers.

At that time the suspects had several knives and other articles in their possession that authorities suspected were stolen from the Potter store at Klondike.

100 Years Ago-1914

The parade this afternoon in honor of the Farmer’s Educational and Cooperative union, which in convention here, was a very creditable affair, especially considering the short time in which it was arranged.

The most active organizers were Judge Frank S. Gunning, Charles Darnielle, Superintendent of Schools I. B. Warner and the teachers in the various schools.

The parade was headed by Charles Darnielle and T. B. Phillips, secretary of the Business Men’s association.

James S. Morrow, Pacific coast manager for the great cannery firm of Libby, McNeil & Libby of Chicago, arrived here Monday to look over the fruit and vegetable growing prospects of The Dalles in order to check up the report of Henry A. Ellis, who was here in June representing the same company, with the purpose of ascertaining whether it would be advisable for the firm he represents to place a cannery at this point.


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