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Looking Back

February 9

20 Years Ago-1994

Some people who receive accident or fire assistance from the Wasco Rural Fire Department may soon be billed for the services. The WRFD Board is looking at two departmental policies, one allowing the department to bill victims of traffic accidents or other incidents occurring on area highways, and the other to bill people who start negligent fires. The board is also looking at charging other area fire departments which fill oxygen and air tanks at the Wasco Rural station. The board reviewed both policies when it met Monday night. The new ideas are being presented as a way for the department to earn some money in the wake of recent budget woes, said Chief Joe Richardson.

Last week, Columbia River Bank stockholders received dividend checks totaling a record payout of $158,295. The 50 cent per share cash dividend was paid to stockholders of record as of December 31, 1993. This followed a two-for-one stock split in November 1993. According to Bank President Terry Cochran, bank financial performance was very good in 1993. “Low interest rates have encouraged new home and business loans as well as refinancing of old loans from other financial institutions. Loans grew 16% and deposits grew 12% in 1993. Earnings of $819,000 were only slightly below our record 1992 earnings due to startup costs at our very successful Hood River office which opened in May.”

40 Years Ago-1974

Eleven The Dalles High wrestlers will make their final home appearance this week, with a dual meet against Lake Oswego tonight and a triangular meet Saturday winding up the Kurtz Gym portion of their prep careers. Heading the list of Indians bowing out is a trio of unbeaten standouts. Kirk Walson, is an All-Wilco linebacker, for two years who also excels on the mat, carries a flawless 19-0 record into Thursday’s match. Dan Kramer, brother of departed superstar Kevin Kramer and steadily earning quite a wrestling reputation himself, puts his 18-0-1 log on the line twice this week. At 141 pounds, feisty Roger Rolen seeks to add to his current 16-0 record. Other veteran grapplers who will wrestle their final home bout for Dennis Radford include Bill Devine, Tim Urness, Chuck Stanek, Mike Re, Dave Garrison, Ken Varner, Kevin Windsor and Ralph Jim.

The School District 12 budget committee managed to make its way through a number of pages of the thick 1974-75 budget document Thursday night but had to skip a number of items because they depend heavily on what develops in current employment negotiations with staff. Proceeding the budget session was a very brief meeting of the school board with Chairman Bob Bailey presiding. There was only one item of business, the appointment of a board member to succeed Ken Shideler who resigned because of his move to Lake Oswego. The board unanimously approved Tom Foley, operator of Spooky’s Pizza Village, as the new member. The term he is filing expires June 30 this year.

60 Years Ago-1954

The federal government plans to build a 180-student capacity temporary school for the Chenowith district, the Chenowith school board learned at its meeting last night. The district’s request for temporary facilities has been approved and consideration will be given to building the school as soon as estimates are received from the Community facilities section, said the letter from the U.S. Office of Education. Terms of the federal law under which the aid was requested calls for the government to finance and erect the school with the school district providing the site. Following receipt of the letter, the board decided to exercise an option to purchase 10 acres of land for the site of the new school. The tract is located on Chenowith and the road adjacent to the State Board of Forestry headquarters site, which in turn, is adjacent to the existing Chenowith School.

How to provide additional fire protection for the rapidly growing Chenowith area west of The Dalles City limits is a problem now under consideration by the Wasco County Court. The unincorporated area now receives its fire protection from Zone Two, a rural-type fire protection district. For fire insurance purposes, Chenowith is considered an unprotected area and thus fire insurance premiums are higher than they are in The Dalles. Protection provided by Zone Two cannot be considered sufficient for an area that is growing as rapidly as Chenowith, is the opinion of Judge Ward Webber.

80 Years Ago-1934

The list of fatalities caused when an S.P. & S. locomotive exploded near Maupin last Monday was increased to three by the death at a local hospital this morning of A.T. Bauer, of Portland. Bauer, the engineer, died from scalds received in the explosion, which brought instant death to L.A. Soldberg, conductor, and F.G. Allen, brakeman. Fireman Gerald Bon is till confined in the Mid-Columbia hospital, the only man of the four in the engine cab at the time of the explosion who has escaped death. He is expected to recover. The accident occurred when a broken side rod punctured the locomotive’s boiler.

Barricades across the Lyle-North Dalles unit of the Evergreen highway were taken down this morning and the newly improved link of the north bank route opened to travel. Completion of surfacing, which has been in progress since September on the 14 miles of the unit, makes it possible for motorists to travel on a modern highway for the entire distance of the Evergreen route from Vancouver to Yakima, except for a short distance between Cooks and Underwood, where an unimproved stretch of road still exists, engineers in charge of construction said.

100 Years Ago-1914

The Dalles Rod and Gun club held its first trap shoot on the river beach yesterday morning, a large number of the members participating. No records were broken but material for a good team was in evidence. Charles Vogel made the high score, getting 22 out of a possible 25. Others who made fair scores are Charles Deckert, 15; Dr. A. S. Esson, 15; Victor Marden, 11; Earl Phetteplace, 10; George Walther, 12; and F.M. Phillips, 18. Another shoot will be held next Sunday morning.

To the Editor, the Chronicle; I was much pleased to obtain, recently, a copy of J.H. Cradlebaugh’s little book of poems, which has just been issued. The title is an Indian one, but its translation is “Songs of the Good Country.” The book is handsomely illustrated and excellently printed and the contents need no praise or recommendation to anyone who is acquainted with the literary and poetical ability of the author. Some of the poems have a peculiar interest for The Dalles people, because they were written while Mr. Cradlebaugh was editor of The Chronicle, and published at that time. Among these latter can be noticed the one entitled “Kenneth Claire” and was written when the little baby boy was left on a doorstep in one of our city homes, and is a very touching poem.

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