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Looking back from Feb. 23

Advertisement, Aug. 13, 1902, The Dalles Chronicle.

Advertisement, Aug. 13, 1902, The Dalles Chronicle.

February 23

20 Years Ago-1994

Northern Wasco County PUD is considering moving its various operations to Port of The Dalles property. A decision is expected in 30 to 45 days, though no discussion has occurred about when a new PUD facility would be built if the land is bought. The two entities began talks only recently, said PUD Manager Dwight Langer and Port of The Dalles Executive Director Scott Hege. Talks are centering around a possible PUD purchase of port land, or a swap of major electrical work for the port in exchange for a discount on the land. “They (the port) need infrastructure and if we are going to combine our facilities, we need land,” said Langer. “Our board decided to talk to the port and see if they were interested.”

A new golf course, sports store, bowling alley and condominium units proposed for the Lone Pine area are a step closer to construction. The entire 60 acre Lone Pine development, dubbed Lone Pine Village, was unanimously approved by The Dalles City planning commission last night. The development will include a boat ramp, driving range, and golf course, clubhouse, retail space, a 24 land bowling alley and 36 condominium units, said property owner and developer Bill Van Nuys. The existing motel, restaurant and RV parks will remain.

40 Years Ago-1974

Patients in the Intensive Care and Coronary units at The Dalles General Hospital now have the benefit of sophisticated instruments that owe their origin to America’s space program. Some of the equipment is aptly named – the word Apollo, for example, appears on the instrument in the Coronary unit which monitors heart action. The techniques which enabled experts at Houston to gain instant knowledge of the astronauts’ physical condition have thus become a part of the hospital’s service to patients whose condition warrants special monitoring.

Union Oil Co. had no intention to cease serving a group of Eastern Oregon communities, including The Dalles, despite impressions created when the question of larger tanker deliveries of petroleum products was being debated. A letter received by the City Council from James W. Durham, Oregon deputy attorney general, enclosed a copy of a long letter of explanation from Robert F. Bermingham, assistant counsel for Union Oil in Los Angeles.

60 Years Ago-1954

Earth and rock slides yesterday blocked rail traffic to The Dalles for over 18 hours and highway traffic had to be routed to the Washington side over The Dalles Bridge and the Maryhill ferry. Two slides affected rail operations in this area, one of them causing a derailment of a freight train five miles east of Cascade Locks near Vieno state park. Traffic was closed over Up’s main line until 7 o’clock Sunday evening. Meanwhile, rocks and boulders crashed down on the Oregon Trail highway and UP tracks two miles west of Celilo at Cape Horn. Rocks toppled off the cliff at Cape Horn shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday. No cars were hit and no one was injured.

Dalles police today marked one weekend burglary solved and continued investigating the burglary of the VFW Community Club on W. Sixth Street. Between $20 and $25 in bills and coins is the amount missing from the Veterans of Foreign Wars club as a result of the burglary which occurred sometime Saturday. Solved is the break-in at The Dalles Greenhouse, 11th and Laughlin Streets where 58 cents in pennies was taken from the cash register, said Police Chief Rex Thornton.

80 Years Ago-1934

Without benefit of bar, brass rail or sawdust on the floor, The Dalles state liquor store—the first to be established by the liquor control commission outside Portland opened its doors to the public at 11 a.m. today. Will Seufert, local cannery operator, was the first customer to receive his liquor permit and make a purchase. He walked away with $6 worth of bottled goods under his arm. As soon as it opened the store filled with a crowd of persons, all men, some of whom were merely curious to inspect the large assortment of whiskies, rum, brandy, wine and other liquors on display in the sample case and on the shelves behind the counter. Many, however, sought liquor permits and the license clerk was kept busy filling out blanks and collecting the $1 fee charged by the state. An average of a permit a minute had been granted a short while after the store opened.

The Dalles port commission will make application to the PWA for non-federal construction of dock and warehouse facilities before next Tuesday, the dead-line set for accepting such applications. It was announced today by Walter R. Bailey, chairman of the commission. Application will be made on specifications drawn by engineers for the commission several months ago, but which were later declared unsatisfactory.

100 Years Ago-1914

Progress in constructing the Celilo canal has progressed with such rapidity this winter that the work set out to be accomplished by June 15, when the summer freshet is expected to cause work to stop, will probably be done by April 15. Major Jay Morrow, head of the United States engineer’s corps deems it probable that shortage of money will cause the closing down of work on the canal by April 15. There remains in the fund $250,000 for the work until the present appropriation bill for $500,000 passes the house and senate and is made a law. However, he is well pleased with conditions and sees no reason why the canal should not be completed by January 1, 1915, as had been anticipated.

It is conservatively estimated that between 4000 and 4500 persons attended church in The Dalles yesterday, which was “Go-to-Church Sunday.” “Go-to-Church Sunday” was a great success, for it packed the local churches and stirred up much religious enthusiasm. Many persons who had not worshiped for months were in the pews yesterday, and, undoubtedly, were inspired to go to church more often in the future. The pastors expect a permanent benefit to result.

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