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Looking back on Jan. 26

January 26

20 Years Ago-1994

Job re-training programs in Wasco and Hood River counties would be eligible for $375,000 through June 1996 if a statewide application for some of the $200 million in the president’s Northwest forestry plan is approved. A statewide consortium of Job Training Partnership Act programs has also asked permission to spend that money in a new way, said Judith Gidley, head of JTPA for Wasco and Hood River counties. Normally, training of displaced workers lasts longer than their unemployment benefits, and they often drop out of training to get any type of job once their unemployment runs out, Gidley said. What the 27-county Oregon Consortium wants to do is pay trainees stipends, effectively extending their unemployment benefits, so they can stay in their programs.

In addition to higher – state-imposed – fines, speeders in The Dalles will have something else to contend with – a billboard telling them just how fast they are going. The city has agreed to accept a $2,329 Oregon Department of Transportation grant and purchase a hand-held radar gun, a reader board and four “buckle-up” signs. The larger-than-life reader board is used to display a motorist’s speed as he or she drives by; the idea being, if the driver sees how fast they are going, they will slow down. “The Traffic Safety Commission wants to use it in neighborhoods to slow people down,” said city Manager William Elliott. “It will not be used as an enforcement program, but rather to encourage compliance.”

40 Years Ago-1974

The Dufur Chamber of Commerce has decided not to sponsor the Dufur threshing Bee in 1974 because of the gasoline shortage but hopes the event may be revived next year, newly elected Chamber President Lou Waikart said Friday. Waikart said it is important to the future of the bee that there be a good attendance at the community meeting here Jan. 31 to discuss the directions future planning will take.

Recognition as one of the outstanding contributors to the industry came Friday to orchardist Don Bailey of The Dalles during the 31st annual Yakima Valley Cherry Institute. Bailey received the Gerry King crown from Hazlyn Ann Sasser, also of The Dalles, who is the current Northwest Cherry Sweetheart. It was the first time an Oregon grower has been selected for the Cherry King honor. Cited as one of Bailey’s chief contributions was his work with the National Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation, of which he has been a director for several years. He is a recent past president of the organization.

60 Years Ago-1954

“I’m all fed up and ready to go.” Maybe the mallard drake now residing at Jim Swett’s home, 2009 E. 10th street, couldn’t say those words, but he’s thinking them from all appearances. The duck came sailing into the Baxco corporation plant yard Friday morning, its wings frozen and completely exhausted from hunger and the cold. O.W. Browning is credited with catching the bird, and after the men discussed the problem, it was decided that Swett should take it home as he had a chicken coop where he could keep it until the duck grew stronger. The duck hardly moved the first night. J.P. Morris, Swett’s father-in-law, stuffed wheat and bread down the duck’s throat and gradually the heat and food took effect. He seemed stronger Saturday and they moved him from a box in the cellar of the house to the chicken coop.

Coffee in The Dalles now costs more than $1 a pound on the average, a spot check of grocery stores disclosed. New retail prices placed in effect last Saturday and this morning on the major canned brands are $1.03 a pound and $2.05 for two pounds, said retailers. The price of coffee may rise still further because of new higher wholesale coffee quotations, grocery men reported.

80 Years Ago-1934

Organization of a new Masonic body in The Dalles, to be known as the Owen T. Shepard council, Royal and Select Masters will be effected tonight when the Hood River council, under special dispensation of the grand lodge of Oregon, will institute the order. Grand Master Olson and his staff will arrive in the evening to personally supervise the induction. They have headquarters in Portland. The council is a recognized branch of the American rite of free masonry and only royal Arch Masons are eligible for membership. It is expected that a membership of about 25 or 30 will be taken in now, while the district which the council will cover embraces the territory as far west as Hood River, as far east as Pendleton and as far south as Bend.

Drilling a hole into the lock of the inside door of the safe at The Dalles Iron Works early last night, an amateurish burglar succeeded in getting away with about $40 in cash and left letters and papers of all descriptions scattered along his route of exit. J.B. Kirk, proprietor of the plant expressed the conviction this morning that the thief was a boy. It is evident that whoever gained entrance was a small person because of the fact that a door panel, hardly large enough to admit an ordinary man, had been kicked in and entry thus made through another door into the storage part of the iron works.

100 Years Ago-1914

A terrific gale swept over Wasco County south of this city last night doing considerable damage to haystacks and some buildings, and also to the power transmission line of the Pacific Power & Light Company between this city and White River. According to the report received from Tygh Valley the wind struck that place about 1:30 a.m. and continued for several hours. Manger Bailey of the light company reports that three of the big poles supporting the White River power line went down at 1:45 just beyond Dufur. The Hood River power station is supplying power and light to this city today.

The Sorosis Club’s Scholarship Loan Fund benefit will be given tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the Masonic Hall. The committee in charge will provide entertainment for all. There will be a high-class musical program, cards and other games and refreshment will be served. This benefit by the Sorosis Club is its part toward the effort of the State Federation of Women’s Clubs to maintain a fund for the assistance of worthy college women in completing their education. The fund has been maintained in this state since 1907, and totals about $5,000, and in that period 47 deserving young women have been aided by loans without interest.

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