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July 6

20 Years Ago-1994

Water rate recommendations for the city of The Dalles may soon be in the hands of an independent consultant. The city council last night agreed by consensus to allow the Public Works Department to hire a consultant to review and make recommendations on city water rates. Council will be asked to adopt new water rates by Nov. 2, said Public Works Director William Keyser. The independent study, with an estimated cost between $15,000 and $20,000, will begin this fall, shortly after the entire city is hooked up to water meters.

LeeRoy and Florence Ryan came home with a number of individual and post awards when they attended the Veterans of Foreign Wars State Convention in Medford on June 22-26. He is the commander and she is the treasurer of Willard Anderson Post No. 2471. Each of them were presented National Awards for outstanding reporting of 100 percent on their Community Activities Chairmanship for the State of Oregon. The presentation was made by Director Michael Gromally, National Americanism and Community Activities Director from Kansas City, Mo.

40 Years Ago-1974

Efforts to eliminate two of the major complaints voiced by hospital patients are underway in recent innovations at The Dalles General Hospital’s dietary department. The complaint heard most often is that hospital food is cold and the patients don’t like what they get. Mrs. Beverly Dickson, a registered dietitian who heads the 17-member department at the hospital outlined some of the steps being taken to improve the food and the serving of the food. A new feature at the hospital is the meal pack system. It consists of a stainless steel base, heated to 200 degrees. A china plate is placed in the plate-shaped depression, and that is covered with a dome. The system is designed to keep food hot for 45 minutes to one hour, she said.

Local sportsmen joined others from around the state in hailing the success of getting an initiative petition to declare the steelhead a game fish and prevent commercial incidental catches of the species on the November ballot. Triumphant supporters of the drive lugged petitions hearing 89,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office Friday, UPI reported. Friday was the last day for filing completed initiative petitions for the November general election, and the steelhead measure was the only one of 18 that will appear on the ballot.

60 Years Ago-1954

High quality, better yields than first predicted, and an almost adequate supply of pickers brightened the 1954 cherry harvest picture here today. Over half the crop has been harvested and quality has been excellent. Although this does not directly affect prices on most cherries, growers will realize larger profits because fewer cherries will be culled. Estimates on the current crop now run from 65 to 75 percent of last year’s unusually heavy crop, local processors said. Growers’ revised their estimates upward from crop predictions made shortly after a severe frost, and the yields are now expected to be about as heavy as in 1952.

“A strong possibility” that from 400 to 500 new workers will be added to the work load on The Dalles dam by August was reported today by the local office of the State Employment Service. Total number of workers on dam, railroad and highway relocation projects is back at the 2,000 mark following resumption of full scale operations by Dalles Powerhouse Constructors. In contrast, approximately 350 men were employed on the dam in June of 1953. Meanwhile, calls for help in the wheat harvest are expected around July 15, the report continued, with many applicants on hand were present for this type of work.

80 Years Ago-1934

Some method of checking travel over the Dog river watershed, which supplies the city with its drinking water, was declared desirable by Mayor Fred F. Thompson before members of the city council at its monthly meeting last night. Mayor Thompson said a recent trip into the watershed revealed large numbers of automobile picnickers using the area as a recreation grounds, fishermen wading in the streams carrying the city’s water supply and woodcutters camping inside the watershed boundaries. Even large bands of sheep had been driven across the watershed, he asserted. Road improvements recently made by the forest service have been largely responsible for the influx of persons to the area, Mayor Thompson believes. He said he had taken the matter up with the city water commission in an effort to have the forest service patrol the region more closely, but that no definite arrangements yet had been reached.

Local police officers reported the huge crowd which gathered in The Dalles over the holiday as one of the most orderly of similar size and occasion in their experience. Unseemly behavior on the part of most celebrants was limited and only six persons had to be taken in tow for going “beyond the line,” a look at the drunk list in the city jail register this morning disclosed. Although automobile traffic was heavy throughout the day and often times congested, not a single accident of consequence was reported. The complete accident toll, so far as police knew, was a small dent in the fender of a car parked on Jackson street.

100 Years Ago-1914

The committee in charge of the parade on the morning of July 4, has practically completed all arrangements for the most gorgeous and longest pageant ever witnessed in The Dalles. Prizes of $25, $15 and $10 will be awarded for the best floats. The committee has decided to number the floats plainly to facilitate the work of the judges. Thirty floats have been promised.

The mothers of all babies in The Dalles under 2 years are invited to enter them in the baby show which will be held in connection with the Fourth of July celebration. This event, which promises to be a noisy one, will be held Saturday evening at 6:30 o’clock in the band stand, at the corner of Second and Washington. Prizes of $7.50, $5 and $2.50 will be awarded and out-of town judges will be selected to decide which three babies shall receive the prizes.

All of the 22 saloon keepers of The Dalles applied for new liquor permits at the meeting of the city council last night, but the alderman refused to grant licenses to two of them. Today there are 20 saloons in The Dalles. Permits having been refused Ed Fagan and Tom Crofton, proprietor of the Umatilla house. Alderman Mays, Gammon, Houghton, Esson and Walther voted against granting the two applications which were turned down, Darnielle, Schanno and Kirchhoff voting in favor thereof.


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