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Looking back on July 13

July 13

20 Years Ago-1994

An Airport Appreciation Day is scheduled Saturday, July 16 at The Dalles Municipal Airport in Dallesport. It will include a variety of events, including sky diving demonstrations by Sky Dive Idaho. The sky divers will strut their stuff in the sky above the airport. Also planned is a Home Built Aircraft Display, and if looking is not enough, demonstration rides will be given by Avid Aircraft. There will also be aerobatic aircraft, S-1 Pitts, S-2 Pitts and Skybolt on display at the airport.

The Labor Day Community picnic planning is underway and organizers say they have openings for food and craft booths at the annual event, which is in its seventh year. The picnic will be held Monday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northwest Aluminum Park. All proceeds from the event go to the Community Action Program to supply food for Community Meals.

40 Years Ago-1974

A coronary care room at The Dalles General Hospital has been made available through contributions sent to the hospital in the memory of Rev. E. Ernest Tayler. Rev. Tayler was the former pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles. He died June 24 of this year, and at the time of his death his family requested that memorials in his name be sent to the hospital to finance a coronary care room. Hospital Administrator Gerry Smith said many contributions have come in from members of the congregation of St. Paul’s church as well as other members of the community.

Fort Dalles Days opened with highway robbery this morning. Outlaw riders shaking down the town for the price of a promotion necktie. The annual Outlaw Ride kicked off first activities with a fiddler’s contest, dance, and Pee Wee Rodeo on tap. Other events getting off the ground today are The Dalles Classic Golf Tournament and the Masqueraders are offering the final performance of their melodrama at 8 tonight in old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Fiddlers were set to begin sawing away at 1 p.m. in the armory today.

60 Years Ago-1954

Completion of the W. Scenic Drive paving project today opened the way for general development of Sorosis Park and related facilities. Paving of the drive from 16th and Trevitt Streets to the east boundary of Sorosis Park was completed yesterday afternoon. Street department crews are scheduled to make several improvements in the park and vicinity later this year designed to enhance its attractiveness and usability. The widely-used viewpoint at the north edge of the park overlooking the city is to be graded and improved along with a second viewpoint on W. Scenic Drive a short distance east of the park.

A definite improvement in the mosquito situation in The Dalles area was reported today by Wasco Sherman Sanitarian Harry Utes in the wake of a second aerial spray of breeding places. The aerial attack Sunday morning covered the same general area as the first spray operation along the riverfront and in the Mill Creek and Dry Hollow sections. No other aerial attack is planned, Utes said, because funds allocated for the operation have been spent.

80 Years Ago-1934

Local peach growers were interested today to learn that orchardists in Washington, Yamhill, Polk and Marion Counties had organized to set this year’s price for the fruit at $1.25 a crate, and were considering similar action her to hold up the price on The Dalles crop, soon to mature. Agreement among growers, it was believed by some, would prevent a situation such as occurred during the apricot season just ended, when individual trading took prices down to as low as $30 and even $20 a ton. Growers feel that the low apricot price was unfortunate, in view of the fact that California apricots brought as high as $75. Agreement among orchardists on a fair price for peaches locally would checkmate any attempt to establish such an extremely low price as was paid for apricots, it was insisted.

Plans to revive the Five Mile creek irrigation project, proposed a number of years ago to water orchards and garden land surrounding the Dalles, will be discussed at a meeting of The Dalles chamber of commerce water resources committee called for next Monday night, it was announced today. The committee may ask the aid of the state engineering department in making a preliminary survey to determine feasibility of the project, after which it may be possible to have it designated as rural work relief under the SERA or some other governmental agency.

100 Years Ago-1914

Green corn arrivals from The Dalles section are increasing somewhat along Front Street. Some very good quality is showing with sales as high as 20 cents a dozen, but some of the poor stuff is selling down to 10 cents with very little demand even at that price. The good stuff, however, is finding an excellent call and while it is not expected that present values will be maintained for more than a day or so, the outlook is seemingly good notwithstanding the prospects for a greater output from the interior than usual. The Dalles section is now being looked upon as the chief producer of corn for the Portland market, especially for the early offerings.

War has been declared on speeding autoists and motorcyclists. Fred Mayer, an employee of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, paid a fine of $10 in police court yesterday for speeding on a motorcycle and having his muffler open. He pleaded guilty. The arrest was made by Chief of Police Kurtz. “There is a city ordinance that stipulates autos and motorcycles shall not be driven faster than 12 miles an hour within the city limits,” said Chief Kurtz today.

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