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Looking back on July 27

July 27

20 Years Ago-1994

Two former disciples of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh boarded a plane bound for the United States today after losing their last appeal against extradition to Oregon. Two judges rejected allegations that it would be impossible for the women to receive a fair trial and said their application was “an abuse of the process of the court.” Sally Croft, 44, and Susan Hagan 46, decided against any further appeals in their four-year battle to avoid facing charges in an alleged plot to kill a U.S. attorney. “I feel very strongly that it shouldn’t be happening but I will deal with whatever comes,” Croft said at Heathrow airport, before boarding a United Air Lines flight to New York.

The Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles is in “shameful” condition, the state cemetery board said yesterday. Managers were given 30 days to spruce it up. Harsh questioning for cemetery manager Patrick Thompson came from members of the state Mortuary and Cemetery board here, which unanimously voted to give Thompson and the Odd Fellows cemetery board a letter of reprimand.

40 Years Ago-1974

About 50 members of the Public Employees Retirement System met here last night to discuss working conditions and the future of investments of the retirement fund. Staff members representing the state retirement fund said that the uncertainty of the stock market had caused the fund to lose money on its stock investments last year, and that a re-evaluation of the investment portfolio may be required. Several input meetings are being conducted in the state, with the retirement board set to consider these findings in October. Little change in the stock market picture is expected, said LeeRoy Ryan, The Dalles, and district director of the employees association.

Former The Dalles High and University of Oregon baseball star Jim Willis is continuing where he left off last spring, when he led the Ducks to a Pac-8 Northern Division title and was named All-Pacific Coast first team. Jim is currently displaying his talents for the Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners, a crack semi-pro team which annually attracts some of America’s top amateur baseball players to the country’s biggest state. Willis has been somewhat of a sensation around baseball-crazy Alaska, as his powerful bat has fans talking all around the state. Recently, Jim was walked intentionally with the bases loaded, the second time that rare feat has happened this season.

60 Years Ago-1954

Three youths from The Dalles will live like old-time mountaineers for about the next two weeks – fishing, trapping and exploring the wilderness of northeastern New Mexico. Gary Biddle, Gary Dunlop and Jake Grossmiller, Explorer Scouts of Post 570, Whittier Junior High, left this morning on a trip of high adventure. Along with them is Jim Heilman, Post 570 adviser. Heilman will head the excursion of 10 Explorers, including four scouts from Bend and three from Klamath Falls. On arrival at Philmont ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, the Explorers will spend a day practicing mountain craft. Next the scouts will move on to study trapping. Each boy will run his own trap lines.

Secretary of State Earl T. Newbry will present The Dalles a National Safety Council plaque for maintaining a death-free traffic record last year. The presentation will be made at the Thursday noon meeting of The Dalles Kiwanis club at Hotel Dalles. It is to be accepted on behalf of the city by Mayor M.A. Davidson. The Dalles was one of seven Oregon cities in the 5,000 to 10,000 population class last year to win recognition from the national safety organization.

80 Years Ago-1934

For the first time in 60 days, a river boat docked at The Dalles last night as the Shaver Forwarding Company resumed service that had been tied up by the Pacific coast maritime strike. The steamer Cascade was the first of the Shaver line’s craft to resume the run between Portland and The Dalles, and docked here for a short while yesterday afternoon before proceeding to the Big Eddy terminals to take on a cargo of grain. The Cascade loaded 3,500 sacks during the night and left on the return trip this morning. A second vessel, the Umatilla, was to arrive this afternoon for a load and will be followed by other boats in a regular service daily, officials of the Shaver line here said.

A movement was being headed here today by local shippers and producers to obtain representation before the federal board of arbitration that will settle differences between striking Pacific coast longshoremen and steamship operators. Representation on the board is desired, it was said, to prevent if possible any concessions being made to the strikers that will increase the cost of water shipments of grain and other freight produced in the Inland Empire.

100 Years Ago-1914

County Superintendent of Schools Clyde T. Bonney spent last week at Tygh Valley and Maupin, returning home to this city Saturday. He reports good progress is being made with the new addition to the school at Tygh Valley. The Tygh Valley School will be increased from a two room to four rooms by the new addition and will employ four teachers. It will be classed as a country high school, carrying students in their studies as high as the tenth grade. This increase in grades is made possible by the new county high school fund and enables children, who can attend up to the tenth grade, that otherwise would have to attend school in Dufur or The Dalles.

Thomas Withers of Seattle, an instructor at the University of Washington, passed through this city yesterday en-route home from Denver where he attended the Elks’ national convention. He was very enthusiastic about the fruit grown here and said; “I was on the Elks’ special which passed through here last week and I can tell you that the fruit which was put on that train by the Business Men’s association was the finest I have ever tasted. It had the finest flavor of any fruit I have ever tasted. It couldn’t be beat.”

Looking Back is compiled from The Chronicle’s archives by CeCe Fix.

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