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Looking back on June 8

June 8

20 Years Ago-1994

Rain through the weekend finally took its toll on ripening cherries around The Dalles where growers Monday found damaged fruit ranging from what they described as minimal to heavy. Barring hot or rainy weather, they still expect to harvest but face the chore and expense of separating damaged from undamaged fruit. The forecast for the crop this year was 21,700 tons with about 7,200 of that in fresh fruit. Grower John Carter, chairman of the Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission, said most of his damage occurred Monday morning and described it running from 15 to 50 percent depending on site and tree.

The High Court rejected an appeal today by two former members of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh commune in Oregon who are fighting extradition to the United States. But lawyers for the two English women said they would appeal the High Court’s decision to the Divisional Court. A government spokesman said plans to extradite Sally Croft and Susan Hagan would wait for further court proceedings. Croft, a 44-year-old accountant, and Hagan, a 46-year-old aroma therapist, are wanted in Oregon in connection with an alleged plot to kill Oregon’s U.S. attorney.

40 Years Ago-1974

The home of Mr. and Mrs. George Price, 804 W 14th Street, the Dalles, is unusual in many ways but the most striking aspect is the profusion of flowers and the heavy growth of trees and shrubs. This feature serves to screen the yard on a couple of sides and has the added advantage of a windbreak. “We really notice the difference in wind,” said Mrs. Price as representatives of Alpha Pi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and the Mid-Columbia Board of Realtors met with the couple to give them a Home Beautification plaque.

The Dalles Child Care Center, Inc., announces sponsorship of the Special Summer Food Service Program, under which free and reduced price meals will be made available to children who are eligible. The meals will be offered to those who meet the approved eligibility criteria, without regard to race, color or national origin, a Care Center spokesman said. The meals will be provided at Dry Hollow School, near Dry Hollow Road in the southeastern part of The Dalles, and at The Dalles Child Care Center, 106 E. Eighth Street.

60 Years Ago-1954

Dalles City police announced today coffee and doughnuts will be served during some of the hours of the open house to be held tomorrow and Thursday in the new jail and police station. The public is invited to come to the station and tour the jail. First prisoners to use the new jail will be put in their cells Friday. The remodeling project was completed this week.

Approximately 450 animals will be on hand for the judging tomorrow and the auction sale Wednesday in the eighth annual 4-H and FFA Fat Stock Show and Sale. Late reports showed 168 animals had been registered by FFA youngsters. Lester Tibbetts, FFA leader, said the FFA division usually constitutes from 40 to 45 per cent of the total animals entered. The Wasco County team won first place in the 4-H division with a score of 1674.8. Members of the Wasco Team were Phyllis Tidwell, Walter Hanna and Bucky Underhill, all of Dufur.

80 Years Ago-1934

Believed by officers to be the biggest robbery in amount of loot taken ever staged by thieves in this city, a burglary in which $1,400 worth of cigarettes were stolen from Cramer Brothers cigar store was discovered this morning shortly after the firm opened for business. City, county and state officers who investigated the burglary found that the thieves had entered the basement of the establishment by chipping through a brick wall in the rear. Access to the wall was gained thorough Keller’s batter shop, immediately behind the cigar store on the alley between First and Second Street. Twenty Three cases of cigarettes were taken from the store. Due to the fact that additional cases stored in the place were not taken, officers believed the burglars had only a light truck in which to haul the loot away.

Organization of a cooperative group for the buying and distributing of gasoline to grange members will be undertaken immediately under the auspices of the Wasco County Pomona grange. This decision was reached at the quarterly meeting of the grange held Wednesday at the Mosier High School, attended by about 50 representatives of five granges of the county. Following the deciding vote on the question, a committee was appointed to investigate the cooperative buying of gasoline and its distribution by truck to central points in the county and to proceed with formation of the group of buyers.

100 Years Ago-1914

That Judge A.S. Bennett is alive is due to one of the most miraculous escapes from a serious automobile accident ever heard of. He lay for an hour yesterday morning in the road, eight miles this side of Moro, with his overturned auto pinning him to the ground so that he could not move, before he was rescued by the first persons to pass the scene of the mishap. Mr. Bennett, after being liberated, resumed his journey to this city, driving his damaged car under its own power, arriving here yesterday afternoon. The judge was not injured by coming in contact with the ground, but he was so tightly jammed against the steering wheel that his limbs were severely bruised.

Mrs. R.E. Williams, wife of Postmaster Williams, had a slight accident while driving the Williams automobile about 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. She was coming down the “Methodist Hill” and turned into Fifth Street, going at a fair rate of speed but she failed to turn far enough to miss a sand pile that was dumped in the street for use on the court house. Striking the sand threw the machine out of control and it ended its flight against a pile of tiling. Mrs. Williams’s daughter, Mabel, was thrown from the car and was slightly bruised. The automobile was considerably injured in the mixup.

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