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Looking back from June 15

June 15

20 Years Ago-1994

Concerns over loss of police or fire service prompted the Dalles City council to hold off on instituting a city employee early retirement program and hiring freeze. The city budget committee recommended council implement the early retirement program and hiring freeze as recommended by City Manager William Elliott. The proposal asks employees to retire at age 55, with the city paying the employees’ health insurance benefits, $3,800 per employee per year, until he or she turns 65, Elliott told council Monday night. There are 13 employees eligible for the plan, Elliott said. If all of them chose to retire early, the city would pay out $39,953 for the first year, but would save $643,113 (the 13 employees combined salaries) for the same year.

The new rest rooms and softball concession stand at Sorosis Park became the latest target for vandals who have been spraying graffiti around the local area. The latest damage to the building’s exterior walls was found on Thursday morning and was the fifth case of vandalism at the parks in the city within the last 1½ weeks. There has also been reports of similar vandalism at a private business on West Seventh and at The Dalles Clinic.

40 Years Ago-1974

Jarl Construction Co. of The Dalles was the successful bidder for the demolition of the Whittier School Building. The bid was awarded to the local firm at the District 12 Board of Directors meeting Thursday night. Jarl’s bid was $12,400, lowest of six bids on the job. The bids ranged up to $55,600. In another project, Brown Roofing Co. of The Dalles was awarded contracts for roofing jobs at Wilson Elementary School and Kurtz Gym at The Dalles High. The company made bids of $10,652 and $11,990 on the two jobs. Both bids were over the budgeted amount, but the only other bidder was unable to provide a performance bond.

Methods of enforcing a current athletic code at District 12 schools – or whether such a code was needed – was the main topic of discussion at that district’s board of directors meeting Thursday night. No decision was reached on the proposed athletic infraction due process procedure which grew out of incidents this spring that resulted in the discipline of several senior athletes. In fact, it is not certain yet if the present code will even be kept as there was some sentiment expressed both for and against retaining it. Board Chairman Bob Bailey said he had doubts that the code had any value at all, commenting it is “looked on as something of a joke.”

60 Years Ago-1954

Registrations passed the 600 mark as classes opened this morning in the two-week American Red Cross “learn to swim” program here. E.A. Scholer, director of the program, said 606 youngsters were on hand at the Nat for opening sessions today. He said more youngsters are registered than showed up this morning, but no total figure has yet been determined. Registrations continue until 10 a.m. tomorrow. After that time no more registrations will be accepted, Scholer said. The registration figure this year is slightly under last year’s record total, according to Scholer, who blames the decline on cool weather.

No trace of the three victims of a boating accident Sunday had been found by noon today. The three, Frank Betts, Vernon Sparks and Hugh Redfearn, are all presumed drowned. Bodies of two women who were in the boat when it went down just above the Dalles Bridge Sunday evening were recovered the same day. The Coast Guard said this morning the bodies will not likely float to the surface for another day or two. No organized search is in progress and none is planned. All persons traveling along or on the river are asked to watch for traces of the three missing men.

80 Years Ago-1934

The city’s business is enjoying the benefit of $600 weekly in added payroll as the result of SERA activity here, at an approximate cost to the city of but 20 per cent of that amount, it is revealed in a statistical survey of relief projects now underway. The survey was released today by members of the city council. Besides the benefit of additional payroll, more than 50 men are being given employment on three different projects—lightening by that much the community’s burden for direct relief—and the city is obtaining improvements to streets and parks of permanent value, the survey shows.

The Dufur and Maupin posts of the American Legion next Sunday will be hosts to ex-service men of all wars and their families at an all day picnic in the Dufur City Park. Invitations sent out by the two posts to Legionnaires of Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties will be very generally accepted, it was indicated today, with from 250 to 300 persons expected to attend the picnic. The Old Fort Dalles Drum corps will attend from this city, in uniform, and will give an exhibition drill. It is being hoped by the Dufur and Maupin posts to make the Tri- County picnic an annual event, it was declared today.

100 Years Ago-1914

The big voting contest which has been inaugurated for the purpose of selecting a queen of the great two day Fourth of July celebration in The Dalles, has already stirred up all kinds of interest and enthusiasm. Six popular young ladies of this city have been nominated so far, and many more names are expected to be added to the list within the next couple of days. The candidates who have been nominated are: Miss Edna Pease, Miss Florence Koontz, Miss Zoe Gunning, Miss Winifred Matney, Miss Nell H. Wassen, Miss Anne Hansen. The voting will be closed Friday evening, June 26.

Saturday, in the shadows of the afternoon sun on the lawn of Old Fort Dalles, was an ideal time for the celebration of Flag day, held under the auspices of the two patriotic societies, the Old Fort Dalles Historical and the Woman’s Relief Corps. About 50 members, including patriotic citizens and a good percentage of the old “boys in blue” assembled. The immediate purpose of the celebration was to dedicate a 30-foot fir pole which had recently been a part of the forest skirting the snow line of Mt. Hood, and which the Historical society had lately planted in the yard, from which to fly the beautiful flag presented to the society by the G.A.R., and the W.R.C., some years ago.

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