20 Years Ago-1994
Despite recent hot weather, the cool spring has allowed the city of The Dalles to put off possible water restrictions for another month. “We still have a full reservoir and that will delay the need for any restrictions until August 1,” City Utilities Director William Keyser said yesterday.
Keeping track of 49 kids zooming around the Columbia River on Jet Skis, knee-boards, windsurf boards, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, sailboats and power boats can be downright demanding and somewhat chaotic. Welcome to Sea Camp The Dalles ’94. For the past week, this original five-day program – co-hosted by The Dalles Sea Explorer Scouts and the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District – has broken new ground, or water as the case may be, in the realm of summer day camps.
A small sacrifice had produced, well, big dividends for Life Cycles. When owners Wes and Julie Swearingen opted to move their bicycle-oriented store from a prime corner location in downtown The Dalles three blocks into the core, what they lost in visibility they gained in space. And lots of it. The new store, at what used to be Wray’s Drugstore on East Second Street, has a 5,000 square-foot basement to store inventory and the upstairs spreads out the bikes and other sporting goods that Life Cycles offers.
40 Years Ago-1974
Wasco County’s new treasurer who will assume office July 14 with the departure of Freda Webb, will be Gertrude Bewley, presently serving as a payroll clerk in the county clerk’s office. The County Court decided upon the appointment Monday after interviewing Mrs. Bewley and two other candidates. The appointment extends through December. The office will be filled beyond that date at the November general election.
The Wasco-Sherman Public Health Department has been receiving calls from concerned citizens about one potential hazard in the area, and issued a warning about another one Tuesday. The calls received have been regarding children swimming in Mill Creek in the area of the footbridge that leads to the Natatorium. This is dangerous since the Columbia River has backed up into Mill Creek due to the high water, and parents should warn their children of this hazard, Irv Reierson, sanitarian, said.
60 Years Ago-1954
A father of four, William Rooper of The Dalles, was named “Heap Big Chief” father by Boy Scouts at a special Father’s Day observance yesterday at the Granada Theater. Rooper also was named the father with the most children entered in the contest, which was sponsored by the Boy Scouts and merchants who provided the awards for the prize-winners. Winner of the newest and youngest father awards was R. J. Franklin of Tygh Valley, whose wife gave birth to a baby at 10 a.m. yesterday. The winners were selected by the Scouts in the audience by means of an applause meter. Master of Ceremonies was Ray Brown.
More than 100 horses were included in the grand entry which touched off the Mid-Columbia Saddle Club Association major horse show presented here yesterday afternoon by the Fort Dalles Riders. Seven of the nine clubs of the association were on hand to compete in the event. High point trophy to the club winning the most points during the afternoon was awarded to the Fort Dalles Riders.
80 Years Ago-1934
Farm interest represented by seven growers’ co-operatives and warehouse companies met here last night and requested that Governor Julius Meier take immediate steps in re-establish shipping services disrupted by the Pacific coast long-shore men’s strike. In a lengthy resolution passed at the meeting it was pointed out that Wasco County farmers, principally grain growers, were facing financial ruin if the present strike conditions continue. Harvesting of crops is just beginning, and warehouses already filled with the 1933 crop are not large enough to hold the new production, it was asserted. Storage outside subjects crops to pilferage and damage.
Although government meteorologists were making no such forecast in their bulletins, an immeasurable but nevertheless actual rise in the Columbia will take place here next Sunday when waters of the river are displaced by the bodies of bathers who plan to enjoy the opening of The Dalles dip, scheduled on that date. Complete repairs to the float, diving towers, shoot-the-chute, lockers and dressing rooms have been made during the last two weeks, and all is in readiness for the opening, announced today by Ted Walker, life guard in charge. Considerable re-painting has been done, and new planking put on portions of the float damaged by high water last winter. Water is expected to be of moderate temperature by Sunday, Walker said, and the rapidly receding Columbia by that time should expose plenty of beach space and afford easy access to the float. Excellent conditions should prevail by July 4, when a swimming program will be staged as part of the Independence Day celebration sponsored by the Breakfast Club.
100 Years Ago-1914
The biggest and most gorgeous parade ever seen in The Dalles will be the Fourth of July pageant on the morning of July 4. The big feature in the procession will be the beautiful float in which the Queen and her maids will ride. But this will not be the only beautiful float. Many business houses of the city will be represented with gorgeous ones, and others will enter comic features. Headed by Pond’s big concert band, the parade will include the lodges and unions of the city, clowns, city and county officials, school children, floats, decorated automobiles and buggies, motorcycles, firemen, members of the baseball teams which will compete in the tournament and The Dalles Rodeo buckaroos.
The “Made in Wasco” banquet will be held at the Hotel Dalles tomorrow. There will be several Portland business men present and every editor in this county has accepted the invitation to be present, and several others will be present from adjoining counties. From an educational standpoint, this banquet promises to be the best advertising of Wasco County products ever put before the public. Mrs. Edyth Tozer Weathered, who has long been a field worker for Oregon’s industries, will have something to say in support of the home merchant, home factories, farmers produce, and in fact, all lines of trade.
CeCe Fix of The Chronicle compiles Looking Back each week from the archives o f The Dalles Chronicle.