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Looking back on June 29

June 29

20 Years Ago-1994

The unsettled timeframe on the closure of the Wasco County Jail was resolved this morning with a unanimous vote to “immediately” proceed with closure. As soon as four guaranteed jail beds in Hood River County are secured, which could be in two weeks, Wasco County Sheriff Art Labrousse said, the jail here will be reconfigured to a short term facility. The short-term, 36-hour facility would have six beds, Labrousee said. Inmates could stay in the facility for no longer than 36 hours.

Crate’s Point Living History Park will be going to a new format July 3 due to lack of funds and poor visitation. The Board of Directors explored a variety of alternatives to keep the park operating normally, but with such low attendance even maintaining a skeleton staff has become impossible, said park director Sher Jones. The park will, however, remain open as a “wayside Oregon Trail Interpretive Park” through Labor Day, but will not have interpreters or living history programs. Visitors will be able to take self-guided tours through the park and read the interpretive signs.

40 Years Ago-1974

One word, “understanding,” describes the quality most appreciated by those who have served under direction of Wasco County Clerk Hal Howard. This was one of the points given emphasis during a dinner Friday at the Recreation Café honoring Howard upon his retirement. It was the last day as clerk for Howard, who has held the position 11 years. Master of Ceremonies Don Dunn said Howard’s staff indicates a high regard for the county clerk’s excellence in his work contributed with “kindness and consideration.”

It’s quite a thrill to be in on the ground floor building a new motel-restaurant-convention complex, Dave Warfield, manager of Portage Inn said Friday. Warfield took time out from a fast moving construction operation to show off the new rooms, and to announce that the first lodgers will be welcomed Sunday, June 30. ”We’re not ready to open all facilities yet, but we will be taking lodgers beginning Sunday, and we expect the entire complex to be complete by August 8,” Warfield said.

60 Years Ago-1954

Premium books for the 1954 Wasco County Fair will be available as of today in the county agent’s office in the Post Office building, County Agent E.M. Nelson said this morning. Complete program of events of the four-day fair is listed on Page 2 of the new book. Gates will first open at the Hunt grounds Thursday morning. All home demonstration and 4-H exhibits are to be in place shortly after the gates open and judging of baking contests and home economics judging contests begin that day.

Bonneville Power Administration will spend $1,300,000 for power service facilities in The Dalles area starting July 1 under terms of an Interior Department appropriations measure hearing Congressional approval today. No funds were specifically earmarked for BPA facilities to serve the Harvey Machine company’s proposed aluminum plant here it was disclosed, but the door was left open for the equipment to be installed subject to Congressional approval when the Torrence, California firm gives the word.

80 Years Ago-1934

A movement to erect a grandstand at the newly-completed baseball and recreation field in Sorosis Park, surround the field with a fence and build a band pavilion at some suitable location in the park was set in motion yesterday afternoon at a meeting of representatives from five civic organizations of the city. The structures, it was declared, would provide much needed accommodations for holding various kinds of outdoor events planned for the future. American Legion representatives said they would have to have the improvements if they were to be successful in efforts to have the next state convention of the Legion held in The Dalles.

Motorcycle hill climb riders from all over the northwest are sending in their entries for the motor cycle climb which will be staged on the Lewis street hill on July 4th under the auspices of The Dalles Breakfast Club and under sanction of the American Motorcycle association, according to Ralph Bent who is managing the event. On a hill such as the Lewis street elevation, some of these powerful motorcycles are bound to turn over backwards, Bent declares. The hill in places is a 72 percent grade, and is declared to be one of the most difficult ever selected for a motorcycle climb. Not even the Breakfast Club realizes, Bent declared today, that there will be between $10,000 and $12,000 worth of equipment in the hill climb event, and that it will be sufficiently thrilling to justify an attendance of thousands of people from every part of the northwest.

100 Years Ago-1914

What do you know about these fat fellows who think they can run 100 yards? They have entered the fat men’s race which will be pulled off the morning of the Fourth on Second Street. “Dutch” McCoy was the first to enter, and he told the committee to invite all fat men to get in, because, he says, he wants a chance to beat a big bunch. Lew Porter began to recall his sprinting days and concluded he still has a sprint or two left, and he took up the challenge, and then Dee Thompson said he is going in to “clean that fat bunch of stiffs who think they can run.” “I’ll show ‘em I can run something besides the city government,” said Frank French, who has been in training recently to become mayor, and he threw his hat into the hundred.

This week many hundreds of people will visit The Dalles to attend the Chautauqua and participate in the Fourth of July celebration. Let us make a special effort to have the city present an attractive appearance. Get out the flags and bunting, trim the lawns, cut down the weeds, and tidy things up in general. Above all things, don’t overlook the exhibit at the Business Men’s association building. We want to have this exhibit supplied with the best of fresh things each day, and the cooperation of the people of The Dalles and vicinity is necessary in this matter. Let us have fruit, flowers, and vegetables, anything you have to exhibit. If you can bring them here, that would be much appreciated as we expect to be very, very busy, but is you have no way of doing this, let us know and we will provide a means of bringing the exhibit to the building.

Looking Back is compiled by CeCe Fix.

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