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Looking Back, March 9

March 9

20 Years Ago-1994

After being reassured by U.S. Forest Service representatives that the proposed Gorge Discovery Center will be built near The Dalles the Northern Wasco County PUD will donate $104,000 to the project. Last month the PUD board said unless it was assured its donation of rate payer dollars would be spent in Wasco County, it was going to pull out its financial support of the project.

A recent “stress test” of The Dalles’ sewer plant shows the plant is operating better than it has in the recent past and should continue to do so for the next several years. However, waste water engineers who conducted the test still say the city will need to build a new plant by 1998. The test, conducted by Ch2M-Hill engineers, showed improvements made to the plant over recent months, including the addition of a secondary clarifier – a solids filter – have increased the plant’s overall treatment capacity to about 4.15 million gallons per day, said CH2M-Hill Environmental Engineer Randy Naef.

40 Years Ago-1974

Tryouts for queen of the Fort Dalles Rodeo will take place Sunday, March 31, at the Ft. Dalles Riders ground. Action will start at noon. To be eligible, girls must be unmarried and at least 16 years of age by January, 1974. Each contestant must have her own horse or access to one, have her own transportation and be willing to travel to various rodeos. All girls will be asked to sign a release and they are asked to bring with them March 31 at least on parent or guardian.

The outstanding carrier for the month of February for The Dalles Chronicle was Craig Wiles, Chronicle Circulation Manager Clint Davey announced. Craig handles Route 206. He was chosen because of his outstanding route delivery, which includes early delivery and special care as to where each customer wants his newspaper placed, Davey said.

60 Years Ago-1954

Newest apparel styles for both men and women will be presented at tonight’s Soroptimist sponsored fashion show at the Granada Theater. The show, held annually to raise funds for two college scholarships, one for The Dalles High School and the other for St. Mary’s Academy, will be held between movie features at the theater. “The Joe Louis Story” is tonight’s movie. A portion of the movie admission receipts goes to the Soroptimist Club, and other contributions are made by the participating merchants.

A contest for the Republican nomination for Wasco County Coroner loomed today with the entrance in the race of Leonard R. Smith of The Dalles. The former deputy coroner will seek the Republican nomination in opposition to Wasco County Coroner Kenneth E. Libby, who filed earlier for a second four-year term.

80 Years Ago-1934

Confirmation of a 1,400 barrel order this morning brought sales to within 75 percent of the total pack of cherries brined by The Dalles Cooperative Growers plant here during the 1933-34 season; it was announced by H.G. Miller, manager. The present stage of sales is considerably ahead of last year’s at the corresponding period. With market conditions showing improvement, Miller predicted all the present holdings of the cooperative would be sold by the end of the season. Present shipments of cherries are keeping a force of approximately 200 persons busy at the plant, Miller stated. All shipments are now being made by river boats down the Columbia to docks at Portland. A total of 265 barrels have been shipped since March, and 925 barrels more will be shipped between now and the end of the month, he said. The 1933-34 pack, totaling more than 1,400 tons, is the biggest in the history of the local plant. Largest previous peak was 1,150 tons, made during the 1932-33 season.

The river steamers Beaver and Weown, frequent callers at The Dalles under the insignia of the Hosford Transportation Company, will have the painted collars of their stacks changed from white to red through a change of ownership, it was learned here yesterday with the announcement in Portland that the Shaver Forwarding Company had purchased the entire holdings of the Hosford line.

100 Years Ago-1914

That “old black hat” which Judge A.S. Bennett threw into the ring a few weeks ago, is there to stay. Every day the indications become more conclusive that none of the other democratic gubernatorial candidates will be able to kick that old black castor out of the arena. Judge Bennett was a mighty strong candidate the day he made the announcement of his candidacy; today he is even more formidable, having developed a strength that even his most sanguine admirers did not anticipate.

Judd S. Fish, who for the past four years has been the efficient secretary of the Business Men’s association, has resigned that position to take another as the manager of the Hotel Dalles. Peter Kuehnling, who has been manager of the Hotel Dalles for the past three years, has purchased a hotel at Dallas, Oregon and will soon go to that city, and he will be succeeded by Mr. Fish. The resignation of Mr. Fish will take effect some time before April 1, when he will assume the hotel management.

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