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Looking Back, March 23

March 23

20 Years Ago-1994

There are those in the world who, through no fault of their own, find themselves homeless. It might have been they lost a job. It might have been unforeseen bills caught up with them. For others, the homeless issue becomes a stark reality through their own doing. Perhaps they used and abused drugs and alcohol. Perhaps personal problems got the best of them. In all cases, there are those who are ready to get back on their feet and the only thing they need is a chance. The Mid-Columbia Community Action Program is one of the first places those finding themselves in similar situations turn for assistance. In the past, there was some money available for transitional housing, but like most social service programs the dollars were limited. In the next few months those in need of transitional housing will have a place to turn to as CAP is near completion in its project to turn the old Hamilton Motel, located on West Second Street just beyond Lumberman’s, into a solid, transitional housing complex.

The kids probably won’t take much note of a concept called Service Oriented Policing, but it explains why they will get free bike helmets in coming weeks. The brainstorming by three Oregon State Police senior troopers, working to implement the new OSP policy of meeting community needs, led to the idea of providing bike helmets for low income children. The project “is taking off big-time,” Senior Trooper Steve McCabe said. Businesses and individuals from Sherman, Wasco and Hood River Counties are steadily contributing to a growing pile of bike helmets.

40 Years Ago-1974

Petitions asking that a community college district be formed will be presented Friday to the State Board of Education at Salem, Ray Carrier, chairman of the sponsoring committee, said Wednesday. Carrier said the petition effort of the Mid-Columbia Community College Association ended successfully, reaching its goal of 1,000 signatures. He said the group was especially heartened by the fact that the signatures were obtained without an intensive, “street-corner” campaign. Only a small group was involved in the drive for signatures, Carrier said.

April 6 and 7 are the dates for the annual Root Feast Rodeo at the Agency Longhouse rodeo arena here. The open rodeo will begin each day at 1 p.m. and include wild horse backing, barrel racking, team roping, steer decorating and bare back and saddle bronc riding. Wild horses will be rounded up on the reservation for the wild horse racing event.

60 Years Ago-1954

The rising number of traffic accidents caused by speeding will result in stricter enforcement of speed laws, Police chief Rex Thornton said today. During February 44 local accidents involving 88 cars were reported to the police department. The reported estimated damage came to $8,333.81. Half the car owners did not report extent of damage. March will be another heavy traffic damage and collision month, Thornton indicated. In the first 20 days of March, reported accidents totaled 31 and involved 62 cars. Partial estimated damage was $2,500.

Farmers will be assured of a support price for the 1954 barley crop, and the figure is only slightly less than that for last year, Leslie Fredrickson, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation office manager said today. Farm stored barley will bring loans of $54.17 a ton or about $1.30 a bushel, he said. This is a reduction of only about $3 a ton from last year’s supports.

80 Years Ago-1934

That Frank A. French, retired local business man and former mayor, may be drafted as a candidate for the state legislature, was indicated today. Numerous friends are reported to be urging him to enter the primary race on the republican ticket for the office recently vacated by the resignation of Levi Chrisman. It was further indicated that French has not turned a deaf ear to the appeals of his friends and that he may make a formal announcement in the near future. French is well known in The Dalles and Wasco County. He operated a mercantile store here for many years, later retiring to private life, during which time he served the city as mayor.

Guy E. Mathews, manager of the Granada Theater of this city, Thursday was elected president of the Allied Theaters of the Northwest, at the annual convention of the organization, held in Portland. The northwest group is affiliated with the national Allied Theaters association. Mr. Mathews has been vice president of Allied Theaters of the Northwest for the last two years, and previous to that served two years as secretary. The local theater man also is a member of the regional NRA code authority for theaters, representing independent exhibitors of the entire territory served by Portland distributing branches.

100 Years Ago-1914

J.L. Kelly, ex-mayor of The Dalles and one of the best-known residents of this section, today announced his candidacy for the republican nomination for representative from the twenty-ninth legislative district, comprising Wasco and Hood River Counties. Mr. Kelly has been urged for several weeks by many citizens, irrespective of political affiliation, to make the race, and finally reluctantly yielded to the urgent appeal. “I have no hobbies to offer to get votes from the citizens of Hood River and Wasco Counties,” said Mr. Kelly today. “I shall run on my reputation as a business man and large taxpayer and if elected would serve to the best interest of the over-taxed public, of which I am a part. I paid $995 in taxes this year which shows that I am really interest in repealing many of those useless commissions and other wastes of public money.”

Twenty-five business men of this city were the guests of the Oregon Washington Railroad & Navigation Company yesterday afternoon at the first of the series of illustrated lectures which are being given by A.W. Perley in the “Safety First” campaign being conducted by the railroad. The lecture was finely illustrated with moving pictures and only needed a few well-chosen words from Mr. Perley to bring out with force the point to the story that was being thrown on the canvas. Not only is the safety campaign being urged for the people who are not in the employee of the railroad. It cautions automobilists to be certain that their machines do not become stalled on railroad crossings.

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