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Looking back on May 4

May 4

20 Years Ago-1994

A new shopping center proposed for the west end of The Dalles has opened another option in the city’s quest to relocate its fire station. According to several people at last night’s city council meeting, Safeway Corporation is proposing to build a new store on the West Second Street site formerly occupied by the Shamrock Lounge. This move, according to city officials, would put the old Safeway building up for sale and the city is seriously considering buying the property to convert into a new fire station.

A bigger deli and bakery and “large and luscious” fruit will greet shoppers at The Dalles Shop’ n Kart when the store reopens under new management later this spring. The Gaylord family, which owns Shop’ n Karts in Gresham and Hermiston, are reopening the local supermarket and plan major changes to the way it previously ran, Craig Gaylord said. His brother Cary, who recently moved to The Dalles, will manage the store here.

40 Years Ago-1974

The new head librarian for The Dalles-Wasco county Library will be Richard L. Wagner, presently associated with the Douglas County Library at Roseburg. He will assume the position here June 1, filling the vacancy created when librarian Dorothy Shave left Jan. 1 to become head librarian at Anchorage, Alaska.

County Clerk Hal Howard added his name today to the list of officials who have announced resignations. In a letter to the county court Howard said he has decided to resign effective July 1. The first county official to resign was Judge Bill Kortge, who is leaving at the end of May to become manager of Northern Wasco County People’ Utility District. The second was Treasurer Freda Webb, who plans to leave July 15 to join her husband in Prineville and take a position in the Crook County treasurer’s office.

60 Years Ago-1954

The largest street paving program in city history was in prospect today following submission of nine street improvements last night to Dalles City council. All the paving petitions plus several for sanitary sewers and a water main installation were referred to city engineer for survey and report. Plans call for the street improvements petitions received last night and other submitted earlier to be made this summer with a Sept. 30 completion deadline.

Dalles City council had under consideration today petitions for a revision of taxicab rates and a downward adjustment of city franchise taxes on taxicabs. The petitions were presented by George H. Rogers and Roy Rampley, operators, respectively of The Dalles Taxi Company and the City Cab Company at the meeting last night of Dalles City council. The council referred the requests to committee after the two taxi operators told the council a revision of the franchise tax was necessary it they were to continue in business.

80 Years Ago-1934

Encouraged by a firsthand view of what an inland city can do in the way of developing itself into a seaport, W.W. Nelson, manager of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, and Edward M. Cousins, rate expert for the Bonneville ship locks case, returned here last night from the city of Stockton, California, the country’s youngest deep water port. The two men, accompanied by Herbert G. West, secretary of the Inland Empire Waterways association, spent several days in the “baby” port gathering information and ideas to be used by the waterways association in presenting the case for ship locks at a hearing to be held in The Dalles before the U.S. army board of engineers about June 1.

City and county police officers today believed that they had cleared up a number of recent thefts with confessions secured from two local youths. George Randall, 24 known as the “wildman” from his appearances in local boxing and wrestling shows, was arrested by sheriff’s officers and city police yesterday and, with his younger brother, Wilbur Randall, 22, admitted after questions that they had burglarized a home at Fossil in which $170 worth of loot was taken.

100 Years Ago-1914

The Sorosis Club will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting in the Masonic hall tomorrow. A Mothers’ day program will be rendered. The public is cordially invited, and all mothers are urged to attend. The subject is in charge of Mrs. F.R. Angle and the following program will be presented: instrumental solo, Miss Alberta Campbell; paper, “The Ideal Mother” Mrs. W.E. Selleck; vocal solo, Mrs. Carlton Williams; paper, “The Responsibilities of Motherhood, Mrs. A.J. Fletcher; p;iano solo, Mrs. J.T. Hunt; discussion, “Are we leaving too much of the training of the children to the public school?” led by Mrs. L.T. Murfin; music, ladies’ quartette; address, “Motherhood from a physical standpoint,” Dr. Edna V. Dale.

The directors of The Dalles rodeo last night signed a contract with the Pendleton Rodeo association for attractions here July 2, 3 and 4 which will cost $10,000. The big wild west show is now assured for The Dalles, and will be one of the biggest events of the kind ever held anywhere in the west. The Pendleton Rodeo association owns most of the fine bucking horses which are used in the Round-up.

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