20 Years Ago-1994
Parents in The Dalles school district will likely ask the school board to cut sports activities in hopes of saving some academic programs. More than 50 people upset with the district’s proposed $13,989,605 budget met last night in the Wasco County Circuit Courtroom. People at the meeting, most of them parents but some of them teachers, aired a number of concerns about the budget – specifically what should be removed and what should be added.
Amazing and miraculous are two words that might describe “it.” Then again, nothing can actually describe “it.” “It” is The Dalles High Indian baseball team’s amazing 10-9 eight inning comeback victory over the Stayton Eagles Wednesday in an OSAA/U.S. Bank state Class 3A state semifinal contest at Quinton Street Ball Park. The Indians were seemingly down and out in the sixth inning, trailing 9-2. And again in the bottom of the seventh, when they were trailing 9-5 with two out. Like they have all season, during the stretch when they won 21 straight games, and again when they came from behind to beat Baker and Newport in the first two games of the state playoffs, the Tribe dug deep and found whatever it is they need to come from behind and get the big wins.
40 Years Ago-1974
At the recent annual meeting and banquet of the Oregon Bow hunters Association held in Bend, the following local bow hunters received awards: Mark Raetzman, second place Junior Division; Elly Raetzman, second place Women’s Division and Mer Raetzman, sixth place Men’s Division.
Two major improvements on heavily traveled streets are described by the Dalles City Engineer Vern Tenneson in a brief report, which includes money-saving conservation advice to homeowners. “I am sure we all appreciate the improvement on E. Second Street from Madison Street to the foot of Brewery Grade,” Tenneson wrote. “The Public Works Department installed a new 12-inch water main. The storm drain extends from the residential area on the hill directly to the Columbia River outfall.
60 Years Ago-1954
An attempted robbery of the Poplar Grove service station early Saturday morning failed when the attendant, Elmer Hodges, refused to be frightened by the robber’s gun and ordered him to leave. Hodges told state police the man drove into the station shortly after 4 a.m. and ordered gas. After the tank was filled the man asked if Hodges had any old tires he could buy for a spare. When Hodges answered “none,” the man pulled a gun. Hodges said the man ordered him to unlock the garage section and said he intended to lock Hodges inside after taking the money. Hodges said he wasn’t going to unlock anything and told the would-be-robber to get out. The robber got back in his car and drove off. The only loss was the gasoline that had been put in the tank, valued at about $5. Poplar Grove is located about 22 miles east of The Dalles on the Oregon Trail highway.
A Memorial Day audience was warned to be ever watchful in protection of their country and the freedoms which it represents in an address at the IOOF cemetery here Sunday afternoon by Harold Sexton, U.S. marshal for Oregon. Sexton was guest speaker for the annual Memorial Day rites at the cemetery, which included placing of wreaths by veterans’ organizations. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the short parade from near the gate of the cemetery to the veterans plot included representatives from the National Guard, Dalles high school band, American Legion and Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary, Gold Star Mothers, Navy Mothers and Boy Scouts.
80 Years Ago-1934
The summer’s program of supervised play for children of The Dalles will get under way at city playgrounds next Monday morning, it was announced today by Lee Stewart, who with Miss Crene Hazlett, has charge of the playground activity sponsored by a committee of the city council. In explaining the nature of the play program, Stewart pointed out that special endeavors will be made with children who have never had their play instinct cultivated to teach them worthwhile games and the right outlook on winning and losing them. All types of children, those who know how to play, those who do not and those who like to play but think it “undignified,” will be instructed according to a plan which the supervisors will show great benefit to the children and their parents, Stewart declared.
The annual Wasco County Farmers union picnic will open tomorrow morning at the Dufur City Park with a program of entertainment in front of the grandstand at 10:30. Numbers announced on this program include a tap dance by Miss Harriet Reiman, song numbers by Miss Frances Logan of Tacoma, cowboy songs and harmonica numbers by Jackie Borders and dance numbers by Kenneth King; Miss Georgia Forney will play the accompaniment.
100 Years Ago-1914
The Dalles baseball team defeated the Bradford Club of Portland at the local park yesterday by a score of 6-3. The best feature on the part of the home club, perhaps, was the excellent team work; Woolsey struck out 12 men to the opposing pitcher’s four and he was backed up consistently and well by the entire field. Moreover, most of the boys proceeded to fatten their batting average in nice shape, Huntington safely hitting
twice out of three times up; Alexander three out of four, Butler twice out of four, the rest following in close order.
The tenth annual convention of Sunday school workers for Wasco County was held in the Dufur Methodist church, May 29 and 30. Forty six-delegates from outside schools were in attendance. Rev. C.A. Phipps, state secretary, and Mrs. S.W. Ormsby of Portland were present and greatly assisted the county workers in making the convention the best one ever held. A pleasing feature of the convention was the fine music rendered by the Dufur orchestra, of the Methodist Sunday School. The pledge of $100 given by the county association towards aiding the state association, was fully paid.
CeCe Fix of The Chronicle compiles History Mystery from the newspaper’s archives.