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Looking back from Oct. 26

October 26

20 Years Ago-1994

The intersection of Second and Federal Streets in The Dalles will soon have a mural on each corner. Painting of the fourth mural began Tuesday by Idaho artist Robert Thomas on the Federal Street side of the Maier & Krier building. Thomas has also painted the mural on the Federal Street side of the Tony’s Town and Country building. The newest mural will be a panoramic view of the Columbia River near Celilo Falls and is 10 feet high by 60 feet wide. It will include an “inset” showing an enlargement of one portion of the falls where most of the fishing took place. Other murals in the area depict “The Decision at The Dalles.” Those travelling the Oregon Trail had to decide to continue on overland by wagon or down the river by raft; the history of The Dalles area as a trading center and the arrival of the Lewis & Clark expedition in this area. The last one was painted by Thomas.

Wasco County didn’t walk away empty-handed from the Gorge Commission Tuesday. The commission voted unanimously to approve a $100,500 economic development grant to the city of The Dalles for its downtown improvement project. The money will be matched with almost $560,000 in funding from other local and private sources for a project designed to refurbish four and a half blocks of the historic downtown area with new curbs, trees and other amenities. The grant is part of the Scenic Area Economic Development Program, which is making available $5 million each to Oregon and Washington to fund projects in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

40 Years Ago-1974

Mountain Fir Lumber Company showed off its new wood chipping plant this morning to a delegation of local business, government, and chamber of commerce officials. Though raining on the grounds, the tour came off on schedule with the company’s president due at noon for a luncheon hosted by his firm. Richard Cornish, president of the lumber firm which also operates sawmills at Tygh Valley and Maupin planned an inspection of the chipping mill which has been operating on a limited basis for a few weeks. Most of the processing and shipping of chips to date has been done to test equipment at the facility. Ground was broken for the chipping mill in August of 1973, following more than two years of studying the feasibility of building such a plant. When market conditions made the construction of chipping mill profitable land was leased from the Port of The Dalles and a plant costing nearly $1,000,000 was built.

City police are looking for a male exhibitionist who may also be connected with the reported abduction and release of a five year old girl while she was enroute to Col. Wright School Thursday afternoon. Police say their investigation includes reports of two incidents of exhibitionism at City Park between Union and Liberty Streets since the Thursday incident. Thursday after lunch the kindergarten student was reported found on Mill Creek Road where she went to the home of a deputy sheriff crying. She reported being picked up by a man in a car, then released on Mill Creek Road.

60 Years Ago-1954

W. J. Seufert of The Dalles today joined other persons identified with the public power movement in calling for the re-election of Sen. Guy Cordon and hailing the Oregon Republican as “the best friend Oregon public power ever had.” Seufert, one of the leaders in the establishment of the Northern Wasco PUD and the district’s immediate past president, is one of eight public power advocates who have formed the Oregon Public Power committee. In a statement released here, Seufert was quoted as declaring: “What Oregon needs is more power, and we need it now. We can depend on Guy Cordon to help us get it. All that is needed to prove that statement is a look at his record.”

The annual Kiddies’ Halloween parade, sponsored by The Dalles American Legion Post No. 19, is scheduled for Saturday evening. Parade participants are to meet a little before 6:30 at the east side of the Civic Auditorium on Federal Street. The parade is slated to get underway at 6:30, going down Federal to Second Street, up Second for two blocks, then turn on Jefferson and return to the auditorium. Forty-five minutes of free cartoons will be shown at the auditorium at the conclusion of the parade. Free ice cream slices also will be given to children participating. Seven prizes will be given: One to a boy and one to a girl for most weird costume, for the best clown costume, and for the best costume. A special prize will go to the best over-all costume, judging on originality and appearance. Approximately 400 children participated in the parade last year and a large turn-out is expected this Saturday, according to Bob Kennedy, parade chairman.

80 Years Ago-1934

The state highway commission has designated the Second Street of “L-1” route as the one it will use in constructing a new west highway approach to The Dalles, according to an unofficial report current here today. The L-1 route, most direct and straightest of two surveys by state highway department engineers, will be constructed without changes recently proposed by the city council, the reports indicated. Local department engineers have been informed of the commission’s decision and were instructed to begin preparation of right-of-way plats for the purpose of determining what property for the approach must be purchased by the city, according to the report. No official notice of the highway commission’s decision has been received by the city, according to Mayor Fred F. Thompson and Miss Celia Gavin, city attorney. None of the local highway department staff could be located to confirm the report.

The Boy Scouts organization for the Waco County district was officially formed at a meeting in the civic auditorium last night where permanent officers were elected. The move assures the youth of The Dalles a complete and efficient organization working through the Portland area council. Officers elected were John Will, chairman; Dr. W. R. Taylor, vice chairman; W. V. Daniels, secretary; Ben R Litfin, treasurer, and J. J. Waldron, commissioner. The reorganization, which was completed last night is the result of the dissolution of the Mid-Columbia Deschutes area council, caused by inability of all districts of the council to raise sufficient finances.

100 Years Ago-1914

Foundation for the magnificent fountain which was bequeathed to the city by the late Maximilian Vogt, is being put in at the intersection of Washington and Third streets by the Watts Marble Works, the contractors. The committee in charge of the work, as stipulated by the will of Mr. Vogt, is composed of Judge W. L. Bradshaw, A. E. Lake and W. H. Wilson. This magnificent monument to the memory of Mr. Vogt will consist of a fine granite watering trough with a granite shaft in the center, extending to a height of 12 feet, 9 inches, and on top of this shaft will be set a bronze electrifier, adding 3 feet, 3 inches to the top of the large globe. The fountain will be circular in form, 10 feet in diameter. This will be divided into four sections so that there will be a separate trough facing each of the four avenues of approach.

The memorial has been manufactured of the finest Barre, Vermont granite. At the base of the fountain will be provided small watering troughs at which dogs can drink. Bronze lion heads will decorate the four sides of these shaft and out of the mounts of these heads the water will run into the troughs.

The bridge across the Deschutes River, known as “Freebridge,” belonging jointly to Wasco and Sherman counties, is a total wreck, according to the report of County Supervisor F. L. Peterson of Daneville, who inspected the ruined structure this morning for county Judge F. S. Gunning.

It is evident that there was a terrific wind in the river canyon yesterday and the structure which had been standing for the past 15 years failed to withstand the strain, broke in two in the middle and collapsed, even the piers going down.

John Hartman, engineer on the Deschutes railroad, says that the bridge was standing all right Saturday, but when he returned to this city yesterday it was down, the greater part of the wreckage lying on the Sherman County side of the river.

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