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September 14

20 Years Ago-1994

A plan to annex the City of The Dalles into the Wasco Rural Fire Protection District will be made public when the WRFPD meets Monday. A task force finished work on a plan that would bring unification to a public vote. Details of the plan will not be disclosed until the WRFPD board and the city council see them, the chiefs of the two fire departments said. However, they said the plans are not much different from previous proposals. The proposal would see the city annexed to Wasco Rural, which would provide fire protection for the city. .

There were 3,500 people who attended the first Neon Nights concert Saturday night at Riverfront Park in The Dalles, a crowd that thrilled organizers, and also caught them off guard. Those problems will be resolved next year, said Randy Haines, co-owner of Quality Events, the local firm which organized the Neon Nights concert. Haines insists, there will be a next year. “We had three main goals,” he said. “The first was to pay for the event. We did that. The second was to save sponsor dollars. We did that and those sponsorship dollars are guaranteed to be used for next year’s event. And we wanted to put on a quality event. We think we did that.” Indeed the crowd seemed to enjoy the Neon Nights event, which featured the national know Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, as well as local favorites Moe Dixon and Malibu, and the Tri-Cities country band, Mickey Lawless and the Young Guns.

40 Years Ago-1974

Manager Robert Arndt of the new Newberry’s store arrived in The Dalles this week to oversee work preparatory to opening the company store in Cascades Square Shopping Center. He is expecting it to be open by November 15, he said. Arndt is transferring here from Los Angeles where he was a manager for Newberry. The store will feature clothing for men, women, children and infant wear. It will also carry housewares, hardware, sewing notions, fabrics, drugs and hair goods, pets, plants, home furnishings. There will be 25,200 square feet of space in the store including a fast food, self-service restaurant.

Residents near Wasco County Toll Bridge won’t be smelling natural gas from the Northwest Gas Company odorizer anymore, it’s gone. Company crews moved in Thursday and Friday to a point about 13 miles north across the river to the Northwest Gas pipeline in Klickitat County. The sometime undesirable fumes from the odorizer could be picked up in the area, and a company spokesman said it moved the station as a goodwill gesture to people in the area.

60 Years Ago-1954

A log truck overturned and caught fire yesterday about 10 miles southwest of The Dalles near the north fork of Mill Creek Road. The truck, owned by Zetterburg Logging Company, was a total loss, the State Board of Forestry reported. The vehicle was backing down a road to get out of the path of another truck at the time of the mishap. The driver, who was reported to be from Hood River, was not injured. It was the second logging truck mishap in this area in the past four days. On Friday another truck’s brakes failed and it rolled over after running down a mountain road with a full load; no one was injured.

Mid-State Construction Co. of The Dalles was apparent low bidder at $1,499 for construction of a viewpoint shelter at The Dalles Dam, Army Engineers report. The Shelter will be located on the overlook area on the Oregon shore, immediately east of Seufert Bros. cannery on the south side of Highway 30.

Port of The Dalles is “paying its own way,” a review of the 1953 fiscal year revealed at the regular port meeting last night. The audit, presented by port auditor Ben Musa, showed that the port has assets of $119,910 on hand more than enough to pay its debt of $105,670 for the year. Musa pointed out that extra tax money would not be needed to meet the debts of last year.

80 Years Ago-1934

“Let’s quit killing.” Police Chief Frank Heater, Sheriff Harold Sexton and state police of this district promised today that the minds of motorists and pedestrians of The Dalles and its surrounding territory will be focused on this thought during the coming 12 weeks, as the law enforcement authorities cooperate with the Oregon State Motor association, the Parent-Teachers association, American Legion and other groups in staging a statewide program of safety education and strict traffic law enforcement designed to reduce the mounting toll of auto accident fatalities and injuries in Oregon.

H.E. Willerton, city councilman-at-large, today announced his candidacy for mayor of The Dalles. He will oppose Francis V. Galloway, only other candidate for the office, in the November elections. In a statement Willerton issued coincident with his announcement, he made reduction of city taxes the key plank of his platform and declared he was in favor of a “sane and sound” port development program.

100 Years Ago-1914

Almost before the ruins of its home has cooled off, Columbia Lodge, number 5, I.O.O.F., decided to commence preparations for rebuilding at once. At a meeting last evening, held in the Masonite Hall, this was definitely decided and a building committee will be selected to arrange all matters in connection with the work. One of the most deplorable losses sustained by the lodge was the burning of the new paraphernalia received a short time before the fire. The cost of the new regalia was in the neighborhood of $1,800, and it was considered to be the finest in the state of Oregon.

At the beginning of a new season, the directors of the Dalles public library wish to call the attention of patrons to some features of the work of that institution in which every patron can help. There is constant complaint that books are mutilated and torn, or so much soiled in handling that particular people hesitate to take them home. The librarian has made desperate efforts to get the worn and torn books repaired and back into circulation yet at the present time there are books enough on the repair shelf, and therefore unavailable for use by the public to require the entire time of one assistant. Careless patrons often conclude if they are willing to pay the price of the book they are repaying to the public all that has been expended. Two factors are ignored in such a view. First and most important is the fact that it will take weeks to replace the book, during which time all requests for it must be refused; and second, that in addition to the price of the book, each volume costs the library some small sum to prepare it for circulation.

Looking Back is compiled by CeCe Fix on The Chronicle staff.



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