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Looking back on Sept. 20

September 21

20 Years Ago-1994

The Dalles will hire a new police officer and a new firefighter to replace two recently retired employees. The City Council Monday night gave Police Chief Darrell Hill permission to promote one patrolman to sergeant and hire a new patrol officer to fill the vacancy. The promoted officer will replace Sgt. Jack Linderman, who opted for the city’s early retirement program. The new officer will replace the promoted patrolman, Hill said. Similarly, Council gave Fire Chief Bob Palmer an OK to hire a firefighter/EMT to replace Capt. Gorge Holcomb who also opted for the early retirement program. Unlike the police department, the captain’s position will not be filled until a final decision is reached on the fire consolidation question said City Manager William Elliott.

When Mark Scott first learned that Mid-Columbia Medical Center would be getting nearly $500,000 from the estate of Jim Logan, he was obviously pleased. The gift is the largesT the hospital has ever received, and of the total, $362,000 will go into the Mid-Columbia Medical Center fund which hospital administrator Scott oversees. Another $110,000 will go to the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Foundation’s “area of greatest need,” which the Foundation board oversees. One of the unique things about the gift from Jim Logan’s estate was that his brother, John, who is executor, did not specify any “memorial.”

40 Years Ago-1974

Not many women could joke about being called a “sewer rat,” but Dee Hill takes such teasing in stride — maybe even laughs all the way to the bank. Assigned the first of the month to her new job as a sewage treatment plant worker for the city, Dee is enthusiastic about the experience so far. Wife of city police officer Darrell Hill, Mrs. Hill had worked at City Hall and other offices for 16 years before starting her new line of work. She was tired of the mental fatigue and was looking around for something different when the STP opening came up. Dee makes no bones about the fact that the biggest attraction in her new job was the money. “Right now, sewage treatment plant workers start at more pay than a city patrolman!”

Members of The Dalles High Crimson and Gray Show Band will soon be contacting community citizens about their second annual Community Birthday Calendar. This calendar lists birthdays and anniversaries of The Dalles residents, meeting dates of organizations in town and school activities. It became very popular in the community last year. Various committees are being formed to contact clubs and businesses, and other band members are forming into competitive teams to contact local residents. Anyone who purchases a calendar and listings will receive the 1975 calendar before January.

60 Years Ago-1954

At least one busload of local persons will be on hand for the dedication of McNary dam by Pres. Dwight Eisenhower this Thursday. The Dalles Chamber of Commerce announced that 38 persons have made reservations for the trip, which will leave the chamber building at 7 a.m. The Dedication Committee at Walla Walla announced today that the dam would be closed to foot traffic at 9 a.m. and to auto traffic at 9:15 a.m. The dedication starts at 10 a.m. Pedestrians and vehicles en-route to the ceremonies must arrive early if they plan to cross the dam to the dedication site on the Oregon bank of the Columbia River.

A state legislative marine parks interim committee, led by Sen. Dean Bryson of Multnomah County, toured two potential state park sites in the Mid-Columbia area Saturday. After meeting with members of the Wasco County Planning commission and The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, the legislators visited a possible park site at the mouth of the Deschutes River and another at Rowena. Walter Webb of the Wasco County Planning Commission told the legislative group that the Deschutes River site would be suitable for picnic, camping, boating and fishing use.

80 Years Ago-1934

The Happy Kitchen Cooking School at the auditorium ended today after a most successful four day run with a total attendance of about 1500 housewives, who expressed themselves highly pleased with Miss Hester Heath’s practical demonstrations and entertaining lectures. The school was held under the auspices of The Dalles Chronicle with the cooperation of the Pacific Power and Light Company and other electrical dealers of the city. More than 500 persons attended yesterday’s demonstrations. A feature of today’s session was the awarding of the grand prizes in addition to the many other valuable attendance prizes offered. Mrs. Gladys Cave yesterday won the hot rolls which Miss Heath prepared and Mrs. E.D. Reiman won the prune nut bread and Mrs. L.M. Brown the “flapper salad.”

The Western Pine Lumber Company box mill is manufacturing box shook at the rate of half a carload per day and by the first of next week will double its present capacity to a full carload every eight hours, C.W. Daughs, president said today. About 15,000 feet of rough pine lumber can be put through the mill’s “bull” planner each day. This represents a carload of finished box shook, which can be manufactured easily in one shift when workmen now busy installing a second cut-off saw complete the job in a few days. Eleven men are employed in the mill, which started operations a week ago.

100 Years Ago-1914

County superintendent of Schools Clyde T. Bonney departed today for a trip through Wasco County for the purpose of collecting the school children’s industrial exhibits which will be displayed at the Wasco County Fair and also at the state fair at Salem. Mr. Bonney states that never before have the school children of the county taken such interest as is evident this year and he predicts that the displays will be the best ever shown. Mr. Bonney will take the exhibits to Salem and City Superintendent of Schools I.B. Warner will have charge of the display which will be made during the Wasco County Fair. Owing to the dates of the Wasco County Fair and the state fair conflicting, two exhibits will be gathered and placed on display. Mr. Bonney’s trip will extend over a period of four days, during which time he will visit Dufur, Friend, and Tygh Valley with many stops between those places.

One of the most interesting events that will take place during the Wasco County Fair, September 29 to October 2, inclusive, will be the production of a play “A School of Long Ago,” by the rural school children of Wasco County, on the evenings of Monday and Tuesday, September 28 and 29. The children who will give this play will be ten from the rural districts from Antelope on the east to Ortley on the west. There are 20 separate characters in the play and the children to whom the parts have been assigned have their parts letter perfect now, and rehearsals, lasting an entire week, will commence September 21 at the Vogt theatre in this city. It is expected that every member of the cast will be present for the first rehearsal. The play will be given at the state fair September 30.

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