Terray Harmon, Lee Langston, Gary Conley, Bobetta Stewart, Mary Batty and Mary Earl all contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 4 by 5 inch black-and-white negative from the Archives of The Dalles Chronicle. It is one of a collection of photographs taken over several months in 1956 and labeled simply “Monahans Street Scenes.”
Bobetta Stewart said that her aunt, Mary Lou Earl, now 87, is walking hand in hand with her son Greg Earl, Stewart’s cousin. Earl’s husband, Richard, was the superintendant of School District #9.
Mary Earl also called, from her home in Eugene, and said that yes, that was her in the photograph.
Terray Harmon said the art studio of Benjamin Gifford can be seen in the backfound, as well as the JC Penney parking lot, which used to be a Woolworths.
Mary Batty said she recognized the Granada and Donnell’s Drug Store in the background, and added there was a jewelry store at the corner as well, and a J.J. Newberry store, an American five and dime store chain in the 20th century.
Several callers recognized the 1956 Ford, and said they had one exactly like it.
As of Saturday, December 5, 2015
20 Years Ago-1995
The Dufur football team wasn’t supposed to be here, supposed to do this: capture its second consecutive Class 1A state title. But some airtight defense coupled with the Rangers’ always strong running game paced Dufur to back-to-back state championships, defeating Eddyville
50-14 in the Class 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank sponsored title game on Saturday at Portland Civic Stadium.
A local committee is seeking community support for their vision of how the Chenowith Interchange will look. The interchange aesthetics committee released their recommendation to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the visual elements of the interchange at a meeting Monday. The design incorporates features intended to represent or resemble elements from the natural environment in the eastern Columbia River Gorge.
40 Years Ago-1975
The Dalles Lions Club is sponsoring the formation of a new Lions Club in Dufur. The new group recently elected officers. They are Les Bradbury, president; Gary Robbins, secretary; and Harold DePriest, treasurer.
Forty lucky shoppers will get $10 gift certificates drawn Saturday at the first drawing to be held by The Dalles Retail Trades Division, Chamber of Commerce. On Dec. 13 and 20 two more drawings will be held for $10 gift certificates. Also on Dec 20 there will be a drawing for a food freezer, about 500 pounds of cut and wrapped beef, and about $100 worth of frozen foods. Each participating merchant gives free tickets to shoppers.
60 Years Ago-1955
For the first time in the eight year history of The Dalles High School carnival, a member of the junior class was crowned queen of the Harvest Ball Friday night. Merry Carol Dartt, princess for the junior class, was crowned queen in a surprise that literally had the fans in the crowd howling with delight in the school gymnasium. The queen is selected on a point system connected with the amount of food each class brings to the carnival for sale. The junior class collected 102,000 points, the senior class, which traditionally wins the event, garnered 91,000 points and the sophomore class had 69,000 points.
A blast from the city fire siren at 7 o’clock Monday night will launch a “porch light” campaign as the final phase of this year’s United Fund drive in The Dalles. Those in residential areas who have not been contacted in the campaign to date are asked to turn on their porch lights as an invitation to volunteer workers. Nearly $2,000 is needed in the Monday night collection to bring proceeds of the residential drive for United Fund up to its quota.
80 Years Ago-1935
Parker-Schram Company, Portland, who will construct the Port of The Dalles docks soon to rise on the waterfront between Union and Washington streets, were today waiting only for a final okay of their contract by C.C. Hockley, Oregon PWA administrator, before putting the first men to work on the $220,000 public works project.
Legislators who supported the bill locating the new state capitol on the old site and limiting expenditure to $2,500,000 were commended in a resolution passed by the Wasco County Pomona grange at an all-day meeting held Wednesday with the Ramsay Park grange unit.
100 Years Ago-1915
L. J. Fenton, J. E. Templeton, engineer and fireman on the Columbia Southern branch of the O.W.R. & N. Company, narrowly escaped with their lives Saturday afternoon when their engine was met, head-on, by a wheat car, wrecking the engine and demolishing the big box car. The accident happened a few miles south of DeMoss. Two brakemen were attempting to sidetrack the wheat car down a grade when they lost control of the brakes.
“The Farmers’ union of Wasco County has not endorsed any good roads plan,” said Bert Emerson, a prominent member of the union, today. “Reports have been generally circulated that Harry Richards represented the union at the good roads meeting which was held in The Dalles and that the union endorsed the stand of the Dufur people who demanded that $200,000 be expended on the trunk line road from The Dalles to the Jefferson county line, through Dufur.