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History Mystery and Looking Back

Robbie Anderson, Lucile A. Stephens, Lee Langston. Terray Harmon, Dale Roberts, Gary Conley and Dan Meader all contributed to this report. 
Unlike most History Mystery photos, the Chronicle does not have a clear answer to the mystery question: The negative, a 4 by 5-inch black and white, is labeled simply “City Streets, Copy of Color, July 1962.” It is clearly a view of Highway 30 through downtown The Dalles, looking west from the Brewery Grade.
Guesses ranged from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.
Dan Meader wrote that it was likely taken in 1960 or 1961. “The white car in front of the Standard Station is a 1958 Chevy, it belonged to a classmate, Fred Smith. Fred worked at the station. The photo was on a placemat available locally for a number of years. 
“And for what it’s worth, I worked at the station the summer of 1962.”
Terray Harmon said that he worked at the Economy Market in the late 1960s, but thought the photo was taken in the late 1950s. Gary Conley thought it was in the 1960s, and noticed a truck loaded with cherries being trucked through town.
Lucille A. Stephens noticed the academy next to what is now Old St. Peters Landmark, where she went to school from 1941 through 1946.

Robbie Anderson, Lucile A. Stephens, Lee Langston. Terray Harmon, Dale Roberts, Gary Conley and Dan Meader all contributed to this report. Unlike most History Mystery photos, the Chronicle does not have a clear answer to the mystery question: The negative, a 4 by 5-inch black and white, is labeled simply “City Streets, Copy of Color, July 1962.” It is clearly a view of Highway 30 through downtown The Dalles, looking west from the Brewery Grade. Guesses ranged from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Dan Meader wrote that it was likely taken in 1960 or 1961. “The white car in front of the Standard Station is a 1958 Chevy, it belonged to a classmate, Fred Smith. Fred worked at the station. The photo was on a placemat available locally for a number of years. “And for what it’s worth, I worked at the station the summer of 1962.” Terray Harmon said that he worked at the Economy Market in the late 1960s, but thought the photo was taken in the late 1950s. Gary Conley thought it was in the 1960s, and noticed a truck loaded with cherries being trucked through town. Lucille A. Stephens noticed the academy next to what is now Old St. Peters Landmark, where she went to school from 1941 through 1946.

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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.

December 13

20 Years Ago-1995

A Portland architecture firm has been selected to plan and develop a 12,000 square foot addition to Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles. The two-level addition will include a sanctuary/auditorium with seating for 500 with additional seating for a 36-member choir. Classrooms will be added on the second level of the addition. Pastor Jim Bull of the local church on Columbia View Drive said the addition will be placed in the enclosure on the north side of the current building, which was built in 1986-87. The first service was held there in the spring of 1987.

For years, officials have focused on releasing $10 million in federal money for the Skamania Lodge and the Discovery Center. Perhaps little know is that twice that amount of money is authorized in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act for recreation and economic development. The 11986 act authorized $10 million apiece for each of those efforts.

40 Years Ago-1975

Hugh Delzer has raised the bid to $12 on the Courthouse Goose. Bids on the goose should be called, mailed or left at The Dalles Chronicle. The goose is being auctioned to promote a bigger auction of general items later this month. The Dalles Area Jaycees will handle that auction at the Civic Auditorium.

Wahtonka High School students have turned their pottery class into a Christmas gift activity. Many of them have made special items which they plan to give to relatives and friends at Christmas. “It has turned out to be a little more exciting than ordinary classwork, but the students have a lot of fun while working with pottery anyway,” Jack Snyder, Wahtonka high teacher for the work said.

60 Years Ago-1955

A.C. Grindle, 39, former Dalles City Clerk-treasurer, pleaded guilty in Circuit Court yesterday afternoon to embezzlement of $2,678 in city funds, and court-appointed counsel William Dick requested a two-day delay in sentencing to give him time for further investigation and presentation of mitigating evidence. The shortage was first discovered on Aug. 24 when Portland auditors checked city books.

Friday is the last day Dalles City firemen can accept toys for the Christmas toy project, Fire Chief Charles Roth announced today. “We must have all toys in then so we can get them to the Salvation Army and the Wasco County Welfare Department for packing Monday,” Roth said. Response to the plea for more dolls, made Sunday in The Chronicle, has been gratifying, the fire chief said.

80 Years Ago-1935

Twenty men representing the Port of The Dalles commission Wasco County, Dalles City, the state highway department, U.S. army engineers, The Dalles chamber of commerce and the O.W.R. & N. Company met in the Peacock room of Hotel Dalles this noon for a round table discussion of traffic problems to be raised by port development here. Foremost in their minds was the projected belt highway serving the port area and connecting with the main highway by overhead railroad crossings east and west of the city.

A $10 bill used as part of a window display in the J. C. Penney Company store was too much of an enticement for a man who saw it yesterday afternoon, so he simply walked into the store, entered the window compartment through a small door, took the bill and departed. Store employees did not notice the man, and did not know of the theft until this morning when police informed them of it.

100 Years Ago-1915

A Sunday school teachers institute was opened in The Dalles today at the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first lecture was given this afternoon, beginning at 4 o’clock by the Rev. Miles B. Fisher, of San Francisco, whose subject was “The Pupil.”

Melvin J. Ward, the young man who gave himself over to the local officers following his issuance of several fictitious checks on the Mosier State bank, will probably have to suffer punishment for his offense. Ward told the local officers that his father, E. E. Ward of San Francisco, would reimburse W. P. Murray, to whom the checks were issued. Young Ward said he was willing to be confined in the county jail until word could be received from his father.

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