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Looking Back and History Mystery from Dec. 27

Cary Lowe, Carolyn Homer, Lee Langston, Lucile and Harold Stephens all contributed to this report. 
Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 4 by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. The negative was labeled “Dam, The Dalles, last concrete pour. April 4, 1958. 
The view appears to be looking downstream, with Highway 30 and the railroad bridge over 15-mile Creek visible in the background, and can still be seen from the Dalles Dam Visitor Center on Bret Clodfelter Way in The Dalles. 
Cary Lowe said the location appeared to be the powerhouse/icetrash sluiceway, with the switching structure at the right part of the main unit 1 and 2; a 115 kilovolt feed that used to feed the aluminum plant but now ends up just below Dry Hollow School.   
Lowe added that the large bucket was a Whirley Crane that was “swinging the mud,” and appears to be at EW-1. “I keep looking at the glare back from the window on the Whirley Crane and using my magnifying glass I swear that is Ernie Dollarhide in the drive seat,” he wrote.
Carolyn Homer recognized the dam, and said her folks had a store across from Dallesport on the Goldendale Highway at the time. “We had cabins, as well as a grocery store, and a lot of the guys stayed there during the construction of the dam. They bought a lot of gas, and groceries, and we did a terrific business.”

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Cary Lowe, Carolyn Homer, Lee Langston, Lucile and Harold Stephens all contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 4 by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. The negative was labeled “Dam, The Dalles, last concrete pour. April 4, 1958. The view appears to be looking downstream, with Highway 30 and the railroad bridge over 15-mile Creek visible in the background, and can still be seen from the Dalles Dam Visitor Center on Bret Clodfelter Way in The Dalles. Cary Lowe said the location appeared to be the powerhouse/icetrash sluiceway, with the switching structure at the right part of the main unit 1 and 2; a 115 kilovolt feed that used to feed the aluminum plant but now ends up just below Dry Hollow School. Lowe added that the large bucket was a Whirley Crane that was “swinging the mud,” and appears to be at EW-1. “I keep looking at the glare back from the window on the Whirley Crane and using my magnifying glass I swear that is Ernie Dollarhide in the drive seat,” he wrote. Carolyn Homer recognized the dam, and said her folks had a store across from Dallesport on the Goldendale Highway at the time. “We had cabins, as well as a grocery store, and a lot of the guys stayed there during the construction of the dam. They bought a lot of gas, and groceries, and we did a terrific business.”



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Dale Roberts of Maupin, Terray Harmon and Gary Conley all contributed to this report. The image above was scanned from a 4 by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. Casey Roberts worked at the plant as a teenager, and wrote: “The area in the photograph for the History Mystery looks very much like the dock at the west end of what was then the Stadelman Fruit Company packing house. “Today the packing house is at West First Street and Bargeway Road and is owned by The Dalles Cherry Growers. “The dock area was used for storing and repairing the used whiskey barrels that Stadelman Fruit Company purchased for use in making Maraschino cherries. I worked in that area for a couple of summers during high school in the mid 1950s. Mostly, I tightened up the hoops using cooperage tools so that the barrel staves were tight enough together to prevent, or at least minimize, leakage. “Once the bottom head was secured in the barrel and the hoops driven toward the center of the barrel to tighten the barrel for use, each barrel was filled with cherries and a dilute solution of sulfur dioxide in water which served to preserve and bleach the cherries. The barrel was then sealed as the top head was put in place and secured with a top hoop. “Later, the cherries would be immersed in the coloring and syrup which turned them into Maraschino cherries. “During the mid 1950s, George Stadelman, Jr., was, I believe, a student at the University of Oregon at the time and during the summers worked in the packing house run by his father. I worked under a man named Jim Goff. “I don't recall the east side of the roof being open, so I assume that either part of the roof was blown off or, less likely, this was when the roof was being installed. “Inside the packing house were several conveyors loaded with fresh fruit (cherries for most of the year), alongside of which women (I don't recall any men) would pick individual cherries and hand pack them into boxes for shipping.” Gary Conley added it must have been “One heck of a windstorm, one that ripped the roof off and made a real mess.”

December 27

20 Years Ago-1995

Two men accused of kidnapping and robbing a pizza delivery truck driver in Kennewick, Wash., were arrested by Oregon State Police officers at Milepost 98 on I-84 on Saturday while still driving the delivery vehicle. Gary Richard Dosen, 27, Portland, and Marvin Curtis Grigsby, 31, who would not give authorities an address, are both charged with first degree kidnapping, first degree robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Both are lodged at the Wasco County jail.

A survey of students who graduated from The Dalles High School in the last four years will probe their impressions of the education they received. Some 20 administrators, board members and staff of the school district will each try to contact about eight recent graduates over the holidays. The school board heard about the survey from Paul Duus, head of guidance and counseling at the high school, at its board meeting last Thursday. The survey is part of the district’s ongoing efforts to evaluate its curriculum. Duus hopes to have the survey completed by January.

40 Years Ago-1975

Thirty-two new street identification signs and directional pointers are being erected this week in the Dallesport community under sponsorship of the Dallesport Civic Club. Denver Green, president of the club and director of the project, said that eight volunteer members of the club have completed painting the signs and four-inch metal pipe posts to which the indicators will be attached.

A donkey basketball game will match Lions Club members from Mosier and Odell, with proceeds of the game to go into the Mosier Lions Club fund. The Mosier club challenged the Odell club to the benefit game. Odell sponsored the formation of the Mosier club.

60 Years Ago-1955

Floyd M. Anderson Saturday night won a new Dodge car, but missed getting a new car every year for life when he was eliminated in a “Dodge for Life” TV contest in Hollywood. Anderson, chosen as a finalist in a safety slogan contest, appeared on the Lawrence Welk television show viewed here at 9 p.m. Saturday. When asked this morning what he was going to do with the new car, he said “Boy, I’m going to drive it. I’m now driving a six year old car.”

A ground and aerial search for two Hood River valley men believed lost in the Columbia River continued on into darkness Saturday with no trace of the brothers or the boat believed used by the men. Hood River County Sheriff Rupert Gillmouthe started the search for Elmer Leonard, 25, and his brother, 21, after finding their car parked on the bank of the river near Mosier.

80 Years Ago-1935

A burglar, apparently overlooked by Santa Claus, helped himself to a Merry Christmas by breaking into the Sugar Bowl confectionery and beer parlor, located on West Ninth Street, sometime after midnight Tuesday. Loot consisted of a bottle of good whiskey, cash, a gaming device and a table model radio. Milt Martin, proprietor, reported the burglary to police when he opened his place Christmas morning and discovered the burglar’s work.

A valuation of $200 an acre for waterfront land west of the city limits owned by Jacob G. Scherrer, defendant in condemnation proceedings by the Port of The Dalles commission to acquire the land for development of oil dockage and storage facilities, was set by Scherrer in an answer to the proceedings filed in circuit court yesterday by F. L. Phipps, Scherrer’s attorney.

100 Years Ago-1915

New Year’s Day will bring a big treat with it for local football fans. The visiting team will be the East Portland Athletic club team, the fast aggregation that has been cleaning up the gridiron elevens of the northwest during the past season. The Dalles will present a bunch of stars as the opponents of the Portlanders. Local fans will have a chance to see “Shy” Huntington, all-northwest conference quarterback, and many other well-known players. The players will be alumni and present students of the high school, including “Scrub” Huntington, “Bill” Steers and “Captain Johnnie” Harriman, who will compose the backfield with “Shy” Huntington; “Shorty” Elton, “Hank” Bernard and “Ole” Mohr at the ends; “Fat” McDonald, “Mister” Philpot and “Question Mark” Ganger at the tackle berths; “Smiling” Gibson and “Pud” Sharp as guards, and “Dedie” Wolff center.

Deciding to pass the golden years of life together, Matthew Thorbourn aged 75, a prosperous Kingsley rancher, and Mrs. Isabella Milne, aged 66, of this city, will marry tonight. The Rev. B.A. Warren, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will perform the ceremony before the members of the immediate families of the bride and groom. The wedding of the couple will take place at the home of Mrs. Milne.



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