A bit of confusion in regards to the Safeway History Mystery, above. Last week, Mark Riter noted that first Safeway store was located where Grinders is today, not at the back of the lot, and his information is correct.
However, the printed correction referenced the photo above as being the first Safeway. It is not — it is the second Safeway, and the building now houses True Value.
So everyone was correct — except the History Mystery writer.
If you have additional information, or a clarification, in regads to a recent History Mystery, please contact Mark Gibson, 541-506-4601 or email mgibson @thedalleschronicle.com. The information will be included in this column as space allows, along with the photograph being referenced.
Thanks to all those who called to clarify the Safeway issue, and the many readers who share their stories and memories for use in this column.
— Mark Gibson/The Dalles Chronicle
As of Friday, July 3, 2015
20 Years Ago-1995
City negotiators will ask the Dalles City Council next Monday if they should continue talks to move the police department across the street into the PUD building. A dollar figure was mentioned for the purchase of the 11,173 square-foot PUD building-half of which is parking-The Dalles City Attorney Gene Parker said, but he would not comment on the figure itself or his reaction to it.
The trial of two former Rajneeshee leaders on charges they plotted to kill Oregon’s U.S. attorney began today with the prosecutor calling it “a classic case of human frailty and corruption, the arrogance of power and the manipulation of the devoted.” Sally-Anne Croft and Susan Hagan were known as Ma Prem Savita and Ma Anand Su in their days at the Rajneeshpuram commune in north central Oregon in the early 1980s. The commune was established by Rajneesh, an Indian guru, who moved to Oregon in 1981.
40 Years Ago-1975
The Learning House, the alternate school project in The Dalles, has set up operation in the PP&L building in the downtown area and already has several students under contract. The project proposal was initiated for funding by District 12 schools, and is 100 percent funded by the Title I program through the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. It was set up to provide school for students who have dropped out of regular schools and has the function of helping these students get back into school, or in lieu of that, assisting them in taking and passing the GED tests, the equivalent to a high school diploma, Wagner said.
J.H. Baxter and Co. has announced that its plant manager here, Robert A Sexton, will transfer to Eugene and that treatment supervisor Bob Clawson will become manager. The Dalles plant specializes in treating cross ties for the Union Pacific Railroad, owner of the plant, which is leased to Baxter, the operator. “Our sales organization is predicting an upturn this fall in our business, based largely on expectations that the power companies will be spending again to build line,” Sexton said.
60 Years Ago-1955
One of the big reasons why Clifford’s Barbecue waltzed through the first half schedule of the City Softball Association league with a clean record was the heavy hitting lineup that wore the green and white. Bob Clements, catcher for the first half titlists, carried a .429 average through the five-game schedule and was a key factor in the Clifford games.
Day Camp, the organized playground activity in the city, scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 5, E. A. (Swede) Scholer recreation director announces. Cost of the camp will be 25 cents per person for the summer to help defray the cost of supplies. The program is open to children between the ages of 6 and 12. The daily program will include crafts, games, special events and stories.
80 Years Ago-1935
The Dalles three-day celebration of national Independence day ended at midnight last night in a whirlwind finish which saw the downtown streets still packed with one of the biggest crowds ever to attend a similar event in this city. From the opening Indian pow-wow at 7:30 Wednesday night at Amotan field until the good night dances at the auditorium and Olde Mill pavilion last night, the city was a sea of humanity, surging in waves from one attraction to another, and taking time in between for hasty lunches and for attendance at the local theaters.
A runaway team of horses provided street crowds gathered for yesterday morning’s Fourth of July parade a thrilling and spectacular feature that ended fortunately with nobody hurt. Floyd Daniels, Fifteen Mile rancher, was driving a four-horse team hitched to a hay wagon down east Second Street, when the report of a bomb or firecracker set off by some unidentified person frightened the horses into the runaway.
100 Years Ago-1915
The Dalles baseball team went to the little town of Antelope last week to wage three diamond engagements with the team of the southern Wasco County city, and ran up against a great aggregation of baseball stars from the Oregon Agricultural College and the Portland City league.
The largest crowd that ever enjoyed a Chautauqua program in The Dalles was delighted with the wonderful music which was offered last night by the Il Trovatore Grand Opera company and Ciricillo’s Italian band. Ciricillo is one of the most successful of all band conductors. He is a musical genius of the highest order. His organization is composed of real musicians; everyone is an artist.