The Dalles Chronicle
Carolyn Homer, Dave Troxel and Jake Grossmiller, all of The Dalles, provided information on last week’s history mystery, which was scanned from a 2 ¼ inch by 2 ¼ inch black and white negative from the archives of The Chronicle. The information on the negative read, “Post Office Tour, Jos(seph E.) Wilson 2nd graders, April 1965.
Dave Troxel wrote, “This week’s photo is a field trip of grade school kids taken in the old post office, the clerk is my father Manvil Troxel, who went by “Trox” to most people. My father’s postal career began during World War II in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was in the postal department on the troop transport U.S.S. Hunter frigate in the south Pacific. After the war he worked for the postal department in the Los Angeles area before moving to Mosier in the 1950s. He worked at The Dalles post office until he retired in the 1970s.” Manvil Troxel worked with Carolyn Homer’s husband, Larry Homer, who said the photograph shows kids on a tour of the post office.
As of Saturday, June 13, 2015
Looking back on June 14
20 Years Ago-1995
Rain which fell yesterday and this morning has started to damage the local cherry crop, but the amount of damage done had not been officially determined as of late this morning. Bob Bailey of Orchard View Farms told The Chronicle late this morning that there has been some damage in his orchards, but it was not major yet. “Every hour there will be more damage as long as the trees are wet,” said Bailey. “At this point, the percentage of fruit with cracks is very low.
The state will do a pre-engineering study on the proposed Mill Creek Greenway Park to see if the project is still feasible. The Dalles City Council Monday heard a report from Community and Economic Development Director Dan Durow that several difficult aspects of the project will be assessed by the state.
40 Years Ago-1975
Shifting earth continues to cause major building damage at The Dalles Junior High School and the District 12 School Board last night began efforts to make some repairs. The latest damage is a crack in a load bearing wall in the drama department. There are also cracks in the floor in several spots in the building. The board took no action on the matter beyond taking the position something must be done.
The Wasco County Overall Economic Development Program committee voted unanimously Thursday night that the Eastside Water Project maintain its high priority in a request for federal funding after concerns about the project were heard and explained at a public meeting. The project is estimated at $1.3 million, and the grant, if funded, could amount to 60 per cent of the project cost. The city’s share on the balance of the reservoir cost would come from the water department budget with the remaining funds from the property owners’ assessments.
60 Years Ago-1955
The first attempted hold-up at The Dalles Bridge since opening of the interstate span was being investigated today by the Wasco County Sheriff’s office and State Police. Melvin Lee Shaw, a toll taker on the bridge, reported that a man identified as a Navaho Indian pulled a switchblade knife on him about 2 a.m. Saturday. The man was starting for the cash box when an approaching car apparently frightened him off, authorities were informed. When last seen, the assailant was heading on foot into the brush near the tool booth plaza. Sheriff Ernest Mosier said this is the third or fourth report in recent weeks of persons being attacked or stabbed by a knife-wielding assailant.
Projects for an early start on the John Day Dam were dimmed Saturday by rejection of a $500,000 planning fund for the Columbia River Project requested by President Eisenhower. The house appropriations committee’s action was interpreted to mean the end, for the present, of any new starts on federal hydro dams in the Pacific Northwest. The powerful committee is rarely overruled by the house.
80 Years Ago-1935
Definite word that $400,000 will be available for improvement of the Columbia River channel between Celilo and Wallula, was received in a telegram today from Senator Frederick Steiwer. The money has been allotted under the works relief program, the telegram stated. Inasmuch as army engineers already have completed a survey of the project, it is expected that work can get under way within the near future. When completed, the project will permit passage of river steamers and barges as far as Wallula.
Little hope that the request for an extension to the post office building will be granted was expressed in a letter received by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce this morning from Walter M. Pierce. The request had been made by farm interests desirous of having the county agent’s staff housed in the building along with the other federal offices. Pierce said an inspector had examined the building and reported office accommodations are ample and that no extension of the federal building is necessary at the present time.
100 Years Ago-1915
The Dalles baseball team played the Hood River bunch and Umpire Sexton at the Apple City yesterday afternoon and won in the tenth 6 to 5. The arbiter was way off on balls and strikes and rendered some very punk base decisions.
In a fitting observance of Flag Day the local lodge of Elks held beautiful and impressive services at the temple yesterday afternoon. The large hall was prettily decorated for the occasion, which was attended by the public.Members of the Grand Army of the Republic were special guests of the lodge.