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Looking back, June 21

A number of readers contributed information about last week’s History Mystery, above, including Dianna Brookless, Gary Conley, Linda Pyles and Mark Holland.
The photograph was scanned from a 4 by 5 inch black-and-white negative taken Oct. 4, 1954 looking east from Cape Horn as crews removed rock from the cliff area which is located just west of the Celilo railroad bridge, visible in the background. The information on the envelope reads, “Highway relocation at Cape Horn (Slate-Hail Job) Beth. Pacific Coast Steel.” Various negatives are described, including “men with Leroy Drill” and “drills in operation, with rock scalers working on cliff.”
The photograph was found in the negative archives of The Chronicle.


A number of readers contributed information about last week’s History Mystery, above, including Dianna Brookless, Gary Conley, Linda Pyles and Mark Holland. The photograph was scanned from a 4 by 5 inch black-and-white negative taken Oct. 4, 1954 looking east from Cape Horn as crews removed rock from the cliff area which is located just west of the Celilo railroad bridge, visible in the background. The information on the envelope reads, “Highway relocation at Cape Horn (Slate-Hail Job) Beth. Pacific Coast Steel.” Various negatives are described, including “men with Leroy Drill” and “drills in operation, with rock scalers working on cliff.” The photograph was found in the negative archives of The Chronicle.



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A number of readers contributed information about last week’s History Mystery, above, including Dianna Brookless, Gary Conley, Linda Pyles and Mark Holland. The photograph was scanned from a 4 by 5 inch black-and-white negative taken Oct. 4, 1954 looking east from Cape Horn as crews removed rock from the cliff area which is located just west of the Celilo railroad bridge, visible in the background. The information on the envelope reads, “Highway relocation at Cape Horn (Slate-Hail Job) Beth. Pacific Coast Steel.” Various negatives are described, including “men with Leroy Drill” and “drills in operation, with rock scalers working on cliff.” The photograph was found in the negative archives of The Chronicle.

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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.

June 21

20 Years Ago-1995

Drug and alcohol testing is in the future for some Chenowith School District employees under policies adopted by its board of directors Thursday night. All transportation department bus drivers will have to have both drug and alcohol testing after Jan. 1, 1996 and all persons who are offered employment in the district after Aug. 1 this year will be tested for all illegal drugs. The new policy brings the district into compliance with federal law, said Jim Kiefer, superintendent.

The search for a suspect in a bank robbery in Welches on Monday afternoon is continuing in the Pine Grove area of Southern Wasco this morning. Lt. Bill Lennox of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office said the search will continue for most of the morning, but unless there are some encouraging developments it will likely be called off. He said the suspect is a resident of Pine Grove and is a “survivalist” type and has either left the area or is holed up somewhere in the area around Pine Grove.

40 Years Ago-1975

The Dalles Joint Recreation Commission has announced that the annual summer playground program will begin an eight-week session on Monday. The playgrounds will be open from 9:15-4:00 each Monday through Friday. Youths wishing to participate in the various recreation programs should sign up Friday. Children from the ages of 5-10 are eligible for programs which include games, arts and crafts, drama and storytelling, music and rhythms, nature and sciences, youth fitness and special events.

A preliminary report on cherry production in Wasco county shows the farmer is out 18.6 cents a pound for expenses before he gets his fruit to market. That leaves two or three cents for the grower’s gross profit. The report will become final after review by a committee of cherry industry men who furnished information for it, County agent Jack Thienes says.

60 Years Ago-1955

Bob Lee of The Dalles is scheduled to leave Sunday or Monday for Paris, where he will be one of some 2,000 delegates this August to the centennial convention of the Young Men’s Christian Association. One of about 30 delegates from the northwestern United States and 450 from the entire county, Bob will board a ship at Vancouver, B.C., for the trip to Europe via the Panama Canal. Before flying back to the U.S. about Sept. 1, Bob will tour England, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium and France with other members of the American delegation.

Army Engineers in Portland Saturday announced award of an $111,200 contract to American Ligurian Co. for the design, manufacture and delivery of a 30-ton spillway deck gantry crane for The Dalles Dam. The crane will be manufactured in Dortmund, Germany, and the contract must be completed by January, 1957. American Ligurian was low of 13 bidders.

80 Years Ago-1935

A new fire truck will be purchased by the city as a mate to the 600 gallon pumper acquired last year, it was declared today by William H. A. Todd, chairman of the city council’s fire and water committee. Todd said that while purchase of the new equipment still has to be approved by the council, arrangements already have been made and everything was “set to go.” The exact make and type of equipment to be obtained has not been decided definitely as yet, Todd said. He indicated however, that the truck would be similar to the 600 gallon capacity Mack pumper which the city fire department operates at the present time.

Members of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, fearsome of reports that the territory east of the Bonneville Dam site would be discriminated against in the matter of power distribution, felt easier today after assurances from Senator Charles L. McNary had been received stating that legislation governing the matter will be “in the interest of the public without discrimination to any section of the state.”

100 Years Ago-1915

Calvary Baptist Church was beautifully decorated yesterday afternoon when Dr. Adeline Keeney became the bride of the Reverend William Norton Ferris, formerly acting pastor of the Baptist church in this city.

L. M. Smith, tax collector for the Dufur district, is the first deputy assessor to complete his labors and turn his books over to County Assessor Davis. Mr. Smith handed his report to Assessor James A. Davis, June 16.

Nels Darling, “the town doctor,” is one of the many big features which will be enjoyed at The Dalles Chautauqua July 2 to 8. He will deliver his famous lecture, “Our Town,” here Sunday evening, July 4. Darling was the main attraction at Pendleton Thursday night.



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