The Dalles Chronicle
A number of people recognized this view of downtown The Dalles, including Mary Batty, Jake Grossmiller, Gary Conley, Bill Johnson, Lee Langston, Lucile Stephens, Jim Lobdell, Virginia Harwood, Carolyn Homer, Owen Smith, Edward Smith and Russ Brown. The photograph was taken in November of 1948 and scanned from a 4 by 5 inch negative found in the archives of the Chronicle.
Jake Grossmiller wrote: “The History Mystery for this week is a shot taken on Brewery Grade looking west down second street. The building on the left bottom is the old Great Southern Railroad Depot, now Cannon Packer.
“The picture is late 40’s and the Depot then was a Drive-In Resturant. Later it was used as a prep kitchen by Tom Foley for the Hand-Out. My mother worked in the front part, as it was the office for Farm Chemical Fertilizers owned then by Stan Mayfield.
“The next little building to the west was Maier’s Market.
“There was a railroad spur that ran next to the Sunshine Mill, diagonally across second street behind the Chevron Service Station, the little white building just west of Maier’s Market, then west past what is now Dintys Market, across Monroe Street and behind The Dalles Iron Works. The spur then terminated at the Kerr Gifford Elevator (Hughes Feed and Grain.)
“Dominos was in the old Tum-A-Lum Lumber building and across the street and to the east was E.B.Young Sporting Goods. Where Precision Auto is now was a Texaco Service Station.”
At the time of the picture, Second Street was a two-way street and also Highway 30. Owen Smith remembered there being an ice cream shop in the Great Southern Railroad Depot/Canon Packer building, where Russ Brown also remembers being taken out to as a kid.
Mary Batty noted the mill was Sunshine Bisquit, and thanked the Chronicle for running old photographs from the past.
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As of Saturday, June 27, 2015
20 Years Ago-1995
In their first formal meeting, PUD and city officials will talk Thursday about the possibility of moving the police department to the PUD building. The Northern Wasco County PUD is looking to move to larger quarters, and so is The Dalles Police Department. The two entities hope their needs will dovetail. The PUD is looking at acquiring land at the Port of The Dalles, though PUD Manager Dwight Langer said no timeframe exists for when the PUD would move there.
Construction is tentatively set to begin July 10 on the first phase of the Mosier Twin Tunnels restoration project. Crews are set to begin removing rock fill from the abandoned tunnels and haul it to the Port of Hood River, where the material is to be used in the port’s beach expansion project. The project is designed to reopen the entire 6.5 mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Hood River and Mosier to pedestrian and bicycle use.
40 Years Ago-1975
Only a boy’s mother could have worn the worried look Myrna Jones had Thursday afternoon as she waited for her son to climb out of the windswept Columbia River he had entered at 2 a.m. at Boardman. It was not enough that he, U.S. Marine Capt. Alan Jones has set all kinds of swimming records, including one 90 mile swim down the river. He is enroute form Idaho to Astoria, a 500 mile fund raising trip for the Oregon Lung Association.
A ranch worker who was trapped inside the wreckage of his pickup overnight on a country road east of Moro was taken to The Dalles General Hospital this morning with “serious Injuries.” The Sherman County Sherriff’s office identified the injured man as Dean Robison, who is in his mid-twenties. Robison’s pickup rolled over Harmony Road sometime around 10 Thursday night, just a quarter-mile from the turnoff to the Coelsch ranch, where he is employed.
60 Years Ago-1955
The Dalles’ record of no pedestrian deaths during 1954 received national recognition today when the city received the AAA award for “Excellence of Pedestrian Record in 1954.” The award was won in the 1954 National Pedestrian Protection Contest for cities, sponsored by the American Automobile Association. “The award symbolizes this city’s achievement in saving the lives of its citizens in the face of ever-increasing traffic hazards,” President Francis said.
Two permits for commercial construction have been issued by the city engineer’s office. Western Builders was granted a $6,000 permit to erect an ice cream store building on the West Columbia River highway. A $5,000 permit was issued to Carl Anderson for construction of a repair garage at 100 E. Third Street for Eddins Brothers.
80 Years Ago-1935
Hot weather will be perfectly welcome on and after Monday, July 1, for that day has been set for the annual opening of The Dalles dip, it was announced today by Bob Bake, head lifeguard in charge of the municipal facility. The dip was towed to its usual place at the foot of Court Street yesterday and will be put in shape during the remainder of the week for the formal opening Monday. Repairs to the float and diving towers were made during the winter. Baker will have an assistant, Clarence Woodard, to help him guard the hundreds of swimmers who patronize the dip, he said. Both were appointed by the city recreation committee. Winifred Marsh will be in charge of the locker house.
A combination which local apricot growers hope will bring them prices for their 1935 crop comparable to those enjoyed by California districts was formed here last night. The “pool,” which already includes more than half of this year’s available tonnage, is the first ever attempted in this district. Leaders of the movement have been trying for several years past to promote a local pool, and they disclosed today that a permanent organization had been effected which will begin functioning immediately. Conviction was expressed that returns to local growers for the 1935 crop will, as a result, be double those usually enjoyed.
100 Years Ago-1915
A farm produce company of this city has initiated a campaign, with a reward of $10 to be given to the person who can suggest the best name for the product of the new evaporating plant which was built here this spring and which has been using Dalles fruits and vegetable and employing a great deal of local labor. The conditions are that the name be one which can be copyrighted and which is not already a registered trademark for this class of product.
A big automobile parade, headed by the Columbia Hose and Chemical Engine Company fife and drum corps, will start from the city hall this evening at 7 o’clock to boost for the Chautauqua “ticket day,” which will be tomorrow, at which time it is expected to complete the sale of 600 season tickets to fulfill the obligation of the local Chautauqua association to the Ellison-White Chautauqua organization.