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Looking back on March 15

A number of people recognized this as a photograph of The Dalles Fire Department with the Wasco Rural Fire Department as well. The two departments were later combined. Benjamin L. Roth noted that  the man in the bottom left is Chief Charles Roth Jr., his father.  Others offering information were Vern Beito, Gary Conley, Brad Gannon and another whose name I couldn’t understand from the message.  Lester Spickerman, Jack Bird and Larry Lange were spotted in the photo itself. The Chronicle photo was dated Oct. 3, 1968.

A number of people recognized this as a photograph of The Dalles Fire Department with the Wasco Rural Fire Department as well. The two departments were later combined. Benjamin L. Roth noted that the man in the bottom left is Chief Charles Roth Jr., his father. Others offering information were Vern Beito, Gary Conley, Brad Gannon and another whose name I couldn’t understand from the message. Lester Spickerman, Jack Bird and Larry Lange were spotted in the photo itself. The Chronicle photo was dated Oct. 3, 1968.

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History Mystery-Answer-A number of people recognized this as Sorosis Park, with The Dalles Dam in the background, including Diana Weston, Terray Harmon, Dale Roberts and Lucile Stephens. The photograph was scanned from a 2 1/4 inch black and white negative taken in 1962 by a The Dalles Chronicle photographer.

March 15

20 Years Ago-1995

The good news is the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office just won a federal grant that would put a deputy on patrol exclusively in Maupin and Dufur. The bad news is Maupin definitely cannot afford its half of the required local matching funds and Dufur is wondering if it can come up with its share. “There just isn’t any money,” Maupin Mayor Sherry Holliday said. Dufur Mayor Jalen Van Nice said, “We’re very interested in this program. Our biggest problem is funding. We’re trying to figure out how to fund it.”

Laura Habberstad, a 1993 graduate of The Dalles High and now a sophomore majoring in international studies, recently completed a special off-campus program through Drew University at the United Nations. The United Nations is the premier forum for addressing the world’s problems. U.N. diplomats and delegates negotiate to avoid war, protect human rights, and maintain and extend international law.

40 Years Ago-1975

A city police car crashed into the side of an unoccupied apartment early Saturday morning, causing extensive damage to the patrol vehicle and the building. Patrolman Scott L. Woods, 23, was in pursuit of a motorcycle prior to the accident. The police officer was taken to The Dalles General Hospital by city ambulance after the 3:21 p.m. crash, and was treated and released there. Brake failure was listed as the probable cause of the accident at the intersection of East 14th Street and Kelly Ave.

More than 150 people toured the Maryhill Museum on Friday and good crowds were reported this morning as the museum opened for the summer with several special exhibits on display. Friday’s tour was by invitation only and included persons from the media, members of the Indian tribal councils from Warm Springs and Yakima, members of the Friends of the Museum organization and volunteers and others involved in museum programs and exhibits.

60 Years Ago-1955

In a heavy turnout Saturday evening at Rufus, voters turned down a proposal to suspend the Rufus High School by a count of 54-14, according to the official tally released Monday afternoon by Wiley Knighten, Sherman County school superintendent. Proposal would have closed the Rufus High School on an experimental one-year basis. Plans were to transport the 17 Rufus High School students the 15 mile distance to Wasco, if the Sherman County non-high district gave its approval to this disposition of Rufus students.

Motorists who use The Dalles Bridge during the rush hour periods were given good news today by Judge Ward Webber. At present cars are backed clear across the bridge during some rush hour periods when shifts change at The Dalles Dam. Traffic is expected to increase considerably later in the year following start of the tourist season. Two additional booths will be on either side of the existing booth. Traffic in one direction thus will be able to proceed through two toll stations at one time.

80 Years Ago-1935

A hefty pocketful of cash that anyone would enjoy jangling went across the counter in the office of Harold Sexton, Wasco County Sheriff and tax collector, today. The money, in two installments represented the 1933 tax payments in this county of the Pacific Power & Light Company and the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company. It amounted to $47,510.15. Another payment from a third utility the O.W.R & N Company will be made tomorrow to increase the amount to $90, 737.39 Frank Arnold, local Union Pacific agent, promised.

With more than 40 entries on display, a contest in handicraft sponsored by The Dalles Home Workshop Club will end tonight with the judging of prize winners. The judging will be done at 8 o’clock at the Lane & Sexton Company store, where the many attractive objects are being shown. Lamp stands, model ships, magazine racks, candelabra, and other articles are included, and even one completely furnished and equipped doll house.

100 Years Ago-1915

Mrs. John Goswick, proprietor of The Palace rooming house, was arrested Sunday, charged with bootlegging. She put up a $50 bond to insure her appearance before Police Judge Moore this morning, at which time R. R. Butler, her attorney, appeared in her behalf and asked for a continuance until this afternoon. The charge placed against Mr. Goswick is that of selling liquor without a license.

Wasco County seed corn will be distributed by the Oregon-Washington railroad company this year in the many sections along its line where corn raising is being encouraged. W. H. Sharp of Five Mile valley has sold his entire crop off of 30 acres, which he raised last year, to the railroad company, the seed having been inspected several weeks ago by C. L. (“Farmer”) Smith, the agricultural expert of the railroad.

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