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The Dalles Chronicle
20 Years Ago-1995
A parent picketed Joseph G. Wilson Elementary School this morning, gathering signatures of both parents and children against the possible closure of the school. Carlos Perez has children attending Dry Hollow Elementary, which would, along with Col. Wright Elementary, absorb students from Wilson if it closed. Perez said he gathered 300 signatures Tuesday night at Kramer Field, and would be at Fred Meyer today until 6 p.m. gathering signatures.
Buildings, grounds and budget decisions face Columbia Gorge Community College as it completes its first year of operations at its new campus. President Bill Bell told his board Wednesday night there were not recommendations from the administration, but he said “We are facing some critical choices” in regard to the total picture. Key issues include a leaky roof on the main academic building, one with a large flat roof which will require repair, the extent of landscaping and irrigation systems to be installed and some furnace problems.
40 Years Ago-1975
Completion of the Tygh Valley Creek Bridge is expected before May 20 and the county will begin immediately to repair the Bakeoven road which was cut by a land slide. County Judge Hugh Elder said that “We are going to complete the bridge before the all Indian Rodeo May 17.” The bridge is the main traffic access off highway 97 into Tygh Valley. It also would mean a more direct traffic route from the town to the rodeo arena.
Best of show award in the stone wear competition among Wahtonka High School students went to Bill Monkewicz for his square, slab constructed canister. The winning entry and others will be on display during school hours in the high school cafeteria until 4 p.m. on Friday. All of the items were made by students in Jack Snyder’s craft classes. Monkewicz’s entry had previously been selected in an all-state showing at Oregon College of Education in Monmouth. Judges for the show are Marge Harding and Shirley Bailey.
60 Years Ago-1955
Saturday has been arranged as Grange visitation day at The Dalles dam. Grangers, their families and friends of Klickitat, Wasco, Sherman and Hood River Counties are invited by Col. H. B. Elder, resident engineer at the dam, to make the tour. Members of the Cherry Park Grange have arranged with R. H. Diskerud of the Hard Hat Bus Company to charter a bus for the trip.
Numerous organizations interested in the refuse disposal problem in the northern end of the county have been invited to attend the 8 p.m. Wednesday meeting in the circuit courtroom of the county courthouse called by the Wasco County Court.
Radio Station KODL, The Dalles today was being heard at a new point on the dial --- 1440. Switchover to the new frequency for daytime broadcasting at a power of 1,000 watts was made this morning.
80 Years Ago-1935
Fishing streams of Wasco County will receive plantings of 400,000 spring’s fish hatchery during the next few weeks, according to Andy Smith, superintendent of the hatchery, who passed through here today with a tank truck containing 20,000 of the young fish. The truck, parked on Second Street for a short while, was viewed by a number of interested spectators.
Work at this end of the Pacific Power & Light company’s $40,000 project to relocate four sections of its transmission line between The Dalles and Hood River already is well under way, with crews busy preparing for the installation of a temporary switching station on the site at the bottom of Scenic Drive where a new and permanent substation is to be built.
100 Years Ago-1915
Seats are being rapidly sold for the joint concert which will be given tonight in the Vogt theatre by The Dalles orchestra and a chorus of women’s voices which will be led by Mrs. Carlton P. Williams. Included in the splendid musical program will be solos by Mrs. R. W. Schmeer of Portland, who recently returned from a year’s study in New York, and Miss Jeannette Crosfield of Wasco.
A new barn on the Deschutes Ridge ranch of County Commissioner F. C. Clausen was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. Ten tons of hay went up in smoke. The loss amounts to $1,000, the property being insured for about half its value. “The worst electrical storm I ever saw visited our section yesterday,” said Mr. Clausen today. “The lightning was fierce and the thunder terrific. Lightning undoubtedly started the fire in the barn.