A number of people identified the picture above as an early view of The Dalles Municipal Airport in Dallesport. The photograph was taken in the summer of 1950 and is scanned from a 5 by 7 inch negative from the Chronicle archives.
Russ B. said the helicopter on the left is a Sikorsky F-51, model R5, which carried two crew and had a cruise speed of 102 miles per hour. Top speed was 106. The same model of helicopter was used in the movie “Them” produced in the mid 1950s.
Dallesport resident Pauline Coffield lives near the airport, and said not so long ago it hosted United Airlines passenger service, and hopes to do so again.
Carolyn Anderson said her husband worked for the airport for many years, when it was a flight service station.
Gary Conley noted that little has changed at the airport, although there is now far more hanger space.
The Dalles Chronicle
20 Years Ago-1995
The second annual “Pig Out,” sponsored by the Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Committee will be held Sunday, June 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles. The “Pig Out,” which is held to help raise funds for restoration projects, features smokehouse roasted pig prepared by Middleton Meats and carved by Milt Skov and Don Rohde. “Last year’s event was so well attended that pork was in short supply,” organizers said in a prepared press release. “More is being roasted this year, so no one will go away hungry.”
The Northern Wasco county Park and Recreation District is once again offering its “Celebrate Summer” Day-Camp program. This summer’s program has been expanded to include three sites. Participants will have the opportunity to choose the location closest to their home or work. Camp locations will include, Colonel Wright, Joseph G. Wilson and Chenowith Elementary Schools.
40 Years Ago-1975
The Dalles Area Jaycees are still looking for more people to enter the Second Annual Wasco County Talent Show. Entry deadline has been set for June 4. Age groups for the show will be: up to age 13 years in junior division and over 13 years in the senior division. Prizes will be presented to the first four places in each division. Free tickets can be picked up at local merchants.
It may have sounded like war had broken out just east of The Dalles Saturday, but things were actually quite peaceful at the Mid-Columbia Peace Officers’ pistol shoot which drew over 100 participants. The field of 102 shooters, counting ten powder puff shooters, competed at the police range near The Dalles Dam exit off Interstate 80N. The invitational meet is sanctioned by the Oregon Peace Officers Association and counts toward the Governor’s Top Twenty and reclassification.
60 Years Ago-1955
Wasco County Farmers Union will hold its annual picnic Saturday, June 4, at the Dufur picnic grounds. Marvin Markman, president of the county union, said the lead-off event in the day’s activities will be the traditional parade, starting at 9:30 from the Dufur high school and proceeding to the picnic grounds. The Dufur post of the American Legion will hold flag raising ceremonies at the picnic area at the close of the parade. The Memorial Day weekend brought no holiday for Dalles City police who investigated five accidents and arrested 19 drunks, two drunken drivers, two reckless drivers and one driver who failed to leave his name at the scene of an accident. Traffic citations were issued to 23 drivers during the three day holiday weekend.
80 Years Ago-1935
A house-to-house canvas was begun today by members of the American Legion auxiliary housing committee, cooperating with the legion convention commission, to determine the full extent of accommodations that will be available in private homes during the legion convention here August 14-17. The number of rooms registered with the commission to date is far short of the total that will be required for the peak attendance, it was declared.
Local cherry growers, the majority of whom have been staving off contract buyers until prices for the 1935 crop were set in other Pacific coast districts, were pleased with reports from Willamette valley points today that substantial sales at six cents are being made. Six cents per pound is a good cent above the price obtained by local growers last year, and is a big boost from prices two and three years ago, when Dalles cherries were sold with difficulty even at two and a half and three cents.
100 Years Ago-1915
Moving pictures of the big diamond battle between the local nine and the Piedmont Maroons will be taken Sunday afternoon, and will be shown later at the Grand theatre. The largest crowd that ever turned out for a baseball game in The Dalles is expected to be seen on the local lot Sunday. For one reason, the visiting aggregation will be the strongest team that ever made an appearance in this city. The Dalles has the best team in its history, and a fast, close battle is promised.
The junior class of The Dalles High School will present a vaudeville show at the Pastime theatre Monday evening. Principal H. M. Monroe, through friends in California, secured a special attraction for the show, an expert dancer from the University of California faculty, who was scheduled to give a series of classical interpretations of the terpsichorean art. The dancer agreed to come on the condition that she be allowed to mask and that her identity be kept a secret.