The Dalles Chronicle
Mary Batty, Mike Kilkenney, Lee Langston, Gary Conley, Dale Roberts and Lucile Stephens all correctly identified last weeks History Mystery photograph, above, as the Oregon Motor Hotel on the west end of Second Street in downtown The Dalles.
The photograph was scanned from a 4 by 5 inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Optimist. Negative was labled “Oregon Motor Hotel, Aug. 1948.” The optimist photographer at the time was George Lindsay.
Gary Conley said that prior to the motel, the Lindquist home was on the site, built on a “pile of rock.” “My brother took piano lessons there from his daughter, which is why I remember,” he said.
As of Saturday, October 24, 2015
20 Years Ago-1995
The eighth annual Mid-Columbia River Pow-Wow gets underway this Friday, Oct. 27, with a wide range of events at Celilo, 12 miles east of The Dalles. In past years, the Pow-Wow has drawn good sized crowds to the village to enjoy traditional dances, crafts and traditional Native American food.
Most students favor continuing the block scheduling at The Dalles High School, according to a recent report by the school principal. High School Principal Dave Beasley made a report to the school board earlier this month on the scheduling adopted in fall 1994 which has students in four 90 minute classes instead of seven 60 minute classes.
40 Years Ago-1975
Sixteen high schools bands will compete here Saturday for the Wilco League Band excellence trophy. It is the first time that The Dalles High School has been host for the contest, band director Dick Dorr said. Bands will play in the auditorium which will be open to the public during contest time. There may be as many as 1,500 musicians in town for the day.
New traffic signs on West 10th Street and traffic signs that aren’t there anymore kept city motorists confused and city police busy Thursday. The new traffic signs went up and many motorists had difficulty adjusting to them. Police were issuing verbal warnings only on the first day of the new regulations, but how long that policy will continue depends on how the people react to the new rules.
60 Years Ago-1955
Four of the famous battling midgets will provide the stellar attraction on a special program booked for The Dalles Armory Thursday night. Otto Bohman and Tom Thumb will team up and go against Cowboy Bradley and the Brown Panther. The average weight of the midgets will be a hefty 98 pounds which in no way hinders their phenomenal speed and dexterity. Bohman is an Austrian who has had some experiences in Europe.
Another echo from the “hot pineapple” incident that rocked The Dalles in the fall of 1949 was heard today when the U.S. Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld a lower court verdict. The verdict awards Hawaiian Pineapple Co., owner of the canned pineapple cargo that caused disorders at Port of The Dalles dock, $201,274 in damages from the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s union. The suit was filed after Hawaiian Pineapple bypassed a dock strike in the islands and sent a barge load of canned pineapple tidbits to The Dalles behind a tugboat.
80 Years Ago-1935
A story of being slugged by two hitch-hikers and robbed of $200 was told to state police and sheriff’s officers last night by Ray McKay, Klamath Falls logger, after he had been found unconscious beside the highway west of here and brought to the Dalles hospital for treatment. McKay was discovered just west of The Dalles country club, his wrecked sedan in the ditch a few feet away, by A. H. Woodcock of Sandy at about 7 p.m. Woodcock notified authorities and an ambulance was dispatched to bring the injured man to the hospital.
The first presentation in this city of the passion play, scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week, will be made by a company that has a unique history as a group of well-trained character actors whose lives are dedicated to the telling of the story of the final days of Christ in a graphic manner. Dr. Alfred E. Wolff, director of the spectacular drama, personally arranged the English language version of translations from the original script prepared by monks under special accolade from Pope Urban the Fourth in 1264 A.D. He introduced the passion play in America in 1928 with a German company that had toured Europe with great success.
100 Years Ago-1915
More than $12,000 will be spent by Gustav Friewald of Portland, owner of the building which is occupied by the Albert hotel of this city. A third story will be erected at once. The contract is said to have been awarded in Portland today. Darnielle Brothers, proprietors of the Albert hotel, have built up a splendid business here. Their patronage exceeds their accommodations each day and it was when they discovered that they were losing business owning to their limited accommodations that they decided to ask for an addition to the hotel.
Leaving a farewell note to her husband, Dick Doyle, who, earlier in the day, had announced his intention of separating from her, Rowena Phillips Doyle, a bride of a year, sent a bullet through her heart yesterday evening, dying instantly. The note told her husband that she “loved him as she always did and couldn’t live without him.”