Regarding the previous History Mystery showing The Dalles Marching band in Wasco, above, Marilyn Lundell Urness wrote that the name suggested for the drum majorette was wrong. “I know this unequivocally as I am the majorette on the far right,” Marilyn wrote. “The majorette next to me is Judy Halstead Dosier and next to her, Olivia Tharaldson Froebe. I believe next to her is Joan Woolsey Martin.” Carol Creighton was also in the band, although she can’t be seen in the picture.
She added, “I remember my mother and the other mothers checking on the patterns and material for our outfits at Mrs. Tharaldson’s house. They sewed all the majorette uniforms. Mr. Sam Kerbs was our director and he was marching on the far left side of the band, dressed in a band uniform.
“At the present time, the head majorette and the others I have named are alive and we see each other often. Perhaps all that marching helped our physical well being!”
20 Years Ago-1995
As a Wasco County marine patrol officer, Clay Piper sees himself as a mother hen and all the boats on the water as his baby chicks. It is an award-winning attitude — literally. Piper himself and the county’s marine patrol program received two awards each recently from the Oregon State Marine Board. Piper was named the 1995 runner-up marine patrol officer, from a field of about 125 to 150 officers.
Bricks and mortar, lab tables and library books may have been the excuse to get together for the Columbia Gorge Community College campus dedication Wednesday night, but the real celebration was for the people who form the foundation of the college. Over and over again, the words “a dream come true” were heard from the people who have worked to make Columbia Gorge Community College a reality since before the college had even the tiniest office space in the Williams building.
40 Years Ago-1975
An old log house owned by the Schrieber family has been moved into Dufur where it will serve as a museum. The building was located on the south end of Main Street today, and it will be placed on its site at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The site is on the east side of Main Street on the south bank of Fifteen Mile Creek. The house was moved from Friend.
Paving work on West Ninth and 10th Streets is expected within the next few days, however weather and availability of hot mix materials are key factors. Some work is being done at the intersection of West Ninth and Wright Streets where The Dalles Child Care Center is preparing a building for occupancy. Sidewalk work is also in progress there.
60 Years Ago-1955
Thompson grade school came in first in the recent Dalles City Fire Department’s fire prevention contest. The school’s pupils returned the greatest number of home inspection blanks, percentage wise Chief Charles Roth reports. Thompson pupils brought in 91.3 percent of the blanks sent out, Colonel Wright school was second with 72 per cent; St. Mary’s parochial school third with 71.9 per cent.
Although Halloween was reported comparatively quiet in The Dalles and most of Wasco County, vandalism reached a peak in the Tygh Valley area last night, according to local reports. It was reported deep furrows were dug in the Tygh Valley elementary school lawn last night as a group of “hot rodders” “squirreled” around the school yard.
80 Years Ago-1935
An answer to Wasco County’s application for a decree and judgment against the Great Southern Railroad for $34,278.51 owed the county in taxes was filed in circuit court today by John W. Kaste, Portland, attorney, representing the defendant company. Allegations in the answer indicated owners of the railroad will attempt to obtain court validation of a compromise settlement reached some time ago between Stephan A. Hull, chief owner of the road, and the county court, under which a prior tax judgment could have been satisfied by payment of taxes in full for the years of 1931 and 1932.
The popularity of the annual “Neewollah” parade sponsored by The Dalles post, American Legion, again was shown last night when more than 400 children of all ages, in costume, joined in the celebration despite the prevailing cold weather. The auditorium gymnasium was crowded with witches, ghosts, clowns, hobgoblins, masked marchers and Jack O’lantern carriers by 7:15 and the single file parade started soon afterward, led by the Fort Dalles Drum and Bugle corps.
100 Years Ago-1915
Miss Virginia Arnold of Portland, organizer in Oregon for the Congressional Union for National Woman Suffrage, arrived here this morning to organize a deputation of local suffragists who will call on Congressman Sinnott in the interests of the Susan B. Anthony federal amendment for the equal franchise. Miss Arnold announced this afternoon that the leaders of the delegation will be Mrs. Smith French, Mrs. E. O. McCoy and Mrs. Edward H. French.
John Austin Hooper, the “gentleman burglar” who was arrested in The Dalles a few months ago when he was charged with highway robbery and who subsequently made his escape from a Grants Pass prison after he had been taken there to stand trial for robbing S. P. depot, has written the Grants Pass authorities to turn all of the personal stuff he left when he decamped from jail, to his relatives.