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Looking Back, April 17

Terray Harmon, Gary Conley and Ron Sutherland contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery photograph, above, was scanned from a 4 by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle/Optimist. Information on the envelope reads, “Union Pacific Old Timers Club 30, March 26, 1955, Third Anniversary Party and Dinner.”
Gary Conley said the couple on the left was Ralph and Marsha Davis. The train car in the background is on a spur track. The location is where The Dalles Post Office is currently located. 
Ron Sutherland took a “wild guess” and suggested the group was waiting to board a chartered train to Portland for the championship football game between The Dalles and Hillsboro in 1947, a truly historical moment!

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Terray Harmon, Gary Conley and Ron Sutherland contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery photograph, above, was scanned from a 4 by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle/Optimist. Information on the envelope reads, “Union Pacific Old Timers Club 30, March 26, 1955, Third Anniversary Party and Dinner.” Gary Conley said the couple on the left was Ralph and Marsha Davis. The train car in the background is on a spur track. The location is where The Dalles Post Office is currently located. Ron Sutherland took a “wild guess” and suggested the group was waiting to board a chartered train to Portland for the championship football game between The Dalles and Hillsboro in 1947, a truly historical moment!



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John Lundell, Lucile A. Stephens, Terray Harmon and Gary Conley contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery photograph, above, is a photograph by Benjamin Gifford taken about 1800, from the digital archives of The Dalles Chronicle. Pictured is the sternwheeler passenger boat the Bailey Gatzert docking at the base of Union Street downtown The Dalles. The boat ran a passenger service between Portland and The Dalles. Terray Harmon noted that the photograph was taken before the Port of The Dalles docks were built, and Mill Creek joined the Columbia River nearby. Those travelling further upriver could take a portage train to another dock above Celilo falls, which was impassible to river traffic. Gary Conley added that the Gatzert was said to be one of the fastest ships on the river, and could make the round trip from Portland to The Dalles in 13, 14 hours. Lucile A. Stephens said the Umatilla Hotel was not far from where passengers are pictured disembarking.

20 Years Ago, 1996

Ecological threats due to logging planned under the “salvage timber rider” have earned Oregon's Elk River a spot on a national conservation group's annual list of the 10 most endangered rivers in North America. The Columbia River, including two of its tributaries, the John Day in Oregon and White Salmon in Washington, made the Top 10 list released today by American Rivers.

The Columbia River is ranked sixth and the Elk River is ranked seventh.

Wahtonka continued its strong team performances in track, both on the boys and girls sides Tuesday afternoon. The Eagle boys had little trouble capturing the team title in a five-team meet at Wahtonka, and the girls team also took first place.

40 Years Ago, 1976

The second earthquake here this week was recorded last night. A U.S. Geodetic Survey station in Newport, Wash., said it registered the shock at 4.25 on the Richter scale. Mrs. Paul Murchie of Tygh Valley reported feeling the shocks, as did Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rakje. They reported it seemed smaller than the one felt Monday afternoon.

The windshield “just went poof” and blew away leaving airplane salesman Chuck Schoeller and his passenger in the cold at 19,000 feet. “Really, I guess it wasn't too dramatic, just scary and we about froze half to death, Schoeller recounted Friday of his Thursday adventure.

60 Years Ago, 1956

Bids on the 18 streets in the 1956 street improvement program will be opened at noon on May 21, the city council decided last night in authorizing a call for bids. Assistant City Engineer Jack Kalinoski suggested the council also include East Scenic Drive in the program, which would be the 18th. Seventeen streets remained in the program, and work is expected to start May 31.

Johnny Whiz of the Wy'am Indians is making plans for the last Celilo salmon feast to be held at the famous fishing spot Sunday, April 29. This will be the last of the annual salmon feasts to be held at the falls that will be inundated by The Dalles dam reservoir by this time next spring.

80 Years Ago, 1936

Miss Eileen Cotty, 18, and D.M. Walsh, both of The Dalles, suffered minor bruises and lacerations in a highway accident near The Dalles Country Club at 6:15 p.m. yesterday when a small coupe driven by Miss Cotty was struck by a gasoline tank truck.

Mrs. Ernest Mosier, Mrs. Harold Maier and Mrs. Fred Thompson tied for first and second honors in the match play against bogey at the country club.

100 Years Ago, 1916

Scott was pounded all over the lot and out of it yesterday afternoon by The Dalles stickers and the Dufurites suffered a 15-to-3 defeat. There were few redeeming features to the slow, lopsided game. The main one was the pitching of Turnbull, who heaved a brilliant game while in the box six innings.

Lee Chase, a student at The Dalles High School, has his finger taken off in a joiner at the manual training department this afternoon when a piece of wood with which he was working slipped.



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