Terray Harmon, Juneith Clark, Bob Thomsen and Lucile Stephens contributed to this report.
Last week’s history mystery photograph, above, was brought to the Chronicle by Greg Weiss of The Dalles. It is scanned from an 8 by 10-inch black and white photograph. Packaged with the photograph was a note signed by Bob Thomsen of Vancouver, Wash., who wrote, “This photo was taken in The Dalles before 1910 by famous Oregon photographer Benjamin A. Gifford (1859-1936). In 1910 Gifford moved his photography studio from The Dalles to Portland. The person I purchased the original (print) from bought it at an estate sale in The Dalles and was told some history about the band members, who were residents of The Dalles.”
Suggestions as to the performers pictured included the DeMoss family and the Folies. The location was suggested as The Dalles High School, prior to its burning in 1940.
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As of Saturday, January 9, 2016
20 Years Ago-1996
It’s a long way from the Eleanor Borg’s small dance studio in The Dalles to the flashy lights, fierce competition and endless rehearsals that accompany a Broadway show. But Gregory Filler says it was the “real foundation” that he learned from Eleanor Borg that propelled him into the major role he is now playing in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, a Broadway production that is currently being performed at the Las Vegs Hilton.
A city police officer was justified in shooting a man who police say was trying to hijack a van, an investigation by the Oregon State Police concluded. Lt. Dick Wingfield, commander of the OSP office in The Dalles, said the investigation into the shooting of Jerome Goudy the afternoon of Jan. 4 will be sent to Wasco County District Attorney Bernie Smith within the next day or so.
40 Years Ago-1976
The Dalles Lions Club has decided to conduct a track and field meet for handicapped children in April. Lion Red Ryder announced the decision following a noon meeting of the club Tuesday. “We have to work out the details of the plan,” he said, “but other Lions Clubs have been doing this and we want to start. There are lots of children in the area who could participate,” he said.
A stone retaining wall along Fourth Street Grade is considered one of the most beautiful in Oregon and a proposed policy on improving narrow streets says it should probably be undisturbed. Instead of widening the street, the report suggests that traffic and parking restrictions can probably achieve desired traffic results on the grade now and for the future.
60 Years Ago-1956
City Manager Gifford Miller and city councilmen were to inspect the water well at The Dalles airport Saturday afternoon to see how the electric cable serving the well can be protected for gopher damage. Miller said he had received reports that the entire cable must be replaced or a new well dug closer to the power source.
Unemployment figures for December in this area dropped as a result of the “back-to-work” movement at The Dalles Dam following severe November weather which caused lay-offs, according to the monthly report issued by E. H. Rorick, local manager of the Oregon Employment Service. He estimated total unemployment in the four-county area at 1,395 for December, 1955, compared to 1,590 in November and 1,170 in December, 1954.
80 Years Ago-1936
The first pile of 3,000 or more that will support the 1000 foot dock and approach now being built by the Port of The Dalles commission was driven late yesterday afternoon. An impromptu ceremony marked the event, witnessed by several score of onlookers including port officials, engineers attached to the project and officials of the Parker Schram Company, contractors. Miss Mildred Smith, employee in the Port of The Dalles office, officially christened the first “stick” with a bottle of high powered liquid reportedly donated by one of the project staff.
A salary schedule designed to scale remuneration of teachers in the city school system according to training and experience, and offering an incentive for all teachers to widen their training, was adopted by members of the District 12 school board at their January meeting last night. The new schedule will go into effect with the beginning of the next school year, although not completely.
100 Years Ago-1916
To have plenty of money in the bank, where your checks have never been questioned and have the cashier give you a stony stare and tell you he can’t cash your check until you are “identified;” To go into your own store and work and have your own son wonder “why you are not there;” To walk along the street with your friends and converse with them and realize that they do not know who you are, thinking you are a stranger. These are a few of the many amusing experiences of H. Gibson, of the firm of Gibson & Son, which conducts a grocery store at 814 Union Street. It is an actual fact that he transacted business all over town and talked with friends here and there and was not recognized. Even his own son didn’t know him. The reason is that very long whiskers and a mustache characterized the appearance of Mr. Gibson. He cut them off the other day and that explains the fact he became a stranger to even those who know him best.