Terray Harmon, Robbie Anderson and a number of others called about this week’s History Mystery photograph, above. Due to a user/technical error, a number of reports were lost. Readers are encouraged to submit any stories or memories they have in regards to the Portland tug boat, the subject of the photo.
The image was scanned from a 4- by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle/Optimist. The envelope reads, “Steamer Portland, (Oregonian), July 20, 1972.” The Oregonian reference was likely a reference to that newspaper, as the Optimist photographer frequently shot photographs on assignment for regional and state newspapers.
Robbie Anderson wrote that "Portland" was a tug boat, the last steam-powered tugboat built. It is now docked at the Tom McCall waterfront park in Portland. “I think it still does tours,” he added.
Several people confirmed that last week’s “Archive Extra,” photo, above, was taken on Second Street downtown The Dalles, looking to the intersection with Federal street. The photograph is looking to the west, however, rather than the east as originally stated.
The Dalles Chronicle
20 Years Ago, 1996
An organized ring of youthful burglars is believed to have caused the series of explosions that drew national attention to Sevenmile Hill. He doesn't know exactly how the explosions were triggered, but Wasco County Sheriff Art Labrousse believes activities during a burglary of a shed on the property of Raymond Hamblin resulted in the blasts. Labrousse added that there was no indication the shed was boobytrapped. The April 3 explosions drew federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to investigate an arsenal of weapons and explosives stockpiled at the site. The investigation resulted in explosives and weapons charges against Hamblin, 52, of Hood River.
Photo caption: Worker Joe Swofford lays the foundation for the beginning of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center foundation.
Downey Carpet and Flooring has moved to a new location at 515 E. Second.
40 Years Ago, 1976
Camp Fire Girls and Blue Birds in The Dalles gathered last night at the annual Grand Council advancement and awards campfire. Thirty-seven Camp Fire Girls and 53 Blue Birds were honored with their leaders.
Portland (UPI) – The 10-million member United Methodist Church has called for licensing of all gun owners and the registration of all firearms. The general conference of the church approved the statement urging stringent controls on all types of guns without debate in one of the final actions before the 12-day meeting ended Saturday.
Advertisement: Stadelman Fruit Inc. is now accepting applications for fesh cherry season, apply at Stadelman Fruit Plant, Bargeway Road.
60 Years Ago, 1956
It will take approximately nine months to complete a sewage treatment plant in The Dalles, Frank T. Koehler informed the city council last night. The State Sanitary Authority has instructed The Dalles to provide sewage treatment here by 1957.
Unemployment in this area dropped from 1,200 at the first of last month to 920 at the end of the month as a result of dry spring weather in April which permitted agricultural and construction work to gain headway, according to E.H. Rorick, manager of the Oregon Employment Service office here.
Citizens of The Dalles will have a first-hand chance to see the workings of The Dalles General hospital as the institution opens its doors to guided tours in recognition of National Hospital Week, according to hospital Administrator Nelson Ammons.
80 Years Ago, 1936
There was no question today among members of the city water board that Hood River will fight vigorously the board's move to appropriate waters of Last lake for enlarging the source of The Dalles' water supply. An inter-community feud loomed as a certainty with the announcement.
A $50,000 state-wide short wave radio system for the state police, highway department and forestry service was virtually approved today. Four 100-watt stations and ten 10-watt stations would be built, including a 10-watt station in The Dalles.
Of interest in connection with the showing here today of Tom Mix circus is the information that the circus is transported on what is said to be the world's largest motor caravan, consisting of 159 units, powered with Ford V8 motors. These motors are also used to propel the immense lighting plants used for electric power at the circus grounds.
Advertisement: The Dalles Ferry, 50 cents per car, $1 round trip. No extra charge at night. Best route to Goldendale and Yakima. C.T. Smith, owner.
100 Years Ago, 1916
The Scholarship Loan and Endowment Fund benefit of the Sorosis club is claiming the time and attention of the club women this week. This event will take place Friday evening at the high school auditorium Friday evening and the club members solicit the hearty patronage of the general public for this worthy cause.
The Columbia registered a rise of 1.4 feet during the last 24 hours, its present stage being 27.1. It was at the 24-foot stage Saturday and 25.7 Sunday. Four-hundreds of an inch of rain fell here last night.
A.M. William's and Company advertisement: When the all outdoors is calling it is hard to resist the desire to leave everything and off for a day in the woods and hills. This store is prepared to meet your needs for just such a jaunt in the way of riding habits, divided skirts, blouses, middies, etc. New neckware novelties on display.
PORTLAND – From Montana to the Pacific ocean there has arisen during the past three months a demand, persistent and serious, that the mouth of the greatest river on the Pacific coast of America, the entrance to the 250,000 square miles of American territory known as the Columbia basin and the Inland Empire, receive govermental recognition by the establishment there of a naval base of the first-class, with adequate fortifications to protect this investment.