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Looking Back on May 22

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Sandra Dahlberg, Larry Thomas, Terray Harmon and Jim MacMillan contributed to this report. The photograph was scanned from a black and white print provided by a reader. Jim MacMillan wrote, “the photo is looking over the corner of Fourth and Court Streets. The Victorian in the foreground sits today across from the front of the current Wasco County courthouse, which sits where the tall building with the cupola is in the photo. Terray Harmon said the old Court Street School can be seen on the left, where the state office building is now, and the Congregational church is also visible. “My older brother and sister went to that school,” he said. He thought it closed in the late 1950s, early 1960s. Sandra Dahlberg of The Dalles also recognized the school and the old Congregational church, and said she used to live in the area and “walked all over that place” as a girl. Larry Thomas said he went to 6th grade at the school, the last year it was open, in 1960. Barely visible in the shadows at the right bottom corner of the photograph are horses harnessed to a carriage.

May 22

20 Years Ago-1996

An Amtrak official denied the passenger rail service will eliminate the Pioneer line through the Columbia Gorge. Ray Lang, a spokesman for Amtrak’s Intercity Rail Service said the Pioneer is actually the subject of a new marketing promotion program, focusing on the train as a comfortable way to see the Oregon Trail. Lang also noted that the Pioneer has added a club car featuring regional microbrewery beers.

Columbia Aluminum Corporation Wednesday completed its previously announced split into two companies. Brett Wilcox, president and owner of Northwest Aluminum Company, will acquire 60 percent of Goldendale aluminum Company, which will own and operate the 175,000-ton per year primary aluminum smelter in Goldendale, Washington and its alumina unloading facility in Portland. Columbia’s employee stock ownership plan will retain 40 percent of preferred stock in Goldendale.

40 Years Ago-1976

A bond issue to build a Skill Center on The Dalles High School site was endorsed today by members of The Chamber of Commerce. The chamber’s governmental affairs committee voted 19-1-0 to support both the bond issue and the site for construction. Its recommendation will go to the chamber board which generally follows committee recommendations.

A benefit concert to raise funds for a trip to Southern California is set for Saturday night at 7 in the Salvation Army Citadel by “Soul and Inspiration” a musical group from the church. The 12 member group will go to Los Angeles in June to appear at the Territorial Congress for the Western Territory of the Salvation Army. The group will represent the Cascade Division, which includes all of Oregon and Southern Idaho.

60 Years Ago-1956

An alert local store owner gave Dalles police a clue to a thief who had stolen a saddle from a Yakima ranch on May 10 or 11, it was reported Saturday. An unidentified man attempted to sell two used saddles valued at $200 to the storekeeper. They were refused and the merchant got the car’s license number. The license was traced and reported to the Yakima sheriff.

The Dalles high school golf team finished its season this week with a 17 ½ -9 ½ triumph over ran outmanned Wy’East squad to follow up a 24-0 whitewash over the same club last week. Last week Dave Rongerude of The Dalles was medalist with a 73, the best score carded this season for the Indians, but this week Corwin of Wy’East took the medalist honors with an 80.

80 Years Ago-1936

Complaints of school authorities that possession of intoxicating liquor by Dalles high school students marred the annual senior class “Flunk Day” picnic April 28, were pronounced by the Wasco County Grand Jury as having involved only a small percentage of the students attending the picnic, in the report issued at the end of the jury’s four-day session Saturday. The grand jury had investigated the complaints in an effort to ascertain whether the students were purchasing alcoholic beverages, defined as a crime under the Knox law.

Colored by the setting and atmosphere suggestive of a shipboard cruise 20 years hence, this year’s Class Night program presented at The Dalles high school yesterday and last night was a part of the annual commencement activities. The program which was presented both in the afternoon and evening featured the reading of the class will, poem and prophecy as shipboard features with music from the “ships” orchestra and several specialty numbers furnishing additional entertainment. John Dick, class president, presided as Captain.

100 Years Ago-1916

J. L. Kelly of The Dalles has been re-nominated by the republicans as joint representative of Wasco and Hood River counties, over J. T. Adkisson, by six votes, according to the official counts in the two counties. Mr. Kelly carried the city of The Dalles and Hood River County over Mr. Adkisson and the latter carried the country districts of Wasco County.

The committee on Memorial Day observance met last evening, with representatives of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the S. A. R. All the different parts of a fitting celebration of the day were planned. The committee from the Daughters of the revolution will make it its business to persuade every resident of The Dalles to fly the United States flag on his premises during the day. This committee will also see to the preparation of the cemetery grounds for the exercises, and will cooperate with the schools in the providing of suitable music.


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