Gary Conley contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 4- by 5-inch black and white negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle/The Dalles Optimist. Information on the envelope reads, “Oregon Employment Service Office, First and Court. June 26, 1953."
The building is currently home to the Baldwin Saloon.
20 years ago – 1996
Overwhelming support for keeping the police department downtown was voiced at a public hearing Tuesday before The Dalles City Council. The two main themes of comment were that people did not want a police facility located by the library, and they did want it downtown.
By Josef Federman, Associated Press Writer – In the West African country of Niger, it took a village to curb hunger. In the Phillippines, it took a garden. And in Mexico, it took three young women with a little creativity to whip up dozens of low-cost recipes for the poor. Statesmen gathering in Rome on Wednesday for a five-day World Food Summit will be looking for global strategies to ensure “food for all” in a world where 800 million people go to bed hungry every night.
Hunger is not a new phenomenon in the Mid-Columbia, says Miki Ingebo. “I think it’s always been a problem, it’s just that people are just right now relating to it,” said Ingebo, who works for the Mid-Columbia Community Action Program (CAP). “I’ve been doing this for so long, all I know is people that are struggling,” she said. “I suppose there is an entire world of people out there that aren’t, but I don’t see them.”
40 years ago – 1976
SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) – The American Civil Liberties Union says Gary Gilmore’s attempts to have a Utah firing squad execute him on Monday – and the maneuvers that prevented it – were meaningless because he can’t legally be shot until next month. ACLU attorney Kathryn Collard said Friday that Gilmore, whose fate is now in the hands of the Utah Board of Pardons, couldn’t be executed until Dec. 1 – 30 days after Fourth District Judge Robert Bullock issued his final death order.
WASHINGTON (UPI) – The canning industry has agreed to start listing the weight of canned fruits and vegetables before they are cooked and the liquid is added. The National Canners Association said Friday the program is a voluntary one by the industry, although it has been under pressure from consumers and the government.
WASHINGTON (UPI) – The Army has selected Chrysler Corp. over General Motors to build a main battle tank for U.S. forces in the 1980s, a program that’s expected to total $4.9 million.
60 years ago – 1956
Wasco county court has received a petition from members of the Tywama Saddle club that the fair board reverse its decision to bar the All-Indian rodeo from further performances at the Tygh Valley fairgrounds. The fair board informed the saddle club, sponsor of the rodeo, that the Indian rodeo would be barred in the future because they felt it detracted from the county fair to have two big events at that location in one year.
Members of the Oregon State Employes association working at the Eastern Oregon Tuberculosis hospital nurses home last night prepared over 5,000 Christmas seal letters for mailing in the county.
BEIRUT, Lebanon (UP) – Kings, premiers, presidents and high state officials of the Arab world opened a summit conference here today to work out a united Arab policy in the Middle East crisis. Assembled at the request of President Camille Chamoun of Lebanon, they were expected to take a firm stand in support of Egypt and to discuss the question of an oil boycott against Britain and France.
80 years ago – 1936
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13. (UP) – Bronze gates swung wide today upon one of the most impressive shrines in America, a magnificent marble-vaulted chamber designed for the sole purpose of keeping safe for all time the declaration of independence and the constitution. It was decorated with beautiful murals. It was guarded by iron and steel and solid rock. It was protected by one of the most efficient burglar alarm systems ever devised. It was fire-proof, vermin-proof, and dust-proof. In short, it was everything which human ingenuity and unlimited funds could build for the proper housing and display of the most hallowed documents in this country. Only two things were missing: 1. The Declaration of Independence; 2. The constitution.
The will of Owen Jones, retired farmer of The Dalles who presumably was the victim of a gruesome murder on his Tygh ridge wheat ranch November 4, was filed for probate yesterday by the deceased’s widow, Sophia. The instrument leaves an estate estimated to be worth more than $25,000 entirely to the widow.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13. (UP) – Governeur Morris, famous author of mystery stories, watched a mystery deepening in his own front yard today as the district attorney’s office reopened investigation into the supposed suicide of 28-year-old Russel Reid, found shot to death in a swing on the lawn of Morris’ estate September 25.
100 years ago – 1916
It was “cold enough to freeze” in The Dalles last night and then some. The official thermometer at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce registered 12 degrees above zero early this morning. It was “some” cold at Manchester Mills, 15 miles southeast of The Dalles, last night, when the thermometer dropped to three degrees below the zero mark. No reports of damage caused by the sudden cold wave have been received here.
SALEM, Nov. 13. – Attorney General Brown declared today the “bone-dry” amendment cannot take effect until the legislature acts after meeting January 15.
PORTLAND, Nov. 13. – Flour rose 20 cents a barrel in all Portland mills today. The new rate is $8.40 a barrel.
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