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Looking back on November 26, 2016

Russ Brown, Terray Harmon, Bonita Ross, Phil Hammond, Gary Conley, Laura Comini, Mark Ulrich, Mary Batty, Jerry Phillips, Gary Rains and Linda Piles all contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery was taken July 12, 1957, for The Dalles Chronicle. It shows the entrance to the coffeeshop in the half-basement of The Dalles Hotel, once located at the corner of Second and Lincoln. “It was a great place to have breakfast and coffee,” said Russ Brown. 
Laura Comini also said she met friends there every morning on her breaks. “They had nice waitreses and good coffee,” she said.
Phil Hammond, a former resident of The Dalles, told Terray Harmon that early in his career, when he was driving on tours, Elvis Presley stayed at the hotel.
Several responses were missed last week in regards to the Hotel Dalles photograph, pictured above.
Jerry Phillips wrote, “The latest photo is the entrance to Hotel Dalles dining room which was in the basement.  It was an especially great place to go for Sunday dinner for a kid like me.”
Lynda Pyles noted that the coffee shop served meals and “my parents and I enjoyed eating there many times. Miss it!”
Phillips and Gary Rains both noted that the name of the area home featured in a previous mystery was the Ed Pease house, not “Peace.”
Rains added that “The Craig Office Supply Bldg now occupied by Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Adams Design at Second and Federal was originally a Pease & Mayes store.”


Russ Brown, Terray Harmon, Bonita Ross, Phil Hammond, Gary Conley, Laura Comini, Mark Ulrich, Mary Batty, Jerry Phillips, Gary Rains and Linda Piles all contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery was taken July 12, 1957, for The Dalles Chronicle. It shows the entrance to the coffeeshop in the half-basement of The Dalles Hotel, once located at the corner of Second and Lincoln. “It was a great place to have breakfast and coffee,” said Russ Brown. Laura Comini also said she met friends there every morning on her breaks. “They had nice waitreses and good coffee,” she said. Phil Hammond, a former resident of The Dalles, told Terray Harmon that early in his career, when he was driving on tours, Elvis Presley stayed at the hotel. Several responses were missed last week in regards to the Hotel Dalles photograph, pictured above. Jerry Phillips wrote, “The latest photo is the entrance to Hotel Dalles dining room which was in the basement. It was an especially great place to go for Sunday dinner for a kid like me.” Lynda Pyles noted that the coffee shop served meals and “my parents and I enjoyed eating there many times. Miss it!” Phillips and Gary Rains both noted that the name of the area home featured in a previous mystery was the Ed Pease house, not “Peace.” Rains added that “The Craig Office Supply Bldg now occupied by Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Adams Design at Second and Federal was originally a Pease & Mayes store.”



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Terray Harmon and Phil Foote contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 2 1/4 inch by 2 1/4 inch black and white negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. Information on the envelope reads, “Trees, U. S. National Bank lot, Feb. 23, 1963.” Terray Harmon noted that the house was built by a “Peace,” who owned a two-story mercantile building at the northwest corner of Second and Federal Streets, where Mid-Columbia Medical Center currently leases office space. The house was located behind where U.S. Bank is today, near the old Carnegie Library. The Medical Center Building at 414 Washington Street is visible in the background. “It was a huge house,” Harmon noted. He visited with his sister, and said that was the first time he was in a house with a uniformed maid. Several readers reported that this History Mystery showed the Blakely house, not the Peace house. They were next to each other in the same block.

20 years ago – 1996

Lighted globes and colorful international costumes will highlight this year’s Christmas Starlite Parade.

HOOD RIVER – Completion of the downtown parking lot will wait for next spring and a new contractor. Poor weather has blocked the final paving of the two-block lot, and rather than try to force completion of the project this winter, the work will be put on hold until better conditions next year, Hood River Urban Renewal Administrator and city Finance Director Steve Everroad told the urban renewal agency Tuesday.

STEVENSON – The first-ever Columbia River Gorge Stewardship Awards program, held at Skamania Lodge on Nov. 16, honored people and organizations who have taken action toward long-term stewardship of the Columbia Gorge.

40 years ago – 1976

WASHINGTON (UPI) – Former CIA officer David Phillips said today he has been subpoenaed by the House assassinations committee to testify about Lee Harvey Oswald’s Soviet and Cuban contacts in Mexico City before the killing of President John F. Kennedy. “I have been subpoenaed to testify before the House committee,” he said. “Where and when I cannot say.”

Every minute of the day 47 Bibles are distributed. This popular book is translated into 250 languages with portions of it translated into 1,130 languages. Some time ago, the Presbyterian church newspaper crossed a Chronicle desk announcing the fact that Nov. 21-28 was National Bible Week.

Scrooge is alive and well in Wichita, Kansas. The phone company has disconnected Santa Claus’ phone. They say he was just too popular. Merchants at the Town East shopping center in the Kansas city set up a telephone line for children to call Santa and leave recorded messages with their Christmas lists. But the line was swamped with so many calls the first week that other phones in the area were knocked out of service, and the phone company decided Santa’s plug had to be pulled. About 1,500 calls per hour were received on the first day, and by Wednesday 7,000 calls per hour were logged on five lines which had a capacity of only 420 calls per hour.

TURKEY (UPI) – The death toll in Turkey’s worst earthquake in 37 years officially surpassed 4,000 today with rescue teams fighting blizzards and landslides to reach dozens of remote villages presumed devastated.

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Images from The Dalles Chronicle, October 20, 1916. The one on the right notes that “all autos may soon ‘wear’ fenders,” sorrounded by a mix of national and international news. At right, an advertisment for a bank. Above the advertisement a line reads, “Chronicle Advertisements Bring Quick Results.”

60 years ago – 1956

Resolutions proposing the deepening of the Columbia river ship channel, modernization of the Bonneville ship locks and the early construction of John Day dam are being presented at the annual convention of the Inland Empire Waterways association in Yakima by Delaney Schanno and E. T. Chambers representing Port of The Dalles.

A number of organizations in the county have been requested to propose uses for the old Seufert cannery property that was bought by the Corps of Engineers and leased to the county recreation area.

One of the speakers scheduled for the state wide physical education, recreation and health instructors convention here Thursday through Saturday is currently conducting research on whether competitive sports are harmful for boys 9 through 13 years old. Laboratory work is directed by H. Harrison Clarke, research professor of physical education at the University of Oregon. Clarke is also scheduled to speak here on the Medford child growth study. So far, even doctors are divided in opinions as to whether these sports activities are good or harmful.

CARACAS, Venezuela (UP) – A Venezuelan four-engine Constellation airliner en route from New York to Caracas crashed into a mountain 10 miles from a safe landing here today.

80 years ago – 1936

LONDON, Nov. 27 – It was rumored today that the British cabinet discussed the friendship of King Edward VIII with Mrs. Wallis Simpson at a special meeting. The King-Simpson subject shared the cabinet’s attention with a discussion of Edward’s recent tour of depression areas in Wales, according to the rumors. It was understood the cabinet gave these matters consideration after the king brought them up at an audience with Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin Wednesday. Opposition within the cabinet to the king’s apparent desire to marry Mrs. Simpson reportedly has been complicated by further misunderstandings with the king.

CRESCENT CITY, Cal., Nov. 27. (UP) – W. C. Blewett, deputy game warden, who has been held in jail here on charges of slaying George Thomas, duck hunter, was ordered removed from here to Sacramento today and taken from the jurisdiction of the state to the federal government.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 27. (UP) – The federal government entered the commercial shipping business today in order to provide food for Alaska and in doing so acceded to all the demands of the maritime unions whose strike has paralyzed west coast shipping. The unions jubilantly proclaimed the concessions as tantamount to recognition of their demands as “just and reasonable.”

100 years ago – 1916

$10,000 TO LOAN – on gilt edge security at 7 percent interest. We will loan one half or all in one sum. Hudson Land company.

The largest expense in this district is the high school, and will continue to be so as long as we operate under Lord’s Oregon laws of 1909, which was adopted by this county in 1912. Under this law the high school receives annually from the county high school fund, as follows: $40 per pupil for the first 20 of such average daily attendance, and $30 for the second 20 and $12.50 per pupil for all remaining pupils in the high school. Any pupil in the county attends our high school without paying tuition. Take our present high school enrollment of 274. For the first 20 we will receive from the county $800 and the next 20 $600 and for the remaining 234 we will receive $12.50 making a total $4525 we receive from the county.



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