Terray Harmon, Gary Conley, John Lundell, Robbie Anderson, and Scott and Sonja Little all 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.
The information on the envelope reads, “Humason, Orlando residence, Father of Wasco County, Jan. 11, 1954.”
The house is located at 908 Court Street and is currently the residence of Scott and Sonja Little. The Littles said it was built in 1858.
Gary Conley said he lived behind the house some 60 years ago, when a woman named “Nellie” lived there. “It’s a lot nicer looking now,” he said. “They have fixed it up a lot.”
As of Saturday, October 29, 2016
20 years ago – 1996
A public hearing on locating a police facility will be held Nov. 12, during The Dalles City Council’s regular meeting.
HOOD RIVER – Two of Hood River’s leading real estate companies will merge Nov. 1 forming the largest real estate company in the Gorge. Glenn Taylor Realtors Better Homes and Gardens will acquire Columbia Gorge Real Estate resulting in a company with 40 agents operating out of five offices in four twons in two states. “Bringing together these two companies is a big win for home sellers and home buyers,” said Glenn Taylor.
WASHINGTON – A leading human rights group is calling for an immediate suspension of U.S. military aid to Colombia on grounds that it has been systematically channeled to military units responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians. Amnesty International USA, citing leaked documents, said Tuesday that the assistance had been earmarked for use in anti-drug operations but was diverted to military units involved in counterinsurgency activities. The existing program includes a shipment of helicopters.
40 years ago – 1976
WASHINGTON (UPI) – The Commerce Department’s package of indicators used to forecast the state of the economy declined in September for the second straight month.
Several factors contributed to the development of an “intolerable” management situation at Columbia Basin Nursing Home, says George Pierce, the home’s director who resigned last week after almost three years on the job. Pierce, in a letter to the editor, cites some “lack of cooperation” by staff, the inability to attract and hire a director of nurses for nine months, and what he called a lack of authority and problems enforcing it.
60 years ago – 1956
UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (UP) – The United States demanded Monday the expulsion of a member of the Soviet United Nations delegation for his role in helping a turnabout Russian refugee smuggle his American daughter to Europe.
District Attorney Don Heisler and Sheriff Ernie Mosier are in Yakima today to gather additional evidence and statements in connection with the slaying of Walter Freeborn of Great Falls, Mont, in The Dalles the night of Oct. 14.
VIENNA (UP) – Strong Soviet tank units were reported pouring across the Czech border into Hungary today, and it appeared the Communists had tried once again to trick the rebel army into laying down its arms. The Communist controlled Budapest Radio announced this morning that Soviet troops were evacuating the bloodstained capital and that nationalist rebels were joining the Hungarian Army in maintaining order. But United Press Correspondent Russell Jones reported from Budapest itself that “strong” Soviet forces were moving into the country from Czechoslovakia in what appeared to be the start of a new Russian drive to crush the rebellion.
80 years ago – 1936
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30. (UP) – With Pacific coast shipping completely paralyzed by the walk-out of 37,000 maritime workers, the strike spread inland here today when between 500 and 800 workers in public, feed and ice warehouses struck. Fear the city would be gripped further by strike activities resulted from a threat by the Warehousemen’s Union, affiliated with the International Longshoremen’s association, to quit work in wholesale grocery warehouses unless demands are met.
HOOD RIVER, Ore., Oct. 30. (UP) – Hood River valley apple growers decided Thursday to continue shipping their product to Portland, despite an ultimatum from the teamsters’ union that fruit hauled by non-union truck drivers would not be handled or unloaded. The growers resolved unanimously to “get the fruit through with law and order, but we are prepared to meet any emergency.” The growers decided that, if necessary, they would truck their cargo to Portland themselves and load it on foreign boats.
NEW YORK, Oct. 30. (UP) – The final count in the Literary Digest’s presidential poll of 2,376,523 persons throughout the country: Landon 1,293,669; Roosevelt, 972,897.
With but one more day in the month remaining, October was being marked down in local weather record books today as the driest in 11 years. Only one other October shows up as having brought less moisture to The Dalles than the .08 of an inch which fell this month, according to chamber of commerce weather station records, which run back as far as 1919. In October, 1925, a low of .03 was set.
100 years ago – 1916
NEW YORK, Oct. 30. – Birth control advocates today announced their intention of fighting New York laws to the supreme court following the conviction of miss Jennie Ashley, head of the women’s law department of New York university, on a charge of distributing birth control pamphlets. Miss Ashley was sentenced to pay a fine of $50 or serve 10 days in jail. She paid her fine and appealed the case. Judge McInerney dissented from the court’s opinion. He advocated 30-day sentence. He attacked the woman for her deliberate violation of the law, to test its constitutionality. He said: “The defendant knows the law and she deliberately violated it. I think she should be punished. These people know this court has repeatedly passed on this law. If they want to change it, why not do so?”
G. Dal Jones, chief telegrapher of the order of Railway Telegraphers, number 91, of Chicago, has come out for Hughes, according to an Associated press dispatch to the Portland Telegram. In his statement he says the cause of labor will experience more harm than good from the Adamson law. He adds: “Instead of having a hand in fixing their own wages, the unions interested are now discovering that the effect of the law is to take away from them the right of collective bargaining. The United States government itself fixed the wages in this case.”