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Looking Back on September 17, 2017

Sharon Hull, Karen Kulvi, Helen Madsen, Michael Houser, Gary Hertel, Gary Elkinton, Charla Fraley, Lucile Stephens, Mike, Ed Goodman, Jake Grossmiller, Diana Weston, Gary Conley, Dawn Johnson, Jim Porter and others contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery photo, at right, was taken for The Dalles Chronicle in June of 1965. The location is W. 9th and Garrison. 
Harry Morioka, on left, was owner of Harry’s Radio, which moved to W. 9th. St. and named the shop “Harry’s Radio and TV.” He had a partner, Vic Hinatsu.
At right is Bob Hodges. His son, Steve Hodges, wrote: “Just got the Sunday paper and was pleasantly surprised to see my dad, Bob Hodges, standing alongside one of his best customers, Harry Morioka. My dad was a wholesale distributor for Electrical Distributing featuring Zenith products. One of his favorite customers was Harry, who owned Harry’s Radio and TV on West 9th. Cool!” Terray Harmon noted that Morioka was in an internment camp during WWII, and the shop would repair anything, even a toaster. “We didn’t throw things away back then,” he said.
Harry’s quality repairs were mentioned by many.

Sharon Hull, Karen Kulvi, Helen Madsen, Michael Houser, Gary Hertel, Gary Elkinton, Charla Fraley, Lucile Stephens, Mike, Ed Goodman, Jake Grossmiller, Diana Weston, Gary Conley, Dawn Johnson, Jim Porter and others contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery photo, at right, was taken for The Dalles Chronicle in June of 1965. The location is W. 9th and Garrison. Harry Morioka, on left, was owner of Harry’s Radio, which moved to W. 9th. St. and named the shop “Harry’s Radio and TV.” He had a partner, Vic Hinatsu. At right is Bob Hodges. His son, Steve Hodges, wrote: “Just got the Sunday paper and was pleasantly surprised to see my dad, Bob Hodges, standing alongside one of his best customers, Harry Morioka. My dad was a wholesale distributor for Electrical Distributing featuring Zenith products. One of his favorite customers was Harry, who owned Harry’s Radio and TV on West 9th. Cool!” Terray Harmon noted that Morioka was in an internment camp during WWII, and the shop would repair anything, even a toaster. “We didn’t throw things away back then,” he said. Harry’s quality repairs were mentioned by many. Photo by TDC Archive.

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AnnBell Isaak, Dee Hill, Jake Grossmiller, Jack LeBreton, Larry Thomas, Helen Madsen, John Shearer, Diana Weston, Louise and Debbie Wooderson, Alene Thille, Bob Fraley, Roger Alford, Charla Fraley, Tonya Madsen, Virgil Choate, Chris Madsen and Terray Harmon all contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery, above, was scanned from a 2¼- by 2¼-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. Information on the envelope reads, “Westgate Super Market, May 7, 1963.” Pictured is Ralph Madsen, co-owner of the market, standing at the produce counter. The store was located on Chenowith Loop, now next to the transportation center, and is currently unoccupied. Virgil Choate wrote, “Madsen was owner of Westgate Market near Chenowith Elementary School. His partner was Wally Kruger. Ralph was the first president of The Dalles Rodeo Association, which started what became the Fort Dalles Rodeo at the Fort Dalles Riders club grounds. I am the only living officer of Rodeo Assoc.Officers were President Ralph Madsen; Vice-President Ralph Bak; Secretary Virgil Choate; and Treasurer P Everett Curtiss. “I remember Ralph well, he was very dedicated to making The Dalles area recognized and a better place to live and to operate a business.” Alene Thille wrote, “When my family moved to The Dalles in 1956 the market was a small store on the south end of the bowling lanes. Later they built the larger Westgate Market, which was in business until just a few years ago.” AnnaBell Isaak said she shopped at the store for many years, from back in the early 1960s. Craig Madsen, Ralph Madsen’s son, said, “I grew up in that store.” Jake Grossmiller described Madsen as one of the city’s founding fathers, who was very involved in the civic leadership of the town and helped start the local rodeo. Jack LeBreton said Madsen was his first employer. “I worked for him in high school,” said LeBreton, who is now 66. Diana Weston was right on the money with her guess as to the date, which she judged from the price of corn as seen in the photograph. Roger Alford added that Madsen owned a lot of stores in The Dalles. Tonya Madsen said that she was thrilled to see a picture of her grandfather in the paper, and the picture was being emailed to many family members. “We love it,” she said.

20 years ago – 1997

Safety problems found by federal investigators on the Union Pacific railroad include violations in the Columbia River Gorge and other Pacific Northwest locations, according to a regional rail safety official.

State military officials downplayed state interest in building a two-story armory at the existing location, an idea unpopular locally. It was “just an option that was being fleshed out, there was nothing that was being pushed one way or another,” said Capt. Dan McCabe, with the Oregon National Guard’s public affairs office. Local reaction to the two-story idea resulted in an economic development committee strongly reaffirming its earlier stance, that it would offer only one property for a new armory: the county-owned parcel at West 10th and Walnut streets.

Two college students from The Dalles returned home from a six-week mission to Romania with a greater appreciation of how good life in this country is. Susan Cole and Julie Tumilson, both juniors at Seattle Pacific University, were part of that school’s SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reach Out Internationally) program. They were in Romania from July 23 to Aug. 7.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican senators are delaying confirmations of President Clinton’s judicial nominees in an unprecedented attempt to intimidate judges, Democratic senators charge. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., denied Tuesday that such plotting was under way, while defending the idea. “I don’t know of anything of that nature, but it sounds like a good idea to me,” he said with a smile.

40 years ago – 1977

Pilots participating in the training exercise for Civil Air Patrol members from Oregon and Washington were getting their instructions this morning at The Dalles airport. More than 200 CAP members from Oregon and Washington are taking part in the search and rescue exercise based at the airport through Sunday.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UPI) – Before he allows the execution of condemned murderer John Spenkelink, U.S. District Judge William Stafford wants to know whether killers get off easier in Florida if their victims are black. Stafford stayed Spenkelink’s scheduled Monday execution indefinitely Friday in order to consider defense charges the death penalty is “discriminatorily imposed upon those slayers of white persons” in the state and is applied “in an arbitrary, capricious and irrational manner.”

WASHINGTON (UPI) – The National Security Agency eavesdropped on Panamanian Chief Omar Torrijos in 1974, learning intimate details including his sexual activities, Scripps-Howard News Service reported today. When Torrijos learned about the surveillance he threatened U.S. Panama Canal treaty negotiators with making it an international incident, Scripps-Howard said.

60 years ago – 1957

Telephone service in The Dalles has been restored to almost normal proportions, C. P. Horn, manager of the local Pacific Telephone and Telegraph office reported today.

Columbia river navigation and hydroelectric development were viewed first hand and won approval yesterday from congressional visitors escorted downstream from Arlington to The Dalles by ranking Corps of Engineers officials from both Portland and Walla Walla districts.

A fruitless search of The Dalles dam reservoir from the Brown’s Island area upstream to the Oregon Trunk railroad bridge was made yesterday after authorities were told that a man had been seen clinging to an overturned boat. The report, received in early afternoon, was relayed from state police to city police who in turn notified Klickitat county authorities by radio.

Leadership and interest in nationwide conservation and development of national resources of Congressman Michael J. Kirwan of Ohio was given formal recognition in The Dalles last night at the banquet in his honor arranged by Columbia River Development association.

PORTLAND (UP) – The last remaining grand jury vice indictment against Mayor Terry Schrunk was dismissed here today in circuit court. Mayor Schrunk said “I am very happy that the entire situation has been resolved through the judicial system after it was looked at objectively by impartial deputies of the attorney general’s office and the duly constituted court of law.”

80 years ago – 1937

Dr. R. R. Martin of the department of sociology, University of Oregon, will conduct extension classes in The Dalles during the current school year, beginning Wednesday, September 29, it was announced today. The course to be given during the first term will be governed by the desires of the majority of those who sign up for the instruction.

Don Cresswell and Ben Klundt of Portland today took charge of the service station and Nash-Lafayette agency, formerly known as the Wagner Motor company, which they recently purchased from B. H. Wagner, according to an announcement by Cresswell.

WALLACE, Ida., Sept. 17. (UP) – The government charged the Sunshine Mining company today with “blacklisting” employes. Paul F. Nachtman, Washington, D. C. counsel for the National Labor Relations board, hearing charges of unfair labor practices against the company, said many witnesses had failed to appear to testify because they feared they would lose their jobs with the company, largest producer of silver in the world.

This week the regular forest guards at Flag point, Bonney butte and Badger lake terminated their protection work and closed their stations. All equipment was hauled to Dufur for winter storage. Guard Wilson will go to Portland, Ben Werner will attend college and Harry McConnell will continue with fall maintenance work.

100 years ago – 1917

Nine drafted men will leave The Dalles at 1:55 o’clock Wednesday afternoon for the national army cantonment at American Lake, representing 40 percent of the Wasco county draft quota. The Chamber of Commerce has taken it upon itself to see to it that the nine start for war service with a good meal under their belts, so will entertain them at luncheon at Hotel Dalles at 11 o’clock.

AN ATLANTIC PORT, Sept. 17. – Submarines with silver-plated periscopes are now at work, passengers on an American liner in port here today declared. They asserted this plating mirrored the sea so perfectly that the periscopes were invisible. Off the Irish coast a torpedo was fired at this American liner, but missed by 50 feet. Gunners fired one shot at random, as no submarine was visible.

PORTLAND, Sept. 17. – One thousand engineers, pattern makers and other unionists in wooden shipyards struck this morning in sympathy with the striking carpenters and calkers. Shipyards did not attempt to resume work today.

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