May 27, 2017
Randy Wink, Bob Scherrer, John Hildebrand, Lucile Stephens, Jack Wood and Gary Conley 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. Information on the envelope reads, “Winks yards, Winks, about October, 1946.”
Bob Scherrer said as a young boy he grew up on a dairy farm located about where Fred Meyer grocery store is now. “When Frank Wink and his sons Don and Bernie arrived in The Dalles around 1940, their first auction yard was located about where the Fred Meyer garden center is today,” he said. “Frank Wink rented the property from my uncle Jake Scherrer and ran the sale every Sunday.”
Randy Wink remembered there being a horse head on the left side of the sign, a bull’s head on the right. “Lots of memories from my childhood with this picture,” he wrote.
The entrance to the yard was off second street; Interstate 84 had not yet been built.
Jack J. Wood said the man in the picture is Frank Winks. A house related to the yard was located across entrance where you used to go to the aluminum plant, he said. His wife took care of the books for the company. Wink later opened auction yards in Hermiston and Madras, he added. One of the main guys working at the yard was Wilbur Murray, who later on opened Murray’s Furniture in The Dalles.
Gary conley said the yard closed in the mid-1950s, when the freeway put them out of business. John Hildebrand,