Last week’s History Mystery, above, was unfamiliar to readers of The Dalles Chronicle. It was scanned from a 1986 history calendar published by the Wasco County Historical Society. The caption reads: “Employees and others, including driver with horse-drawn coach, posed for this picture in front of Farmers Hotel at 606 1/2 E. Second Street in The Dalles. Words “Mrs. Obarr, Prop.” appear opposite hotel name. In 1895 city directory the place was listed as Farmer’s Restaurant and Boarding House. A l ater owner was Mrs. F.B. Steele. Location was one block South of Depot, between Jefferson and Madison streets.”


This photograph was prepared for last week’s History Mystery column regarding then-Vice President Richard Nixon's visit to The Dalles for the dedication of The Dalles dam, but was held due to space constraints.

The day before the dam dedication, The Dalles Chronicle published a series of photographs showing early work on the dam. Written below this image is “Workmen cut out area for navigation locks.”


This photograph was prepared for last week’s History Mystery column regarding then-Vice President Richard Nixon's visit to The Dalles for the dedication of The Dalles dam, but was held due to space constraints.

The day before the dam dedication, The Dalles Chronicle published a series of photographs showing early work on the dam. Pictured here is coffer dam work underway during the early stages of construction. The coffer dams were used to hold back the river waters so foundations could be prepared on dry ground.

20 years ago – 1999

A proposal to lower the John Day Dam reservoir to promote fish survival will get its first airing in Columbia River cities this week.

You have the flu. Or do you? Maybe, but not necessarily. Whichever bug you have, you’re in good company. Dozens of people around The Dalles and Wasco County have been waylaid in recent weeks by illness, some struggling for weeks before full recovery. And nobody’s quite sure which bug it is.

For all those people who pledged to help build the Kid Kountry Playground at Dufur City Park, now’s the time to keep that commitment. The equipment for the park is due to arrive in Dufur early next month and construction is set for early April, one of the organizers, Gary Beachamp, said.

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Guard units around the country are being trained to deal with phone-system outages and other chaos that could result from computer crashes when the year 2000 begins. In Washington State, half of the guard’s ground troops will be on duty Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Other states plan to have units on standby in case of blackouts, looting or other problems that might occur if computers shut down because they can’t comprehend the date 2000.

40 years ago – 1979

The District 9 Manpower Consortium executive committee Friday denied the Community Action Program’s grievance that the consortium acted wrongfully in deciding to form its own staff to administer all Comprehensive Employment and Training Act funds in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River Counties.

Gasoline rationing or curtailed gasoline sales found little support among the persons contacted in this week’s Man on the Street interviews. Only one of those contacted actually supported the idea of rationing, and most felt there was no need for rationing now.

“It just got out of hand,” said Gary Kopperud of the miniature working sawmill he built. The sawmill, now on display at the Washington Street office of the Steve Hudson State Farm Insurance Agency, was going to include only one building when Kopperud started constructing it in 1974. After six months of evenings spent cutting miniature parts, putting in studs and doing intricate detail work, however, the one-building idea had blossomed into a five-building working display, including the mill, a power plant and even an office. The electric lights work, doors swing on their hinges, and machinery buzzes and whirs, driven by belt from a driveshaft connected to a working steam engine with boiler.

An arctic blast Friday sent temperatures toppling across the Midwest and freezing rain in the mid-Atlantic region knocked out power to thousands of residents.

60 years ago – 1959

Dalles City Council acted last night to postpone indefinitely a planned increase in water rates for “outside users” of city water.

An item of $4,000 to help set up a joint special education program for retarded children in this area will be included tentatively in the 1959-60 budget now being prepared for School District 12 as the result of board action last night.

The Thimble Club of the Neighbors of Woodcraft was entertained last Thursday afternoon by Mrs. Robert Murray at the Kenneth Kortge home on Mill Creek.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI)—A slender and perfectly functioning Vanguard rocket put a 20-inch miniature weather station into orbit around the earth today. For two weeks, the tiny sphere, equipped with photocells, radio transmitters and a tape recorder, will measure light reflections from clouds, land and sea as it circles the earth 16 times in each 24 hours. This information, stored in the tape recorder, will be transmitted to earth where it will be used to make crude photographs of cloud cover.

MOSCOW (UPI)—The Western proposal for a Big Four foreign ministers conference on Germany may have laid the groundwork for postponing the showdown this spring on West Berlin, foreign diplomatic sources said today.

80 years ago – 1939

Sentenced yesterday afternoon by Circuit Judge Fred W. Wilson to three years in the Oregon state penitentiary for committing sodomy upon a six-year-old Dalles boy, Gene Vincent Senecal, former CCC employe at Simnasho, this afternoon began the trek to the “big house” in custody of Sheriff Harold Sexton.

Final rehearsals now are being held for the two-act operetta, “The Saucy Hollandaise,” by Paul Bliss, to be presented at the high school auditorium Tuesday, February 21, at 8 p.m. By the seventh grade students of The Dalles public schools. Elaborate costuming, under the direction of Miss Olive McLeod, is being arranged for the colorful production, which is laid in Holland.

SALEM, Feb. 17. (UP)—The senate today voted 20 to 8 to abolish the state bakery board—the board which Governor Charles A. Sprague in his inaugural address branded “an orphan of N. R. A.” The vote followed an hour of debate, with Senators L. W. Wipperman, republican Josephine, and Rep. Ellis, republican, Umatilla, carrying the torch in favor of discarding the board. Both branded the bakery board as “dictators” of bread prices in the state.

It looks very much as though Oregon is about to restore speed limits for highway motor traffic.

PORTLAND, Feb. 17. (UP)—Mrs. Eva V. Kelso today awaited a mental examination after she took an axe to the interior of her home which she was ordered to evacuate under foreclosure.

100 years ago – 1919

Allyn F. Roberts, one of the best-known and most popular young ranchers of the county, died here yesterday morning from influenza. Mr. Roberts contracted influenza in Spokane, where he was attending the Holt caterpillar tractor school.

Tanned and toughened by eleven months' service in France, jubilant at arriving home and deeply grateful for the rousing welcome which has been given them everywhere in the country, veterans of the 65th coast artillery corps spent half an hour as guests of The Dalles this morning. “It's been a regular triumphal procession ever since we arrived in the good old U. S. A.,” declared one of the officers, and scores of the men said the same.

J. H. Scott and J. E. Peck, engineers from the state highway department in Salem, arrived in The Dalles last night and will make the preliminary surveys for the Columbia river highway between this city and Seufert's.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17.—Immediate construction of hardsurfaced roads throughout the country is urged by the labor department as a means of relieving the unemployment situation. Although 48½ millions are available to assist in this work, only 45 miles of roads have been completed under the plan for the government, state and county sharing in the cost.

COPENHAGEN, Feb. 16.—New Spartacan outbreaks have occurred in several German towns and cities, according to dispatches received here today. At Dresden rioters interrupted church services.

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