Saturday, July 18, 2015
20 Years Ago-1995
Gabe Bales is known best for his athletic skills. The recent graduate of Dufur High School led the Rangers to the state Class 1A football championship last fall, and he was a leader in a number of other sports and activities. At one point, he was one of the school’s top sprinters in track, while also competing in baseball during the spring. Gabe will be one of the hundreds of young rodeo competitors competing in the 1995 Fort Dalles Riders Junior Rodeo, which runs Friday and Saturday at the Milt Tumilson Arena.
Ten years ago, Margaret Bauer set her sights on the city manager’s desk in The Dalles; Monday she finally made it. Bauer made her first acquaintance with The Dalles while living in and working for the City of Hillsboro. She purchased vacation property north of here and quickly became a fan of the local lifestyle. Bauer is spending her first week with the city getting to know the community: meeting business people, representatives of local government, civic groups, and community leaders.
40 Years Ago-1975
Teachers in District 12 schools will soon receive a working contract proposal which their negotiator says has been drawn up between representatives of the board and teachers. Frank Davido: negotiator for the teachers, said that negotiators for both sides had come to terms on a pay and fringe package which he would submit to the teachers by mail ballot next week.
A Maupin youth is dead and a California man is in jail charged with homicide after an apparent shootout in a campground in the southern end of Wasco County last night, a deputy said. Killed in the incident was Thomas Lee Morelli. He died in The Dalles General Hospital just before midnight while undergoing surgery for his wounds. The shooting apparently occurred after Morelli and two other youths exchanged words with Eldon Douglas Dickey and several other campers, deputies said.
60 Years Ago-1955
Eleven participants from The Dalles Elks Swim team are slated for trials in the Washington State Open AAU Swimming championships at Pasco over the weekend. Coach E.A. (Swede) Sholer of The Dalles team stated that more than 100 entries have been anticipated for the two-day meet which winds up Sunday afternoon. Entries from The Dalles team include: Phil Baker, Bill Holcombe, Nathan Francis, Bob Johnston, Jerry Froebe, Janet Stevenson, Sally Volstroff, Helen Honald, Nancy Weigelt, Rita Baker and Melanie Olmstead.
“Merchants beware,” Deputy District Attorney Meredith D. VanValkenburgh warned this morning. He noted a “run of forged checks” in The Dalles area. Three bad check cases are now pending prosecution, he said, and reports have been received from the Portland police that payroll checks have been forged and cashed in The Dalles.
80 Years Ago-1935
A “thrill” ride which might have ended tragically but which, miraculously, did not, was taken on the Columbia River highway just west of Mosier yesterday afternoon by Bert Smith, The Dalles, driver for the John Day Valley auto freight line. Bruised but not seriously hurt from the wreck of his truck and trailer, Smith today recounted how he piloted the heavily loaded equipment down the steep and sharply winding grade west of Mosier after the truck’s air brakes failed and the carrier went out of control.
Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a barn and between 20 and 24 tons of hay on the Floyd Daniels ranch seven miles east of The Dalles on Fifteen Mile Creek about 8 p.m. yesterday. Daniel, reporting the fire here, said he had been storing hay in the barn all day, only to see it go up in flames of such intensity that efforts to fight the blaze were useless. Ten or twelve tons of hay inside the barn, and a stack of approximately the same amount outside were burned.
100 Years Ago-1915
“The Columbia River highway is one of the greatest scenic routes in the world,” said State Senator Guy B. Groff of Spokane, who was in The Dalles this morning with Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ziegler, prominent Spokane residents, who are returning to Spokane from Portland. The party has made a tour of Washington, going from Spokane to Seattle via the Snoqualmie pass, partly for pleasure and incidentally that Senator Groff could acquaint himself with highway conditions.
Signed by seven prominent members of the city council, a petition has been filed with City Recorder C. W. Moore requesting him to purchase a pull motor. According to the petition, the fact that number of persons have been drowned in The Dalles recently prompted the councilmen to promote the purchase of an apparatus which is recommended to assist in resuscitating victims of the water.
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Mosier oil train fire
Clips from oil train fire in Mosier, Friday, June 3, 2016. by Mark B. Gibson/The Dalles Chronicle. Enlarge