Looking Back on April 2, 2017

Michael Houser, Gary Elkinton and Terray Harmon all contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery photo, above, was submitted from the collection of The Dalles photographer Wilma Roberts. A hand-written caption on the back of the print reads “June 18, 1948 - 9:10 A.M. Celilo 51.5 Lower 5 mile gates and control house. Cleanup started toward getting locks in operation.”
A number of readers identified the subject as a portion of the canal locks that were used to allow shipping between The Dalles and Celilo Falls prior to construction of The Dalles Dam. It is unclear why the river is flooding into the canal, requiring “cleanup,” given the summer date. The canal did flood in 1949 and by The Dalles Dam in 1957.


Michael Houser, Gary Elkinton and Terray Harmon all contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery photo, above, was submitted from the collection of The Dalles photographer Wilma Roberts. A hand-written caption on the back of the print reads “June 18, 1948 - 9:10 A.M. Celilo 51.5 Lower 5 mile gates and control house. Cleanup started toward getting locks in operation.” A number of readers identified the subject as a portion of the canal locks that were used to allow shipping between The Dalles and Celilo Falls prior to construction of The Dalles Dam. It is unclear why the river is flooding into the canal, requiring “cleanup,” given the summer date. The canal did flood in 1949 and by The Dalles Dam in 1957.

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Susan Ortega, Bill Johnson, L. Casner, Gary Conley, Mike Houser, Terray Harmon and Casey Roberts all contributed to this report. This 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: “Williams 1870, opening (day early), Oct. 12, 1972.” The Williams 1870 store was located at Second and Washington Streets, according to several readers. The “opening” appears to be for the Buster Brown Shoe Store. Mike Houser spotted “what looks like a Nike aka Blue Ribbon Sports tennis shoe sporting a swish that was created in 1971. I miss our local clothing stores, William's, Gordon's, Tony's, Young's/Baron’s, Meier & Krier and a few others,” he added. Casey Roberts wrote, “Good old Buster Brown shoes. I recognize the Buster Brown advertising in the store. I wore Buster Brown Shoes as a wee lad, but don't remember anything about where they were purchased. “I do remember that I faithfully listened to the Buster Brown radio program every Saturday morning for several years, which featured Smilin Ed McConnell and Froggy the Gremlin ("Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!") along with some others. I do remember that there was a shoe department in a department store along the south side of 2nd Street. “I particularly remember that it was to the left as one entered the store, and that there was a ‘fluoroscope’ in the shoe department that allowed customers to see a live x-ray picture of how their feet fit into the shoes. I used to go in there and watch my foot bones as I wiggled my toes.”

20 years ago – 1997

Three Rufus-area men are in jail after one of them allegedly fired four to five shots at a pickup on East Second Street about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. There were no injuries.

The runways at The Dalles Municipal Airport took a pounding last Friday – on purpose. A Portland contractor brought a Swedish-made device that tests for holes, or voids, under pavement. The testing consists of dropping the equivalent of 30,000 pounds on the asphalt to see how much it moves – or if it collapses.

It’s a challenge, driving a field cultivator 100 feet between strategically-placed paper cups filled with dirt. It’s also part of a contest. Members of The Dalles Chapter FFA get a chance to show off their tractor-driving skills Thursday, April 10, when they host the FFA Tractor Driving Contest for the Mt. Hood district. “I teach it all in the tractor operation course and this gives them some practical experience,” said Dave Wagenblast, FFA advisor and agriculture teacher at The Dalles High School.

40 years ago – 1977

Gov. Bob Straub has asked that President Carter declare Oregon a drought disaster area and he listed 21 counties with severe problems. Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Hood River are included. Straub said wheat production was expected to be down 40 per cent in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam and that Hood River was facing a forage problem.

The Dalles High Jazz Ensemble won five ratings of excellent during the Orange Coast College Jazz Festival, band director Dick Dorr said today.

60 years ago – 1957

Hearings on the proposal to complete the Columbia river ship channel to the authorized depth will be held in the appropriations committees of the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate in May, members of the board of directors of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce were advised at their luncheon meeting yesterday by E. T. Chambers, president of Columbia River Development association. A request that W. S. Nelson be designated to appear in Washington during hearings in behalf of both the ship channel and John Day dam appropriations, at the expense of the Columbia River Development association, was approved tentatively by the chamber board.

80 years ago – 1937

FOR SALE – 5-room house, good barn and other buildings with 2 acres of good land. Price $2,500. $500.00 down, bal. like rent. Karl & Hurley, 405½ E. 2nd.

Charles Leonard McCafferty, 64, a resident of Dufur, died this afternoon at a local hospital. He had been suffering from a lengthy illness.

LONDON, April 2. (UP) – The international sugar conference here next week may be used as a stepping stone toward an Anglo-American move to promote world peace, it was learned today.

LONDON, April 2. (UP) – Great Britain, fearing that in the “next war” her vulnerable little island will be subjected to aerial bombardments vastly more terrible than those of the World war, is working overtime to catch up and keep pace with the continental powers in the air armaments race. Britain awoke to that situation with a rude shock. The sudden, disconcerting revelation just two years ago that Germany had stealthily achieved air parity startled her into furious action. So deep is the military secrecy of the dictatorial nations that the British intelligence service was badly deceived.

100 years ago – 1917

“The entire citizenship of The Dalles, in mass convention, pledge to you our unqualified support, and express our confidence in your ability to protect the honor and dignity of the nation.” That message went over the wires between The Dalles and Washington, D. C., yesterday afternoon following the greatest patriotic demonstration in the history of this city.

FOR SALE – Driving mare, weight 1000; single buggy, wire wheels, rubber tires. Cheap. Inquire 404 Webster street.

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