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Lightening bolt sizzles Parkdale homePetition to close moving pictures on Sundays

NINETY YEARS AGO -- 1911

A petition was presented to the City Council asking the Council to close moving picture shows on Sundays. The group presenting this petition claimed that the shows are interfering with the attendance at evening church service. The issue was moved to a judicial committee to study the matter.

The dedication of the new church at Oak Grove, which took place Sunday, was an event of great interest in this rapidly-growing community, and the new edifice, which seats 200, was filled with an enthusiastic congregation.

The work of improving the Hood River Mineral Springs property continues and many visitors are now being attracted to the grounds of this proposed rest and pleasure resort.

VERBATIM -- Sept. 27, 1911

A full-page advertisement touts riveting entertainment:

"An interesting motion picture entertainment to be given at the Heilbronner hall at 8:15 p.m. tonight. Over 4000 feet of film showing the construction of Goodrich automobile tires from tree to tire. Motion pictures showing the native South American Indian taking the crude rubber from the trees; packing for shipment; the cleaning; the various steps necessary to produce the finished tire.

Slides showing various injuries to tires, their remedies and means of preventing. A lecturer, himself an expert tire-maker, explains every step making it interesting to all. This is purely an educational entertainment. It does not constantly flaunt before you the name of any particular tire-maker and can be appreciated and enjoyed by all. Doubly interesting, of course, to the user of Automobile Tires."

EIGHTY YEARS AGO -- 1921

The Apple Growers Association has awarded a contract for the construction of an $11,000 tile storage and receiving warehouse at Odell and an $8,000 frame plant at Dee.

Some Indians are reported to have sold 100 gallons of huckleberries at Trout Lake this week at 50 cents a gallon. Most pickers claim they are worth $1.25 or more after they return from the woods.

The Northwestern Electric Company is to start work at once on the new power plant to be installed on the White Salmon River below the Condit plant.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO -- 1931

A deep-sea diver has announced a plan to salvage the boiler of the steamer Cowlitz, which foundered off the Rowena Loops several weeks ago while hauling a cargo of wheat to Portland. Unless otherwise moved, the Cowlitz will finally be blown up to remove it from the channel. The vessel is in about 50 feet of water.

The Columbia River Highway was closed for 16 hours this week after a gasoline truck crashed into the side of the Mosier tunnel and turned the tunnel into a blazing inferno.

From the editorial page: "A Portland man has just informed the police that two years ago he missed his saxophone. So did the neighbors, but they never told the police."

SIXTY YEARS AGO -- 1941

C.M. Sheppard has been named county chairman of the Civil Defense program.

Hood River's contribution to the aluminum drive amounted to 910 pounds of metal, according to county drive chairman L.R. Freygang.

People of Hood River County and especially the parents of the 800 enrollees, are invited to attend the county swim school picnic and water carnival planned for Koberg's beach.

FIFTY YEARS AGO -- 1951

Farming in 1950, in terms of gross dollars, brought Hood River County $16,010,000, according to figures compiled and published in the Oregon Business review.

More than a year's work by West Side firemen and others has resulted in a new fire station at Rockford -- a building 40 by 48 feet that houses three trucks.

FORTY YEARS AGO -- 1961

Employees of the Apple Growers Association have accepted a two year wage and work rule contract in a vote of local union 883. The contract features a schedule of per hour wage rates that will boost base wages four cents in 1961 and four cents a year later. Men and women on higher wage scales get five and seven cent boosts.

Cy Perkins has announced plans to revitalize the near defunct Hood River High "Dad's Club" into a "Dragoneers" organization.

Returning to the school district this year is Ken Raasch, a former Parkdale Elementary principal who will be principal of Mid Valley school.

THIRTY YEARS AGO -- 1981

A proposed 72-unit townhouse apartment project for Avalon Way cleared a final zoning hurdle this week, but not before a dozen or so area residents got in their licks about potential dangerous population densities in the area.

Purchased for a future juvenile youth center was a large area residence at 11th and May streets. Federal financing for the operation "Next Door, Inc." was assured and opening date for the youth group attention home was set for late September.

Bob Tyack, an Anacortes, Wash., man formerly of The Dalles and Goldendale, will take over operation of Tausend's Jewelry as of Sept. 1.

Some 72 high school football players greeted coach Dick Flood and his staff this week as practice got underway in preparation for Hood River Valley's second campaign on the gridiron.

TWENTY YEARS AGO -- 1981

The final switches are taking place at United Telephone Company where the old bundles of wires in switching equipment are being changed over to computer chips. The switchover will take place during the night from the 25-year-old dated equipment to the new system.

City and Port of Hood River officials broke ground Tuesday at the site of the long-awaited Clark Door plant, culminating more than two years of planning for the industrial facility.

The clock moved backward here Saturday when the Historic Auto Club of Oregon came to town for its 35th annual tour. There were 41 historic vehicles here at one time during the visit.

TEN YEARS AGO -- 1991

A lightening bolt sizzled through the Leininger house in Parkdale early Monday, blowing knobs off a stereo, cracking sheetrock walls, exploding pipes and setting fire to a sofa, a carpet and a mattress.

Farmers in the Park was born this Saturday after the Farm 'N Art Market closed last weekend. The new community-based market will be open each Saturday until the Harvest Fest in mid-October.

Hood River's fourth Apple Jam Music Festival was afar and away the biggest and the best, drawing 2,500 people to hear cool jazz and blues on a hot day at the Hood River Port Marina Park.

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