NINETY YEARS AGO -- 1911
The Hydro-Electric Company of Hood River, which is having a preliminary survey made prparatory to starting work on a power and light plant here, has extended its operations to The Dalles and has applied for a franchise in that city.
Having in contemplation the erection of a large store building on its lot, corner of Oak and Fourth streets, in the near future, the Paris Fair managers are having the space under the sidewalk around the proposed structure excavated. Just when the building will be erected has not been decided.
Hood River turned another lap in its history of improvement Sunday, when the handsome new depot erercted by the O.W.R. & N. Co. was opened to the public. The new structure will accomodate many more people with greater convenience than the old structure.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO -- 1921
The new Rialto Theater, attractively decorated and with a wonderful new Wurlitzer orchestral organ, opens this week and its management promises that the movie house will show the biggest and best screen offerings at all times and in many instances simultaneously or ahead of Portland.
From the editorial page: "Now that the courts have decided that even home brew is verboten it might be as well to disconnect the copper piping from the old bath boiler and settle down to near beer and hair tonic."
E.A. Franz advertises harvest supplies: cotton mattresses of $4.95, reclaimed cotton blankest for $1.25, Mazda hydrogen lamps for packing houses, picking ladders 25 cents per foot up, camp cook stoves and Maytag washers.
VERBATIM-- Sept. 21, 1928
"Get rid of the litter:
Any clean-up campaign means something more than to get rid of unclean refuse; something more than brushing up and destroying the litter accumulated during the winter months, and putting our yards in order. It means a lot of repair work; the straightening of a broken lines in the home setting, the repainting of houses and fences; the retouching of lawns; the trimming of shrubs; the planting of more flowers, and a long list of other things properly included in beautifying processes, for after all to be clean is to be beautiful, whether we are dealing with houses and lands, or with human beings."
SEVENTY HEARS AGO -- 1931
Crag Rats worked last week building the big fireplace in their new alpine hut which the Forest Service is erecting on Tilly Jane Creek. The hut is to be used as winter quarters by the Crag Rags.
Perennial canker research is to be continued here by Dr. J.R. Keinholtz, who arrived here this week to take up the work of Dr. J.S. Cooley, recently transferred to Washington, D.C.
Floyd Wright, local salmon fisherman, has donated salmon to fill 700 cans. The fish will be canned at the AGA cannery with the costs assumed by the Lions and Rotary clubs. The food is part of a stockpile being accumulated to go to needy people this winter.
SIXTY YEARS AGO -- 1941
Valley high schools at Odell and Parkdale are closed to enable students to help with the fruit harvest, and the release of several men from the county jail in order that they might help pick has been arranged.
Four short blasts on a fire siren will be the blackout signal for the valley.
Dr. Luke Smith has been called to active duty as a reserve officer in the regular army.
FIFTH YEARS AGO -- 1951
Some 30,000 acres of timberland, comprising Hood River County's stake in future natural resources, became a county forest this week established by action of the hood River County court. The move, authorized by state law set up in the last legislature, puts county-owned forests in the same basis as U.S. forest lands providing a continued income from the sale of timber.
The federal government plans to buy three million boxes of apples for school lunches and for government institutions.
After a spot check made this summer which showed rat infestations in many establishments in the city, the city has announced plans to enter into a rat control program this coming winter.
FORTY YEARS AGO -- 1961
Tied to a Pacific Inland Navigation tug, the U.S. Banning was secured to a temporary mooring at the Port of Hood River boat basin this week.
Mrs. Harold McIsaac, Parkdale, has been named chairman of the Hood River County welfare comittee.
Coach Don Hosford's Wy'east Eagles totally trounced The Dalles Indians last Friday, beating them 34-0. Key Eagle girdders to Grant Diamond, Tomn Yasui, Linn Winans, Mike Goe and Grant Maurer.
THIRTY YEARS AGO -- Hood River's "skyhook" forest fire, which started in down timber at Dee this week, covered some 1,800 acres and started another major fire before it could be controlled. The fire was coaxed westward by 40 to 60 mile per hour winds.
Enrollment in Hood River County schools has shown an increase this year, according to Sept. 17 tabulation by district officials. The total was 3,371, compared to a tally of 3,326 in the district a year ago. Hood River Valley High was up from 803 to 827.
The Portland Trailblazers will be in town Sunday for a game with the Seattle Supersonics at Hood River Valley High. Jaycee chariman Jerry Kramer has arranged for the pro game here, and he said Hood River has to be the smallest town to host an NBA pre-season game ever.
TWENTY YEARS AGO -- 1981
Luhr Jensen & Sons purchased the Idaho Glen Evans plant this week, adding even more products to the Luhr Jensen fishing lure line.
Pacific Bartlett pears from Oregon and Washington are in the markets, with a crop exceeding that of the record 1980 Northwest crop, an industry spokesman reports.
Intensive efforts are still undereway to prevent the spread of apple maggots from the Willamette Valley into the ochrchards of Hood River.
TEN YEARS AGO -- 1991
Major contributions from two sources have helped boost the Hood River Memorial Hospital CAT scanner campaign closer to its $200,000 goal.
A second phase of Hood River's donwtown urban renewal is back on track this week after setbacks following voter passage of Measure No. 5. Urban Renewal Agency members Thursday approved basic terms of an atgreement with David Evans and Associates to provide the final engineering and guidance.
A blueprint for development on the Port of Hood River's waterfront sas approved by port commissioners Wednesday.
Heather Laurance and Josh Shelton each won their second consecutive cross country meet for Hood River Valley, at the Sparks Memorial Invitatational held at the Hood River Golf and Country club on Thursday.
Barney the Bus, a removte control vbobot, paid a visit to Hood River County schools Wednesday as part of School Bus Safety Week. Barney gave kids some important lessons on school bus safety and other concerns surrounding traffic.