YESTERYEARS: Ice on Columbia River expected to break up in the coming days in 1924

1914 — 100 years ago

On invitation of the local Commercial Club, Senator R.R. Butler and Representatives Anderson and Kelly of The Dalles will come to Hood River today and be the guests of the Board of Directors at the club at dinner this evening. One of the matters to be presented to the legislators will be the continuation of the approximation of $2,000 a year for the local experiment station.

Under the direction of Mrs. C.H. Henney, the local school children, including classes from the primary to high school, gave a highly meritorious program before the Women’s Club at their meeting Wednesday afternoon. The program included a number of folk dances, which were thoroughly interesting.


Crag Rats Rescue of Calvin White in 1927 is Celebrated at Banquet

A near tragedy on Mount Hood several years ago was recalled last night, when Calvin White, of Seattle, his mother, Mrs. Calvin White, of Portland, Ray Conway and L.A. Nelson joined the Crag Rats at their hut, west of town, for the annual banquet, which has been a New Year’s feature ever since the Crag Rats played their notable part in rescuing Calvin White from almost certain death after he had become lost in a blizzard on the south side of Mount Hood and had crawled under a log to die. About 50 were at the banquet, details of which were arranged by Crag Rats Arvo Hukari, Mace Baldwin and Clyde Carlos.

It was at 3:30 p.m., Monday, January 3, 1927, that Crag Rat Bill Cochran found Calvin White, who had been missing since the previous Saturday, after he started out on a trip on skis. More than 200 mountaineers from Portland and other sections of Oregon had taken part in the search in the vilest kind of wintery weather, but had returned each of two nights exhausted and chilled, but without finding a trace of the missing youth.

Three Crag Rats, Bill Cochran, John Annala and Paul Hoerlein were the first to pick up the train of the missing youth in very rough country, but they lost it again Sunday. Monday morning, Cochran and Annala again picked up the trail, but to speed up matters, they decided to separate when the trail was again obliterated by new snow.

Finally, Cochran found the place where young White had bedded down on Saturday night, and he was able to figure out, from the manner in which the youth and crossed and recrossed canyons, that White was badly exhausted and could not be far away. Within an hour, Cochran saw a down long and, thinking that it was just the place a man might seek shelter from a blinding snowstorm, dug into the snow and discovered the unconscious form of young White. Covering the youth with part of his own clothes, Cochran raced back to the base camp and Crag Rats and others quickly had White wrapped in blankets, placed him on skis and towed him back to camp. He was given first aid and rushed to hospital, where part of one foot was found to be so badly frostbitten that it was amputated.

Crag Rat Cochran today treasures an engraved gold watch, a gift from Calvin White’s father, who died several years ago.

— Hood River News, January 4, 1935

1924 — 90 years ago

According to Engineer C.M. Huribert, the ice on the Columbia may break up either today or tomorrow. Fortunately the thaw has been gradual but steady and in places a stream of water is now over the surface of the ice, which is gradually melting. When the break comes there is practically no danger of the floes pilling up one on another and as this is about the only factor which could cause serious damage to the bridge, the engineers are not losing any sleep over the prospect.

L.C. Baldwin is to build a 50x100 modern concrete building for the Moore Electric Co., on the lot now occupied by Max Moore. The building will fully cover the lot, and will include a garage at the rear, a battery and service station, a large show room, with balcony, for the display of electric appliances of all kinds, and office and accessory room. The cost of the new building, which is to be ready for occupation this spring, will be between $8,000 and $9,000.

1934 — 80 years ago

Notice of tax delinquency was, on Saturday of last week, filed by District Attorney John Baker, against 400 defendants, and 372 separate tracts of land in Hood River county are now in line for foreclosure and may be forfeited to the county unless delinquent owners are prepared to pay the taxes of 1930 and prior years. The amount of taxes involved is $95,118.

Sensing the importance of light on relations between the United States and Nippon, Minoru Yasui, student at the University of Oregon and son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Yasui, of this city, made a notable contribution in an address delivered before members of the Hood River Rotary on Thursday of last week. Minoru is a citizen of the United States, and is a leading member of the second generation of American sons and daughters of Japanese parents.

1944 — 70 years ago

Joe and June Eaton Haviland this week announced that their country home, one and one-half miles west of Hood River on the Columbia river highway, will, from now on, be open to any Japanese-American solider, home on furlough. The couple states that friendship, good food, a warm bed and peaceful atmosphere will be made available to any of these Nisei soldiers home on furlough, as a return for their loyalty to our country in serving the army. The home will be open at any time and it will be unnecessary to telephone before coming, they state.

Veterans of Foreign Wars have asked the city council weather it would be possible to extend financial help for the maintenance of the VFW center on Second street, as a meeting place for soldiers and sailors who are on furlough or leave or who chance to be visiting the city. The floor above the County Unit System headquarters has been converted into a comfortable club quarters, and already a number of visiting soldiers and sailors have made practical use of it.

1954 — 60 years ago

The Hood River Art Club’s current exhibit is gathering plaudits from viewers. It is a two-man showing of the work of Portland artist Clyde Leon Keller and Hood River’s own Oscar Hukari, friends of long standing who have gone on many painting trips together. The exhibit can be seen daily in the art club gallery which is located in the Tucker building on Tucker road.

Elks lodge is observing its annual New Year’s party this evening (Friday) at 7:30 in the Elks temple. The dance is informal and Ted Reed and his band will be featured. The Elks also report that approximately 600 children attended the Christmas morning movie and visit of Santa.

1964 — 50 years ago

Streets and water supplies serving Hood River came through pre-Christmas storms in good shape, according to City Administrator Bruce Erickson, but it took hundreds of man hours. Erickson said from Dec. 17 through Dec. 27, the city of Hood River crews had put in 422 hours snow plowing, snow hauling and sanding, plus 244 hours trying to combat flooding caused by snow melt and rain.

Matilda Edstrom of 1326 Columbia wasn’t about to let a utility room full of water bother her when water rose last week. She put on her boots, stepped down the one step from her kitchen, waded to the door leading to the basement and opened it. She followed the current down the stairs, opened the basement door leading down a slope, and watched the water rush back outside where it belonged. Any complaints? None. In fact, her first observation was, “That’s the cleanest the basement steps have been in years.”

1974 — 40 years ago

Council members passed four ordinances, including one on gambling; started action on another which will change the council committee structure, and turned down a zone change request before wrapping up business Monday for the 1974 year. Mayor Bill Pattison, as one of his final acts, called a special meeting for Jan. 6 to allow the new group to get an early start. At that time, Mayor J.B. Coffey will be taking over the gavel.

The Port of Cascade Locks plans to go to court Thursday in an effort to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from going ahead with plans for fluctuation of the Bonneville Pool. They intend to file an injunction in Federal district Court in an effort to block the program, scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, involving a four-foot fluctuation in the pool level.

1984 — 30 years ago

When the sheriff enters Hood River County Courthouse for duty Tuesday morning, for the first time in 12 years it won’t be Bob Lynch. It will mark the beginning of a four year sheriff’s term for Dick Kelly. Lynch, who didn’t run for reelection, hasn’t outlined specific plans for the future — except for a vacation.

For the first time, city and county officials can now call the long-awaited Heights one-way couplet a “this year” project. For years the project has been “in the mill” at the city, county and state levels, but hasn’t always been a project of the future. Now, at last, city and county officials can be confident that the 12th-13th Street couplet will be completed in the months ahead.

1994 — 20 years ago

The year that has come and is almost gone saw a lot of change at Hood River City Hall, especially in the first few months with the appointment of three councilors. The year now concludes with one last change — a change of mayor and two counselors as chosen by Hood River voters in November. One name, though, not on the November ballot was Mayor Steve Gates. Trying to raise a family, run a business and run the city more than fills a 24-hour day, Gates quickly found. There was a lot to do and Gates enjoyed it all. There just came a time to step back.

Walls were going up this week as builders moved ahead quickly on construction of the Bella Vista affordable housing project. This is the newest HOusing for PEople, or HOPE, project for Hood River. Bella Vista, slated for late spring completion, will provide 14 townhouse units in two seven-unit buildings. Of these, eight will be reserved for low-income workers in the tourist and recreation industries.

2004 — 10 years ago

Excavators working at the corner of First and Oak streets came across an intriguing find earlier this fall: A trash pile buried deep beneath what for decades had been a parking lot, containing more than 50 porcelain and earthenware pieces and glass bottles with Japanese characters on them. Maui Meyer, owner of the property, had been expecting it. “When we started construction, I told the excavators to be careful because we thought we might find something,” he said. Before the property was a parking lot, it was a gas station. And before that, it was the original Yasui Bros. store — a Hood River landmark for more than three decades in the early 1900s.

The newly formed state Office of Rural Policy will have plenty of input from Hood River County. County Planning Director Mike Benedict and Rep. Patti Smith, R-Corbett, whose 52nd District includes the county, have begun scouting for ways to improve the economy and social health in rural communities. They were appointed this fall by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to the Rural Policy Advisory Committee.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer

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