Yesteryears: Butler Bank Co. celebrates 25 years of serving Hood River in 1925

1915 — 100 years ago

Saturday was hog day in Hood River. A carload of thoroughbred brood sows arrived form the Portland stockyards and were delivered to boys of the country who will go into the business for the experience they will get and the money which they hope to make, paying for the sows when the little pigs are sold. When all the hogs had been loaded into crates on wagons or automobiles a parade was formed and proceeded through the business section of town.

Hood River’s vaulted collegians may, if they so desire, put their classic learning to the test tomorrow evening when local high school students will present, entirely in Latin, a play entitled “A Roman Wedding.” This unusual performance will be given under the direction of the Literary Society at Library Hall at eight o’clock. Admission is free.

1925 — 90 years ago

Tomorrow, April 4, the Butler Banking Co. will celebrate its 25th birthday. Established 25 years ago, when Hood River was just a village, and when apple growing in the valley was still in its infancy, the Butler Bank has taken a prominent part in the growth of this section during the past quarter century. The quarters of the Butler Bank, completed last year, rank very high among the various bank buildings of the state.

Today, between the hours of 1 and 7 p.m., all voters of the seven districts of Hood River, Pine Grove, Oak Grove, Barrett, Viento, Frankton and Wyeth should make a point of attending the polling places in their various school districts and register their option by voting for or against the proposed formation of a Union High School district embodying the districts mentioned.

1935 — 80 years ago

Drawing a crowd of more than 500, the pageant presented at Parkdale Friday night of last week was easily the most outstanding event of the Upper Valley in recent years, and has brought much commendation to the Rev. N.R. Fiscus, pastor of the Community church of the Upper Valley, through whose untiring efforts, general interest in the pageant was aroused.

Shippers and growers, at a Traffic Association meeting on Monday, joined in disapproval of a plan to employ men on relief in an orchard survey and tree count at this season of the year. The local committee of SERA also expressed disapproval of the plan, taking the attitude that the work, to be of any value, would be of much greater magnitude than that suggested by the Department of Agriculture and data of more value than that likely to be obtained under the project has already been compiled by officials of the Apple Growers Association, which has an accurate record of trees as to varieties and age.

VERBATIM: ‘SOS’ Warning Proves False

An “SOS” stomped in snow east of Hood River touched off a plane search here Monday after a high-flying United Airlines pilot spotted it as he flew over the Columbia Gorge. As it turned out, it was a false alarm made by some boys driving in the area, who had stopped in an attempt to help a pickup truck driver whose vehicle was stuck.

The airline pilot immediately notified the Western Rescue Command at San Rafael, Calif., which relayed the call to this area. Bob Elding, flying a plane out of Chenowith, made two passes over the area and Sheriff R.L. Gilmouthe made one check in another aircraft.

They easily spotted the “SOS,” whose letters were about 70 feet high, stamped out in some four inches of snow.

The stuck pickup registered to a Hood River couple named Kincheloe, was still there when a ground party went into the area, the sheriff said. The location was southeast of Hood River off The Old Dalles Road, on what is called the Marsh place road.

Gillmouthe said the rescue party soon realized there was no emergency. Later it was learned that the “SOS” had been a sort of prank by the boys, whose car had been stuck temporarily in the snow. They later returned to the area and obliterated their sign.

— Hood River News, April 1, 1965

1945 — 70 years ago

With the naming of committee chairmen this week, Earl Ziegler, chairman of the 7th War Loan campaign, and his co-chairman, Roy Edwards have announced that the big campaign for the sale of the heaviest quota of E bonds ever set for Hood River County will open on May 14, but, in the meantime, all bonds of this denomination which are purchased before that day will be credited towards the quota.

There is nothing unusual about the annual smelt run up the Sandy River, but there was a new one for the book this week when District Ranger Albert Weisendanger, of the Columbia Gorge Ranger Station, reported a strong run of smelt in Tanner Creek, just west of Bonneville Dam. It took a couple of small boys to make the discovery, and word quickly spread, with the result that several hundred pounds of these delicious fish were easily taken.

1955 — 60 years ago

Annual salaries of most county unit teachers will be increased approximately $175 in the new salary schedule adopted Wednesday night by the school board, and the budget committee indicated that the proposed $790,727 budget for 1955-1956 will be pruned heavily before submitted to the voters. Teachers earlier requested a $300 across-the-board increase in addition to the $100 increment increase through their Classroom teachers’ organization. After a public hearing March 19, the school board turned down the $300 increase and adopted a new salary schedule providing for a $100 base increase.

A breakdown of the old and new schedules is as follows: Teachers who hold a bachelor’s degree and have no teaching experience started at $3,400 a year. They now start at $3,500. Under the presents schedule they will receive increment raises of $100 a year for eight years and reach a maximum salary of $4,200. The same schedule applies to teachers with five years of formal training, those with masters degrees and those who hold a masters plus 45 hours.

1965 — 50 years ago

A ton and a half of meat. That’s right, 3,000 pounds of sausage is now being prepared for the 14th annual Smoked Dutch Sausage and Sauerkraut dinner on Sunday at Wy’east High School. Members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church were busy this week preparing not only the meat, but also the mounds of salad and other food that will be consumed at one of the valley’s best attended annual feeds.

It was the fourth annual Miss Hood River County Pageant, but no one could call the elaborately stage Saturday show a simple repeat of the previous three. The crowd was larger than ever before — estimated at 750 — and staging was more elaborate and colorful. Most important, an attractive new Miss Hood River County was crowned when judges singled Barbara Bendler out of the nine contestants.

1975 — 40 years ago

The Mosier Lions Club cleaned the lot on Center Street and between Third Street and old Highway 30 March 29. In addition, they erected a sign welcoming visitors to Mosier. The sign was designed by Mrs. Glen Cutler and made by Glen. Helping with the project were Lloyd Jones, Dick Anderson, Bill Kennedy, Willis Gholston, Herman Bagge, Keith Chamberlain and Glen Cutler. Boy Scouts helping included Rick Dale, Terry Kennedy and Herman Beer.

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Department of Labor have claimed “a 100 percent victory,” but their suit is still pending, and the question remains whether they’ll gain any tangible results in their campaign. Dave Dockham, county administrative aide who has been working closely with the project, said Wednesday two federal agencies had issued rulings which were in line with local contentions. “The Department of Labor and the Office of Management and Budget have put out drafts of new regulations putting CETA III under A-95 review on this year’s program,” Dockham said.

1985 — 30 years ago

Hi-School Pharmacy, a Vancouver, Wash.-based chain of drug, variety and hardware stores, has assumed ownership of the True Value Home Center store in the Hood River Shopping Center. The Hi-School Pharmacy firm has some 16 stores in Oregon and Washington. It will continue to offer the hardware and variety lines in the True Value store, and will add a complete pharmaceutical and prescription assortment as well.

It was certainly the highest ranking official Soviet delegation ever to visit Hood River; possibly a first from Oregon when a five-member group had lunch at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on March 29. The delegation was headed by Vladmir Pletnev, first deputy president, chamber of commerce, USSR. The Soviets were winding up trade visitation to the United States. During the same week, a sister city youth delegation from Tsuruta, Japan, was also visiting.

1995 — 20 years ago

A newcomer to Hood River might have awakened early Sunday morning with the impression the whole valley was getting ready to take off. Certainly the horsepower and fuel were there, as fruit growers throughout the lower and upper valleys turned on wind machines and orchard heaters to protect sensitive buds as temperatures dropped to the mid-20s.

This will be a critical year for the Port of Cascade Locks, said General Manager Tobin White, pointing to the fact the port has lost money the past two years. The port has a better cash flow than last year, but for an agency completely dependent on tourism, more people need to take advantage of what the port has to offer. White said tourism fell off quite a bit the past few years and he isn’t sure why. White said bridge tolls are up and the sternwheeler Columbia Gorge generates $250,000 to $300,000 a month at the peak of the season.

2005 — 10 years ago

Citing low river and snow levels, the Hood River County Commission signed a March 24 petition to Governor Ted Kulongoski that would add Hood River to a growing list of Oregon counties under the state’s emergency drought declaration.

It’s almost time to wake up and smell Seattle’s Best and Torrefazione Italia coffees. Starbucks Coffee Company begins brewing its specialty beverages for Hood River customers at 5 a.m. on Friday. The 15 new employees will practice their serving skills on Thursday at a gathering of select family and friends. The former Taco Time in the Hood River Marketplace has been renovated into a 2,000-square-foot coffeehouse with seating for more than 30.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer

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