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Yesteryears: Packing houses need workers in 1945

1915 — 100 years ago

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August 14, 1925: One of several comics in this week’s paper.

1925 — 90 years ago

A half-dollar commemorating the Centennial of Fort Vancouver will be among the objects to be placed in the corner stone of the new St. Marks’ Episcopal Church, which is being built at the corner of 11th and Eugene streets. Thus a coin in memory of the founding of one of the early outposts of the English-speaking people in this Pacific Northwest will be placed in the new building of the local representative of the Mother Church of the English-speaking people.

Hood River Elks are now completing their plans for a big evening picnic, to be held at Koberg’s beach Aug. 18. The feature of the evening will be a barbecue, at which a fine steer will be roasted and served to members of the order.

Verbatim: City High School Costs  Are Not High

Superintendent Breckenridge Says Comparison With Other Schools Shows Below Average

Contrary to some of the comment heard in this county during the past few weeks, the per capita costs at Hood River high school are not only not high, but they are well below the average of first-class high schools in Oregon.

Figures for 31 first class district high schools of Oregon for the year 1933-1934 shows that the per capita cost of Hood River high school was $74.38, while the average was $82.15. The highest cost was at Klamath Falls county unit, of $122.79, but this figure probably includes bus service. Other highs were: Pendleton, $110.58, Tillamook, $110.54, and Park Rose and Portland, both at $99.17. Low per capita costs are reported from Milwaukee, $56.56, and Newberg, $58.10. Twenty of the 31 first-class schools recorded show a higher per capita cost than that of Hood River high school.

The per capita cost for Hood River high school for the 1934-1935 school year was $86.01, as compared with the cost of $74.38 for the year 1933-34. This increase, according to Supt. J.L. Breckenridge, is the result of an additional teacher and some badly needed repairs and equipment replacements, which had been permitted to slide during the early days of the depression.

Even with this increase, the Hood River sots are not out of line with those of other schools of the state. While figures for the year immediately past are not yet available, Hood River was well below the average for the year 1933-1934. Probably all schools will show increased costs for the past year, and Hood River costs, of $86.01, are only a little over the average for the year 1933-34. The cost per day pupil is 48 cents.

— Hood River News, August 9, 1935

1945 — 70 years ago

Approximately 24,000 men and women will be needed in nearly a dozen “hot spots” throughout Oregon to meet the peak needs of Oregon’s large food processing industry. The Apple Growers Association, as reported by Earl Ziegler, will need about 400 men and 1,000 women. E.R. Pooley, American Fruit Growers, will need 60 workers in their packing operations, John Duckwall of Duckwall Bros., Inc., will need about 30 more men for the fall season, and “Pep” Mann of Stadelman Fruit will need 100 men and women.

1955 — 60 years ago

The job outlook for the local area is “optimistic” with the exception of early August, according to Boyd Jackson of the local employment service. July was a peak employment month with most every available worker able to find at least temporary work in strawberry picking, thinning and cherry packing, the manager said.

Prospects are bright for securing the services of a frost warning specialist from the weather bureau for Hood River Valley and surrounding area next spring, but a Traffic Association committee is checking into the terms of the proposed contract with the bureau before making a definite commitment.

1965 — 50 years ago

For the first time after 20 years, the Hood River high school Class of 1945 was together again last Saturday and Sunday. In that year when the class received its diplomas, many of its male members were missing. It was a war year in 1945, and 18 boys in the class left before the end of school to join the war effort.

July construction in Hood River this year more than doubled the figure for June, and was nearly seven times greater than the building in July a year ago. Just $126,575 in building permit value went on the city books during the past month.

1975 — 40 years ago

Many valley “boosters” have long felt the harvest, as well as blossom time, should promote a festival in Hood River. This year, someone’s doing something about it. On Roy Webster’s impetus and with Chamber of Commerce endorsement, the First Annual Harvest Jubilee will have the spotlight here from Saturday evening, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 1. Eventually, Webster hopes to see the harvest event develop into a full-scale program complete with special merchant sales, a dance, regatta, tour of the valley — and, of course, the Labor Day cross-channel swim of the Columbia River.

1985 — 30 years ago

Two years of perseverance have paid off for the Port of Hood River, which learned last week that a $515,000 grant request for airport improvements has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Two other major grant applications are in the works. The airport money will fund a new 3-inch thick overlay for the airport runway, a new apron, and installation of a precision approach slope indicator to make landings safer and easier.

Sidewalk shadows to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima 40 years ago must be washed up or citations will be issued, the city council decided Monday. Though the shadows are part of a nationwide nuclear protest, laws covering criminal mischief can be applied, said Bob McGee, chief of Police.

1995 — 20 years ago

Hood River City Council hopes to conclude over two years of negotiations to renew Falcon Cable’s franchise here, with action possible within a month. If approved, the franchise agreement could provide a public access channel on local cable television and an upgrade in cable service delivery.

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Aug. 10, 2005: Police Sgt. Neal Holste visits with patrons while state officials check identification at a downtown pub that was cited for liquor server violations last Friday. Photo by RaeLynn Ricarte.

Now that the dust has settled on the closing of the Fort Oregon Theme Park, it is apparent all the owner left behind was a group of angry citizens and employees, and at least one bad check written to his landlord — the Port of Cascade Locks. The port commission discussed what to do with Fort Oregon at its Aug. 3 work session, but cannot take any formal action until they have a regular meeting.

2005 — 10 years ago

Thousands of people milled through downtown streets on First Friday to enjoy a social outing on a hot August night. Behind the scenes, Hood River City Police Sgt. Neal Holste and officers Sal Rivera and Don Cheli scrambled to keep the summer celebration safe. “People come out to have a fun time, it’s their Friday night and they want to enjoy it. The weekends are always a busy time for us, but First Friday really keeps us running,” said Holste, while navigating his way on foot among the revelers along Oak Street.

— Compiled by  Trisha Walker, news staff writer



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