Yesteryears: John Weber retires from HR Port in 1995

1915 — 100 years ago

With the arrival, at last, of the hot weather, swimming has become the popular sport. The perfect location of the bathing beach in the cove just this side of the White Salmon ferry landing and each afternoon sees a score or two of boys and girls, young men and women disporting themselves in the water. A deserted dock is used as a float and some diving boards are provided. Sunday the beach resembled a bit of Atlantic City with many bathers and spectators. As the water falls during the season the location of the bathing place is changed from time to time.

1925 — 90 years ago

With the thermometer downtown at 100 by 2 p.m. Thursday, many assert that the previous June records were broken. Out in the East Barrett district at the J. H. Jeffery home, the reading was three degrees cooler. A number of growers report that sunscald was showing up, especially on trees which do not have much foliage.

Organized less than three months ago, the Hood River Guides literally took the Rosaria crowds in Portland by storm on Friday and won the first prize in the big parade. So striking and appropriate was their uniform, so well carried out their drill, an do faithfully did all members of the Guides remain at “attention” throughout the parade and subsequent presentation that the judges unanimously seconded the popular vote, voiced by the huge crowd.

Verbatim: Big Attractions For July Fourth

Koberg Beach And Parkdale, With Fine Programs, Make Bid For Patronage Of Holiday Folk

For those who enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July in the good old-fashioned way, there will be plenty of entertainment within the boarders of Hood River County. The two main programs will be arranged at Koberg Beach and at Parkdale.

At Koberg Beach, full provision has been made for all-day picnics, with swimming in the safety zone off the beach and dancing the cool pavilion over the river, to music furnished by Morey Graff and his orchestra. Daylight fireworks will provide much fun for the kiddies and at night a splendid pyrotechnic display on the river is promised. Every facility for the enjoyment of visitors has been made and the charge for admission is nominal.

The Town Nearest To The Mountain is again inviting Mid-Columbia folks to enjoy a full day of fun on the Fourth, and, as in other years, the Rodeo looms large on the long program, with an amateur riding contest as a feature. For baseball fans, a double-header is offered with the Mt. Hood Rangers meeting Parkdale, and the winners of this game meeting Hammel’s Pharmacy, a leading Portland team. A chicken dinner, the kind that Parkdale knows how to serve, will be available between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and dancing at the Grange hall will be an all-day program.

Morey Graff’s orchestra will play for a dance Wednesday night, July 3, at Koberg beach, with greatly reduced rates. Merrill’s at Cascade Locks will have dances tomorrow (Saturday) night and next Tuesday night, and there will be dances at Rockford hall an at Parkdale tomorrow evening.

— Hood River News, June 28, 1935

1935 — 80 years ago

Government Mineral Springs hotel, destroyed by fire three weeks ago, will be rebuilt. The resort, 17 miles north of Carson, is in the Columbia National Forest. The hotel and all its contents, including guests’ property, were destroyed. The building contained 67 guest rooms. The bath house operated in connection with the mineral springs that give the resort its name, were also destroyed.

By virtue of aid to be extended by the federal government through the CCC, fruit growers of the Hood River Irrigation District are now in line to see their dream of years — a dam across the neck of the canyon below old Camp 3, realized. The dam will be approximately 600 feet long and about 35 feet high.

1945 — 70 years ago

The Hood River Lions Club is actively engaged this week in promoting a ticket sale designed to raise funds for Hood River County War Finance committee, and asks all citizens and merchants to cooperate with them and purchase as many tickets as they can. These tickets sell for $1 each and in addition to providing funds for the War Finance committee, they entitle the holder to participate in a drawing for eight bond and war stamp prizes.

As in other years, the Flag Day program presented under the auspices of Hood River Elks drew a very large audience to the Hood River high school auditorium Friday evening. This Flag Day program adds another outstanding success to the record of Elks to this city.

1955 — 60 years ago

Success of the Hood River Memorial Hospital campaign to raise $425,000 hinges on the results of a 10-day all-out effort starting this morning (Friday) for the 150 volunteer workers to solicit residents and business firms in the valley and surrounding area, according to an announcement hospital headquarters made this week.

Construction of the $375,000 city water reservoir and pipeline is tentatively set to start this fall with the almost unanimous approval of the project during the Friday special election. Eight voted against and 284 in favor of the $300,000 reservoir bonds. Approximately $75,000 is available in water revenue to help finance the project.

1965 — 50 years ago

Someone seeking lampshades for his new home wouldn’t usually think of going to Parkdale to do the shopping. Yet some of the top interior decorators in Portland are doing just that. The reason is simple. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Snow live in Parkdale, and their specialty is not only designing, but making lampshades by hand to order. “She’s the artist,” said Cecil, “I’m the helper.”

A long-awaited ballot takes place Tuesday, June 29, when the Odell area voters on forming a new sanitary district. Its goal is to set up an organization which can look into establishing a new sewer system and treatment plant for just under 1,400 acres surrounding Odell, lying mostly to the north and east. Included in the petition are Wy’east High School, Weber store, the Odell central area, Diamond Fruit Growers large plant, Duckwall Brothers storage and packing plant, and the newer Stadelman plant.

1975 — 40 years ago

A possible solution to the illegal alien harvest worker issue has entered the discussion state with state employment officials, according to Rob Huarki, newly elected president of the Hood River Grower-Shipper Association. Simply stated, the proposed plan would assure a steady, dependable harvest work force in Hood River valley orchards — either domestic or legal aliens.

One item cut from the Hood River County School budget after a first defeat in May was $5,000 for travel, and specifics were outlined in a letter for the school directors’ meeting on June 25. Athletic Director Ed Vanett explained that the largest single amount will come from activities busses. At a $83 a day savings, the district will cut out $2,490, or 30 days. Coaches will meet and set the schedule.

1985 — 30 years ago

Champion International is in “serious negotiations” with a potential buyer for its Dee hardwood plant, the company has revealed to state economic development officials. However, the company reported it could not name the party in question, nor could it assure this week that the negotiations would conclude in the sale of the property.

1995 — 20 years ago

It was an emotional evening for returning Port of Hood River Commissioner John Weber Tuesday as he attended a reception in his honor followed by his final commission meeting. People came from Salem and Portland as well as the Mid-Columbia to congratulate Webber on a job — many jobs — well done during his 24 years on the commission.

Hood River’s Fourth of July celebration will have an international flavor this year, with Mayor Kenji Nakano and 25 sister city delegates arriving from Japan. The group will arrive July 3. Nakano is making the special visit to honor Hood River’s centennial.

2005 — 10 years ago

Twelve top businessmen are posing in the buff — albeit using well-placed props — to raise money for the United Way of Hood River. The “calendar boys,” a lineup of government and business leaders, plan to promote the project by riding on a float in the Fourth of July Parade. They will be dressed — in banners denoting their respective calendar month and in boxer shorts and Ugly Local t-shirts.

The Columbia Gorge Lions Club continues with 30 years of tradition with the Sternwheeler Days Festival, June 24-26, at the Cascade Locks Marine Park. The three-day event will focus on history and nature.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, News staff writer

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