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Yesteryears: Covered bridge north of Parkdale closed by order of the county court in 1955

1915 — 100 years ago

A chance to conceive a name, the fame of which may someday circle the globe through the expenditure of thousands of dollars in advertising is presented to a person in the Northwest by contest which the North, Pacific Rail Distributors announce. For the best brand or pack name that can be applied to Northwestern apples and other fruits the Distributors have offered a cash prize of $15, for second best $10 and for third best $5.

1925 — 90 years ago

A modern, fireproof, cold storage plant, costing $100,000 and capable of holding 100,000 boxes of apples, is to be built in Odell during the next six months. This mammoth plant is the latest move of the Apple Growers Association of Hood River Valley in providing mid-valley fruit growers with the most up-to-date and scientific facilities for storing and keeping their orchard products. The building will be 80 by 200 feet.

By far the most important step taken for the last five years of safeguarding the health of the children in Hood River County was taken last month by the county health officer, when he issued the following order to both city and county school superintendents, namely, no child can be admitted to any school without presenting a certificate signed by a licensed physician or the county nurse stating that upon examination the said child was found to be free from all signs of contagious or infectious disease. The epidemic of our past winter showed us all flaws in our health program. Therefore the Educational Committee calls attention to this most progressive order and asks 100 percent cooperation in its enforcement.

1935 — 80 years ago

Notified at about 1 a.m. Sunday that a dead man was lying on the Columbia River Highway about ten miles west of Hood River, Sheriff Edick and Deputy Carrigan at once motored to the place designated, but completely failed to find any trace of a corpse. Later, Sheriff Edick was informed by two local men who work at the Bonneville Dam that, while on their way home after ending their shift, they also saw a man dressed in a gray suit laying on the highway, but it was something about the manner in which he was resting made them suspect that it was a trap set by holdup men. Because of this they speeded up their car instead of stopping to investigate. Sheriff Edick believes that this is the correct theory.

1945 — 70 years ago

One of the largest crowds seen in many years at Masonic functions in this city was present at Tieman’s hall Wednesday evening to witness the burning of a mortgage, which cleared the lodge of all indebtedness. Masons from Portland, Bridal Veil, the Columbia Gorge, White Salmon, Goldendale, The Dalles and even from Central Oregon were on hand to join with their local brothers in celebrating the happy event and, incidentally, to enjoy a delightful turkey dinner. About 175 were present.

Monday evening of this week OPA called conferences here with apparel, dry goods and house furnishings retailers to go over plans to meet new price regulation which became effective on March 20, and copies of these regulations are in the hands of retailers concerned.

1955 — 60 years ago

Students of Wy’east heard a reproduction of Indian life that had never been given outside of the Long House at Celilo Falls during an assembly last Thursday. Chief Tommy Kuni Thompson, 100-year-old hereditary leader of the Indians of Celilo Falls; his wife, Flora, interpreter; cousin councilman Charley Quittoken; and wife Nellie; and Mrs. Jimmy George gave the program. They gave the blessing of the various elements, told of the coming of the white man, and sang the welcoming song — the one their parents had sung to Lewis and Clark.

The old covered bridge north of Parkdale on the Woodruff station road was closed Saturday afternoon by order of the county court. Damage to the east end of the bridge resulted during the recent wind storm and necessitated the closing of the structure, which has spanned the east fork for half a century. The concrete bridge was opened to traffic Wednesday afternoon. The covered bridge may be preserved as a foot bridge, commissioners report.

1965 — 50 years ago

Rumors of a vigilante committee petitioning to oust teachers were laid to rest this week by Superintendent Milt Baum, and by one of the citizens supposedly involved. Dr. Baum said there have been two groups asking that the contracts of three teachers be suspended. “This petition was supposed to be started by me,” said one Pine Grove resident. “As far as I know, there’s no petition. A large group of us were unhappy with two teachers, and we told the school committee about it.”

“You could call it a 1.5 to 1.6 million dollar project, and you’ll be pretty close,” said an architect looking over plans for the new Hood River Village layout, which will be constructed by the interstate bridge. He was going over details of a project that was being shown in picture form for the first time during the Diamond Fruit Growers annual meeting. The long, two-level motel will have 64 units. Forty of these will be double room units with the sleeping area separated from the living room.

VERBATIM: Thinks War Will End By October 25th

A belated entry to the End of the War With Germany contest, sponsored by the Hackett Furniture Co., which offers a Sealy mattress to the winner, came this week from the German front, the coupon, clipped from a Hood River News, carrying the name Sgt. Purdue La Grone, whose home address is at Breaux Bridge, La. He gives his date “October 25, 1945.”

Just how he happened to get a copy of the Hood River News and the coupon was, perhaps, explained by the censor’s name, Captain Carter Townes, who has received the News ever since he entered the Army. Townes formerly resided in Hood River.

Of the many coupons received from all the battlefronts, fully 75 percent will have become invalid by April 1, proving that those nearest to the war zones know as little as folks at home as to when the war against Germany will end. The last date carried on any coupon is the early part of 1946.

— Hood River News, March 23, 1945

1975 — 40 years ago

Senator Bob Packwood, whose staff is drafting a bill to legalize alien harvest labor, sought out ideas from Hood River Valley growers Monday. He sent administrative assistant Bob Moore to Hood River to meet with the Hood River Grower-Shipper Association to find out what could be done to the proposed bill to make it fit the needs of the industry here.

A forum to discuss the future of Koberg’s beach east of Hood River has been placed on the Chamber of Commerce agenda for May 7. The subject is under current consideration because of future changes in Bonneville dam’s operation, which will have a dramatic effect on the beach area. Koberg’s Beach, while it is postage-stamp size, has enjoyed a special place in the community for decades.

1985 — 30 years ago

With several business owners from the Port of Hood River’s waterfront industrial park in attendance, a proposal to provide minor improvements to facilitate sailboarding from two vacant lots in that area was defeated at Monday’s port commission meeting. The suggestion had headed a proposed list of priorities for Marina Park improvements submitted by Marina Committee members Bill Macht and Bill Wells, who consulted with sailboarders.

The Mosier school gym was littered with bodies and bandages last week — all part of area Scouts’ efforts to prove they knew their first aid. Scout patrols represented seven troops in Hood River, Wasco and Klickitat counties. They must have done okay. All “victims” survived. There efforts were judged by firefighters from departments at Mosier, Hood River, Pine Grove, West Side and The Dalles. 1995 — 20 years ago

Preliminary preparations for Hood River’s official “off the wall” celebration, its St. Urho’s Day parade, were announced this week by program organizer Camille Hukari. It involves the annual flash of green and purple through Hood River each March 16 to observe mythical St. Urho’s Day, an event that will have special significance this year. Special, because it is Hood River’s centennial year, and also the year when Oregon will host the Finnish American Society of the West’s Finn Fest July 13 to 16 at Lewis and Clark College.

Jim Donnelly found the words to sing the national anthem Saturday, but he couldn’t find the words to describe what it felt like to be a state champion. The Hood River Valley High senior captured an elusive high school championship with a 3-1 decision in the 275-pound weight class over Bend’s Jack Price at the OSAA Class 4A state wrestling tournament.

2005 — 10 years ago

Hood River artist Shelley Toon Hight has curated an exhibit at the Oregon State Capitol that will remain on display through the month of March. Hight put the exhibit together on behalf of the Oregon Alliance for Arts Education. The exhibit highlights works of art from early childhood to professional in the disciplines of visual art, dance, music, theater and moving image.

The young ambassadors for the Hood River News have completed their work in the annual “Cash for Spring” subscription campaign. Three of the top five finishers also placed in the 2004 campaign, including this year’s winner, Katie White, who had placed second in 2004. In second was Baily Murahashi, with Desiree Weseman in third, Shelby Vaneck in fourth and Willie Ishizaka in fifth.

— Compiled by Trisha Walker, news staff writer



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